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Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
4,173 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.  

    November 2014

    • 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

    - Smart people
    - Interesting projects
    - Startup atmosphere
    - Fun environment
    - Cool culture

    Cons

    - Small desks
    - A tad too many meetings on a daily basis

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great opportunity

    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    Awesome work. Great technologies, awesome coding experience and agile methodologies.
    Get to work on projects which have direct impact on the website, you can actually see the code being executed, especially when your code helps the company during Thanksgiving and Christmas.

    Cons

    Attrition rate is high. Oncall can be bad.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good intern experience to learn to become an industrial engineer

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

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

    Pros

    Workload for interns is okay. Some interns came in 10am and left at 4pm.
    You will have access to play around with the code base Amazon has. It's a good opportunity to learn how the code was written in a big company as Amazon.
    People in Amazon are smart and kind.

    Cons

    Frugal is one of the principle that the company advocates, and it follows the principle very well. There is no free food; you have to pay even for soft drink and snack. Only free stuff is cheap coffee and tea. The allocated desktop is outdated, and you don't want do anything on it.
    Personnel management is loose: I was not assigned any work until week 3. I was surprised that Amazon is rich enough to hire an employee does nothing for such a long time.
    Sometime it requires to collaborate with other teams, but it's very difficult
    Interns get little attention, and it's difficult to get help if you are get stuck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to interns.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Differs a lot based on Team

    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Based on the team, Amazon really pushes you hard to improve on your soft skills and other leadership qualities

    Cons

    Benefits, growth is highly variant and not competitive compensation. No work-life balance. Sometimes undue pressure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stress more on technical goodness so as to reduce the operational load due to which almost the whole amazon is burning

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 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
  7.  

    Amazon is a great company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Charlotte C H, VA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Charlotte C H, VA

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

    Pros

    lots of training and great team members to work with

    Cons

    the company strategy is not so clear

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    put more effort on the hardware design and manufacture

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    sde

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

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

    Pros

    in general, there are great people

    Cons

    there evaluation process is suck

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    personalized evaluation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work for high-functioning, intelligent devs

    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    - Never boring, always learning
    - In-city location means you aren't forced to live in the God-forsaken suburbs
    - Noone will find your path for you, emphasis on ownership and personal responsibility (this could be a con if you're lazy)
    - High hiring bar means you're surrounded by people smarter than you

    Cons

    - Shifting priorities mean some projects never make it to production.
    - Job satisfaction tied closely to team. Some are awesome, some not-so-much.
    - Minimal perks other than compensation. Middling health benefits. Amazon is proudly frugal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain the high hiring bar. 100% medical coverage should be standard for salaried employees. Larks like the Fire Phone are hurting our image.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 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 a 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
  11. 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 a 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

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