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Updated January 14, 2019
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Pros
  • "Flexibility & Work/Life Balance" (in 595 reviews)

  • "You will learn a lot from each of your team members as they are equally bright & capable" (in 544 reviews)

Cons
  • "Can be hard to build work life balance" (in 2564 reviews)

  • "I have no work life balance issues" (in 531 reviews)

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  1. "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.


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

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    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


  4. "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


  5. "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


  6. "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.


  7. "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.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "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.


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

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    • 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.


  10. "Fun Work, Fun Work Environment"

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    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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