Amazon.com software engineer Reviews

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 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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  1.  

    Okay experience. Didn't meet my expectations.

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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 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
  2.  

    Summer Internship at AWS

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    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
  3.  

    Summer Software Development Engineer Internship

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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 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
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    I left the company and I never look back.

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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 a year

    Pros

    You can meet some really bright engineers here. And you can learn some really good design of big projects. Bear in mind not every project is good and not every engineer in AWS is bright.

    Cons

    Managers have no clue what is going on and they are not interested either. But they are fond of micromanagement. I unfortunately worked for some managers from Microsoft and all they know is comparing levels and hiring from Microsoft. The turn-over rate is so high you hardly find a knowledgable person that are available to help. Also, since many people just abandon the ship half way through their projects, new comers are forced to pick up some dubious and horrible code bases to start with. Plus the operational stuff is a big pain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being cheap. Frugality is stupid for a tech company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good experience in general

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    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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Salary is good and get stokcs vests over first 4 years. Very challeging nad will push you to your limits and beyond. But good experience with Amazon. You are empowered ot have a direct impact on customers and hte business.

    Cons

    No work life balance. It might not be the good place if you are planning to stay long. It's a "sink or swim" environment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intelligent, motivated coworkers in a fast-paced environment with constantly-shifting goals.

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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 more than a year

    Pros

    Your coworkers are generally motivated, capable people. Compensation is reasonable, given cost-of-living in the Seattle area. Lots of good places to eat in South Lake Union.

    Cons

    Emphasis on quantity over quality, in spite of the Amazon Leadership Principles. Engineers are second-class citizens in some divisions where business people rule the roost. Long hours. Lots of internal bureaucracy. Strong case of NIH syndrome. High employee turnover. No company shuttles to the Eastside (Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Issaquah, ...).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower engineers to do their jobs well. Do a better job at creating requirements and strategies and sticking to them.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Unique place to work and can teach you good leadership values

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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 more than 5 years

    Pros

    Leadership principles in Amazon makes it still work like a start-up by developing leaders in the small teams to own their systems and products. Each development team works like its own start-up, each day the developers are encouraged to think big and show ownership. Being vocally self critical is highly encouraged and it makes the teams openly identify areas to improve and act upon them. Most people are smart and have their own core strengths. The people who stay long are generally seasoned leaders even though they are individual contributors, they look out for mentoring and developing the best.
    The experience gained working at Amazon is valuable. It can be applied at any other start-up/other big/established company which works similar to a start-up effectively.

    Cons

    Lots of type A personalities with strong opinions and ideas. If you are able to deal with such members in a team its an advantage. Promotions are hard and can be cut throat. Recognition to the work you have done in terms of getting up the ladder can be challenging. Everyone is smart and hard working which will make it hard to get recognized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promoting from within can help with the retention instead of hiring senior positions from outside the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    it was hard interview

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer IIo  in  Hyderābād (India)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer IIo in Hyderābād (India)

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

    Pros

    good package and i suggest it to every fresher to try for it and get selected and if selected they provide high salary and very good incentives

    Cons

    hectic work and you should work in rotational shifts mostly on night shifts

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great

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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 more than a year

    Pros

    -Fast paced work culture
    -New teams have startup atmosphere
    -Learn new stuff daily

    Cons

    - Oncall pressure
    - Perks could be better

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    SDE Intern at Amazon Seattle HQ.

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

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

    Pros

    Great pay. Good working environment. Dog lover. Their internship is one of the best one. You have your own project. Learn a lot from their process. Also easier than some other companies to get return offer.

    Cons

    Food is bad. Nothing is for free. Don't like company culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't like the company culture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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