Amazon.com Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
3,489 Reviews
3.3
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Amazon.com Chairman, President, and CEO Jeff Bezos
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    I love working for Amazon

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    Current Employee - Software Development Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    * Bottom-up culture. As a manager, I have full autonomy to get things done and drive my short and long term vision, hire fantastic people, and take large risks

    Cons

    * No Paternity leave
    * Healthcare benefits have much higher premiums and deductibles each year
    * Stock grant policy can limit options at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Meetings can be too serious--make it fun!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Nimble, smart and easily the best work culture

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Pros

    Great company. Smart people. Total independence. Agile and nimble development life cycles. great compensation

    Cons

    none so far. not for people who can not move fast !

  3.  

    Operation leadership intern

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    Current Employee - Operation
    Current Employee - Operation

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

    Pros

    Excellent work, with daily different supply chain problem. People at amazon are tremendously smart

    Cons

    If you eant to work you must love the company because you put a lot hours more than the 40 weekly between 60 and 55

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers are the best

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

    Work hard and have fun

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    Former Employee - Translator  in  Luxembourg (Luxembourg)
    Former Employee - Translator in Luxembourg (Luxembourg)

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

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere; no dress code
    Generous benefits (stock plan, private health insurance, private pension, public transport reimbursement...)
    Very easy to take holidays with almost no notice; good work-life balance
    Good management structure with weekly one-on-one manager-employee meetings
    Good opportunities to move roles within Amazon and to gain new skills in areas that were previously completely foreign to you
    Permanently growing business going from strength to strength and regular excellent innovations

    Cons

    Overzealous security policy - it's an office, not an airport
    Over-obsession with numbers and undervaluing of soft skills - you have to account for all the time you work down to the nearest 15 minutes and justify everything you're doing with statistics
    They encourage and condone risk-taking even when it's reckless
    The religious idolization of Jeff Bezos is similar in language to the Kims in North Korea

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management could be more communicative with lower-level employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Database Administrator II  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Database Administrator II in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Scale and lots of opportunities for growth. Smartest people you will ever work with. Never a dull moment.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be tricky. If you're ready to work long hours that are adrenalin filled, this is the place.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Hectic yet rewarding career

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager  in  Chattanooga, TN
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Chattanooga, TN

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

    Pros

    Money, career development, learning, growing potential, opportunities, stability, brand, recognition, very smart people around this will stretch you to limits you never thought about.

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    Cons

    Work - life balance...due to the business model it is hard to meet life and work balance. AMZN won't stop moving forward or fast, you must be willing to put 60-70 hours of work/week, if not this is not the place for you. Q1 and Q3 could be an awful experience if you are not an Amazonian at heart.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to listen more.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    working in amazon.com is amazing

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    Current Employee - Device Associate  in  Chennai (India)
    Current Employee - Device Associate in Chennai (India)

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

    Pros

    no dress code , good benefits , free cab , no work pressure .

    Cons

    no concerns so far for now

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great company, good culture, wonderful mates!

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II  in  Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Beijing, Beijing (China)

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Your mates are very excellent. You can learn a lot from them.
    Open. Most of the information are open to all developer inside company.

    Cons

    You need to maintain your code yourself which means you may need to wake up to solve problem in midnight.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work hard, learn a lot, and make your mark.

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager, Software Development  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager, Software Development in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    High hiring bar so you work with really smart people. Bezos and (most of) the rest of the senior management team takes the long view, so you really are empowered to do the right thing. Customer-focused culture is pretty cool.

    Cons

    People work very hard and the tolerance for people who are perceived to not be contributing enough is low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep taking the long view!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Excellent environment to grow and build relationships!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    There are no lack of growth opportunities or learning opportunities. Change is constant to continuously improve the processes and business. The leaders are very well educated and professional.

    Cons

    Too much change causes negative feelings for some, especially if the change was already attempted previously. There are always new managers coming and going.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I love working at Amazon!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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