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Updated October 8, 2018
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  • "Work/life balance seems comparable to other places I've worked - not worse" (in 2476 reviews)

  • "I have no work life balance issues" (in 516 reviews)

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  1. "Amazon machine learning team - great place to be"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great learning opportunities, flexible schedule, wonderful colleagues

    Cons

    Not a place for academic research


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Prime Now Associate"

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    Current Employee - Prime Now Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Prime Now Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The flexibility in schedule, friendly environment, and lots of exercise.

    Cons

    I have no comments on this.

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring good worker and lots of training for better performance.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Fast paced environment with friendly people. Breaks are short but you'll get the hang of it."

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    Former Employee - Fulfillment Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Fulfillment Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The money
    The benefits
    Pretty safe
    Fast paced

    Cons

    The breaks are short but you'll get the hang of it.

    Advice to Management

    You're doing a great job.


  4. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - SDE2 in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - SDE2 in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment, great peers, challenging work, stocks

    Cons

    Bad 401k plan, no free swag, pretty frugal.

    Advice to Management

    Please improve your benefits


  5. "Advancement and raises are mirages."

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    Current Employee - Data Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Data Associate in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great culture, interesting work, located on major commuter transit lines.

    Cons

    If you know where you want your career to go, it doesn’t matter whether you tell anyone or not. They won’t listen. Wages are low and raises are minuscule. Amazon would rather hire from without than promote from within, but they will tell you the opposite, and suggest that you, too, can achieve a promotion.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your workers a decent wage. They have rent and bills to pay, and don’t need the stress of living paycheck to paycheck. Also, don’t make advancement in your career so difficult. But if you can’t promise any future to your employees, at least be upfront about it.


  6. "Great opportunity for a hard worker"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to move between roles easily

    Cons

    Need for knowledge/process sharing amongst some teams must improve


  7. "Awesome Experience, toxic environment in the long run"

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    Former Contractor - Bookseller in Boston, MA
    Former Contractor - Bookseller in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    lots of freedom, but this can be a good and bad thing.

    Cons

    Nobody has a clear understanding of what needs to be done. They just act like they do.

    Advice to Management

    keep making that money!

  8. "Your work can make noticeable impact in the world."

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    Current Employee - Sales in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Sales in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Ever wonder if your work is making an impact to better lives of others? Working for Amazon gives you a chance to change the world for the better. It is a place for innovators and hard working people to get out there and build something. There is no bureaucracy, no red tape, no BS.

    Cons

    If you are looking to coast or looking for a cushy job, its not for you.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it Day 1.


  9. "Software Development Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very helpful people, patient, willing to teach. The company moves quickly in so many different directions so there are always new and interesting projects coming up and teams forming.

    Cons

    Compared to other big tech companies (Google, Facebook, etc.) there aren't nearly as many benefits like free food, as one of the core principles is frugality. The pace is high, which makes it exciting but may stress certain types of people out.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome people and culture!"

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    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazon's culture won't be for everyone. If you'd rather do the same thing everyday and not change, then Amazon is not the place for you. If you looking to be innovative and use your creative genius then check them out. Also, check out their leadership principles.

    The pay is great (complimented with stock) - benefits are good as well. Lot's of freedom to experiment.

    Cons

    The company is moving so fast it's hard to keep up, this is especially true in the AWS org. Also, in every company there are bad apples, don't expect everyone at Amazon to be a unicorn.

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring smart people and give them the freedom to innovate.


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