Amazon.com software engineer Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
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Pros
  • Good opportunity to learn a lot in a particular area of software development (in 101 reviews)

  • Density of talent: Some really smart people spoiling their careers here (in 306 reviews)


Cons
  • Company is not at all sorry to screw people's work-life balance for itself to excel (in 540 reviews)

  • There is literally no work life balance inside this company (in 125 reviews)

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    The best and worst of times

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    In most places challenging problems with motivated and competent colleagues working toward the common goal of making the most customer centric company in the world. Good rewards for implementing good ideas quickly. Culture encourages collaboration and access to intellectual resources. Competitive benefits with stock grants that reward pay for performance. The pace is usually exhilarating

    Cons

    Like most dynamic software companies the need for speed and impatience with failure biases work-life balance heavily to work at all technical levels evidenced in increases rates of fatigue and irritability. The pace reduces the time to recover. Q4 can be exhausting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to average fatigue and irritability. See if reducing the average increases productivity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Software Developer

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Very smart people to work with

    Cons

    Oncall responsibility so we have to work on weekends

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

    AWS is an awesome place to work

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Amazon.com part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Full of smart people - great support
    Projects are cutting edge
    You get training in all of the internal development software

    Cons

    Not too many cons. Amazon is very focused on the customer and not wasting money so employees do not see the same benefits as some other tech companies, but it is still a very pleasant place to work.

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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Amazon and AWS - smart people, fun projects, great work environment

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer II  in  Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Herndon, VA

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Smart people who take ownership. Managers who don't get in the way and are above average. In general, you'll learn quite a bit.

    Cons

    Growing so fast has it's challenges, it can seem somewhat wild, wild west at times. Dealing with and learning the Amazon specific infrastructure can be daunting and feel somewhat tedious. It's still mostly a Java shop.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  6.  

    great if you are hardworking

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    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 less than a year

    Pros

    great people. great tasks. a perfect place to master technical skills

    Cons

    work takes major part of your free time

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    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fast Paced, Technically Challenging, very Rewarding

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Many opportunities
    - Productivity is embraced
    - Agile processes carefully guide each project to measurable success

    Cons

    - Be prepared for your manager to use your peers to keep you in check
    - Everyone is brilliant so the least productive discussions are usually a mexican standoff of everybody being right

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    Positive Outlook
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  8.  

    summer intern

    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    good salary and good relocation contract

    Cons

    untill now it seems none

  9.  

    Work hard, have fun, make history. Seldom is a company's slogan so true.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer III  in  Cape Town (South Africa)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Cape Town (South Africa)

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Getting the opportunity to work with really bright people.
    Being given the space to build without micro-management.
    Getting to be the leader in the technology space.

    Cons

    You are expected to work very hard. On call can be rough depending on what team you are on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would struggle to give Management advice. They do a really good job of handling the paper work while giving Engineers the space they need to build.

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  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work hard

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer III  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    * Lots of freedom
    * Lots of ability to influence the business
    * Only bounds on what you do are you
    * Nobody says "no"; the ethos is "just do it"
    * Exposure to lots of interesting problems
    * Builder culture
    * Good practice for creating your own company

    Cons

    * Flat structure means that there's not a ton of specialization
    * Not a lot of structure on many teams; need to deal with and thrive on ambiguity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing

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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere. People really try to help each other through great communication. Executive focus and engagement in programs is very motivating. No place to hide for people who try to get along with the bare minimum.

    Cons

    Upper management can be a little ridiculous when it comes to project deadlines. Work-life can take a hit. Very limited training. Competition can get stiff.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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