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Amazon.com Reviews

Updated November 22, 2014
Updated November 22, 2014
3,860 Reviews
3.4
3,860 Reviews
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Amazon.com Chairman, President, and CEO Jeff Bezos
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2,626 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • You can definitely learn a lot in short spam in Amazon as they make you work a lot (in 115 reviews)

  • Density of talent: Some really smart people spoiling their careers here (in 340 reviews)


Cons
  • Company is not at all sorry to screw people's work-life balance for itself to excel (in 616 reviews)

  • There is literally no work life balance inside this company (in 140 reviews)

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  1.  

    Marketing Specialist

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Amazon.com as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Personal Growth, Ownership, Opportunity to work on special projects. Great company to start a career with.

    Cons

    Work life balance can become quite stressful, holiday season gets extremely busy during Q4.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    #1 On-line Retailer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Area Manager in Tracy, CA
    Current Employee - Area Manager in Tracy, CA

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

    Pros

    It is a fast paced work environment. Provides a lot of opportunity of lateral and upward mobility. Great for individuals trying to make a career transition into start-ups.

    Cons

    Churn and Burn culture. Area Managers managing 50-100+ Associates. The expectations are unrealistic at times. For example the administrative duties to keep track of performance management, vacation request on a daily basis is a big challenge. The managers get beat-up by senior management if the manager is not up-to-date on a daily basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider changing the management structure or the expectations from the managers, if you dont want to burn out the Area Managers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    TPM interview at amazon

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - TPM≪ in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - TPM≪ in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    They mostly asked generic questions about past experience. Some interviewers were not clear in their wordings. One poker faced guy asked some tech questions.

    Cons

    they should give more authority to TPM

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    they should give more authority to TPM

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    The beat is fading for Amazon Music

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    - Lots of opportunity to own your projects and deliver
    - Learn how to navigate and deal with politics :)
    - Great salary
    - Great name on the resume
    - Great cultural values that apply to anywhere you work after Amazon (except for the frugality part)

    Cons

    - Turnover is very high, people usually stick around 6 months to a year. People leave every week.
    - Toxic frugal culture, too cheap to give you the proper tools for you to do your job (software licenses, equipment, etc)
    - Dog eat dog culture, political as it gets
    - Lack of collaboration, people are willing to throw each other under the bus to further themselves
    - Lack of trust from management, management micromanages and even if you have data to prove why things should be a certain way, they will tell you to do it their way because they override you
    - No one cares about making a quality product, it's always about just shipping things that just work and never revisiting to optimize or improve the product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in and trust your employees. Encourage collaboration instead of competition. listen to your customers and address the issues, don't just give them free shipping or products just because they complain. Fix the problem with high turnover.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Moving to product focus at expense of Technical expertise

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

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

    Pros

    Unique approach to online retailing using multiple competing teams to achieve components of an initiative
    Pays well

    Cons

    Not nearly as Agile as they say
    Limited to no testing rigor around software releasing. Rely on "Beta" to bug fix

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead by encouragement more rather than what was missed or not done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    It's a good company sometimes unfair though

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    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Tracy, CA
    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Tracy, CA

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

    Pros

    Good starting pay. You also work 4 ten hr shifts

    Cons

    Low raises. Very rate competitive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Temporary Holiday Sales Associate

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    Former Employee - CSA II in Kennewick, WA
    Former Employee - CSA II in Kennewick, WA

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

    Pros

    Well, the atmosphere is laid-back, and the job is essentially easy. Overall, nice people to work with. For some quick money during the holidays, it wasn't bad. However, they massively downsize again after the holiday season.

    Cons

    If you aren't quick enough, you get cut. If you aren't skilled with computer programming and stuff, you won't really go very far. That 5-star treatment is reserved for the techies.. I

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you see someone who is really committed, develop them, don't let them go and tell them "you'd love to have them work for you again."

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  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.  

    Great

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Instock Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Instock Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Great place to grow
    Opportunity for younger people
    Motivated and smart people
    Fast paced
    Located in a great city

    Cons

    No work life balance, working 16 hours a day at the least, very cyclical Jobs with weekly reviews, ambiguous roles

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazon Review

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

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    A place to work with it's encouraged to think big, dive deep, and work with very smart people.

    Cons

    Minimal work life balance, extremely frugal, and little recognition for your hard work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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