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Updated September 18, 2018
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  • "Work/life balance seems comparable to other places I've worked - not worse" (in 2384 reviews)

  • "I have no work life balance issues" (in 497 reviews)

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  1. "Just started"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Fullfilment Associate in Stockton, CA
    Current Employee - Fullfilment Associate in Stockton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, wage, break room, time off

    Cons

    Nothing yet, just started...will come back if have to

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  2. "Applied Scientist"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applied Scientist in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Applied Scientist in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Package. Good environment. Good team. Good top.

    Cons

    Little benefits comparing to other companies.

  3. "A fast growing big company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in East Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in East Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -- Fast growing
    -- Work with talents
    -- Learning towards action, easy to get things done

    Cons

    -- Some politics although inevitable in big companies.
    -- No free meals


  4. "Show up ready to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Packer in Jurupa Valley, CA
    Current Employee - Packer in Jurupa Valley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic Management
    Plenty of time-off options
    Good benefits on day one
    Excellent HR department
    steady workflow
    Climate controlled warehouse
    plenty of parking
    4-10 schedule

    Cons

    The hourly pay could be greatly improved
    Depending on your job it can get monotonous quickly

    Advice to Management

    I am grateful to work with some of the best managers I have ever had the privilege to work with. They take the time to get to know you, work with you, and help you succeed as long as you show up and are willing to work.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Good place to start a working career"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Tier One in Patterson, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Tier One in Patterson, CA

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

    Pros

    Good place for young adults to start learning how to work. Good place for older adults to finish their working careers if all they truly need is benefits. Young aggressive adults will be promoted. Benefits are good. Time off is generous. 10 hour 4 day work week is a benefit to most employees. Amazon offers to pay for college and technical training. Coaching for resumes and interviews. Starting wages are fair and there are quick raises. Many other internal benefits such as training in new departments or processes and training in PIT (Powered Industrial Trucks). Associates, for the most part, are friendly to each other. Bathrooms are clean. Generally the Operations Manager holds an all hands meeting once a month and they generally do a good job engaging the employees. Peak times Amazon tries to create an atmosphere of fun and games. They also raffle off many great prizes during Peak times. Amazon has a very good program offering company stocks to full time employees. Each year around February, Amazon offers employees to quit with a severance pay that pays into the thousands depending on the number of "peaks" you successfully worked through.

    Cons

    Older adults, for the most part will not be promoted because management is usually young and they tend to overlook the value of experienced employees.
    Many tier one associates will be trained on the Kiva floor where they are expected to work in a dangerous environment without the benefit of extra pay. Long distances in these large warehouses means you have to move fast to get to break rooms for 15 minute breaks where most breaks will last you only 7 to 8 minutes.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to engage their employees more at their stations. This will help the managers to know what employees are thinking. Help employees become better performers without constant threats. Promote older workers who want to be promoted if they meet standards for promotion. After a year, Process Assistance or PA's should be moved to other departments for several reasons. Two reasons are (1) they learn the processes of the warehouse and then they become promotable if they meet the standards for promotion to Area Manager (AM). (2) Most PA's will have there favorites and those favorite employees will get the most new training in other processes and promotions due to the PA's recommendations. If they are in this position too long this scenario becomes worse for for the whole team.


  6. "One of my favorite jobs."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Delivery Driver in Gardena, CA
    Former Employee - Delivery Driver in Gardena, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They had good hours and a cool staff that i worked around that made the job site more fun tho we all took our jobs serious.....

    Cons

    Some of the supervisors we're very unprofessional and thats a small irritation for any work area. Overwhelming us wit more packages then our vans could fit sometime.

    Advice to Management

    Im a very good worker, hard working, prompt, team player, and ready for the next step.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company foster learning, professional development and work life harmony"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Extremely Talented people to work with
    Great Benefits and Competitive Compensation
    Stocks keeps going up, so does your salary as you are partly paid in RSUs

    Cons

    Bad Press (Thank you Senator Bernie)

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing and don't listen to Bernie or Trump. They are both Washington rats running on assumptions, lies and bitterness.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Financial Analyst"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everything moves so fast at Amazon, it's very exciting. The job changes every day. Learning opportunities are endless. Opportunities to transfer within departments/worldwide locations.

    Cons

    Tight deadlines, but it makes it exciting


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Technical Program Management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - customer focused working culture
    - standardized processes and structure

    Cons

    - too much focus on being frugal which may or may not work in all the scenarios

    Advice to Management

    continue the growth - Amazon is doing a wonderful job in all fronts.


  10. "Business Analyst Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Venture Partner in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Intern - Venture Partner in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work on important things often.

    Cons

    Too much pressure really common.


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