Amazon.com Reviews in Palo Alto, CA

Updated July 31, 2014
Updated July 31, 2014
3,563 Reviews

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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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  1. 11 people found this helpful  

    Opportunity like nowhere else

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great place to get things done and grow your resume. You are working with really smart people and have access to a lot of enablers. The culture here enshrines "bias for action" which is your license to cut through the red tape when it gets in the way.

    Cons

    Low titles, lack of performance pay. The appearance of frugality is valued beyond its business benefit. This can make you feel less valued regardless of your salary. Stack ranking encourages people to play the system rather than do the right thing. Negotiate hard before you arrive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The first few performance reviews here are tougher than they should be and lead to attrition. Managers have to play the system to give promotions and money where they can. Because overall Amazon has been so successful, upper management has failed to recognize the cost of this attrition and how much better performance could be without this problem. We are using up our talent pool and our competitors are skilled at playing up the negative aspects of the culture here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good Learning Experience, But can be hectic

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Amazon.com as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    - Great compensation
    - Good opportunity to learn a lot in a particular area of software development
    - looks good on resume

    Cons

    - Depending on the team, work-life balance can be virtually non-existent. This is highly dependent on the manager
    - No perks such as free food, drinks, etc in majority of Amazon (In the palo alto office, we do get free snacks and drinks)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being so dam frugal, improve the perks to match other tech giants.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cutting edge technology

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Challenging tasks.
    Sharp people to work with.
    You will always be on your toes.

    Cons

    On calls might be sometimes little hectic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more employee feedback

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    Amazon isn't all it's cracked up to be, unless you're an engineer you probably won't be happy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Director  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Director in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Pros

    It looks good on a resume. The visibility of the company may allow you to catch the eye of recruiters in the future.

    Cons

    The management is arrogant and unprofessional, the seem unqualified. There is such a strong emphasis put on the engineering side of the business, and none on the biz dev side. They do not understand what a sales person needs to be successful, if you are interviewing for a "sales" what they really want is a telemarketer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a management course! Where you went to college shouldn't matter when you are 40+ years old! Take the time to learn how to run your department, understand that engineering isn't the only component in a interactive advertising department/business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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