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  1. Great internship experience

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

    I have been working at Amazon.com as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It was my first internship so I can't make comparisons, but I enjoyed working on a project that had immediate impacts with smart co-workers. The internship confirmed that I love working as a software developer.

    Cons

    Maybe it was because I was an intern but I felt it was hard to approach some of the people in the other teams.

  2. Helpful (4)

    Each team in Amazon is different, but I'd say I got a pretty great team!

    • 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 (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Amazon reviews the code that is submitted to production, so you have an opportunity to grow as a developer.
    -My work environment is very conducive to collaboration and constant feedback
    -I can write code that is handling Amazon.com production traffic within a week or two. I feel like what I'm doing is actually useful.
    -My team has a very high standard for unit tests and other testing strategies, which in turn help you write better code.
    -Very flexible work hours. You can come in at 6 and leave at 2 or you can come in at 11 and leave at 7. You can work extra on some days to get an hour or two off on other days. Basically get your work done is the only standard, which makes me a lot more likely to work well.
    -My team has a large diversity - five nationalities, both genders.
    -Cereal for our floor is a plus!

    Cons

    -Being on call. I'm part of a pretty central service to amazon, so being on call usually means getting paged for a decently high severity problem.

    Advice to Management

    It hasn't become an issue yet, but there are three reasons I could see myself leaving the company for:
    -Little support for women having and raising children
    -No sponsored opportunities to go back to school. If I want to go back to school, I'll quit and then see who will hire me for my new skillset, rather than Amazon being guaranteed my work.
    -My team does not have a level at which you are no longer primary on-call. SDE III's and people who have been there for 7 years are still being woken up at 3 in the morning.

  3. Helpful (4)

    Great employer

    • 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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - A lot of interesting projects
    - Proposed compensation was well above that I expected
    - I've got my green card in 2 years after first day
    - Great CEO with very ambitious plans

    Cons

    - not much benefits in office (no free food etc)
    - on-calls
    - if you are not doing well in your current project, most probably you will be fired - no chance to switch if you under-performing

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes person just not right for the project. So restriction to change project if performance on current project is low - kind of harsh.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Knowledge school, too much work

    • 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are a lot of learning opportunities both in team projects as well as tech talks that happen every week. I would say Amazon Web Services is a school which excel in Distributed Systems.

    Cons

    Too much work load. This is connected to the learning I mentioned before. Much of the time is spent in learning which causes to work long hours. But I like this way

    Advice to Management

    Upper management strives hard for good career of each employee.

  6. SDE 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work. People are so nice and helpful, you'll learn a lot. Atmosphere is so good, we hangout after work, work load is not that heavy, but work you do is interesting! Salary and Corporate housing are awesome!

    Cons

    None. Perfect place for interns.

  7. Cirdan Ultra is a game-changing laboratory information system provider.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Software Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Software Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Amazon.com as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good culture, energetic and have a passion for quality.

    Cons

    It may acquire more experienced talent in the particular field to develop their new product faster.

    Advice to Management

    The company may acquire more experienced talent in the particular field to develop their new product faster.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Worked in AWS. It was a very good learning experience. The team was very open and supportive.

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

    I have been working at Amazon.com as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good Compensation
    Seattle is a lovely place
    The management is rather open to your ideas
    You get the freedom to work the way you want

    Cons

    Work life balance is a little skewed to the work side

  9. At Amazon, we love to build systems. Systems that are distributes, and that talk to each other and get the business done

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Chennai (India)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Chennai (India)

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Exposure to open technologies, highly competitive salary, smart people, good culture

    Cons

    Operational stuff to be done by devs, slower promotions, less hikes, disparity of salary between lateral hires and existing people

    Advice to Management

    Keep the salaries of veterans at par with laterals

  10. AWesome company oto work for

    • 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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    competitive environment. People are very helpful

    Cons

    bad city. almost a dead one

    Advice to Management

    you rock!!

  11. It was an excellent work experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Brilliant coworkers to learn new things. Liberal policies which maintains work life balance. It is one of the best place to have an excellent work experience.

    Cons

    Cons depend on your believes and expectations. Company has a wast no of employees. So you have to take serious efforts to prove your talent.

    Advice to Management

    I think it has good management and teams.

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