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Updated August 28, 2015
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Amazon.com Chairman, President, and CEO Jeff Bezos
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Pros
  • You will learn a lot that will help with the rest of your career (in 118 reviews)

  • The company is full of very smart people (in 352 reviews)

Cons
  • Not the best at work-life balance (in 636 reviews)

  • Absolutely no work life balance (in 145 reviews)

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  1. Finding talented hardware engineers

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Staffing teams, engineering hiring managers, engineering teams, trainings, exposure to new skills

    Cons

    commute, busy location, compensation caps, lengthy performance review process

    Advice to Management

    Communicate directly with your teams, make adjustments quickly.


  2. eng tech

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Eng Tech in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Eng Tech in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    they pay good and have flexible time

    Cons

    every year they want to cut 10% that make emplyee worry.


  3. Helpful (8)

    Avoid if have better options but get exp as much as you can and leave this toxic place.

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon.com (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    One of the pros working at Amazon is that you are expected to have a complete ownership of whatever you are doing, and there isn't a lot of hand-holding either. You are expected to sort of "get-it" and start contributing right away.

    Cons

    Once the honeymoon is over, you will see AMZN working env is full of bad politics and red tapes. Performance review is totally useless and biased. No managers really cared about your career goals even if you are a high performer, unless your manager really "likes" you. AMZN is a very internally competitive place to work to the point of being unhealthy. Beware of subtle backstabbing teammates, don't trust your team easily. AMZN workplace has a low diversity and I can safely say there are some negative biases towards minorities. Avoid AMZN if you have better options.

    Advice to Management

    Your employees are your customers. They are your most sincere critics who can help you better your bottom line.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    manager

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    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Customer focus, Good projects, Move fast

    Cons

    Politics Not employee friendly at all


  6. Helpful (3)

    If you want to have an impact you need to be in Seattle

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Product Management in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Product Management in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Get the chance to work with a tonne of very smart people

    Cons

    Ultimately, you will hit he ceiling in California working at Lab126. If you want to really grow your career, you need to be where all the decisions happen and that's Seattle

    Advice to Management

    Delegate more. Too many decisions are held too high up in the organization to make it an effective or efficient place to work



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