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Updated July 20, 2018
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  • "Work/life balance seems comparable to other places I've worked - not worse" (in 2325 reviews)

  • "No work life - personal life balance" (in 480 reviews)

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  1. "Enjoyable work, great culture"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Super collaborative ecosystem - everyone's working on a common goal, and therefore you can seek out people working on completely different parts of the product and discuss their work and / or collaborate. Speaking of my team, they are the nicest bunch of talented scientists.

    Cons

    Would like to spend less time in meetings


  2. "Great comapany"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people, cool tech and great pay

    Cons

    Planning can be a large drag

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Brainless automatons"

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    Current Employee - Data Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Data Associate in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Health benefits , commuter benefits, front end training so job is not difficult after first couple months

    Cons

    Treated like a mindless robot drone so you’ll need those benefits. Career path and department organization tends to change all the time if there even is one

    Advice to Management

    Somehow both a severely corporate bureaucracy and also a clicky high school replica which hinders creativity, inspiration and normally motivated employees. Much needs to change


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Challenging and Rewarding Work Environment"

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    Current Employee - Amazon Area Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Amazon Area Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast-paced learning environment
    Challenging
    Great Compensation
    Rewarding
    Management Experience

    Cons

    Long-Hours
    Night Shifts
    High-turnover
    Training is minimum
    Relocation


  5. "Great place to create your own destiny"

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

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

    Pros

    Smart people
    Lots of opportunity
    Supportive culture

    Cons

    Self-service nature is not for everyone
    Need to be comfortable with ambiguity


  6. "Work to Delight Customers"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of smart people, good for building a network

    Access to cool in-house technologies

    Work on cutting edge products

    Good pay

    Cons

    Managers have high expectations. There is never not a lot of work to do.

    Lots of emphasis on Leadership Principles. If you get a job at Amazon, be ready to take them seriously

    Promotions and career advancement is as much about being in the right place at the right time as it is about doing great work


  7. "Life’s pretty good"

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    Current Employee - SDE1 in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - SDE1 in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    $$, Smart people, brand (opens doors when you have amazon as experience on your LinkedIn)

    Cons

    Somewhat bad WLB, Lots of ops work pretty much everywhere, good teams just don’t get pages that often but that also means they put in more effort upfront for ops best practices.

    Promos are pretty hard (esp. L5 to 6).

    Some managers employ churn and burn strategies but they get caught out in tech surveys and such so if youre on the outside but have a buddy who works for amazon, ask them to check out the results for you.

    Advice to Management

    NA, L6+ at Amazon are pretty smart and know what they’re doing.

  8. "a lot of work but pays off"

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

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

    Pros

    Pays well. Rigorous performance review systems ensure that you don't get an abusive manager or lousy teammate. Your work will have a high impact as Amazon has a huge customer base.

    Cons

    Amazon's customer obsession drives employees to be over achievers. So the workload can get heavy from time to time.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Run Away!"

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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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Absolutely no existing pro what so ever

    Cons

    Grossly underpaid, toxic environment, no real benefits. However, the worst part of the job is my boss. She has clothing retail management experience and she is the most incompetent boss I have ever had and I don't even know how she got the job since I know she lied about speaking French and other European languages. She forces our team into useless and embarrassing activities just because she takes pleasure in that. She doesn't speak the language so she should not manage me and our team, I don't know how she got the job honestly, she must have been interviewed by someone who also didn't speak the language. She puts each team member against each other and she constantly scold us like we are toddlers. She is really horrible.

    Advice to Management

    Please do not hire obnoxious spoiled brats who pretend to speak multiple languages and only have management experience from chain selling boho-chic womens wear. It has nothing to do with natural language understanding, voice recognition technology, artificial intelligence and data management.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Sort Associate"

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

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

    Pros

    500 year healthcare pay (AFTER CONVERTION TO Part time permanant)
    Discount of UPTO 100 dollar only 10% at a time on amazon products only
    6 paid holidays after convertion as Required by law

    You can give feed back on managers But what is done with it is unknown

    Cons

    They will cut your pay suddendly and HR will say that they "Do Not need to provide you with information as to why."

    you will be over worked for the same rate of pay you are expected to scan 150 packages an hour and if you get below you will get written up

    following the rules as you have been told does not excuse system faulures they will blaim you even after finding the error was due to system falure

    There are no hand books for procedures to learn from but you are expected to learn as you go

    training is limited and tends to only cover the basic motions but not what is expected of you

    Getting promotions is very difficult and Not based on schooling

    Dispite having a set calander with chances to win raffles they Never Get done.

    Management will allow others to do less work and require more from hard worker and even belittle you if you are not going above and beyond

    THERE IS NO ON SITE HR all calls are directed out of state then brought round to regonal HR and they often Ignore emails and if you have pay issues they attempt to underpay

    Advice to Management

    follow what you were told by Amazon to do as far as raffles

    Make sure all are doing work do not over look associates

    Do not allow personanal feeling to restrict empolees from progressing

    Make sure employees get paid even if they missed a punch knowing ly refusing to pay is against the law

    The managers are NOT above the law and should not be coddled by HR

    HR Should be un BIAS


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