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Updated August 4, 2015
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  1. Helpful (4)

    lots of experience but very competitive

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Developer Engineer in Seattle, WA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    you will get lots of experience working with technology built with scalability in mind. In stills good working values like Customer Obsession.

    Cons

    Even after you get hired your are always evaluated ageist the ever rising 'bar'. 'The bar' is the aver technical and leadership of your peers in the company. Basically if you are deemed to be worse off then 50% of your peers across the company you are in danger.

    Advice to Management

    its hard to give general advice here because every group is managed mostly independently but I would said that focusing on the development of your engineers is important even if they are not sure of what direction they want to go. You lose a lot of good people simply because they are lost is the sea without the tools to navigate.


  2. Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Area Manager
    Current Employee - Area Manager

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Great pay -Smartest people I have ever worked with -Flexibility to change processes and experiment -upward mobility; opportunity for advancement -unique corporate culture; can't beat shorts and t-shirts to work

    Cons

    -If you can't deal with ambiguity, this place is not for you -days can be long if the needs of the business call for it; ex. holiday season -onboarding can be rough

    Advice to Management

    -the onboarding process can be intense and could definitely use a little more structure. After coming out of orientation, you can get lost in the shuffle trying to figure your job out.


  3. Love it here

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The culture, benefits and PAY are amazing here at amazon.

    Cons

    honestly, none. I love it here. If you expect to move up because of tenure, forget about it. It's really all about who does well- as it should be.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. I appreciate the hard work that everyone puts into making this giant company a moving machine.


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  5. Great place to work hard.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I have never worked with a smarter, more dedicated group of people. It was really exciting working with people that wanted to make a difference and could actually affect change.

    Cons

    Because of the pace of work, there can be really high turnover. Many people are working very long days. Make sure you get a great manager or life can be really difficult. Can be cutthroat.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Pa

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Petersburg, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Petersburg, VA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work and great teams

    Cons

    Always working and not enough personal time

    Advice to Management

    N/a


  7. Amazon is full of talented people

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - User Experience Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - User Experience Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazon has a lot of talented people who always set a high standard of the work they deliver, and are tenacious on pursuing the goals.

    Cons

    Frequent changes in direction and organization, which sometimes makes it hard to see and measure the final results, and unable to see a longer roadmap.


  8. Great company to challenge

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Business is great, there are lots of smart people and small projects, the compensations is enough good and the culture is also great.

    Cons

    You might be facing difficulties if you worked with a passive attitude before. Also there are no training for improving your skills. You have to learn by yourself.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Interesting work and great learning experience but terrible work/life balance

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Program Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Work on very cool projects and have an impact on the company - Very intelligent and competent employees - Good mission/vision that is communicated across the company - Opportunities to move in the company and work with different teams and projects - Great company to work for if you have limited experience and want to learn a lot very quickly

    Cons

    - Work/life balance is virtually non-existent: expect to work at least 50-60 hours every week and more during the holiday season - Employees tend to get burnt out after 1-2 years and turn-over is high - Amazon management is hit or miss; some managers are excellent while others are constantly under water and struggling to manage their teams - Limited professional development opportunities: Amazon is very frugal and does not like to pay for training or conferences - Limited ability to change systems or processes that are hindering the company

    Advice to Management

    - Hire enough people to do the work that needs to get done and improve the work/life balance at Amazon - Don't treat your employees as replaceable commodities; the company loses a lot of knowledge and talent every time an employee leaves - Allow employees the opportunity to attend training and conferences outside of Amazon - Offer training for managers and promote good people managers from within when possible - Set more reasonable expectations when planning projects and timelines to avoid burning out engineering teams


  10. Business Analyst

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in India, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in India, TX

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    nice comapany to work for.

    Cons

    time management goes for a toss

    Advice to Management

    very Good senior leadership team


  11. Mixed, but positive

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer III in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer III in Seattle, WA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - very smart people - doing interesting work

    Cons

    - some crappy internal tools - still a tech company; women and PoC have to work harder, promotion-wise

    Advice to Management

    Seattle's job market is heating up, and Amazon's reputation and low-middle pay grade will bite you.



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