Amazon.com Software engineer Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
3,658 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 112 reviews)

  • Density of talent: Some really smart people spoiling their careers here (in 331 reviews)


Cons
  • Company is not at all sorry to screw people's work-life balance for itself to excel (in 599 reviews)

  • There is literally no work life balance inside this company (in 138 reviews)

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  1.  

    Interesting work with very capable people

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    • 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
  2.  

    Internship at Amazon is a true learning experience

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    • 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
  3.  

    Innovative and cut throat

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    • 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.  

    Dynamic and challenging work

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    • 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
  6.  

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

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    • 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
  7.  

    learn a lot, but feel stressful.

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

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

    Pros

    You can learn a lot in Amazon. It is the most advanced SOC in the world.

    Cons

    feel stressful. And when you didn't get a return offer from Amazon, they didn't tell you the truth why. And many times when you get some problem, it is really hard to solve it, because it is Amazon specific, and you can't find the solution in google and feel very sad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    He should have help us more to push other teams to solve the problems when it is not our fault.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    Nightmare on south lake union

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    • 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

    - Initial Signing Bonus is Good. Most people start of with 30-40k signing bonus that spreads out over two years. Not bad huh.
    - For software engineers, there are weekly PoA talks, and learning series that will help you improve your knowledge and know what other teams are doing.
    - Working here looks good on your resume. Although slowly declining, working at amazon is still a big deal, sort of!
    - Pet friendly, Urban Campus.
    - Access to world class Principal Engineers.

    Cons

    - Horrible work life balance. Some teams do a death march for months together, during this time it is expected that you put in long hours(50+ easily).

    - SDM's at amazon are horrible. Most of them have no people management skills. I have known managers who were promoted despite having 80% attrition in their teams. no kidding.

    - Amazon, for whatever reason, does not file Green Card for immigrant Level 4 employees. The justification given by the legal department about not meeting the criteria is fishy, especially since Microsoft and Expedia are able get the process going for Level 59 employees. L59 at MSFT is equal to Level 4 at amazon.

    - SDE-1's are expected to demonstrate SDE-2 behavior for 5 months to be considered for promotion. This is something managers tell their employees every week in 1-on-1. Often, SDE-1s are not given enough opportunities to demonstrate such behavior ie good projects to work on etc

    - On call (for engineers) is basically paying the price for your predecessor's mistakes. There is zero documentation. Tribal knowledge is rampant. Due to constant churn and internal attrition, you will end up going on call once a month, which is like 12 weeks a year. Basically this means, for an entire quarter of an year, you will be doing everything except for writing code.

    - Finally, the feeling of camaraderie is missing. There are no free lunches, or free happy hours. Team building events are unheard of. You will be looked down upon as a weirdo if you try to get too friendly with your team mates. The expectation is to prevent social cohesion.

    - Finally, for SDE's there is no career growth after hitting SDE-2 mark. Less than 2% of engineers make it from SDE-2 to SDE-3 level.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Good for new grad, but need to improve

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    • 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
  10.  

    Software Development Engineer - Intern

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    • 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
  11. 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

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