Amazon.com Reviews

Updated October 29, 2014
Updated October 29, 2014
3,726 Reviews
3.3
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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.  

    Fast-paced but flexible and many opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Offers telecommuting.
    Slackers aren't tolerated.

    Cons

    You have to very good at saying no diplomatically because timelines are crazy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more training.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Absolutely brilliant coworkers. Poor work/life balance.

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

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

    Pros

    Have unlimited opportunities
    Completely own your projects
    brilliant and passionate colleagues

    Cons

    poor work-lift balance
    not so great compensation considering the amount of work needs to be done

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Summer Internship

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Munich (Germany)
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Munich (Germany)

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

    Pros

    It was a privilege to be able to work in the world's top online retailer. You would think that their operations depend more on online but in reality they are basically a logistics company. There are many different projects going on that are very interesting.

    Cons

    Being an american company I expected the environment in Germany to be more international, but 90% of the employees in Munich were German.
    They are too much focused on the Leadership Principles, which at moments could be very overwhelming.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more support to employees, since at times it is a very individualistic company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Fulfillment Associate

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Fulfillment Associate in Spartanburg, SC
    Former Employee - Fulfillment Associate in Spartanburg, SC

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    easy to get in to

    Cons

    bad upper management. supervisors are ok but people above them seem out of touch with reality

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    dont harp on safety if you can not do your job as a "safety manager"

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    software development engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time

    Pros

    online assignment: coding is very easy

    Cons

    online assignment: logics is very trick

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    Amazon is a great way to create mental toughness

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    flexible shifts
    friendly staff
    easy to move up

    Cons

    repetitiveness
    work environment
    no rewards for your work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Work hard, work very hard

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time

    Pros

    At the employee level and lower management, the collaboration and teamwork is there. Brown bag sessions are held, and training sessions are organized by peers.

    The insurance plans are top notch with a lot of choices, and cover most services.

    Cons

    The annual rating structure breeds a culture of doing something to just get ahead. All of the teamwork and collaboration goes out the window when the focus is shifted towards who is the top and who is the bottom.

    The principles are not well explained or followed through outside of the corporate office which creates a confusing environment where those who do go between the spaces don't know what to expect.

    Paid holidays are at a minimum and it is expected that work will still be done on those days. If an employee doesn't at least check in, then they miss the latest news or evolution of the team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to management would be to listen to the employees. Let them become true leaders and provide solid career paths.

    Focus less on results and more on people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Dynamic work atmosphere, excellent learning

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great place to work at if you are looking at rapidly improving your knowledge base. Very fast paced and dynamic work environment which keeps you on your toes all the time and ensures you deliver. Most of them on the business side are extremely intelligent and grounded people who are quite approachable and humble.

    Cons

    Lot of politics in some teams- but this is the case with most of the companies. Compensation is good but increments are rather meager during appraisal.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Program Manager Ops

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time

    Pros

    A lot of ownership and hands on experience
    Managers are generally very open and supportive
    You normally have complex problems so you will never get bored
    Tons on innovations

    Cons

    Poor work life balance
    Long hours and possibility of burning out

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Varies From day day. Some days you work extremely hard other days you may have the opportunity to go home.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Hazleton, PA
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Hazleton, PA

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

    Pros

    Diverse work force, you can meet a lot of different people.Stock given to employees as a reward for the time you work with Amazon. Benefits are pretty good and a decent 4O1K with company match.

    Cons

    A lot of favoritism by supervisors and managers especially regarding promotions and job placement. Can be a very labor intensive job depending on the position you are placed in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give promotions to competent employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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