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Updated August 2, 2017
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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Fast paced, exciting, and rewarding!"

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

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

    Pros

    * Work on hard problems at massive scale, with real opportunities and need to innovate
    * Lots of autonomy
    * Take on as much responsibility as you are ready for, and accelerate your career growth
    * working with passionate and top notch talent is fun and exciting
    * deliver real products and services to a massive customer base, and do so with speed and agility

    Cons

    * Need to know when to ask for help since given so much autonomy and responsibility
    * Not many perks other than the stock price
    * Benefits are getting better, but still a little behind other top tech firms

    Advice to Management

    * Make it more obvious to staff just how much time you invest in growing your staff.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Amazon Cambridge - Alexa"

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

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

    Pros

    I work on the Alexa team in Cambridge.
    Pros
    -Very exciting product and projects to work on
    -Small teams - lots of autonomy and ownership. New ideas definitely heard! A very collaborative environment
    -Work life balance, even with a big company like Amazon we have work from home ability and no email on the weekend policy.
    -Really nice people work here, very friendly welcoming culture in Alexa. Never afraid to ask a question or reach out to someone who could help.

    Cons

    Honestly none come to mind. I've worked for a few tech companies in the Boston/metro west area and I'm the most engaged and excited to come to work at Amazon.

    Advice to Management

    We'd like more free snacks, please

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Data Associate"

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    Current Employee - Data Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Data Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most DAs are in their 20s and the general culture is amiable.
    Amazon offers great insurance packages.
    Some teams have less strict rules.
    The job is straightforward for anyone with a proficient understanding of the English language.

    Cons

    DAs are severely underpaid for having Bachelors degrees (most in linguistics) and working in the expensive Boston area. Amazon labels its employees using "level" numbers; the higher your level, the more you get paid and the closer you are to the VPs. Amazon found a perfect business model: to create low-paying data jobs, making jobs for engineers easier and their VPs richer.

    Amazon's values include "customers first" and "frugality." Around the Boston office, frugality is not celebrated (to say the least).

    It's been said by one of the managers here, "once a DA always a DA." It's nearly impossible to ascend in this company, at least not without many years of service to Amazon.

    Every day (with few exceptions) involves the same few tasks. Some of these tasks can become very tedious after a couple of hours, days, and weeks.

    Advice to Management

    Pay the DAs better (at least 1.5 times more). Creating stricter rules is not a good incentive for them to improve their efficiency; neither is giving weekly "snacks" comprising chips and cookies.

    Diversity is important, especially in working with Alexa which is supposed to respond to diverse groups of people. Focus on recruiting more POC, especially in management. Also hire someone to take charge of the office culture instead of letting employees fend for themselves.


  4. "Good company, interesting big picture, boring day-to-day"

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    Former Employee - Data Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Data Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, interesting big picture work, good people, good managers, you can grow there if you put in the time and work for it

    Cons

    Day-to-day work can get dull, you have to interview to get a promotion, pay isn't great


  5. "Data Associate--Stay Far Away"

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    Current Employee - Data Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Data Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and stock vesting process

    Cons

    Incredibly low pay, hires can be paid less than the facilities and receptionist. Frugality makes the company not invest much in necessary supplies. Seems to be too many people and management is a mess.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline your chains of command, guide new hires to a point where they want to stay and aren't on Glassdoor writing a negative review about leaving after the first two weeks!


  6. "Data Associate"

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    Former Employee - Data Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Data Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Health insurance
    Transit reimbursement
    Fun work environment

    Cons

    Poor compensation
    Monotonous work
    Little chance to advance


  7. Helpful (1)

    "SDE Track Review"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Talented Team
    Passionate Organization
    Latest & Greatest Technology

    Cons

    Breakneck Speed of Development
    Ambiguity of Product Development
    Secret Project Anonymity

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in employees' opinions, learn from spontaneous innovations, and even mistakes.

  8. Helpful (14)

    "Big name but can't stay up to it - worst place to work"

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Very smart people to work with
    * Some of the teams have great work that you can learn a lot

    Cons

    My recent manager gave me work much more than I could do. He knew it is a lot and when I confronted him that it is impossible to complete over 150 hours of work in a sprint, he said "Figure it out. Those are just estimates". He meant I should be working day and night and also over the weekend to get the work done - which I did to save my job. But, after that this behavior continued. There was no appreciation for the work done. Many things that were written in my annual review was baseless and wrong.

    There is no work culture in Amazon. It is way below average. No fun, just work and work! Few people are really nice to work with but its hard to find such people. I would definitely not recommend anyone to work at Amazon. Their pay scale is also too less.

    Advice to Management

    Hire good people not just talented people.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Good company, easy to get lost in the crowd"

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

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

    Pros

    Good coworkers, supportive managers, interesting projects. There's so much going on that there's always more work to do. There's a lot of pointless meetings, as with any big company

    Cons

    You have to fight to get ahead, you won't be handed a promotion. If you want a promotion you have to go find the promotion and talk with you manager about it.


  10. Helpful (44)

    "Data Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Cambridge, MA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great company culture, excellent opportunity

    Cons

    Very difficult interview process--not based on performance.


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