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Amazon Area Manager Reviews

Updated June 11, 2018
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  • "Work/life balance seems comparable to other places I've worked - not worse" (in 2293 reviews)

  • "No work life - personal life balance" (in 472 reviews)

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  1. "Area manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Area Manager in Jeffersonville, IN
    Current Employee - Area Manager in Jeffersonville, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast paced work environment. Opportunity to promote. Awesome teams and teamwork.

    Cons

    Work life balance . Demanding hours during peak seasons

    Advice to Management

    Stay ahead of the curve. Work hard and ask for help when needed and you will go far.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Challenging and Rewarding Work Environment"

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    Current Employee - Amazon Area Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Amazon Area Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast-paced learning environment
    Challenging
    Great Compensation
    Rewarding
    Management Experience

    Cons

    Long-Hours
    Night Shifts
    High-turnover
    Training is minimum
    Relocation

  3. "Area Manager"

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    Current Employee - Area Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Area Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast paced, job opportunity, new technology, great experience

    Cons

    long hours, manager changeover, work-life balance

    Advice to Management

    Great place to work. Cannot find an opportunity like this from any other company. Hours are long at first but put in your time and you will get rewarded. This job is not for everyone, only for those looking to succeed on a day to day basis.


  4. "Area Manager"

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    Current Employee - Area Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Area Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great salary, innovative fast growing company. Solid benefits and compensation package with strong opportunity for personal growth. Never a dull moment, as each shift is different and presents new challenges.

    Cons

    difficult to plan home life and build stable relationships with ever changing work force. Innovation and change can lead to frustrations with process development. Unreasonable expectations on performance standards can be frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Focus as much on the people as the process, develop and invest in your guys and they will do more for you. Look hard at lower level compensation, and reward those hourly associates who perform better than the minimum. 10-12 hours in a warehouse without music or entertainment is tough, consider bringing back music in the fulfillment centers.


  5. "Area Manager L4"

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    Current Employee - Area Manager in Rialto, CA
    Current Employee - Area Manager in Rialto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Intense. Satisfying. Lucrative. Resume Builder. Interesting.

    Cons

    Intense. Competitive. Work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Meet your employees.


  6. "Challenging, Exiciting, and rewarding, but strenuous and high pressure."

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    Former Employee - Area Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Area Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, industry leading company, great technology and innovation

    Cons

    rapid change, high pressure at times can be difficult to navigate


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Area Manager Level 5"

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    Current Employee - Area Manager II in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Area Manager II in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compensation - Competitive Salary + Signing Bonus + RSU’s
    Fast-Paced environment - always on the go
    4-day work weeks (outside of Peak/Prime Day week/OT weeks)
    Good hiring decisions - most managers are smart, driven, fun people.
    Tons of promotional opportunities due to network expansion.
    Constantly changing/improving (can be seen as a con to those who don’t adapt well to change)

    Cons

    Work-Life Balance (No surprise since Bezos doesn’t consider it something that exists).
    Super high standards - nothing ever seems good enough.
    No night shift differential for nights managers - what???
    Long shifts - associates have 10 hour shifts, but managers realistically put in 13-15 hour shifts.
    Area Managers are, at times, viewed as free labor in order to save on the bottom line.
    Low-performing managers are not managed out well, causing more strain and demand to average and high-performing counterparts.

    Advice to Management

    Night shift management should receive some type of compensation for nights, rather than same structure as day shift - it definitely takes a toll on your mental and physical health (currently writing this at 3:50am). Managers who are not getting the job done should be performance managed out with the same focus that is put on the associate population. Keeping low-performing managers in the business for too long only puts more pressure and strain on your high-performing managers in an already high-demand position.

  8. "Not for the feint of heart..."

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    Current Employee - Area Manager in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Area Manager in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Growth Opportunities, Salary, Challenging Work,
    Customer Devotion. These are all of the things that Amazon has to offer. Plus, you can work pretty much wherever you want to across the globe.

    Cons

    Unrealistic Expectations. There are a ton of silos, particularly in the fulfillment and operations world. However, having the right people around you can help with this.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be so caught up in the way things are, be open to new possibilities. There are a lot of great ideas out there if you would only just listen to the people that you represent. After all, that's what made Amazon so great in the first place.


  9. "Operation manager"

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    Former Employee - Amazon Area Manager in Grand Prairie, TX
    Former Employee - Amazon Area Manager in Grand Prairie, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good place to work ,friendly colleague and good pay. Customer focus job and detail oriented place too. Promotion are based on hard works.

    Cons

    No established growth pathway ,works most weekend ,safety is not a top priority here. Seeking for higher position outside of the company .

    Advice to Management

    Safety precaution ,open door policy and more training for development .


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Fast paced ever changing environment"

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    Current Employee - Area Manager in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Area Manager in Jacksonville, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazon gives you the opportunity to think outside of the box; never bounding you to predetermined decisions. Managers have the freedom to solve problems independently but have a team of managers to turn to when in need of second opinions. No two days are the same which creates excitement and new learnings every day.

    Cons

    Working for one of the most popular countries in the world comes with sacrifice. In Amazon fulfillment you can work 100 hours in a week and nobody will give it a thought. Time management is a necessary skill in order to create work life balance

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your people