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Amazon Cupertino Reviews

Updated November 3, 2017
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Pros
  • Get chance to learn a lot while working on a real world problem (in 425 reviews)

  • It really depends on the individual employees to maintain the work-life balance (in 339 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is not easy to maintain (in 1970 reviews)

  • There is nearly no work life balance (in 422 reviews)

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  1. "Linux Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Linux Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Current Contractor - Linux Engineer in Cupertino, CA

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

    Pros

    Nice and calm environment with good benefits and work culture

    Cons

    office location and city. Also technologies they use.


  2. "Needs to reduce bureaucracy"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Hardware Development Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Hardware Development Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Opportunity to work on innovative product
    - Flexible work hours
    - Free Uber Pool credit (Up to $130/mo)

    Cons

    - So much internal bureaucracy preventing quick innovation
    - Unnecessary perfectionism when only thing you need is a minimum viable product
    - Not many perks like other tech giants (e.g. Google, Facebook, etc.)

    Advice to Management

    -When developing a new product, try to reduce the bureaucracy and try to deploy an MVP to see what the market thinks, rather than trying to get a perfect product from the first deployment.

    -Make all the Amazon.com subscriptions (Prime, Amazon Fresh, Amazon Video channels) free for the full time employees :)

  3. "Software Development Manager"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Cupertino, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    In AWS, you will be working on cutting-edge technology with innoviation, The most important thing is you have to work on the scale of AWS, which is the biggest cloud on earth.

    You will be totally immersed by the Amazon Leadership Principles. The key to success is always to customer obsession and start from backward.

    It is a very fast paced company and you have to embrace changes every couple of months. Once you are used to the pace of Amazon, I believe you can survive any company.

    Also, there are many teams and technologies, you can choose what's interesting to you and work on it.

    Cons

    If you are looking for stability, Amazon may not be a good choice to you. You have to be dynamic and flexible to work with the technology and organization.


  4. "SDET-II"

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    Current Employee - SDET2 in Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - SDET2 in Cupertino, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Innovation
    Freedom to choose tools/Tech to achieve the goals
    Failure is not necessarily bad thing
    Lot of opportunities to switch teams locations
    Stock Price

    Cons

    Benefits Sucks
    The Stock vesting cycle sucks


  5. "HR assistant"

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    Former Contractor - Human Resources Assistant in Cupertino, CA
    Former Contractor - Human Resources Assistant in Cupertino, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Get to know and understand the process of C&B

    Cons

    There is no cons actually.


  6. "Great work culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast-paced, with accent on hiring strong engineers.

    Cons

    With the pressure on growth, mid-level management creep has set in.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to hire great people, so the superior hiring standards are maintained.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "SDE @ Amazon"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great compensation
    Good Growth for hard work
    Interesting work
    Easy to change teams internally

    Cons

    Management has too much power, Can screw you for no reason if they want.
    No perks like free food etc.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "A lot of work, zero reward."

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a big name and there is some interesting technology around. But don't expect much.

    Cons

    There is a reason why people only last 2 years at Amazon. You'll overwork for the first year with little to no significant reward. Once you realize you don't want to waste another year, you start thinking of quiting. Thats around/before the 2 years mark. Search for "the face of Amazon" on Google.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure to know your team and listen to their voice. They are probably right about a lot of things. Do not ignore people's concerns.


  9. "Recruiter"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Cupertino, CA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Cupertino, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Amazon as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    - good brand to work for
    - innovative products and leader

    Cons

    - management has favoritism
    - people who knows nothing are in the team just because they are full time and I was contract
    - stressful and pressure always
    - no perks like food, being such big company they dont even offer some snacks

    Advice to Management

    - learn how to value your employees, know who are good and bring results to the team.
    - stop your favoritism to employees who just know how to talk and zero at work
    - in last 8 months almost 6 to 7 people quit within my network


  10. Helpful (10)

    "You work hard - company will have fun and make history"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots to learn
    Lots of new technologies to learn
    Amazon internal tools are really good. It makes you more productive.
    The wiki pages are well written and well maintained. You can find any information on your own.
    Full ownership of projects (which really means more work)

    Cons

    Work life balance is definitely missing.
    You can easily expect 50 - 60 hours work week
    There is a lot of micro management. I have coined a new term - nano management for this


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