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Updated April 17, 2019
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great company, crazy amount of career investment. Amazing place to start a career."

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    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

    Great pay, stock benefits, health benefits, rewarding work environment.

    Cons

    Challenging, fast-paced work environment. Not a 9 to 5.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "NO work life balance"

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    Former Employee - TPM in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - TPM in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great package and compensation, smart people

    Cons

    No work life balance. be ready to work 12 hrs daily

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Great avenue for solving tech problems, but work culture is horrible."

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good compensation
    - Interesting problems to solve including getting opportunity to work on scalable solutions.
    - Satisfaction in terms of making positive impact to customers.
    - Easier to move internally within teams as compared to similar tech companies.

    Cons

    - Too much bureaucracy and unnecessary process when trying to get work done with external teams. Priorities don't seem to align with key leadership principles of customer obsession and ownership. If your team has multiple external dependencies, project moves slower.
    - Bar raiser is over-hyped at Amazon. Have came across below par engineers in terms of both technical skills as well as leadership principles.
    - Below average perks and holidays

    Advice to Management

    - Recognition of prior industry experience for new employees, and take it into account for Sr SDE hire or promotion.
    - Practice what you preach in terms of leadership principles.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Great company to work for"

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    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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Amazon/AWS gives you the freedom to work without micromanagement. That trust results in great employees who use that freedom to perform above and beyond for their own personal development and for their customers.

    Cons

    If you are not a self-starter, you probably won't have a good time here.


  5. "Communication"

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    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Austin, TX

    I worked at Amazon part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Meet some great people to work with.

    Cons

    Volunteered to switch to permanent associate after the season was over. My HR approved the paperwork and I began working my new shift, only to get a call on that Friday from higher HR to say it was my last day. No warning or anything. After I explained what took place with my HR, she acknowledged it. Came into work that Monday morning to find out I had no job and that I would need to reapply as a non seasonal worker when shifts are available. Makes no sense to me!!!

    Advice to Management

    Better communication with HRs.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "I like it"

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    Current Employee - Whole Foods Shopper in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Whole Foods Shopper in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Pick your own shifts, easy and fun

    Cons

    just 25hrs maximum per week. Could be difficult to get shifts due to too many shoppers per available shifts


  7. "Miserable"

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    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Amazon (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, good people

    Cons

    Long hours, physically demanding, stressful

    Advice to Management

    See your people as people and not machines

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Customer Obsessed"

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    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The motto is "Work Hard. Have Fun. Make History." That's exactly what we do here. Imagine the fastest job you've ever worked and then multiple that by 100. You still wouldn't believe how quickly things move here. The key is that we hire people who thrive in this environment. There's no such thing as "that's not my job". The Leadership Principles are what we operate by and that drives accountability from every Amazonian. To put it simply, we get it done. And we always start with the customer. Being that I was a customer before an employee, it's something that is very commendable and in my opinion the best way to provide quality customer service. We always are seeking ways to innovate and improve. It's a great space to be in. I've never felt more supported in my career growth than at Amazon. There is a TON of internal mobility and you're encouraged to always explore "what else" or "what's next" for you. I enjoy working from home most days as I sit on a team that has many remote teammates. We hire the best talent regardless of location (when it makes sense for the role). You're trusted to get your work done and never feel like you're on an island.

    Cons

    Amazon doesn't have as many perks as other companies. However, I have more work life balance than I ever have had before. Who needs perks if you get to log out and enjoy your life after work :)

    Advice to Management

    Keep Hiring and Developing the Best!!!


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Amazon Austin"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Austin office has a much more laid back culture than the Seattle HQ

    Comp is awesome compared to other Austin companies and the cost of living

    Fast paced work environment with very capable coworkers

    Cons

    Most senior management is back in Seattle which leads to a lot of remote meetings and more flying to Seattle than I would like

    Missing most of the crazy benefits of other big tech companies

    The company cafeteria isn't very good

    Advice to Management

    As we continue to grow in Austin don't lose the things that make this office unique


  10. "Software Development Engineer"

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    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

    A lot of room for growth, Great mentors, Full stack projects

    Cons

    Very fast paced, not a ton of benefits other than normal health care.


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