Amazon.com Reviews

Updated August 29, 2014
Updated August 29, 2014
3,564 Reviews

3.3
3,564 Reviews
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Amazon.com Chairman, President, and CEO Jeff Bezos
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2,480 Ratings

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.  

    Overall I've had a great experience.

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    Current Employee - Fulfillment Associate  in  Whitestown, IN
    Current Employee - Fulfillment Associate in Whitestown, IN

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

    Pros

    Training is offered in many roles as an associate. One can decide which role they would like to obtain. If desired after a year of employment amazon will pay 95% of tuition up to 3,000 a year. The benefits are very good,especially their insurance, 401K, discounts, and the people are always positive.

    Cons

    I would say the biggest downfall is communication within the company. Change is constant. Some say the "rate" of production is unreasonable, I find it easy to obtain if someone is willing to just do their job. Core values are not implemented on the floor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to spend more time with employees engaging their issues instead of advising them they will follow , which they do not. Personal growth is only utilized if you have a bachelors degree, which holds a lot of potential behind. Overall Amazon is a great place to work, I just wish the advancement opporutunities didn't end at entry level management without a 4 year degree

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Be prepared to be fully stretched

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time

    Pros

    - Company growth
    - Lots of projects you can take on

    Cons

    - No work life balance
    - Very tough feedback culture
    - Pay not adequate for workload

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put more priority on talent. Seriously consider retention issues.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Horrible

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amazon.com

    Pros

    Steady Paycheck and good benefits.

    Cons

    The management is very poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire someone that is not straight out of college to manage your company.

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  5.  

    Sr. Product Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Pros

    Great experience for a fresh MBA grad

    Cons

    Getting promoted is very difficult, management doesn't plan for employees career path

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employee engagement

    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    amazon

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    Former Employee - Hardware Support Engineer  in  Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Hardware Support Engineer in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

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

    Pros

    there personal development plan for every engineer is excellent . the company is all surrounded by providing the best support to their staff to get the best quality out of their engineers

    Cons

    The interview process is very long but it is worth it if you get the position you appled for

  7.  

    Great

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst  in  Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    High pay, above market average.

    Cons

    Bad work-life balance, but too much stress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mentor your people and help them grow

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    This is a good place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Pros

    You get to work on your own project.

    Cons

    Benefits are not very good.

  9.  

    Okay

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    Current Employee - Picker  in  Fernley, NV
    Current Employee - Picker in Fernley, NV

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

    Pros

    Great work, good people, great pay

    Cons

    Can get overwhelming and busy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    It all depends on your team

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Amazon is like a company of companies. You will have different experiences depending on which team you work on. I say this because, I interned at Amazon twice... on different teams. You can't judge the company as a whole when it comes to your work experience. Also, your manager is very important, when it comes to dictating your experience at Amazon.

    The general pros of working here:

    -So many smart people, you will find a lot of diversity here as well.
    -Interesting projects and products that they have
    -Great salary, relocation, and starting bonuses
    -Working from Home is an option, as long as you get your work done
    -Lots and lots of different technologies used spread through different teams
    -You can come in to work late... How late depends on team of course.
    -You may get invited to free fun events! ie: Free food, sports, etc. (very team dependent)

    Cons

    -Work-life balance can be pretty bad. I've had experiences where people get to leave early or late. It depends on the person and how much work is assigned to them. Also, of course, their skill level
    -A lot of tasks are assigned to you
    -On-call can be hectic, this is team dependent, some teams have a easier On-call experience then others...
    -Code base might be outdated, and annoying to work with
    -You may plateau in learning, depending on what your team does, (Maintenance vs Creating)

    Before joining Amazon, try to look into which teams are generally good and which aren't. I won't lie, that is, most of the teams tend to get bombarded with work and stay at work late.

    Overall, it's a nice company to work for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Lower the work load, make employees more happier.
    -Measure each team's work load and try to make team bigger if it's too high.
    -Add overtime salary for people that have to stay late
    -More fun events for all teams.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good money but employe doesn't care for you.

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    Current Employee - Manager-III Quality  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Manager-III Quality in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    1. Stocks
    2. Interesting Challenges
    3. Very smart people

    Cons

    1. Work life balance
    2. Very Dev focussed environment so QA is always a support role
    3. Benefits are very average

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Sr. management is ruthless and need to respect engineers
    2. Please look at the attrition metric and do something about it

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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