Amazon.com Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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  1. A good place to work?

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cha1 Tier III Non-inventory Procurement in Chattanooga, TN
    Current Employee - Cha1 Tier III Non-inventory Procurement in Chattanooga, TN

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

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

    Pros

    I have worked in every process in the building. Some jobs you walk a lot and some you're standing in spot .But overall it is a decide place to work.

    Cons

    Communication of shifts changes and overtime needs to improve. The "leadership " turn over is nuts! Pay was OK when the building opened, but now the local job market is 20 times better.

    Advice to Management

    A pay scale increase for all Associates from Tier I to Tier III's. If not I fear this building is going to fail.


  2. Your experience will depend entirely on your team

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

    Opportunity to work on things that are interesting/innovative. The company puts a lot of ownership on employees, which is cool.

    Cons

    Lots of churn on projects - you can work on something for months when senior leadership pivots and you have to scrap the entirely of your work.

    Advice to Management

    Let us have a life!!!


  3. No direction

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Pros

    great coworkers, solid brand, strong earnings potential

    Cons

    very little ability to impact directly, asks for results, closed-minded upper management


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    Amazon

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time

    Pros

    Competitive pay, great benefits, promotion opportunities

    Cons

    Management styles conflicting with ideas brought up by associates, don't truly follow their core values


  6. DBA

    Current Employee - Database Administrator
    Current Employee - Database Administrator

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Pros

    busy OLTP system to test your skills

    Cons

    working nev is rather crowed


  7. Helpful (3)

    Not the Amazon it used to be

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

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Interesting projects, significant autonomy, not a lot of focus on the peripherals in getting the job done. Enough funds, most of the time, to get the job done. Never bored.

    Cons

    Very sexist work culture. You either need a sympathetic sponsor to guide you and shelter you as a female, or you have to work in a role that people expect women to work in. I got tired of being surrounded by the boy's club and brogrammer culture.

    Advice to Management

    Actually back up your commitment to diversity. Have a REAL onboarding program for the new employees who are sometimes actively critical of Amazon culture, much less accepting and embracing of it.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Quality Assurance

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

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

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

    Pros

    The pay is fair. Coworkers are very smart. The products & services being developed are exciting. The customer really is king.

    Cons

    Management style verges on psychological abuse. Constant micromanagement and management through chastisement. Unrelenting deadlines and unrealistic goals. They continually "raise the bar" making it impossible to satisfy requirements. The annual review process is broken. Employees are not valued. Lower level management seems to be intentionally making QA dysfunctional in order to justify its elimination in the future.

    Advice to Management

    Reward good behavior (why do I have to state this?).
    Fix the review process - nobody likes the current process; not individual contributors, not management, it turns many good employees into poorly functioning employees.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Sr. Instock Manager

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

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time

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

    Pros

    Highly-driven, analytical colleagues. The caliber of colleague at Amazon was higher than other places I've worked.

    Cons

    Lack of development path, particularly in the Retail segment of the business. Focus on week-to-week reporting metrics without room for longer-term, strategic impact or influence.

    Advice to Management

    Align expectations with reality for new MBAs or churn will always cost you a ton of time and resources. Once the growth slows down this problem will get worse and matter more.


  10. Helpful (1)

    It Started Great

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Site Merchandiser in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Site Merchandiser in Seattle, WA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart, fun people to work with
    Easy access to management
    Perks of sample merchandise
    Total ownership of projects

    Cons

    Constant movement of Management - I had 4 leads in 2 years
    Creative opportunities were minimal
    Much drama over trivial, petty, low impact issues
    Lack of vision from management
    Relied heavily on ambiguity, "Just do the right thing", and was quick to reprimand when mind-reading was successful

    Advice to Management

    Find creative people who are passionate about your business. Provide opportunities for internal growth and access to out-side-of-gropu opportunities. Listen to the ideas of those whom report to you. Do not suck the life out of projects with minutia filled spreadsheets. Business minded people do not typically make good creative leaders.


  11. Great company to work at only if you find yourself in a good team

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

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

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

    Pros

    A great company with long term vision that also offers a chance to work with smart people;

    Cons

    At any high growth company, you might find yourself inadequately supported. Sometimes, that's where the stress, long hours and conflicts come from.

    Advice to Management

    It's not the employer's job to bring out the best of an employee. It's its core interest. So work on that.



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