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Amazon.com Reviews

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
3,961 Reviews
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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.  

    Great opportunities but pick carefully

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time

    Pros

    Fast growing company with a chance to make history. Lots of pockets of innovation but do the due diligence before hand to ensure that you land up with the right role. Especially true for MBA hires. Make sure you spend the time upfront to select your top three teams and make sure that you land with one of them

    Cons

    Work life balance can be challenging at times. that is why it is super important to get the right role. training and perks that other tech companies offer not present. But the management is aware of this and are taking measures to correct the course

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get the right team structure in place to ensure that people are focused on the right things. There needs to be the right balance of BAs, product managers, SDEs and program managers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    company with good technology but poor compensation

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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 an year)

    Pros

    smart people, flexible hours, best cloud infrastructure in the world.
    Overall very talented people working with each other, especially AWS has some of the best calibers in the industry.

    Cons

    poor compensations, on-calls duties, management sometimes don't know what the heck they are doing.
    Compensation is a joke compared to other competitors in the industry. For the amount of work that people do, at least have some respect and pay them properly!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 13 people found this helpful  

    Its hard, but worth it

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    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Herndon, VA

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

    Pros

    I can only speak to AWS rather than Amazon as a whole. And one's experience at a company is at least 50% determined by the quality of their direct manager. So YMMV, but in my experience you will become better at whatever you do.

    Amazon Web Services is a hard place to work and is not for everyone. But it does have massive opportunities for those who want to grow. We do work hard. If you want a strict 9:00-5:00 job that doesn’t involve being oncall then AWS is not the place for you. But if you are an engineer (or manager) who wants to grow; wants to know how to code and own a system handling a significant percent of the world’s internet traffic; and work in an environment where you are surrounded by incredibly smart people who will challenge you beyond what you thought you were capable of, then you should be interviewing at AWS.

    Cons

    Its hard. You will work hard. You will no longer be the smartest person in the room. If you don't learn how to self-pace and say 'no' when necessary you will burn out rapidly.

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

    Nice company with good management. Tons of opportunity to rise through the ranks and get promoted. Tons of perks too.

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    Current Employee - Fulfillment Associate in Moreno Valley, CA
    Current Employee - Fulfillment Associate in Moreno Valley, CA

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

    Pros

    Starting pay is pretty good, with raises every 6 months and a bonus every month. You can sign up for health insurance that's pretty nice.

    Cons

    It's a warehouse job, so you're moving around a lot. It gets pretty tiring.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Culture dilution due to rapid growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The culture at Amazon is actually really great. Yes, it is tough and they expect a lot from you. Not type-A? May not be a good fit. But, it cultivates an environment where people work hard, collaborate, drive for success, and expect the best of themselves and each other. It's really awesome. Career potential is limitless.

    Cons

    So many new people in such a short amount of time has diluted the culture. New people struggle to figure it out and are bastardizing it. Making it too soft.

    Benefits aren't bad, but very basic (healthcare, 401k, etc.). Comp is low with stock options to make up for it. Travel can be excessive in some roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold firmer on the culture and make sure the new folks get it/live it, get rid of the growing bureaucracy, better salary.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    A Positive experience overall

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

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

    Pros

    1. on an avg,you will find quite a few smart people around you ( depends on the team)
    2. lots of learning opportunities.
    3. can easily switch teams within Amazon.com. you can pick teams working on your area of interest or choose one to learn a completely new problem space/technology.

    Cons

    1. stock price has gone down in the last year thereby reducing the paycheck.
    2. inconsistent hiring bar across teams. so you will indeed find difference in quality of engineers you work with depending on the team.
    3. fast changing requirements may mean that what you worked on for past 1 year is literally trashed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 17 people found this helpful  

    No reason to come to work here

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    Current Employee - Retail Business in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Retail Business in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    If you negotiate well, they'll throw money at you to bring in you in. Cause their reputation is so bad no one wants to come here.
    You'll see how's being in pressure cooker and how to survive if you're amongst sharks ready to bite you every single day. People come to work with a mental sword and shield to survive everyday.
    Company is full of internationals so you'll get diversity, poor guys come here with the carrot of immigration support and then are exploited, hope the department of labor reads this. If they were no tied with visa 80% of internationals I know would have left yesterday.

    Cons

    Just search for Amazon work culture and read the first 10 links.
    The mantra in this company (at least in the Retail, Marketplace and AWS business) is to exploit resources as much as possible, crack whip and treat them like slaves, so either they learn the amazon way of throwing people under the bus and survive by managing up or just leave.
    People Managers are incentivized if they crack whip and get work done not by motivating. If you are type A, love playing the blame game and insensitive animal, perfect place for you

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Are you building a company or an army of hitlers?
    Bezos needs to teach himself and all its middle managers L6 and above some humility and the real meaning of leadership. The problem is in the leadership principles-why dont we have "Treat people with respect", "Integrity", "Honesty" in the leadership principles? If you exploit vendors, employees why would they work hard for you and help you build a company worth staying.
    Hitler was also a leader and so was Gandhi. Mr. Bezos--What type of leadership are you promoting?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Amazing workplace; excellent environment.

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

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

    Pros

    Truly an amazing and innovative place to work. I have had nothing short of joy working with my team and the highly scalable tools that the infrastructure provides. It can be quite the load of work at times, but you are always encouraged to automate and innovate--even when that means tearing out the old stuff you don't like. The whole world is your playground here.

    Cons

    Workload can be high, but it is manageable--they are very considerate about work-life balance, and offer easy VPN access when working from home is necessary.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Kindle Product Management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Very smart and driven people, who live their values. They are customer focused, have deep understandings of their business, customers, technology and long-term vision. This is a great company for people who want to build things and challenge the status quo.

    Leadership is transparent. I clearly understand the company strategy and how I can contribute to it.

    Cons

    Amazon is not for everyone. Repeat. Amazon is not for everyone. It's a big company and everything rolls up to the man in charge. While the pay is good, they are cheap as hell. For example, demanding that Amazon employees fly coach, regardless of the length of the flight, may seem like a great way to save money, but it has a negative impact of productivity. You can't open a lap top and work in coach on a 20 hour trip to India. Also, you're not exactly ready to get to work after you've spent hours with a kid kicking your seat. Amazon is also a really hard place to get a promotion. But, maybe that's a good thing. If you're good enough to get a gig here, be prepared to work hard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay focused on customers. But, understand that happy workers make for happy customers. Keep the bar high for new hires, but make sure you give them the tools to succeed on day one as well as day 1,000.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    So far so good

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Experience Intern in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Customer Experience Intern in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    400 dollar bonus for training
    Really flexible hours
    Work from home

    Cons

    I don't see the sun much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    doin a good job!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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