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Amazon.com Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
3,532 Reviews

3.3
3,532 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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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1,124 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

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  1.  

    Fast paced, great people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Instock Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Instock Manager in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    Smart people, growing business.

    Cons

    Expected to support leadership unconditionally. High turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need better developed HR department.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Fulfillment Associate

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Fulfillment Associate  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Fulfillment Associate in Phoenix, AZ

    Pros

    I lost a lot of weight working at the warehouse for Amazon. Their open door policy makes it easy for you to talk to management.

    Cons

    The work is very repetitive. Do not look at the clock if you want to survive 10-12 hour days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to lower level employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Amazon is the pinnacle of innovation.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supervisor  in  Hebron, KY
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Hebron, KY

    Pros

    The pay versus work load is satisfactory. The company HR Dept. constantly "looks" out and keeps an open door policy for all of its employee including those staffed in. There was never a concern for my safety due to Amazon.com's thorough training and safety guidelines.

    Cons

    Amazon offers a "good" benefit plan not the best by no means. The work to life balance is strictly based on how much you want to go home, because if you have the PTO then you can leave at anytime without any problems, but if you are looking for overtime then this is place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I absolutely loved the management, they all did a wonderful job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Work hard and Play hard - no joke

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager II  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager II in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    This is a fast moving company that allows you to think big and run with it if your ideas are sound, and can make a difference. There is plenty of support to grow and you are encouraged to work on projects and in areas that excite you.

    Cons

    There is no such thing as work life balance for most departments here. This is a 24/7 business and the delivering the best customer experience is demanding.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good company to work in

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    nice people, many activities, target projects, flexible time schedule, bring pets

    Cons

    large system, hard promotion, no free lunch, hard to park, pay to park.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    keeps you busy

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    career opportunities, compensation, company values and quality of people who work there.

    Cons

    very high expectations, high time pressure, poor life-work balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging company which needs to grow

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Software Development Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    challenges, qualitative culture, customer obsession, fierce market positioning

    Cons

    organizational bloat (hiring without need), company size, work-life balance, lack of support for growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    avoid organizational bloat, and build more ownership in teams

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pays well. Depends on your team.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    Pays well.
    They cover housing for you, bringing your intern salary to about 100k if full time.
    Opportunity to learn a lot.
    Flexible work schedule. (can come in late. can work from home. can leave early if you need to)
    Tons of smart people
    Employees care about the customer
    You get full disclosure on your performance
    real work as an intern - your team will give you a project to work on that they had on the back-burner but still want done

    Cons

    The pros are largely universal. The cons will depend on your team.
    If you have a great team, you'll have a great time. If you have a crappy team, you'll have a crappy time. I'm basing this off of what I know about my team versus what other interns told me about their teams.
    Either way, you'll need to be assertive. Ask questions. Get help when you don't know something. General rule is spend 30 mins trying to figure something out. Then if you haven't, go ahead and ask a someone with more experience.
    Your project may not be defined. You will have to get it defined. (i.e. figure out what you have to do for it to be complete). It can be hard to communicate with superiors as an intern, assuming you have little prior experience. A thought I basically had "I am inexperienced. I do not want to annoy anyone. I'll just try to figure this out on my own." This is incorrect. Your boss will know that already. Go ahead and don't be shy and you'll avoid lots of the problems.
    You may have to work longer hours depending on your project.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Working with Amazon

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    Rich technologies and infrastructure is a big plus to move faster and learn at same pace.

    Cons

    Employees not counted, highly competitive environment leads to wrong choice and employees are sacrificed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership principals are the pillars of success to business, but those often used conveniently.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Future

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer I  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer I in San Diego, CA

    Pros

    great benifits, nice co-workers, like a second family

    Cons

    lack leadership in the management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    compensation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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