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Updated September 3, 2015
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  1. Warehouse Associate

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon.com (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Steady work long days demanding

    Cons

    Physically demanding only four days per week


  2. Helpful (1)

    Fast Pace - Great Place to Work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is never down time. There is always something to do that will have an impact for the customer. The people I work with are incredibly smart and talented and make me better every day.

    Cons

    There is very little training when you start. You are given your laptop and some priorities from your manager and told to go. Some formal role specific training outside of training videos would be great.


  3. customer experience intern

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Intern in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon.com part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I thought the program was nice and easy to contribute since it is on your own time. There were a lot of training involved, so it is time consuming. I enjoyed it.

    Cons

    The pay wasn't very high, and it required 40 hours of training on your own in front of the computer screen. Can be boring at times and a lot of materials to get through.

    Advice to Management

    To have the training be more interactive and higher pay for the training. That was the worst part of the experience.


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  5. Good place to work for a limited amount of time.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Engineer I in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Engineer I in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very smart people in my team with a lot of experience and helpful disposition. I've had little issues with work/life balance.

    Cons

    Career growth seems limited, big bureaucratic corporation. Changing teams is not as easy as it seems.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent about personal performance and career growth.


  6. SDE III / Senior Software Engineer, Supply Chain

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    This is part of the "original" Amazon business, selling things to customers; they seem to have learned their lessons over the years: if you treat engineers like crap, they leave. I work 40 to 50 hour weeks doing work which while not glamorous is actually fairly interesting both for the problems we solve and the scale at which we work.

    Cons

    I think it's almost criminal how poorly the company plans space for staff. "Dense seating" is used far, far too often and I find it horrifying how badly the spaces we put interns are. They claim it's too hard to predict how many people will be working in the next few years, but somehow we manage to predict how much we're going to sell to customers in that time frame. We're highly paid professionals; don't cram us into workspaces like cattle! On-call can be bad for some teams, far less so for others. The team I am on is blessed with a relatively easy on-call rotation.


  7. FAst paced demanding culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Amazing opportunity for growth and experience. Get to work with awesome smart people with great work ethic

    Cons

    Burns you out and you can feel completely out of the loop if you are out for a few days

    Advice to Management

    Take more interest in morale of managers also


  8. Helpful (4)

    Emerald City

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - L6 Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - L6 Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stock actually paid out $$$

    Cons

    Work pace is crazy. 98% of people hired at the same time I was is long gone. I actually need to see a therapist, sleep expert, and other medical help in order to keep up. At some point my health will be the reason I need to leave. My co-workers at my level are incredibly smart and fun to work with but the candle is burning at both ends day in and day out.

    Advice to Management

    Planned Darwinism is old school Nazi. End the curve and train your managers on how to have and use human empathy and emotional truth to go along with their maths and data skills.


  9. Winners expect you to contribute

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazon is a winning environment. Always hiring. Lots of room for horizontal and upward movement.

    Cons

    If you expect to coast and not contribute to your potential, go work somewhere else. Life today is not about 40 year jobs. It is fine to go through phases where you want to become a part timer. This is not the place to do that. But it is fine to leave and come back when you want to run at the same pace. You see that all the time here.

    Advice to Management

    With all of the hiring that is going on it is easy to focus on external hires due to the incredible amount of energy that goes into the recruiting process. Remember to spend the right amount of time on internal candidates as well.


  10. Senior Financial Analyst

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Dynamic company, plenty of opportunity if you are flexible on location

    Cons

    Getting promoted in Finance seems difficult


  11. Software Engineer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Amazon is a great place to work at if you're young and looking to learn a lot. Everything moves quickly. Very few people at Amazon will come off as not intelligent, and some of the people are extremely talented.

    Cons

    Projects and workload are very group dependent. My experience at Amazon is great, but I know some people who have terrible managers that do not understand people.

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring the best and brightest. However, do a better job of hiring managers. Stopping people from burning out should be a priority.



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