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Amazon.com Reviews in Kennewick, WA

Updated November 23, 2014
Updated November 23, 2014
3,866 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sticks to their consistent culture

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate in Kennewick, WA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate in Kennewick, WA

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's easy to be recognized for skills beyond what your job description states, and have them be nurtured. Mobility always seemed like a possibility in any position.

    Cons

    Commitment to frugal culture led to poor working environment. Desks were cheap, supplies were cheap, and very little flexibility for comfort costs.

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

    Do not practice what they preach

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Associate in Kennewick, WA
    Current Employee - Customer Service Associate in Kennewick, WA

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

    Pros

    Laid back atmosphere and dress code. Nice break room and facility. Discounts from amazon as well as other companies like AT&T. Room to advance or try new things.

    Cons

    It like a giant High School with its politics and cliques. They consistently preach providing great employee support and taking care of the customers, yet fall flat due to inadequate training, horribly buggy software, horrendous policies, and a complete lack of interpersonal communications with the employees, everything......and I mean everything is done via computer. Complete disorganization it happily spun as "constant change" but leave everyone clueless on what is going on. They proudly proclaim at every opportunity that "We trust our employees and customers!" yet every click of your mouse and every second of your day is monitored and recorded. Inadequate training leaves employees frustrated and customers with inconsistent experience when calling in. Sink or swim. Permanent employees treat seasonal employees like crap. You can be exceptionally good at your position but if you are not the squeakiest wheel, you are not going to get the grease. People laid off just before becoming eligible for unemployment benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Technology is great, but it can't replace the human element.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Temporary Holiday Sales Associate

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    Former Employee - CSA II in Kennewick, WA
    Former Employee - CSA II in Kennewick, WA

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

    Pros

    Well, the atmosphere is laid-back, and the job is essentially easy. Overall, nice people to work with. For some quick money during the holidays, it wasn't bad. However, they massively downsize again after the holiday season.

    Cons

    If you aren't quick enough, you get cut. If you aren't skilled with computer programming and stuff, you won't really go very far. That 5-star treatment is reserved for the techies.. I

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you see someone who is really committed, develop them, don't let them go and tell them "you'd love to have them work for you again."

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good experience for a customer service job.

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Kennewick, WA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Kennewick, WA

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

    Pros

    They really want to see you succeed. They give you so much training and help.

    Cons

    The hours you work are really tough

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Treats employees like numbers

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    Current Employee - Amazon.com Digital Specialist in Kennewick, WA
    Current Employee - Amazon.com Digital Specialist in Kennewick, WA

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

    Pros

    I can not think of any... I mean you can dress as you want to go to work.. thats something I guess. everything else is just a lot of propaganda to make you feel secure and that they care when they really do not and are working against you to begin with.

    Cons

    Very micro-managed. Your every move is watched and every click of the mouse as a representative. Management dangles carrots in front of you all the time from converting to Blue badge if you are seasonal and temporary to stock pay-outs to advancement opportunities. It all looks good on paper, but in reality is never going to happen for most of the employees. There are a chosen few that do advance and for them the benefits are great but what they had to to do to get there no MORAL person could stomach.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a personal inventory of yourself and what you are doing to other people just to protect your job! If you do that then maybe there can be change.. but I am not hopeful as its an all out for oneself culture in this country

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

    Loved Amazon! Great pay & benefits!

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Kennewick, WA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Kennewick, WA

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

    Pros

    I loved working for Amazon they have great pay & benefits. The staff is very knowledgeable and friendly I would gladly work for Amazon again. You defiantly need computer skills and know how to talk to people, but you have plenty of other people around you that are more than willing to help.

    Cons

    The way they change the schedules every few months and how they decide who gets what schedule makes it hard for people with children. The surveys that are needed to be done by customers in order to get good ratings it's not all that fair some people vote no because you were unable to help them the way they wanted due to policy etc.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent pay, decent culture, bad at communication.

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate in Kennewick, WA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate in Kennewick, WA

    I worked at Amazon.com

    Pros

    At this call center they hand out candy every once and a while. You can decorate your desk any way you like. They give out food for certain holidays/occasions. Most everyone is nice and the pay is good for the area.

    Cons

    Communication is pretty poor and they focus a lot on statistics. They watch your time closely.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers should get to know their employees a lot better. Don't focus solely on statistics, it can stress out the employees and therefore make them not as productive and effective.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Not for Everyone

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate in Kennewick, WA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate in Kennewick, WA

    I worked at Amazon.com

    Pros

    decent pay.
    good training.
    fun people to work with.
    good benifits and stock options after full time.

    Cons

    schedules are not that great.
    you get schedules by bidding for them - if you dont have great scores you get bad hours.
    cant take time off if you dont have any banked.
    it is a call center - its not for everyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pretty buddy buddy but nice on the whole.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Would go back to again

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    Current Employee - Digital Labs CSA, Call Center in Kennewick, WA
    Current Employee - Digital Labs CSA, Call Center in Kennewick, WA

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment
    Relaxed dress code (other call centers I worked for required business wear)
    Management communication
    Room for advancement

    Cons

    Work hours are not flexible
    Mandatory overtime for holiday season
    Working on Christmas day

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the communication between management and employees open.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company. Makes you get out of your confort zone! Jeff Bezo is great

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kennewick, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kennewick, WA

    I worked at Amazon.com

    Pros

    Data driven company with leadership development focus. Values MBA

    Cons

    Too based on e-mail communication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ..

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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