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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I worked at Amazon.com full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

Amazon is innovative and moves quickly--you'll have the opportunity to learn a lot in a short amount of time--if you don't burn out first.

Cons

After speaking with numerous other ex-Amazonians, I can honestly say I'm not alone when I tell people this company has given me post traumatic stress disorder. When people at Amazon say the teams "run lean," that means they hire one person to do the job of multiple people. Be prepared to be overwhelmed by the amount of work that needs to be done and the long hours you'll work (there's a reason they issue you a laptop here--so you can come home from the office and continue working). Some folks love to work at a constant fever pitch because it motivates them, but it inevitably takes its toll--the company has a ridiculously high turnover rate because of burnout. You might think all of the current employment opportunities at the company are because they're expanding. Not really--they're mostly constantly trying to refill positions where folks have freaked out and left. If you don't have a social life or home life, and want to constantly be on-call, then this may be the place for you. if, however, you want to work for a place that cares a little more about their employees and less about their bottom line, look elsewhere. Yes, the company seems to pay well, and it can be exciting to work there, but you might need to be on anti-depressants or anti-anxiety meds to do it...

Advice to Management

For Pete's sake, hire more people! I know it's like hitting the jackpot when you find a single person who has the skills to do 5 different jobs, but that doesn't mean you should make them do it! Respect that an employee wants to give you their best, and that it's difficult to do when they're completely overwhelmed and no one cares enough to fix the problem.

Other Employee Reviews for Amazon.com

  1. Helpful (2)

    If you are relentlessly driven, you will succeed.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Process Assistant in Whitestown, IN
    Current Employee - Process Assistant in Whitestown, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay is competitive. The insurance is very good. You are given a significant amount of responsibility in order to develop.

    Cons

    You are required to work at least 1 weekend day every week. Compensation is based on the time you have worked for the company, not performance. Responsibility and expectations at the management level can be overwhelming at times.

    Advice to Management

    Get around the facility more often. Meet the people in the departments and give more real time quality feedback. Actionable feedback allows for more effective shifts.


  2. Helpful (11)

    Good people, interesting work, global impact.

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

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time

    Pros

    + Fascinating work + Immediate global impact + Folks are generally motivated, smart, and capable. + Scale.

    Cons

    - Company is so cheap it's insane. Devs are forced to buy your own hardware in many cases. Amazon pays $250k / year for an senior engineer, and then provides a $399 laptop and won't upgrade it for 3 years. No dual monitors. The list goes on and on. It's insane and frankly just stupid. - On-Call. This is core to Amazon, and is really a huge place of indescribable suckage. - Mysterious review process. Just as bizarre and opaque as Microsoft's. - Parking. There is none. Amazon doesn't pay much towards it, so you're stuck paying out of pocket. - Starting Vacation is 2 weeks, no exceptions. Coming from MSFT I had 5 weeks / year. - No tuition reimbursement.

    Advice to Management

    1. Frugality is one thing, but stupid is another. Buy modern hardware and software for folks who need it. 2. Figure out how to treat employee's better. Parking. 3. Competitive benefits package, especially around vacation.


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