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  1.  

    It's a great job for college students

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    Former Employee - Warehouse Picker in Jeffersonville, IN
    Former Employee - Warehouse Picker in Jeffersonville, IN

    I worked at Amazon.com (less than a year)

    Pros

    Starting pay is 10.5 regardless of warehouse experience. There is the possibility for overtime especially during the holidays. Depending on your job it is good exercise. You get the opportunity to meet a lot of different and interesting people. If you can survive the 'black out' period (seasonal holidays) there is a high possibility of converting to a full time Amazon employee. Once New Year's is over you automatically get ATO (approved time off) through the temp agency ISS (Integrity staffing solutions). ATO allows you to miss work or be late without it counting against you.

    Cons

    I worked as a picker which is exhausting work even for me. I'm young, physically fit, non smoker and yet it was a challenge walking 10+ miles for 10 hours a day 4-5 days a week. You're expected to make rate once you've been there a couple weeks and if you don't someone from the temp agency will approach you and either write you up or reprimand you. Rate on average was about 70 uph (units per hour). There isn't a very good work-life balance if you're working 40+ hours a week. When you're not working, expect to be tired/and or hungry. It wasn't surprising that they had us watch a sexual harassment video during orientation. BEWARE if you're a young woman and even mildly attractive you will have guys cat calling you, making inappropriate comments, and coming up to you throughout EVERY day. If this makes you uncomfortable then don't even apply.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not all of your seasonal workers plan on quitting. Treat the temp workers as good as your permanent 'blue badge' employees. Also, you're location at SDF8 has a major problem with sexual harassment. Understand that that contributes to the turnover rate that you have.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Good internship experience working at a large tech company.

    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Well structured and good organization. Exposure to software engineering as a full time job. Easier to get full time job after internship.

    Cons

    Workers may feel like a small insubstantial piece of a much larger company. Very frugal, wont find free tablets or concerts here.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Plenty-Good-N-Bad

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    The diversity of programming languages and technologies that you can use are nice. You definitely can't get bored if you love to learn and like new challenges.

    Cons

    The work-life balance can sometimes be a challenge to maintain. It is important to prioritize your work and stay focused.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide subsidized athletic club memberships.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Warehouse Associate

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    Current Employee - Amazon Warehouse Worker in Avenel, NJ
    Current Employee - Amazon Warehouse Worker in Avenel, NJ

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Pros

    Easy work, decent starting pay. Managers are top notch.

    Cons

    Hours, time away from family, long shifts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to develop your talent. Re-assess your workforce sooner, learn what they can do, and move them through the company. Too much talent is wasted there, stagnated in entry level jobs that are below what they can do.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Fast paced, work load can be heavy at times.

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    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate

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

    Pros

    Great people, if your a hard worker you'll def. get notice by management and that helps if you want to move forward in the company.

    Cons

    Cons definitely come when a great worker because when where short handed you are pretty much doing everything! And does take a beat on you. pay could be better same goes for employee discount.

  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good pay, fun work but no work life balance

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    Former Employee - Transaction Risk Investigator
    Former Employee - Transaction Risk Investigator

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

    Pros

    Fun and challenging work with smart people

    Cons

    No work life balance and very very poor management in general

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great benefits but a letdown after years pass by

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    Former Employee - Warehouse Worker in Murfreesboro, TN
    Former Employee - Warehouse Worker in Murfreesboro, TN

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits with Stock, 401k, Prizes around christmas time with great attendance, and you get to meet a lot of different characters working at this business.

    Cons

    Time off is regulated very heavy at Amazon and are only given select few days off a year paid and unpaid with more unpaid than paid, After years of commitment to the company they have no seniority rules in place hidden or in plain thought process, Management constantly changes about every 6 months usually, and the training is very little at times or just enough and too demanding for the pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your committed employees that serve multiple years with the company, explain everything to the employee about why you are doing anything, improve the training process and make sure productivity levels are able to be attained by rate for associates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Spent too much time in a low value division, couldn't get out.

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Ability to participate in community actions like updating build tools to work with new languages.
    It is easy to get help from another team especially if you are good about networking.
    The leadership model is open to doing things differently.
    Builder Tools makes some really nice stuff.

    Cons

    Easy to become siloed.
    Easy to lose track of mission and take on too much ownership.
    Trouble tickets are not taken seriously.
    Quantity > Quality is enforced on some teams.
    Many core tools are very old and written in Perl.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The ownership of any product which is not under development or still managed by the people who originally wrote it should fall to trained professional operators such as Support Engineer IIs.

    Other than that I agree with team ownership of operations, it is synergistic for SDEs to support things but only things about which they already know, otherwise it is nothing but a distraction.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Currently working without pay (International Student) --- IT internship.

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    Current Intern - Web Developer in Bronx, NY
    Current Intern - Web Developer in Bronx, NY

    I have been working at Amazon.com as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Its easy to get a job with a start up company although it depends on the category of the company.

    Cons

    As an international student its difficult to find a good paying job in fairly big companies because most of them are not willing to sponsor international students for work visa and there are lots and lots of jobs out there especially in the IT field. I am currently working with a small start up company without pay but at least I get an MTA bus and subway pass monthly. I do some little IT stuff like web design but I want so much more. I want to work in a company where I will be exposed to various kinds of IT project, be part of a team, learn some interesting IT stuff. I have learnt database, Java, Android, cloud computing, Hadoop etc but I need an environment where I can perfect these skills so it becomes second nature and that environment is a project oriented environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company is an E.H.R consultancy company so management should continue to do what the do best.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Good Place to Work

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    Current Contractor - DCO Tech
    Current Contractor - DCO Tech

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

    Pros

    Good Place to work, company investment in your success, Tools and Training provided

    Cons

    Confusing at times. No real communication with teams and management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rethink the OnBoarding process, have the Orientation/Welcome Aboard Meeting on the first day explaining Culture, policies etc. Have Notebook/Desktop Ordered/Built on day of starting. Have a Manager or Lead allocate time to get the New Member up and working on all Mail, Message, and User Groups

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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