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Updated January 30, 2015
Updated January 30, 2015
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Never the same once Zappos management transitioned to Amazon

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

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

    Pros

    Bring A Part of Innovation Recognized Worldwide

    Cons

    Work/Family/Life Balance was Non-Existent
    Watching an Incredible Zappos Culture be Destroyed Day-by-Day
    Amazon Treated Former Zappos Employees Like Step Children

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that employees are as important as customers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Finance Manager / Sr. Financial Analyst - AWS Finance team --- Stay away!!

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    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Probably the only team in Amazon with no pros of working in the team except if you have existing strong ties to sr. management of AWS finance team

    Cons

    Worst team you would ever work for and I am not even exaggerating. Senior people in this group are sadists and are known to be most difficult to work with throughout other Amazon teams that this group interacts with.

    I left the team myself in 2014 after 2 years (miserable years). Probably the highest turnover of employees i have ever seen anywhere and this group or HR doesn't care as they think they can just use and throw people however they like. During my tenure itself at least 15-17 employees resigned (including 4-5 that were fired for no clear reasons). In fact, all the girls (around 10 when i started) in this group resigned, except 1-2 that they hired again and the reason is they don't treat them with respect at all. They in fact almost torture them mentally and i have seen literally someone crying every week. Seniors would blame you for their own mistake, take credit of the work that you are doing and will never offer you a promotion or good revier, however hard / smart you may work. People used to say it is a concentration camp internally. Irony is that this group is headed by a female who is probably the most sadist person you would ever meet.

    This group has no culture whatsoever or one can say has a poisonous culture that would ruin your health mentally and physcially. The senior managers and above have their own team events and don't invite any junior folks to those events. They in fact call junior employees from these parties to make fun of them by shouting on phone while the other senior employees listen. Above is just an example and tip of an iceberg that people experience in this group.

    The hiring philosophy of this group is to use and throw in 1-2 years. Stay away from this group and just email any former member of this team on LinkedIn to get feedback if you want to hear more details.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior managers and above are the most sadist people in industry. Please take the feedback from people leaving in the group seriously as the current employees would never speak up given risk to their careers. These guys could easily invite a harassment suit.

    Concentrate on keeping the existing employees and find out why there is so much attrition in this time before bringing new people and spoiling their lives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Twisted culture, bright if awkward colleagues

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Pros

    - Smart, if socially awkward/challenged colleagues
    - Great to have on your resume.
    - Brutal culture of unofficial but very much alive stacked ranking.

    Cons

    - Everything requires data; all data requires SQL.
    - Training = do it yourself.
    - Irrationally frugal.
    - The organization is NOT flat -each level has multiple 'sub-levels'
    - Company makes no profit and hasn't -writing might be on the wall.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Years of service, promoted, re-orged, kicked to the curb

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    At high levels (L7), top 20% of people make a killing.

    Cons

    No real vacation (even away from the office, still tied to the SmartPhone mail and pager app)
    "Vocally Self Critical" often means "Hang Yourself"
    Becoming a Big, Slow, Political Company with growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Amazon internally is a negative place, and it's perceived as better to make a "hard" decision (e.g. I held this guy accountable and fired him) vs owning and solving the problem (e.g. I didn't set up this guy to succeed, here's why, here's how I'm fixing it). While the stock growth enables the company to continue to treat employees badly, when Amazon turns into a value company (which it likely will do sooner vs later...) they risk turning into the next Microsoft.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Would not do it again

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    Former Employee - Human Resources in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    dog-friendly campus, pretty campus, interesting buildings, good food in the cafes, located in an interesting part of Seattle.

    Cons

    Very negative, type A, shark-tank environment. Company culture is supposed to be geared for constant improvement of the employee pool, but ends up feeding a culture of back-biting and perceived elitism. Ugly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give up the 50/50 thing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    It's a fun, stressful environment.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Pros

    Sometimes free food. Free coco and coffee

    Cons

    4 hour workdays. Management want more and more just make them look good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about our workers back and know what is a good qutanty of work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Seasonal associates get 40 hours after peak

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    Current Employee - Amazonian in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Amazonian in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    Seasonal associates get anywhere from 40-58 hours per week during the months of October-December, which is awesome for seasonal temporary work.

    Cons

    Now, here it is in January and the seasonal associates are still getting 40 hours per week versus the regular full-time associates being forced to take time off because of no work thus cutting regular full-time associates hours down to part-time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your regular full-time associates as you take care of your seasonal associates. Equal hours worked, for equal ownership results.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 8 people found this helpful  

    This place could not be worse

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    Former Employee - Amazon Summer MBA in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Amazon Summer MBA in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    People know the name. And it's in Seattle with great restaurants nearby.

    Cons

    They are so full of themselves and hire the absolute worst people to work here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some more people that may not fit your typical mold of awful people. Nice, caring people that have experienced the world and have done more than just crunch data can add value too. Listen to some of those few people that worked there too.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Horrible Company

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    Former Employee - Stow in Chattanooga, TN
    Former Employee - Stow in Chattanooga, TN

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

    Pros

    Money is literally the only pro

    Cons

    Everything is based on relationships and who is doing who. Basically if you're not an attractive person willing to sleep with the management, do not waste your time. A lot of the people they hire (especially at peak) are total idiots.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop sleeping with your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    no conversion

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    Former Employee - Packer in Allentown, PA
    Former Employee - Packer in Allentown, PA

    I worked at Amazon.com

    Pros

    the pay was the best

    Cons

    they don't appreciate when you make improvements to their systems to improve production levels

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    show appreciation for workers that improve production levels

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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