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Updated May 21, 2018
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  • Work/life balance seems comparable to other places I've worked - not worse (in 2255 reviews)

  • No work life - personal life balance (in 466 reviews)

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  1. "a lot of work but pays off"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Sort Associate"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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

  3. "Amazon is a great place to work!"

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

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

    Pros

    - Great Benefits.
    - Work Schedule Flexibility.
    - Professional Growth.
    -Learning Path.
    - Beautiful office.

    Cons

    - You need to be willing to work hard :).


  4. "Sortation is what it is!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sortation Associate in Stoughton, MA
    Current Employee - Sortation Associate in Stoughton, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I liked the fast pace, felt like going to the gym, enjoyed meeting lots of different people

    Cons

    It gets hot in the summer time, and some people don't pull their weight

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that all employees are fully trained - some people are clearly not listening during training and they mis-sort things and don't care


  5. "Great culture at Amazon AWS in Cambridge/Boston"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great leadership and corporate strategy. Local culture is exceptional.

    Cons

    No cons at this time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep looking at the big picture and customer obsession.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "The burnout is real"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Data Associate in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    getting to work on cool projects, doing work that everyone in the world knows

    Cons

    being constantly lied to by management, no career-pathing or development, huge amount of "busywork"

    Advice to Management

    If your employees are actually reaching out to you with problems, actually try to fix them rather than just listening.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "They expect you to last less than 2 years"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Benefits are excellent, wide variety of areas that you can work in. Hours used to be flexible, location isn't bad.

    Cons

    Management changed policy without warning or reason, taking away flexibility that was previously available for more than a year. HR is very unhelpful when it comes to matters involving disability.

    Advice to Management

    Let your employees work in areas they can excel. Don't force burnout. Provide more support for skilled employees with physical disabilities.

  8. "Don't be scared about work life balance"

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

    I have been working at Amazon full-time

    Pros

    Smart and humble coworkers
    Managers want you to succeed
    Compensation
    Company wants to win
    Work life balance is great. My biggest fear coming to Amazon was the lame NYT story. From my experience it has no basis in truth.

    Cons

    You have to badge in every door. It gets annoying. If that is my bigfest con then you know its good.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "No place is perfect, but I love it here. Full stop."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Development Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Systems Development Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing opportunities for personal and professional growth like no other company I've encountered in my long career.

    This is definitely an intense environment to work in BUT I've never encountered a company that provides more support and help for employees. The culture here is like none other.

    Cons

    This is very definitely an intense environment to work in. The bar is set very high, and you are expected to produce at a high level at all times.

    Advice to Management

    Avoid frupidity (frugality + stupidity). Sometimes adding headcount or getting people good equipment are investments that pay off big.


  10. "Fun Work, Fun Work Environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Data Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Data Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    The work is interesting, and the atmosphere is good. Colleagues are friendly and helpful. The benefits are pretty good.

    Cons

    The pay is not great.


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