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Amazon Ashburn Reviews

Updated December 5, 2018
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  • "Work/life balance seems comparable to other places I've worked - not worse" (in 2528 reviews)

  • "I have no work life balance issues" (in 523 reviews)

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  1. "Day 1 (6-weeks and counting)"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - DCEO in Ashburn, VA
    Current Employee - DCEO in Ashburn, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    What an amazing ride this has been! The culture is great, the people are awesome, and the job has been very rewarding! I couldn't have made a better decision!

    Cons

    Only Con so far is that the snacks and drink machines are not free (or at least subsidized in some way); and they don't have credit card readers. That would really be nice!

    Advice to Management

    People first, mission always!


  2. "DCO Tech III"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashburn, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashburn, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Amazon full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Money. You can make a lot if you are willing to put the time in and take as much OT as you can handle.

    - Good environment to network in. With the heavy turnover rake, you are very likely to know one, if not multiple people at your next position. Be willing to use this to your advantage when you start looking.

    - Looks good on a resume, for now.

    Cons

    - You aren't going to learn much because it's being taken out of your hands. With various automation "tools" are taking the actual work out of your hands.

    - Don't expect to last too long. AWS burns people out quickly.

    - With the number of good people leaving Amazon, word is getting out that it's not the best place to farm talent from.

    Advice to Management

    Numbers don't show the whole picture. If you've got to setup special projects to fix issues that could have easily been taken care of years ago before they grew too big, then you've got a problem with how things are managed and not with the people that want to fix them. Maintenance isn't a dirty word and shouldn't be shunned until it's too late.

  3. "Amazon Data Centers"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chief Engineer in Ashburn, VA
    Current Employee - Chief Engineer in Ashburn, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Schedule, project selection, engaging environment and great people to work with.

    Cons

    Compensation as compared to other companies. The speed of growth (Pro and con).

    Advice to Management

    Trust your people more. Don't discount their feedback.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "It's sounds too good to be true aaaannnnddd it is......"

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    Former Contractor - Data Center Operations Technician in Ashburn, VA
    Former Contractor - Data Center Operations Technician in Ashburn, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Getting Amazon on your resume
    - Meeting and working with some very intelligent people, lot's of talented high IQ candidates.
    - Good pay for amount and level of work expected.

    Cons

    - All the rumors about Amazon company culture being horrible are all true.
    - A cut throat, backstabbing environment that is promoted by management and their ridiculously hypocritical "14 point principles."
    - The job is an illusion. The stock offered matures after 4 years. The average employee lasts less that 2 years, and if you're there longer than a year, that's longer than 75% of the people.
    - Rest assured, the politics are quite brutal and ridiculous, you will either resign or be pushed out at some point, guaranteed.
    - You will never know how you are being evaluated. You will either receive no feedback at all, or you will be told you are doing well only to be fired without notice or suspicion, and you will never know who is behind it or why.
    - You will work with some extremely arrogant people who are delusional regarding their own importance and capabilities. All around nasty and hostile work environment.
    - The opposite of a meritocracy.

    Advice to Management

    I would give some, but it won't matter because you won't be there long either.


  5. "Part time shipping and receiving associate"

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    Current Employee - PT Sales Associate in Ashburn, VA
    Current Employee - PT Sales Associate in Ashburn, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    easy interview, great starting pay(12.50) + additional if you work weekend or overnights

    Cons

    hard to communicate with the management


  6. "Eot"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Ashburn, VA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Ashburn, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to learn and excel.

    Cons

    Pay doesn't compensate the pressure or work load. Very past pace, quick to fire people.

    Advice to Management

    Teach new hires instead of making them do all administrative work.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Best suited to personally motivated employees"

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    Current Employee - Amazon Data Center Technician II in Ashburn, VA
    Current Employee - Amazon Data Center Technician II in Ashburn, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive salary, merit based advancement, large opportunity for personal growth.

    Cons

    Competitive work environment, high expectations, less feedback than typical, little handholding in terms of training.

    Advice to Management

    Provide a better system to train starting technicians, provide more frequent feedback, better transparency for daily expectations.

  8. "information tech"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashburn, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashburn, VA

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

    Pros

    flexiblity, and sense of family culture

    Cons

    no downsides to the company

    Advice to Management

    na


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Nukes dressed as Amazonians still eat their young."

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    Former Intern - Data Center Operations Technician in Ashburn, VA
    Former Intern - Data Center Operations Technician in Ashburn, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Amazon as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay, great benefits.
    Great experience for resume.

    Cons

    Working 200-300 hours per month
    Completely unprofessional work environment
    No training program
    Horribly understaffed
    Extremely stressful
    No working technical diagrams or study material
    Dirty job, server rooms smell like the inside of a vacuum cleaner, cleanliness is a disaster
    Nonstop discussion of politics in an especially politically charged time
    Horrible work culture

    Advice to Management

    Foster a respectful work culture, where helping each other is encouraged instead of discouraged. Stop talking about politics, it's offensive. There is a difference between having a relaxed work setting where profanity and normal conversation are accepted, and having a cliquey, hostile, politically charged and intolerant workplace. Getting fired was the best thing that could have happened to me, you have employees in DCEO who have developed horrible self-esteem and attitudes. If 40 new-hires are flushing through a building in 3 years, you should look into facility management.


  10. "Contract to hire Data Center Tech"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Data Center Operations Technician in Ashburn, VA
    Former Contractor - Data Center Operations Technician in Ashburn, VA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Somewhat relaxing environment where one can work at their own pace
    -Great place to learn about data center culture and learn about data center operations
    -Friendly company at first glance
    -Benefits and salary are worth the effort

    Cons

    -Poor analysis of actual job performance. Analyzes tasks at a basic level. If you excel at a task or go beyond a task to efficiently correct a problem, it will not be seen.
    -Inefficient management structure. Feedback or communication about job performance is lacking and non-existent
    -Little to non-existent training
    -Will terminate without reason. Best idea for long term growth is to keep to yourself.
    -Can be physically straining. Requires lifting 50+ lbs. Temperature fluctuations within work environment can be detrimental to health, as well as other environmental concerns.

    Advice to Management

    -Stop hiring in bulk and focus on acquiring and training competent technicians


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