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Amazon Ashburn Reviews

Updated September 19, 2017
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Pros
  • We get to learn a lot of things on the job (in 420 reviews)

  • It really depends on the individual employees to maintain the work-life balance (in 335 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is not easy to maintain (in 1954 reviews)

  • There is nearly no work life balance (in 421 reviews)

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

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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. "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.

  3. "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.


  4. "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


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Nukes dressed as Amazonians still eat their young."

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. "Contract to hire Data Center Tech"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  7. "Facility Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Facility Manager in Ashburn, VA
    Current Employee - Facility Manager in Ashburn, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay and health care above average

    Cons

    long hours and unobtainable expectations

    Advice to Management

    listen to mid level management and their advice of people in the trenches

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Technical Program Manager"

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    Former Employee - Technical Program Manager II in Ashburn, VA
    Former Employee - Technical Program Manager II in Ashburn, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Amazon full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I was given a great deal of responsibility and a reasonable amount of latitude to do my job.

    Cons

    No work-life balance was possible. 80-90 work weeks were common.

    Advice to Management

    Make work-life balance a priority. You are burning out a lot of people unnecessarily


  9. "Not nearly as bad as the news says"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Ashburn, VA
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Ashburn, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Can pretty much get involved on any project you want
    Lots of hands-on experience
    Very smart people to work with and lean on

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be rough but you can work around that depending on your boss and your department. I mean, you came to work right, that's why you're there.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "A huge company in constant change, using the most advanced networking equipment from different manufacturers"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Network Technician in Ashburn, VA
    Former Employee - Network Technician in Ashburn, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A very friendly environment to work, casual dressing code, very cool workmates, an efficient ticketing system

    Cons

    Standards are not fully respected. Start your job without any assumptions. Lot of people without networking background.

    Advice to Management

    Integration between day and night shift, improve cost management,


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