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Amazon.com Software engineer Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
3,945 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.  

    You need to work hard. You get to learn a lot from people around you.

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

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

    Pros

    Get to work on code which goes to production
    Good projects

    Cons

    Need to work harder than in other companies
    No perks

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work, depends on the team though.

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

    Pros

    - Lots of learning opportunities with wide range of technologies being used
    - Good pay and benefits
    - Management cares for personal growth and career development

    Cons

    - Some times work-life balance can be a challenge depending on the team.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    An extremely challenging environment to work for...

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

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

    Pros

    You will get a chance to work with some of the best minds in the industry; A high-pressure environment where raising your bar is a constant ask all the time; Extremely customer focused;

    Cons

    Work-life balance is not so good; You will be expected to be on top of things round the clock.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 19 people found this helpful  

    College grad labor mill. Not for families or those who like happiness.

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

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

    Pros

    Money. That is absolutely the only reason to work at Amazon. With it, they buy your very existence and then thoroughly expect to have it.

    Cons

    It is an entire culture of "You should have done more." Expect to wake up and go to bed guilty every day, no matter what you accomplish. They are geared for working with college kids that have never functioned outside a high-pressure institution. They try to mirror the collegiate environment in many ways. It is festive, loud, full of alcoholics, and designed to consume every moment of your life, just like college. If you have a family, a soul, or otherwise want to be a happy person, this is not the company for you. At least not for more than a year or so.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to scare the eggs out of your chickens. If you just take care of your chickens, they will lay eggs all by themselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 13 people found this helpful  

    Looking for a job after your internship completed? Look somewhere else. Seriously.

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

    You'll learn how the corporate world works. The hard way.

    Cons

    Remember all those nice perks during the internship? You won't get them anymore. No free lodging, no free food, no corporate events, no free tickets to the movies, no work-life balance, no fun. Instead you'll get: an on-call duty (it really messes up your daily/nightly routine), below market pay, stock that never vests and a vague career path. Great deal, right?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Absolutely brilliant coworkers. Poor work/life balance.

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

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

    Pros

    Have unlimited opportunities
    Completely own your projects
    brilliant and passionate colleagues

    Cons

    poor work-lift balance
    not so great compensation considering the amount of work needs to be done

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

    Good college experience gained from working at Amazon. Got to meet some really good engineers to have as role models.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer

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

    Pros

    Access to world scale data. Particularly interesting if you are into stuff like large distributed systems or machine learning.

    Cons

    Frugality is one of the core values at Amazon. Things can be not so organised at times.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent place to be

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

    Pros

    Working with newer technologies, working on products that are relevant to customers, good work and life balance, great area to live and have a family.

    Cons

    Dev-ops means carrying a pager from time to time, getting paged at 2 am to fix an issue with your team's software or services.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Very good work environment

    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    Good co workers
    can learn a lot
    very good work environment
    good pay

    Cons

    number of hours per week is insane
    cant spend much time for other activities

    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work, but average compensation.

    • 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Great quality of work (esp. within AWS)
    - Surrounded by very smart engineers
    - Management is very receptive to ideas and feedback
    - Super customer obsessed
    - Strong company culture. People really believe in company's core values which makes for an inspired work environment
    - Highly data driven company
    - No politics BS

    Cons

    - Average pay and benefits. Amazon is lagging behind other companies in it's class (Facebook, Google, MS, etc.)
    - Slow promotions in some parts of the company
    - On call rotation can be bad at times (although it depends on the team).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve employee pay and benefits. People are not happy within the company with their compensation. Amazon is lagging behind other companies

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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