Amazon.com Reviews

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
3,679 Reviews
3.3
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Amazon.com Chairman, President, and CEO Jeff Bezos
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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 336 reviews)


Cons
  • Company is not at all sorry to screw people's work-life balance for itself to excel (in 605 reviews)

  • There is literally no work life balance inside this company (in 139 reviews)

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  1.  

    wow

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    Current Employee - Loader/Shipping in Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Loader/Shipping in Columbia, SC

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

    Pros

    the benefits are good and you meet a lot of people

    Cons

    the hours are not that great

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    The left hand doesn’t know what the right one does

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer III in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer III in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    - Interesting problems to work on
    - No red tape, everything is moving fast
    - First class facilities
    - Leadership committed to building software
    - Review process considers input from everyone
    - Compensation
    - Being able to make quick impact

    Cons

    - Too much freedom given to middle management – if your boss is not very experienced, your team will suffer
    - Struggling to implement uniform company culture across the company (it all looks good on paper but not in reality)
    - Lack of diversity with certain teams attracting mostly Indian IT employees
    - No life balance caused by poor management and unrealistic workload expectations
    - Serious growing pains

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more experienced management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazon needs to follow its Culture to a T.

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    Current Employee - Fulfillment Associate in Tracy, CA
    Current Employee - Fulfillment Associate in Tracy, CA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, Great pay, Great hours, Fulltime / Parttime hours, discount, wonderful health services

    Cons

    Doesn't work with you on school schedule and promotions, management ignores are questions and concerns until they become mandatory to fix, horrible food options in break room, to worried about meeting the quota and not properly training first.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop caring so much about the money and actually focus on quality and safety and the moral of your associates first

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Recruiting Coordinator

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recruiting Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Recruiting Coordinator in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Nice office buildings with decent amenities: free coffee, tea, clean kitchenette with new fridges, dishwashers. They separate landfill, recycling, and compost.

    Cons

    Long hours, little support from management, and a expectation to avoid overtime and cram as much work as possible into a 40 hour working week (even while short-staffed).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many of us wished management would advocate for better official training, make more forward-thinking hiring and development plans. Many RCs quit due to long hours, short-staffing, and a sense that they were not appreciated and their development was not a serious concern of the managers.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not the greatest company to work for, but not the worst either

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Fulfillment Associate in Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Fulfillment Associate in Columbia, SC

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and perks. You don't work with someone watching your every move. high turnover rate so you can move up fast if you stick it out.

    Cons

    Extremely Labor intensive, starting pay could be better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more lenient when it comes to the learning curves. some of the metrics you hold us to take longer than a month to master

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazon.com

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Pros

    They have pretty good insurance, variable compensation pay, and restricted stock units.

    Cons

    This place is very political. If you want to move up, its not what you know...its WHO you know

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to hire based on technical qualifications.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    It was ok

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    1) You may be working on really cool projects

    Cons

    1) You may get stuck with really boring project for long time
    2) Many junior devs in some orgs;
    3) SDE2 role is too wide (recent new grads who got promoted and people with more than 8 years of industry experience)
    4) Really hard to get promotion from SDE2 to SDE3;
    5) Cheap hardware;
    6) Stock vesting schedule is quite unfair;
    7) No cash bonuses for performance, additional stock bonuses no earlier than after 1 year of employment;
    8) No free lunches or basic snacks;

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Interesting work; difficult culture.

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

    Hard, interesting problems. Many good people to work with.

    Cons

    Frequent re-orgs lead to short term thinking - why invest the effort to do it right when it will belong to someone else soon? Stack ranking, but newcomers aren't told about it, so first year attrition is high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People do better work when they can have pride of craftsmanship in what they've done for a longer time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Not good for real engineers

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Pros

    They invented cloud computing. It's an amazing opportunity to see how things work.

    Cons

    This company has been co-opted by HR, sales, and legal types. There is no real engineering happening anymore... just boring navigation of the existing byzantine bureaucracy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Things that have worked for you when you were smaller are very obviously not scaling. Engineers go months without a desk, office, computer, or any equipment. You have the cash to make your engineers productive... why not make them productive? All of the worrying about licenses, source control, and technicalities in training are a waste of time. Give people the tools they need to be productive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - BI Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - BI Engineer in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Colleagues are incredibly smart and driven. This helps you to grow and improve your own abilities, however the downside is an incredibly cutthroat environment.

    Cons

    The continual push to 'raise-the-bar' leads to long days concluding with working from home in the evenings. Incredibly tough place to work if you have family or desire a work/life balance. In fact I have never even heard a manager mention 'work/life balance' as a possibility. Middle management is also incredibly weak. Most managers are promoted because they are good at their specialty, not at creating a environment to get the most out of employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time considering the work environment and how the unofficial stack ranking practices diminishes morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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