Amazon.com Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
3,654 Reviews
3.3
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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 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great place to work for people who like to focus on the customer, build things and innovate

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Program Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    The culture and acceptance of all kinds of people as long as they can get the job done

    Cons

    Time goes by so fast

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great benefits, fair wage

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Bernardino, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Bernardino, CA

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

    Pros

    Provides great benefits, fair wage, and facilitates a work-life balance.

    Cons

    As a commerce company, expect to work overtime during the last quarter of the year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    If you want a challenge and aren't afraid to work...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vendor Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Vendor Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    In my previous work I often felt like I would walk into a meeting, look around the table, and not feel intellectually challenged. Absolutely not the case at Amazon! I love that I am constantly being challenged to tackle big, difficult business questions and that I always have a seat at the table to provide input on big decisions - despite my relatively junior level. If you get your work done, managers are very flexible on vacation - except around Black Friday/Cyber Monday. Amazon's Leadership Principles are gospel around here and leadership walks the walk around them. Decisions are made in an objective, data-driven way so there's little reason to play politics. No idea is too far outside the box.

    Cons

    Since the business is growing so fast, teams are rarely fully staffed. As a result you are often wearing 2,3,4 different hats. I'm also not crazy about how fast people move between jobs. It seems like 18-months is increasingly the norm whereas I think 2-2.5 years would be a much better cadence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust the fly-wheel, stay away from knee-jerk responses to problems, and keep honoring our Leadership Principles. Dedicate 30-minutes a week to meeting with team members at more junior levels to get the real scoop on the challenges we face. Keep doing what you're doing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    This company is great at letting you work the best way you can. Hours range from coming in at 7am - 11am and from going home from 4pm to 8pm. Washington is a great place to live.

    Cons

    Amazon can be very busy at times and you may be asked to work late or on weekends. Also being on call sucks and there is a constant on call rotation in this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more social events between the busy seasons

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Very Good Company!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst I in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst I in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    They really follow leadership principles. They care about the employees.

    Cons

    Depending on the team, maybe more team building i guess?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Senior program manager

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Pros

    well paid, challenging, intelligent colleagues

    Cons

    workload can be huge, no work life balance

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hard work good advancement

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Training Specialist in Pasco, WA
    Current Employee - Training Specialist in Pasco, WA

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

    Pros

    Supportive
    Development focused
    Changes all the time

    Cons

    Cut throat
     they claim there are no sacred cows but you best not challenge that idea

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more communication needed and focus more on promoting from within

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Amazon Internship

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amazon.com as an intern

    Pros

    Great pay. Friendly team. Seattle is beautiful during the summer.

    Cons

    Frugal with employees at times.

  10.  

    Great place to work!

    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test II in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test II in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Good salary, great technology, great people.

    Cons

    Frugality is a guiding principle in the company as they see themselves as a retailer, first and foremost. It doesn't have the mindset of a Silicon Valley company regarding perks for employees such as free food.

  11.  

    Exciting experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Brand Ambassador in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Brand Ambassador in Davis, CA

    I have been working at Amazon.com as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good Ambassador experience. Well paid. A lot of benefits. Flexible hours. Good management.

    Cons

    Wish Amazon Student could attend colleges more often throughout the school year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you do!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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