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Updated December 28, 2017
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Pros
  • Learn a lot and good work office (in 445 reviews)

  • I feel empowered working at Amazon and I have a great work life balance (in 382 reviews)

Cons
  • While my work-life balance is great - others are having a different experience (in 2077 reviews)

  • No work life balance at the FC, unless you are senior level (in 436 reviews)

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  1. "This job is nothing like you expect it to be, but it is 10x more rewarding than you expect it to be."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Data Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The most fantastic and supportive people you'll ever work with. Everyone wants to help you do better and learn.

    Cons

    We do a lot more work than we're hired to do beyond our job description but our pay does not reflect this.


  2. "Amazon is an great place to work!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Intelligence Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Business Intelligence Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Professional Development/growth
    - Learning Opportunities
    - Flexible work schedule
    - Leadership Principles
    - Excellent work environment

    Cons

    I do not have anything bad to say about Amazon.

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring and developing the best talented employees.

  3. "Smartest people I know who just get stuff done without politics"

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

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

    Pros

    speed of doing stuff
    lack of bureaucracy
    career growth
    insanely smart people
    no BS environment. No politics

    Cons

    See above - re: Smartest people. Always have to bring your "a" game or someone will call you out on it. but that is actually good. different teams have different cultures so make sure you know which team you will be on

    Advice to Management

    Pay us more - google and facebook are always knocking on my door and throwing money at me


  4. "Sr. Technical Program Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    I've been with Amazon Alexa team for about 3 months now and am having a very positive experience!
    Work: Engaging with lots of learning and so much potential now and in the future. Best way for me to feel part of the team was to get a project/work where I could contribute. It was great I got to work on an initiative which did not need Amazon Alexa knowledge in depth but leveraged my experience to streamline and optimize a process improvement in my team.
    People: Brilliant yet humble and helpful. Most everyone goes out of their way to help you get on-boarded and make you feel part of a team
    Management: Leadership is very clear with their expectations. They give new comers enough time to get accustomed to the Amazon was and also explaining why things are done the way they are. They give teams enough independence to operate and execute without teams going willy-nilly. They also hold teams accountable with relevant metrics and status meetings.
    For working parents there is ample Work Life Balance opportunities and never left stressed about family while I've been here.

    Cons

    No a con per say but something to know... Alexa is growing rapids and learning curve is steep so be prepared to work smart and hard with brilliant people!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the positive work atmosphere and the high bar in recruiting which helps make Amazon a good and smart place to work!


  5. "If you are driven and self-motivated you will thrive in this environment."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Everett, MA
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Everett, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hours are good... Pay is good. As long as you do your job, you won't have anyone constantly looking over your shoulder.

    Cons

    If you are late you get time deducted from your unpaid time off (UPT)... Or if they flex end time by an hour and you can't stay you lose some of your UPT. There is a lot of turnaround and many times there is flex time added to the shift. If you have another job that starts closely after your shift at Amazon this may become a problem for you. It takes awhile to earn enough sick time to cover a day off if you are going to be out sick.

    Advice to Management

    There should be more support given to new hires as not everyone is able to adapt and learn as quickly as others.


  6. "Good company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Amazon Warehouse Worker in Stoughton, MA
    Former Employee - Amazon Warehouse Worker in Stoughton, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Weekly pay is great to receive.

    Cons

    Boring job and lack of personal development.

    Advice to Management

    Smile


  7. "Great learning experience. Smart people. Fast paced environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Applied Scientist in Boston, MA
    Former Intern - Applied Scientist in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good to start your career.
    People are straightforward.
    Cooperative environment.

    Cons

    Work life balance can be a little messy.
    HRs are bad at communication.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "The truth about amazon"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Dedham, MA
    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Dedham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good consistent hours and benifits

    Cons

    There is a point system you are not aware of untill you are up for termination...if you clock in 10mins early you get a point or clock out late u get a point its basicly the reason amazon has a high employee turn over rate


  9. "Great place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Collaborative, fast-paced, cutting edge technology/products, great benefits (particularly for mothers), plenty of opportunity to set your scope and thrive

    Cons

    Hierarchical/bureaucratic at times, lots of ambiguity


  10. "Great people, management, and execution"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Machine Learning Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Machine Learning Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very smart people, everyone is nice, and the pay is great.

    Cons

    It's a huge company that is still growing. Not for everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Keep making it easy for employees to pick projects and move around when they are not happy.


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