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Updated February 16, 2018
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  • While my work-life balance is great - others are having a different experience (in 2122 reviews)

  • Sometimes no work life balance and manager will not let you work overtime (in 445 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "I really love working at Amazon (AWS)"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Solutions Architect in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Solutions Architect in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Low BS ratio. I am surrounded by smart and friendly people. Most of my co-workers are pretty happy in their jobs, that makes them generally happy. 14 Principles of a Leader are great guidelines. One of those is to "Have a backbone, disagree and commit" which basically means if stuff is being done wrong, you are within your rights to stand up for your position, and engage the other parties to come to a consensus that you can all commit to. This is great for problem resolution in the workplace. Stock options are actually worth something. It is generally easy to move around the organization once you are employed, and your current manager cannot stop you from moving to another team.

    Cons

    Except for salary, benefits are okay but not premium.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up, best company I ever worked for.


  2. "Great colleagues, motivating environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SDE2 in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - SDE2 in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lot of opportunities, refined systems, highest development standards. Can transfer between teams very easily. Good compensation.

    Cons

    A bigger company, bunch of homegrown technologies, ramp up takes longer than normal. Team scope and responsibility is often times fairly limited.

  3. "Empowered for success"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Senior Software Development Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Senior Software Development Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - From engineering standpoint, you've got all the tools and resources at your fingertips to be as successful as you want
    - It's a pretty sophisticated company in terms of state of the art technologies you have a chance to use on your daily basis
    - Culture is very entrepreneurial
    - You can have intelligent conversations with any coworker
    - Everyone has super-powers
    - Innovation is highly rewarded

    Cons

    - It's not only Amazon, but health insurance could be better in terms of coverage and out of the pocket limits


  4. Helpful (1)

    "My first year at Amazon"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment, awesome challenging and satisfying projects in diverse technologies even within the same team. Good compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    Promotion from SDE II to SDE III and beyond might be difficult to get as the company grows

    Advice to Management

    Giving more opportunities for promotions even if someone hasn't worked on "complex" projects. Delivering on a constant basis should matter, even though the projects someone got were not super "complex"


  5. Helpful (1)

    "No benefits and no room for advancement"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pros are it's part time and you are not bound to work a set number of hours a minimum of 20 hours per week is required yes you don't get any benefits but you do have the opportunity to become a permanent employee

    Cons

    Lots of part-time seasonal workers there for permanent positions are few and rare to come by also management advancement is very limited

    Advice to Management

    Implementing an idea should be just a phone call away and stand you make them to jump rope you know and do all kinds of loops and hops and your management team will not do their part on trying to get you hurt example given have an idea however can't submit it unless I have an email that's working through Amazon have repeatedly told management about it and nothing has been done about it


  6. Helpful (3)

    "A fantastic place to work."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Prime Now Associate in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Prime Now Associate in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    -A team environment
    -Snacks in break room occasionally
    -A great way to sweat out calories if picking
    -Friendly assistant managers! Most moved up so they understand your positions.
    -Co-Workers are great! You have your few bad seeds but what company doesn't. It makes the environment diverse.
    -You're working fast pace to easy work so the hours flies by!
    -You make your own hours so you work when you want.

    Cons

    - 1 15 min break

    Advice to Management

    -Atleast 2 10 min breaks instead of just 1 15 min break. Feets does hurts after 1 hour of picking.
    -More strategies to keep employees upbeat throughout shifts not just start of shift.


  7. "Amazon Web Services gives me the opportunity to work on world-changing technology"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Account Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Technical Account Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. People actually buy into the famed leadership principles, so there is a common place to start from when promoting new ideas and making decisions.
    2. I'm surrounded by brilliant people who are excited about solving complex problems for our customers and each other.
    3. There are a lot of internal opportunities for growth or change once you've hired on.

    Cons

    1. If you have trouble with personal organization, most jobs at AWS will be overwhelming.
    2. Internal tooling is very ad-hoc so it is likely that you won't have exactly what you need to do all aspects of your job efficiently.

    Advice to Management

    While management transparency at AWS is good, this is always an area where improvements are appreciated.

  8. "SDE II"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SDEII in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - SDEII in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great compensation
    - cutting edge skill sets to pick up
    - Smart and competent team mates
    - Impactful and challenging tasks and projects
    - Good direct managers

    Cons

    - To be observed. Haven't noticed too much so far


  9. "Ignore the negative reviews"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SDE1 in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - SDE1 in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time

    Pros

    You have best teams and best minds around you. They take special care in recruiting people who shares the same leadership principles, which helps a lot.

    Cons

    Not as many perks for employees as it's competitors.

    Advice to Management

    I'm not experienced enough to comment about this.


  10. "Incredible work at an incredible company!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    At Amazon there are many great opportunities to work on exciting projects and teams, and there is a great deal of flexibility as far as team movement is concerned if you find yourself on an unexciting project or an unideal team.

    Cons

    Don't be mistaken, there is a learning curve. However, the company puts a great deal of focus on a ramping up process to help you learn the ropes (and trust me, there are a great deal of ropes to learn).


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