Amazon.com Reviews in Herndon, VA

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Pros
  • You can definitely learn a lot in short spam in Amazon as they make you work a lot (in 112 reviews)

  • Density of talent: Some really smart people spoiling their careers here (in 331 reviews)


Cons
  • Company is not at all sorry to screw people's work-life balance for itself to excel (in 599 reviews)

  • There is literally no work life balance inside this company (in 138 reviews)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Amazon and AWS - smart people, fun projects, great work environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Herndon, VA

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Smart people who take ownership. Managers who don't get in the way and are above average. In general, you'll learn quite a bit.

    Cons

    Growing so fast has it's challenges, it can seem somewhat wild, wild west at times. Dealing with and learning the Amazon specific infrastructure can be daunting and feel somewhat tedious. It's still mostly a Java shop.

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

    Fun and different, however, it is like a call center, even though they say its not.

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    Current Employee - Technical Customer Service Associate in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Technical Customer Service Associate in Herndon, VA

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

    Pros

    The perks, benefits, games/food in kitchen.

    Cons

    Call center life, very uncomfortable and boring daily routine. Managers show favoritism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No favoritism.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Success dependent on one's direct manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA

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

    Pros

    - Work with smart, driven colleagues
    - Laid back dress code
    - Company name

    Cons

    - Spotty management - Due to rapid growth many have been promoted to management without management experience
    - Lack of internal training on processes, policies, culture
    - Very political. One's success is not about performance - it's playing the game

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership needs to address the dysfunctional culture that exists within the data center groups (commonly referred to as the trailer trash of Amazon). Many unprofessional behaviors exist that violate the company Leadership Principles and Code of Conduct. Sooner or later the bottom line is going to be impacted.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Exciting workplace for top talent

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Herndon, VA

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

    Pros

    Amazon is one of the few companies in the United States where a software development engineer can create products (e.g., EC2, S3, EBS) that customers are rapidly adopting all over the world. And you can be sure that the engineers you'll be working with will be very talented and productive too.

    Cons

    No major cons at Amazon.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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