Amazon.com Reviews

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
3,679 Reviews
3.3
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Amazon.com Chairman, President, and CEO Jeff Bezos
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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 115 reviews)

  • Density of talent: Some really smart people spoiling their careers here (in 336 reviews)


Cons
  • Company is not at all sorry to screw people's work-life balance for itself to excel (in 605 reviews)

  • There is literally no work life balance inside this company (in 139 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Love this place

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

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

    Pros

    Tons of autonomy, required mastery, and ability to create purpose.

    Cons

    Zero perks. No gym, no free food, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We overindex on Frugality. It's been proven over and over and there's positive ROI on work place perks (free food, big monitors, etc)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Glad I worked here, even more glad I left

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Sales in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    I learned an amazing amount over the 18 months I worked here. The salary was decent and the view was great!

    Cons

    Where do I even start... Work environment was the worst I have ever experienced. There were so many people on my floor there was a constant line for the Mens bathroom (My floor was all 6 figure sales people, not a call center). There was almost no training. There was absolutely no transparency as to what type of monetary incentives you would receive for overachieving. South Lake union is hard to get to, and expensive to park.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a step back and re-evaluate your process. Everyone is running so fast that no one takes a step back to see if they are going in the right direction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    ok

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

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Pros

    The compensation is very good

    Cons

    I have no work life balance

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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Amazon Warehouse Operative

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Working for a leading brand and global company

    Cons

    A dehumanising experience where management treat staff like robots; this applies to 'warehouse operatives' working in the 'Fulfilment Centres'. There is very little job satisfaction to be had from the roles within the warehouse especially when the productivity targets are unrealistic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat warehouse staff with more compassion and you may find that productivity will increase and staff will not resent working there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Overworked. Underpaid.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Dogs at work. Interesting jobs.

    Cons

    Steep learning curve, but expected to learn immediately and not compensated appropriately.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow more time to let workers to learn the job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to being a career. Growth can be slow.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of breadth, can get good work, peers are smart.

    Cons

    compensation is not at par, very top down, promotions can take a while

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    employees can be put at par to customers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    You learn a lot in a very short amount of time

    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Pros

    Pay is pretty good and lots of opportunity to learn and move up

    Cons

    Lots of politics at amazon

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your internal promotions more... Losing ALOT of good talent.

  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Terrible culture, hardworking coworkers

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

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time

    Pros

    Smart, hardworking coworkers. Take your dog to work. That's about it.

    Cons

    This company has somehow figured out how to trick its employees into working longer, harder, and faster with sub-par industry standard wages, and no work life balance. All in the name of The Customer. It doesn't feel like the company cares about its employees, only getting more out of them. It's no coincidence most people leave before their stock even vests.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some pride in creating a culture that fosters goodwill between your employees. Stop being frugal at the expense of your own employees. The culture of "everything is for the customer" is a very transparent way to work your employees to the bone in the name of "frugality".

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Positive sde intern experience at amazon

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amazon.com

    Pros

    strong teamwork, great coworkers who are excited about their product, friendly environment, food trucks serve good food

    Cons

    Frugality negatively impacts company culture at times. Too much focus on frugality.

  11.  

    learn a lot, but feel stressful.

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

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

    Pros

    You can learn a lot in Amazon. It is the most advanced SOC in the world.

    Cons

    feel stressful. And when you didn't get a return offer from Amazon, they didn't tell you the truth why. And many times when you get some problem, it is really hard to solve it, because it is Amazon specific, and you can't find the solution in google and feel very sad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    He should have help us more to push other teams to solve the problems when it is not our fault.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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