Amazon.com Reviews

Updated April 26, 2015
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  1. Engineer

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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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    New tech rolls out daily

    Cons

    Treat employees like a #

    Advice to Management

    Be a person

  2. Helpful (2)

    Tough place. Swim or sink; you are on your own.

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    Former Employee - SDE2 in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - SDE2 in Seattle, WA

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

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Simple offering: If you make it, great: what don't kill you makes you more experienced. First 6-12 months are quite likely the shittiest in your life so far. After that it will improve one way or another. Many quite during that point, and the next job is usually an improvement. Those who do not will figure out how to improve their life within. Both may work.

    Cons

    Pager. Tons of others, but we'll start with that one.

    Advice to Management

    Start treating your employees as well (or even nearly as well) as your customers.

  3. ISS Rep

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amazon.com

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good benefits, good pay if you are a tier 3 or higher. otherwise pay is average. raises are rare unless you are management. you can go four or more years without a raise because of the way the handle raises. it is done by corporate so there are not merit raises only step raises. you top out after three years and then that is it.

    Cons

    you are not a person you are a number. people are not treated fairly at times as management can be very biased.

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  5. Support Engineer III

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    Current Employee - Support Engineer III in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Support Engineer III in Seattle, WA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    + Smart people
    + Great technology
    + Awesome mentors
    + Seattle is an amazing place

    Cons

    - Stack ranking
    - Work life balance
    - Advancement opportunities
    - Politics

    Advice to Management

    Stack ranking, and constant emergencies burn employees out. Managers are more concerned with their own ranking than with the well-being of their employees. This is causing some of the highest turnover rates in the technology industry. The average person here lasts about 2 years or less.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Worked VERY Hard, had some fun and we did make history...........

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Business Partner
    Former Employee - Human Resources Business Partner

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Very smart people, fast paced and interesting concepts and ideas.

    Cons

    Long hours, unappreciated, lack of HR support and direction.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Full time, Good 20 somthing job. Offers many opportunitys.

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    Current Employee - Fulfillment Associate in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Current Employee - Fulfillment Associate in Lexington-Fayette, KY

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Guaranteed hours, ok pay, overall compensation

    Cons

    Long hours, somtimes stressfull atmosphere.

    Advice to Management

    Stop changing managers so much.

  8. Helpful (1)

    When I really needed a job amazon was there.

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    Former Employee - Fulfillment Associate in Petersburg, VA
    Former Employee - Fulfillment Associate in Petersburg, VA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    if you need a job... always hiring. Working at amazon is mainly about speed. Working non-stop.

    Cons

    advancement is difficult.. quality could get you fired, but manage doesn't expressed it. Rate, Rate, Rate is the number one goal.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to focus more on quality, than on rate. Management need more backbone when communicating with upper management, even staff.

  9. Work/life balance become non-existent

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    You'll learn a lot of new tasks, as multi-tasking is fundamental here.

    Cons

    If you value a reasonable work/life balance at all, this is not the employer for you.

    Advice to Management

    Please stop understaffing teams, and actually hire enough people for teams to allow them to work less than 70 hours a week.

  10. Good experience. A lot of work.

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    Former Employee - Full Time Fulfillment Associate
    Former Employee - Full Time Fulfillment Associate

    I worked at Amazon.com

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of overtime available during Christmas season.

    Cons

    They overwork you & it takes a toll on you especially during times of mandatory overtime. The pay should be higher. The computers constantly down.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management should pay more attention to fulfillment associates. They were utterly clueless when it came to the employees personal lives.

  11. A great company to work for at the edge of online technology, growing at a very fast pace globally.

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    Former Employee - Support Function in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Support Function in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Amazon.com

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Here, you can definitely learn a lot and help shape the future of the online business if you like working fast paced business.

    Cons

    You need to be willing to give a lot of extra hours into your work and be able to handle pressure.

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