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Amazon.com Reviews

Updated Jul 26, 2014
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3.3 3,275 reviews

85% Approve of the CEO

Amazon.com Chairman, President, and CEO Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos

(2,283 ratings)

64% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good opportunity to learn a lot in a particular area of software development(in 101 reviews)

  • Density of talent: Some really smart people spoiling their careers here(in 306 reviews)


Cons
  • Company is not at all sorry to screw people's work-life balance for itself to excel(in 540 reviews)

  • There is literally no work life balance inside this company(in 125 reviews)

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    5 people found this helpful  

    Pretty good until if fell off a cliff.

    Technical Writer (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsEntry level/individual contributors are genuinely good people. High energy, motivated, creative, fun to be around.

    ConsAbsolutely terrible management culture. Non-existent work-life balance. Review system can be arbitrary and capricious. You can work your butt off on a project, deliver it, and get put on a PIP because someone on a partner team didn't like your work style. In the review meeting, your manager might try to present positive data and get told that it doesn't matter.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop already with having peer feedback be the basis of the review model. People's managers should have the greatest say in reviews.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Finance is an afterthought

    Financial Analyst (Current Employee) Chattanooga, TN

    ProsSmart people; Solid pay when factoring in restricted stock units

    ConsIronically, information systems are bolted together with no coherence...just one-off solutions that get rolled out company wide.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest some capital in professional information systems

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

    1 person found this helpful  

    Pros and cons working here however undervalued

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsYou will learn something new everyday. You will meet some great people that are very smart.
    Pay is better than average and if you are promoted up a level there is a significant jump in pay although much is awarded through stock

    ConsOverworked and undervalued.
    poor experience with management. A little favoritism will be found.

    Advice to Senior ManagementShow appreciation to your salaried and hourly support roles
    High Turnover should tell you your doing something wrong

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    Sweet and Sour

    Warehouse Associate (Current Employee) Phoenix, AZ

    ProsThere are many opportunities to grow with the company and they like crazy ideas and embrace difference so it never feels stiff to work there. There is monthly profit sharing, yearly stock and benefits on day one.

    ConsThey seem to hire alot of college grads and older military, this is not a bad thing per say but when they are brought on to manage and have no experience in the warehouse or even in management then not only do they not get the respect but also there is tension and resistance to follow. This makes it hard on everyone and its worse when there is to many of these chiefs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop looking at your computer all day and see what's going on once and a while.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Customers first, Employees fifth

    Fulfillment Associate (Current Employee) Petersburg, VA

    ProsIf you work as a picker or stower, this job can give you a great workout. The people are mostly very friendly and approachable and it is customary to engage in a little chit-chat in order to maintain sanity. Full-time permanent employees get lots of chances to take time off including paid time and the dress code is very liberal.

    ConsWhile some days can be worse than others, the work is generally extremely monotonous. Burnout is inevitable. The atmosphere on the floor and get lonely and at times depressing as it seems that no one really wants to be here. The rules tend to be hypocritical (you can actually be stopped for moving too fast) and only emphasize how dumb and devoid of intellect this job is.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't treat your employees like robots. Music should be played more often to ease the monotony.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Imbalance work-life; super frugal; customers and then products are more important than employes' lives

    Software Development Engineer II (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsInteresting projects; lost of technical challenges;

    ConsSuper frugal; can be mean; working space is small; you will need air to breath; PCs, keyboards, monitors, mices are low-quality and cheap things; You have only 1 monitor for working only. Even coffee cups don't have lids or insulators. Managers ask you about your progress on projects all over the time.
    High bar-raiser, difficult promotions

    Advice to Senior Managementwords to reduce frugality. care more about personal and family lives.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Software Engineer life sucks

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsYou get to learn a lot and get very good experience

    ConsOn calls are horrible. You can get paged anytime 24hrs/day for 7 days. Screws up your health

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider that employees have a life outside work too

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Area Manager

    Amazon Area Manager (Current Employee) Chester, VA

    ProsNice pay. Work in teams of some of the most brilliant minds you will ever meet. You will work on the most innovative projects within the industry and company. Great support from software engineers. Operations is still main focus of company so you can come up with the ideas to make a difference and receive the support you need to get the job done and improve efficiency and reduce costs.

    ConsLong hours. Nights and weekends. Heavy turnover. No respect for your personal life. Lots of old school military hires into management. College grads beware.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSay thank you everyone every once and a while to lower level management. Need to work on manager support, manager recognition, and most of all, manager development. Tough first job out of college.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    1 person found this helpful  

    Work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood company to work for.

    ConsWork/life balance rough during peak season.

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    Very peculiar

    Technical Program Manager II (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsAmazon is indeed a very peculiar place to work. There are a lot of opportunities to move around, intelligent people, there is never a dull moment and diverse culturally. My experience has been positive so far, but it differs from team to team. I've known people who left the company due to a bad experience with management. They either left at their own or were fired. The relocation package is very generous and the hiring team does an excellent job of recruiting talents.

    ConsBe ready to work long hours, have little work-life balance, bad health benefits, no career guidance, lack of processes, still runs as a start up, little teamwork, raises are miniscule and I wish they were as obsessed with their internal customers as they are with external ones.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in really developing your people. Be more transparent with your employees and develop more ways to reward good performance. Teamwork has actually proven to be a good practice and I think everyone could benefit from it.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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