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Updated January 16, 2018
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Better than expected"

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer II in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer II in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Open work environment, Challenging tasks, Never boring, interesting projects

    Cons

    Amazon's size, Custom tools can be confusing, Tribal knowledge, Disorganized documentation

    Advice to Management

    The SDE role has a very well built and documented onboarding process. The SysEng is lacking in this. Develop a better onboarding program for systems engineers.


  2. "Hard work worth doing well"

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    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in Herndon, VA

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

    Pros

    Good teams working on big problems

    Cons

    Lots of responsibility to get things right

  3. "A really great work environment"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager II in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Program Manager II in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I wanted to wait a year to write this review, as I was so happy working here my first few months that I wanted to have a fuller perspective to write this. After a year in, I have to say I enjoy working here as much as I did the day I started. Amazon is a unique place to work. After having worked at so many tech companies that are run like dictatorships, it's nice to be somewhere where everyone's input is not only listened to, but encouraged. Amazon has an amazing hiring bar and because of this they expect everyone to be contributing to advancing their product. The high hiring bar also means that you will always work with amazingly smart people. You'll never have to pick up the slack for a team mate who just doesn't get it. Everyone is skilled and driven. Managers work constantly with their team to focus on career goals. You let your manager know where you want to be in 1/3/5 years and a clear path is written up on how to get there. Then focus is given to make sure tasks are made available to you to get there, or you find those tasks yourself and take some "bias for action" and just do them.

    Cons

    Depending on your department or your role, it might be hard to fit your tasks in to a 40 hour week. I had this issue, and brought it up to my manager who worked hard to find ways to ensure I was able to get my work back to 40 hours a week. The effort was there on his part, and I was told that I was allowed to cut myself off at 40 hours, however, I think most people at Amazon are not willing to let their work go like that, myself included. In the end, we did find a way to reduce the workload, but it took some time. Another con may be that Amazon pays less than comparable positions in the area. However, having worked at places where I dreaded going to work everyday, I would much rather be somewhere that I enjoy working while earning a salary that meets my needs nicely. Stock grants make up for any variance. :)

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. Thanks!


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Its all about the Leadership Principles!"

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    Current Employee - Procurement Category Manager in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Procurement Category Manager in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Ownership
     - No micromanagement
    - The ability to make an impact irrespective of how long you have been here
    - Team members are very respectful and motivated

    Cons

    - The fast paced environment does not provide you enough time to focus on strategic activities.


  5. "One of the Best Places I've Ever Worked"

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    Current Employee - Technical Program Manager in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Technical Program Manager in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You'll work in a collaborative environment.
    Leadership allows you to be creative and highly encourage it!
    Leadership principles is more than a mission, it's Amazon's lifestyle!!!
    Major room to grow and navigate to other positions throughout the company.

    Cons

    Very fast pace environment.
    Not your traditional 9 to 5, due to having to engage people who may be in other parts of the world.


  6. "Cloud Support Associate"

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    Current Employee - Cloud Support Associate in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Cloud Support Associate in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing work culture. Everyone around is very humble.

    Cons

    Not much I can think of.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Fast moving, great for self motivated people who don't mind a little chaos"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Green field, opportunity to solve complex problems that have never been dealt with before. Self driven people will find ample opportunity to grow, movement within the company is supported. Challenging and fast moving... automation, automation, automation, it's the only way to keep up.

    Cons

    If you like a lot of process and are task driven, you may find this environment frustration.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Dream company"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Great pay and benefits, including RSUs
    -Flexible work environment
    -Many opportunities for job exploration and changing position and role
    -Most companies have a mission statement that doesn't mean much, but we truly live by our leadership principles to help make a difference in our customers' lives.

    Cons

    -Honestly, no cons. Some might view the work/life balance to be a little imbalanced, but you want to work hard when you feel you're making a difference.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Love it, every day is day one!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Solutions Architect in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Solutions Architect in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    My manager and team mates trust me and empower me to do my best every day in support of customers. Constant flow of new features and services, endless firehose of learning.

    Cons

    Sometimes the firehose of learning is overwhelming, but it's never boring here!

    Advice to Management

    Less is more - reduce the number of organizational all hands meetings.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Interview for CSA position"

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    Current Employee - Cloud Support Engineer in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Cloud Support Engineer in Herndon, VA

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

    Pros

    I interviewed for a CSA position 2 years ago. I have never seen a company focus on individual growth as much as Amazon does. In the last 2 years, I have been promoted twice. Even though the company is huge, the culture here is like that of a startup. Everyone gets recognized for their work. This company is a fire hose of knowledge and is the best place for anyone who is curious to learn something new every day.

    Cons

    I don't see a downside of working here.


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