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Amazon.com Software engineer Reviews

Updated January 26, 2015
Updated January 26, 2015
4,136 Reviews
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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 118 reviews)

  • Density of talent: Some really smart people spoiling their careers here (in 352 reviews)


Cons
  • Company is not at all sorry to screw people's work-life balance for itself to excel (in 636 reviews)

  • There is literally no work life balance inside this company (in 145 reviews)

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  1.  

    Cirdan Ultra is a game-changing laboratory information system provider.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Good culture, energetic and have a passion for quality.

    Cons

    It may acquire more experienced talent in the particular field to develop their new product faster.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company may acquire more experienced talent in the particular field to develop their new product faster.

  2.  

    Worked in AWS. It was a very good learning experience. The team was very open and supportive.

    • 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 as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good Compensation
    Seattle is a lovely place
    The management is rather open to your ideas
    You get the freedom to work the way you want

    Cons

    Work life balance is a little skewed to the work side

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Good work experience for new grads

    • 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

    Pros

    - pretty decent work life
    - smart co workers
    - collaborative environment

    Cons

    - low pay
    - slow career progression

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

    Good learning curve bad office politics

    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Chennai (India)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Chennai (India)

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

    Pros

    -good learning curve
    - work on linux/scripts/good code base
    - good engineers

    Cons

    - bad work culture
    - engineers try to crucify others due to stack ranking. mind your back
    - Becoming an sde-2 is all what you will be thinking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Remove office politics

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    At Amazon, we love to build systems. Systems that are distributes, and that talk to each other and get the business done

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Chennai (India)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Chennai (India)

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

    Pros

    Exposure to open technologies, highly competitive salary, smart people, good culture

    Cons

    Operational stuff to be done by devs, slower promotions, less hikes, disparity of salary between lateral hires and existing people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the salaries of veterans at par with laterals

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer I Intern in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer I Intern in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Amazon.com

    Pros

    The experience / dynamics of working on a team in real life on a real project

    Cons

    As with all companies this large, bureaucracy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    AWesome company oto work for

    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    competitive environment. People are very helpful

    Cons

    bad city. almost a dead one

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you rock!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. 13 people found this helpful  

    High salary and low everything else

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

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

    Pros

    Amazon pays well. You will also learn how to be assertive (aggressive) about your opinions, how to work type-A politics, and how to debug difficult code.

    Cons

    Amazon has some insane turnover. A little more than 1 year after I left, most of the people I knew there on LinkedIn have switched companies. It's not because those companies are great, or pay well - it's just because when you've been at Amazon for a year or two, your attitude tends to be "I don't see how it could get worse than this."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees like human beings and they might stick around a bit

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Learned a ton in a short period of time

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

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity to learn how to build and ship fast.
    You will experience customer obsession in every part of product development.

    Cons

    The culture was not as open as I had expected.
    Work/life balance does not exist in most teams.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Horrible experience, soulless company, uninteresting work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in East Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in East Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    1. The pay for an internship was high
    2. Good brand name on the resume

    Cons

    1. No free food, no benefits
    2. VERY HIGH turnover rate
    3. Nobody seemed passionate about their job
    4. Everyone was looking elsewhere for a job
    5. Very soulless as a company, nobody talked to each other inside or outside work
    6. People were not of top caliber by any means
    7. People seemed to use it as a stepping stone for other companies
    8. In the middle of nowhere (East Palo Alto), closest restaurant was 0.7mi away, yet there was no food (free or not) in the office.
    9. Unlike other reviews of Amazon, I wasn't given too much work or taken seriously as an intern, even though I had prior experience with Facebook and Google.
    10. Frugality culture came in the way of things. For example I was given a crappy old Macbook which kept crashing. Thousands of dollars of developer productivity time is lost that way.
    11. Stop getting into such low-margin businesses, and actually try making money for investors for once!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of hiring so many employees, hire fewer but a lot better employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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