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Updated January 14, 2019
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Pros
  • "Flexibility & Work/Life Balance" (in 590 reviews)

  • "You will learn a lot from each of your team members as they are equally bright & capable" (in 542 reviews)

Cons
  • "Can be hard to build work life balance" (in 2557 reviews)

  • "I have no work life balance issues" (in 528 reviews)

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  1. "Great Job"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Fresh Associate in Everett, MA
    Current Employee - Fresh Associate in Everett, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, Good working culture

    Cons

    Tough conditions, Warehouse Job difficulty transferable skills


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Making history, great culture, but not "easy" or "relaxed""

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Work on stuff that your friends and family use and love
    - Company culture is a meritocracy
    - Company culture makes sense/is logical (which for engineers is important)
    - One of least political places to work
    - Engineering teams have lots of ownership...no software architects or 200 page requirement documents. Thin product management layer.
    - Managers are good individual contributors, not just people managers
    - Peer review culture (of your code/designs/deliverables)
    - The feedback produces lots of personal growth, and better engineers
    - No-one asks you to do overtime/work weekends/etc.
    - Pretty flexible working for people with kids (as long as prepared to commit to coming into office most of the time)
    - The Amazon reading and writing practice is awesome.
    - Crappy team mates get encouraged to leave the company quickly.
    - Company promotes women and minorities, educates staff on implicit bias, etc.
    - The NYT article was completely inaccurate/trash/rubbish/basura
    - I could see myself spending the rest of my career here.

    Cons

    - There is always too much to do...have to manage your time and avoid over-committing. Have to have discipline over your own time to innovate and stay up to date on things going on outside company.
    - It's easy to confuse the wisdom of teams (which is huge) with individual wisdom...yes, the people in the room are as stupid as you are...just collectively they appear smarter.
    - Not a good fit for talented people/geniuses who struggle to pay attention/too laid back/not detail oriented/can't be anything other than a big fish in a small sea/don't realize the company and customer comes first.
    - Lots of meetings (that pro about peer review culture has a counter balance) if you aren't prudent about declining.
    - Definitely better benefits in other companies. Amazon's opinion is they'd rather pay you well and you buy your own lunch rather than supply lunch every day, for example.

    Advice to Management

    - Can take a long time for people to figure out how to be successful and how that changes as people move up. More time should be spent on educating people on success and value.

  3. "Love it!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people I work with are incredible. There's not really a tech bro culture here. Everyone is respectful and humble. There is a big emphasis on getting people promoted.

    Cons

    Not as many perks (free food, etc.) as at other large tech companies.


  4. "Software Development Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Challenging work, that keeps changing, so you are never bored
    - Depends on the team, but managers and peers are helpful

    Cons

    - Less perks compared to other big competitors for talent (google, msft) but overall Amazon is still a better place to work

    Advice to Management

    - More coaching for new grads and junior developers


  5. "FC Associate I"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - FC Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - FC Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Treated all workers the same, we were a unit.

    Cons

    Layoff was a little painful .


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Solutions Architect - Amazon Web Sevices"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Solutions Architect in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Solutions Architect in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    When I joined about three years ago stock was low, it went up 3x, compensation wise I made good money however there is no life work balance, there is no appreciation. I did not get any raise in last three years. Most worker bees - SA, TAM, SDEs, proserve consultants are nice people. I enjoyed working with such talented people but managers and directors are ruining this company.

    Cons

    I worked here for about three and half years. Company was great when I joined. Now its bad. Many useless managers, play dirty politics to survive. Directors and senior leaders in our org can be replaced by rock and company will still do better. They have no leadership skills. Andy Jassy, Jeff Bezos are good but theirs values not followed by these managers. Andy and Jeff have no time to motivate workers anymore. There is push for female equality but that just means promoting non qualified women to leadership positions. Long term this is against cause of equality. This is not fare to hardworking and qualified men, we have families too. There are good female leaders such as Teresa Carlson, she is the best, deserves to be the leader, she motivates and takes care of her people.

    Advice to Management

    Jeff Bezos and Andy Jassy should review leadership principles, check its effectiveness, and try to motivate people again. Share your wealth with worker bees. Fire all VPs, Directors, senior managers and ask them to reapply to their position and see if they can qualify. Please review female equality program, its went too far from its goals. Please help your people manage work life balance.


  7. "clerk at grocery store"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Holliston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Holliston, MA

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

    Pros

    I am hard worker and respect my job.

    Cons

    lack motivation, communicating with others,

    Advice to Management

    be honest to your employees all the time.

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

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    • Senior Management
    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


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Prime Now Associate"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    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


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