Amazon.com Software engineer Reviews

Updated October 28, 2014
Updated October 28, 2014
3,726 Reviews
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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 115 reviews)

  • Density of talent: Some really smart people spoiling their careers here (in 340 reviews)


Cons
  • Company is not at all sorry to screw people's work-life balance for itself to excel (in 616 reviews)

  • There is literally no work life balance inside this company (in 140 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to work, but average compensation.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Great quality of work (esp. within AWS)
    - Surrounded by very smart engineers
    - Management is very receptive to ideas and feedback
    - Super customer obsessed
    - Strong company culture. People really believe in company's core values which makes for an inspired work environment
    - Highly data driven company
    - No politics BS

    Cons

    - Average pay and benefits. Amazon is lagging behind other companies in it's class (Facebook, Google, MS, etc.)
    - Slow promotions in some parts of the company
    - On call rotation can be bad at times (although it depends on the team).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve employee pay and benefits. People are not happy within the company with their compensation. Amazon is lagging behind other companies

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    operational load

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    good infrastructure
    lot to learn
    smart guys

    Cons

    operational load
    cheap stuff
    no lunch
    work-life banlance bad

  3.  

    Innovative and cut throat

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

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Everyone is expected to participate in the decisions on many levels. Easy access to developers, program managers and others. Your voice is heard.

    Cons

    Very cut throat, you will be compared to others on all levels, and performance alone isn't enough to keep being employed. The constant amount of new people coming in and old people leaving means that things are very often disorganized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure that everyone knows the big picture and don't let them get sucked into a single project while the quality of other things suffer. Everyone needs to work together, and time needs to be set aside to do that.

    Beware, many organizations within Amazon are quite a bit different in respect to management and work/life balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Internship at Amazon is a true learning experience

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

    I worked at Amazon.com as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Get to work on real world problems
    Best people will mentor you
    Get to learn latest technologies
    Helps on Resume

    Cons

    Sometimes you might be stuck up somewhere given the size of organisation
    People are workholic

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go easy on interns :):)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Interesting work with very capable people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    The best thing about interning with Amazon is my team. Everyone were very willing to help each other or offer advice. I interned for 12 weeks working on a web application, and I learned a tremendous amount.

    Cons

    Mine was a relatively laid back team, but I hear from fellow interns that some of the other teams at Amazon are quite intense, and require long work hours.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Dynamic and challenging work

    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Each team is run like a startup. Team gets to decide what technologies can be used, how to design and build their systems.

    Cons

    Oncall can be taxing
    Workplace needs serious improvements. Office spaces are crowded, parking is extremely problematic and no real perks working in the office

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Being frugal principle often gets extended too much. Be realistic and evaluate your policies from becoming frupid.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to being a career. Growth can be slow.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of breadth, can get good work, peers are smart.

    Cons

    compensation is not at par, very top down, promotions can take a while

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    employees can be put at par to customers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Software Development Engineer - Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    - worked with AWS EC2 Windows, great team
    - exciting environment that is looking to push the boundaries of what can and has been done
    - employees are extremely talented and excited about their work, makes it fun to be there. They're also fun, caring, enjoyable people
    - treat interns like employes
    - nice compensation
    - Great leadership principles

    Cons

    - housing was in a really nice hotel, but wasn't very functional for 3 months
    - the majority of my team had only been at Amazon roughly 2 years or less
    - full time benefits seem to be a little less than competing companies. Overall great though

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep moving forward and innovate and simplify

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good for new grad, but need to improve

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

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    A good place to work hard.

    Cons

    No one cares your life and no one will stop you from burning yourself with extra works. You have to learn how to stop.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    This company is great at letting you work the best way you can. Hours range from coming in at 7am - 11am and from going home from 4pm to 8pm. Washington is a great place to live.

    Cons

    Amazon can be very busy at times and you may be asked to work late or on weekends. Also being on call sucks and there is a constant on call rotation in this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more social events between the busy seasons

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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