Amazon.com Reviews

Updated September 30, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014
3,569 Reviews
3.3
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Amazon.com Chairman, President, and CEO Jeff Bezos
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • You can definitely learn a lot in short spam in Amazon as they make you work a lot (in 111 reviews)

  • Density of talent: Some really smart people spoiling their careers here (in 327 reviews)


Cons
  • Company is not at all sorry to screw people's work-life balance for itself to excel (in 589 reviews)

  • There is literally no work life balance inside this company (in 134 reviews)

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  1.  

    Life at Amazon

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer I  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Amazon.com as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great Exposure
    Amazing Team Work
    Lots to learn on technology side

    Cons

    Too much work pressure
    Too much stress
    Little employee perks

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Stressful but worthy

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Able to get your hands on some latest technology. Seattle is a great Seattle, way better than Bay area in my opinion.

    Cons

    Stressful, workload is overwhelming. No cafeteria, no free snacks, only tea bags and coffee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get us some cafeterias, or some free snacks!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun Challenging Team working on innovating with customer input on the retail website

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Own your own product from end to end. From design and vision through to technology stack and ownership

    Cons

    Getting the opportunity really depends on what team you land in within the company. Some roles are fantastic some are terrible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to go beyond and above to ensure that the people they manage are happy. The fact that they are not complaining is not a positive. If they are not singing your praises then something can be improved. Keep a finger on the pulse

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Summer Software Development Engineer Internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Amazon.com as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    I had a lot of fun working at Amazon. I met a lot of people, and gained a few very close friendships. Additionally, I was always learning new things, from my team and via the Amazon-wide tech talks. Overall, it was a great experience for learning how to be a better developer and what it is like to work at such a large company.

    Cons

    From what I saw, it was either hit or miss whether the mentorship program was actually beneficial. Some interns had mentors that really facilitated their learning, but others had mentors who seemed to only be interested in their own career advancement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Summer Internship at AWS

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Amazon.com as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    1. Competitive compensation
    2. Flexible working time

    Cons

    1. Team where I am in is too large
    2. The assignment is boring

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Divide the group into more subgroups

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Okay experience. Didn't meet my expectations.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Amazon.com as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Freedom to code, design. Casual dress code.

    Cons

    Very Frugal. No need to show frugality where its not required.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please chop off unwanted projects that are going no where because it wastes man power, time and talent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Software Development Engineer Intern

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Amazon.com as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    - reasonable hours
    - good pay
    - friendly coworkers
    - got to work on consumer-facing, production code as an intern

    Cons

    - work was rather boring
    - codebase was not well maintained
    - manager did not try to engage the interns
    - company can be very cold at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - engage your employees better
    - leverage the individual strengths of your engineers better
    - more benefits than the bare minimum wouldn't hurt

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    It was ok

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer II  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    1) You may be working on really cool projects

    Cons

    1) You may get stuck with really boring project for long time
    2) Many junior devs in some orgs;
    3) SDE2 role is too wide (recent new grads who got promoted and people with more than 8 years of industry experience)
    4) Really hard to get promotion from SDE2 to SDE3;
    5) Cheap hardware;
    6) Stock vesting schedule is quite unfair;
    7) No cash bonuses for performance, additional stock bonuses no earlier than after 1 year of employment;
    8) No free lunches or basic snacks;

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    All work and no play.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good starting salary

    Stock that unlocks the more you stay with the company

    Top tier company with a great name on your resume

    Interesting work.

    Cons

    Bad work life balance. Being on-call can kill your plans for the weekend. Management spins this as taking ownership of your projects, but really, it's just Amazon being too frugal to hire support engineers.

    Depending on the team you join, management can be either a pleasure to deal with, or a complete pain.

    Company is stack ranked, which leaves room for co-workers to inflate their accomplishments at the cost of others. You really have to fight for your promotion here, because others will fight for theirs.

    Company is very frugal when it comes to basic office resources. Things like dual monitors and quad core desktops are hard to come by, and you're supposed to make do with whatever you have.

    Small, if any, salary bumps per yearly review. It doesn't really matter how hard you work at this company; the increase in pay you receive year over year is usually negligible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more resources into your employees happiness and satisfaction with work. Eliminate the stack ranking that occurs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    i probably became a worse engineer while i was here, a better manager, and a much better bureaucrat

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    internal tech talks are decent, amazon brand on the resume, great view from the office

    Cons

    Depends on the team - some teams have had all their software development abstracted out into poorly written or maintained internal tools, and you're basically a human grease monkey script. Disclaimer: some internal tools are fantastic, others are horrible and create operational issues.
    Being on-call is basically a way for them to pay you a 40 hour week, but work you 50-80 (depending on the team)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward top performing outliers - either don't place them into the "compensation calculator", or fix the algorithm.
    Raise the hiring bar to 75th percentile

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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