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Updated December 7, 2018
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  • "Work/life balance seems comparable to other places I've worked - not worse" (in 2517 reviews)

  • "I have no work life balance issues" (in 523 reviews)

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  1. "Seasonal Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Riverside, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Riverside, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    High energy, lots of teamwork, enthusiastic workers, good pay, plenty of room for learning (you need to show interest) good exercise, new friends, just fun place, good management at my facility. Very helpful.

    Cons

    Hired too many people. Sometimes not enough work. Too much VTO offered.


  2. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Web Development Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Web Development Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome ability to learn and take ownership.

    Cons

    Growing very quickly, a lot of re-organization.

  3. "A good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Fulfillment Associate in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Fulfillment Associate in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay
    Benefits
    Low barrier to entry

    Cons

    Long hours
    Minimum rates
    Physically demanding
    Cog in the machine


  4. "Decent place to work"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Moreno Valley, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in Moreno Valley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Company cares about employees' happiness in regards what is made available to all at lunch, breaks, etc. - foosball, air hockey tables, PlayStations, break room - they recently gave everyone a pay raise as of 11/1/2018. Really liked graveyard Shift Managers

    Cons

    Too many new employees just stopped showing up after a few days due to shift time/amount of work.

    Advice to Management

    Better employee vetting process - add more employees per shift to handle workload.


  5. "Amazon associate"

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    Former Employee - CORE Associate in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - CORE Associate in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, work load wasn't bad.

    Cons

    Paying for parking nothing else really.


  6. "Excellent"

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    Current Employee - Shuttle Bus Driver in San Leandro, CA
    Current Employee - Shuttle Bus Driver in San Leandro, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible, close to home no commute and very nice environment

    Cons

    Taking on a day by my self with out a coworker


  7. "Software Development Engineer Intern"

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    Current Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Current Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Fast paced stimulating projects with BIG impact (My project was being used routinely as soon as I built v1.0, which also shows you how fast things move)
    - Knowledgeable managers and engineers who trust me and push me to my limits
    - Extremely competitive pay (Bay Area intern pay is higher than Seattle)
    - Great intern (luxury) housing option or housing stipend ($12k before tax/$7k after tax)

    Cons

    - Teams can vary - some teams move pretty slowly with internal bureaucracy while others (like mine) move super fast and ship products routinely
    - For fast teams like mine, it's not for everyone. Be very prepared to learn quickly and sometimes put in longer hours as a result - if you're here to learn and grow fast you'll love it, if you're here just for the paycheck you'll hate it
    - Teams vary on sociability, but my team in particular all kept to themselves, which made interactions very awkward and the office VERY quiet
    - Frugality is real and sometimes painfully present in the culture (not many intern events, but we did at least get intern swag and there are some snacks in the office)

    Advice to Management

    -Allow interns to speak to potential managers and projects before assigning them to a team. It provides more variety and tailors closer to each intern's interests.
    - Hold some intern events, albeit frugality will probably prevent it.

  8. "Best first job out of grad, at the forefront of AI"

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    Current Employee - Knowledge Engineer in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Knowledge Engineer in Santa Barbara, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - High standards
    - High impact
    - Fantastic culture
    - Solid leadership principles

    Cons

    - Long hours
    - Communication breakdowns within or between large organizations

    Advice to Management

    The best ideas and meetings happen when everyone is physically in the same room together aligning on common aspirational goals. Nurture an environment where we want to go out of our way to meet face-to-face with those we work with regularly.


  9. "Amazon shopper"

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    Current Employee - Shopper in Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Shopper in Cupertino, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great enviornment, fun job, get to pick your own hours

    Cons

    Schedule. Not many hours are given.


  10. "sorter"

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    Current Employee - Mail Sorter in El Monte, CA
    Current Employee - Mail Sorter in El Monte, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    pay is great team work happy employees. work is not to hard really get a work out.i dont understand all the bad comments they give. on the job application you have a right to choose or not choose your rece/ethinicity.you are notlooked down at.you are allowed bathroom breaks.along with breaks and lunchs you do get them.i dont under stand why people have to demote a company .some people are not cut out for certain jobs so you have the opprtunity to explore dont be negative because that wasnt the right job for you.ps some people are afraid to break a little sweat. i love it!!!!

    Cons

    none what you put into it you shall get out of it.

    Advice to Management

    none they are great the ones we have resonable accomidating.


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