Amazon.com Reviews

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  1. Great company to work for

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

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

    Pros

    This company is great at letting you work the best way you can. Hours range from coming in at 7am - 11am and from going home from 4pm to 8pm. Washington is a great place to live.

    Cons

    Amazon can be very busy at times and you may be asked to work late or on weekends. Also being on call sucks and there is a constant on call rotation in this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more social events between the busy seasons

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Great place to work!

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

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

    Pros

    Good salary, great technology, great people.

    Cons

    Frugality is a guiding principle in the company as they see themselves as a retailer, first and foremost. It doesn't have the mindset of a Silicon Valley company regarding perks for employees such as free food.

  3. 4 people found this helpful

    A good team makes all the difference

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

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

    Pros

    Fast growth means that promotions are common and expected. It's a good place to gain a lot of experience, fast, and get rewarded for it. I am lucky to have a great set of managers, who minimize the (inevitable) bureaucracy and look for our best interests. The workload is very manageable; my team works 40--44 hours a week.

    The company is in a dense area of Seattle, so it's very convenient to reach work by mass transit.

    Cons

    Telecommuting is not as accepted as I would prefer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful

    SDE At Amazon

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

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

    Pros

    It was very laid back and the work was challenging and interesting. Sometimes you had to spend the few extra hours on work, but where do you not? Has a great culture with lots of opportunities for team outings. I was thoroughly surprised at the amount of room there is to grow in aspects of software and hardware development. You own you're projects and are held at a high standard.

    Cons

    Personally there wasn't anything i disagreed with in terms of company values and leadership. Also there was plenty of opportunities for personal growth!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Stressful but worthy

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

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

    Pros

    Able to get your hands on some latest technology. Seattle is a great Seattle, way better than Bay area in my opinion.

    Cons

    Stressful, workload is overwhelming. No cafeteria, no free snacks, only tea bags and coffee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get us some cafeterias, or some free snacks!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Good place to work and get paid well

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pays competitively
    Good chances for growth
    Incredible team

    Cons

    Sometimes secretive
    High expectations
    Sometimes very frugal

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Great tech job, though on-call kinda sucks

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    - Small teams mean that coworkers are friends, fast development, and bureaucracy is minimal. Coordination with other teams just means a short walk down the hall or talking over a divider between rooms.
    - Decent pay and benefits.

    Cons

    developers must take turns being on call. If you're on call, that means if your team's thing breaks at 3am, your pager is going to go off and you get to go fix it immediately. The idea is to motivate developers to write more reliable code, I guess.

    It is possible to get stuck with a bad team. Either people you don't get along with, or a workaholic team that has a bad work-life balance and pushes you too hard.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    I work with awesome people doing what I like to do - and get paid a whole lot to do it

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

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

    Pros

    I get to work on very visible, customer-facing projects that make a difference to thousands of people a day. My management cares about my career growth and work-life balance. I am paid very well.

    Cons

    Many people, including myself, work 10-12 hours per day pretty frequently. On-call shifts are stressful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management is open to ideas from people at all levels, and they legitimately care about their employees' career growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Summer Software Development Engineer Internship

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

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

    Pros

    I had a lot of fun working at Amazon. I met a lot of people, and gained a few very close friendships. Additionally, I was always learning new things, from my team and via the Amazon-wide tech talks. Overall, it was a great experience for learning how to be a better developer and what it is like to work at such a large company.

    Cons

    From what I saw, it was either hit or miss whether the mentorship program was actually beneficial. Some interns had mentors that really facilitated their learning, but others had mentors who seemed to only be interested in their own career advancement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. SDE Intern at Amazon Seattle HQ.

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

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

    Pros

    Great pay. Good working environment. Dog lover. Their internship is one of the best one. You have your own project. Learn a lot from their process. Also easier than some other companies to get return offer.

    Cons

    Food is bad. Nothing is for free. Don't like company culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't like the company culture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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