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Amazon.com Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
3,944 Reviews
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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 118 reviews)

  • Density of talent: Some really smart people spoiling their careers here (in 352 reviews)


Cons
  • Company is not at all sorry to screw people's work-life balance for itself to excel (in 636 reviews)

  • There is literally no work life balance inside this company (in 145 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ok pay but very over worked

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Pros

    If your able to get in throu amazon the pay is coo but most likely smx will be the one to hire you

    Cons

    There harder to get hired directly throu amazon and they use a temp agency to do there hiring to pay at a lower rate for productivity at cheaper cost to them and they say your apart of the amazon team but your really not you cam tell by the different gifts and challenges they have for amazon employees amd smx staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dunno really kmow what to say i cant ever find them i only saw them once at orientation

  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    good place to start a job but not stay long

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst Intern in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    learning a lot. there are a lot of things that can be improved, so it is a challenge/opportunity.

    Cons

    no life/work balance. depends on who your managers are. some managers dont spend time on junior analysts and then dont really care.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Fun, challenging and interesting at first, but after nearly 4 years it's exhausting.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    - Signing bonus
    - Decent benefits
    - Great location
    - Opportunity to transfer within company

    Cons

    -Average salary
    -Difficult to get a significant raise, even after a positive review.
    -Stack ranking
    - You are expected to keep up with an insane pace and a mountain of of work while also going above and beyond
    - High turnover due to burnout

    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Few bad apples spoil the barrel of wine.

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

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

    Pros

    Working at Amazon gives you the ability to learn and to interact with incredibly smart people. There is no shortage of interesting projects or initiatives. Good place to develop writing skills.

    Cons

    Grinder culture, work is your life, incredibly bad and toxic managers tend to hang on much too long, and in some cases thrive. While everyone is a vocal proponent for direct communication style, finding errors in projects can lead to retaliation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nasty personality does not indicate a successful manager.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Fulfillment Associate (picker)

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    Former Employee - Fulfillment Associate in San Bernardino, CA
    Former Employee - Fulfillment Associate in San Bernardino, CA

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

    Pros

    Publicly traded corporation. Billions in assets. Okay, in other words it's a stable company, you can say you have a secure job. Easy to get into. I recommend waiting when they have a direct hire event to get in direct with Amazon and not thru an agency. You get all the good benefits, health, dental, vision, life, 401k, restricted stock units, pto, vacation, unpaid, discounts etc. all on the first day of employment when direct hire. The fulfillment center is high tech, well ventilated and water stations are plenty to keep hydrated during job. Not much micro managing. HR is easily accessible as they are on the floor. Nice cafeteria style lunch rooms with variable lunch options if you want to buy. Scattered bathrooms thought center as well. What else.. Oh and plenty of free parking.

    Cons

    Rate. I always said this job would be a keeper if weren't for rate. Or a at least doing a different job function where rate does not dictate you collecting a paycheck or collecting unemployment. Picking is amongst the demanding job functions in the fulfillment center. As of late 2014 rate was 114 per hour. Meaning picking 114 items per hour for 10 hours. Shifts are 4 days 10 hour shifts with 3 days off. Back to rate. Rate is what you are in here. You are nothing but a metric of performance. You are to be treated as a robot. Area managers are always switched. And almost always new. So there is no building relationships as coworkers. They are pressured to meet high production outputs or be fired. So in return they have to eliminate the underperformed. That's the way it is. I say get replace workers with high tech robots and save yourself money and increase production exponentially. Rate is robots not humans. At least humans who are intellectuals and are doing the job out of necessity and don't just have an empty head, like most of the unfortunate youth in there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Establish a more team oriented production output. Keep managers longer in their departments.
    Reconsider the rate metric or use your billions in cash to develop high tech robots to pick in your facility.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    What's the reward for good work? More work!

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer II in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer II in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Very smart group. You'll learn a lot and also contribute/teach plenty.

    Cons

    Worklife balance sucks especially if you're in an operational heavy team, Project deadlines are unreal. Can be very disorganized at times. Tons of Egos but that's just the IT field in general. AWS struggles to understand what it means to be a sysEng. It seems their idea of sysEng tasks are whatever the devs cannot get to at the moment (this does not hold true for every team to be fair).

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

    Good intern experience to learn to become an industrial engineer

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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

    Workload for interns is okay. Some interns came in 10am and left at 4pm.
    You will have access to play around with the code base Amazon has. It's a good opportunity to learn how the code was written in a big company as Amazon.
    People in Amazon are smart and kind.

    Cons

    Frugal is one of the principle that the company advocates, and it follows the principle very well. There is no free food; you have to pay even for soft drink and snack. Only free stuff is cheap coffee and tea. The allocated desktop is outdated, and you don't want do anything on it.
    Personnel management is loose: I was not assigned any work until week 3. I was surprised that Amazon is rich enough to hire an employee does nothing for such a long time.
    Sometime it requires to collaborate with other teams, but it's very difficult
    Interns get little attention, and it's difficult to get help if you are get stuck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to interns.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Eventually you will know more people who have left Amazon than you currently work with.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Smart people, lots of internal job opening, you can transfer once every year.

    Cons

    Smart people with knowledge eventually leave. Zero perks. If the stock goes up they consider it a raise for the next year. The stack ranking means you can't really make a big mistake.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    There is a reason why people don't stay

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    Former Employee - Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Intern in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    The company is full of smart people that you continued to amaze me while in my role. They were always willing to help and give information even if it was just to point you in the right direction.

    Cons

    Although people are willing to help they were not collaborative. Many were only trying to push their thoughts and initiatives. At times management seemed down right rude. The work life balance was not healthy and without recognition it felt as if you were working without anyone acknowledging it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create n environment where people feel like they can add to the organization instead of taking away from someone else.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Life at Amazon

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Stow in Robbinsville, NJ
    Former Employee - Stow in Robbinsville, NJ

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

    Pros

    I liked working nights and enjoyed my time there as short as it was. July 2014 until November 2014.

    Cons

    As with all Bigger than life is the usual evaluation based on the numbers alone and not on common sense. Experienced employees are replaced by temporarys

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the productive people do their jobs and remember us in the trenches are the ones who are the most important

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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