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Updated June 12, 2018
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  • "Work/life balance seems comparable to other places I've worked - not worse" (in 2293 reviews)

  • "No work life - personal life balance" (in 472 reviews)

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  1. "A great place to work for"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Stower in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Stower in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, lots of overtime, great leadership

    Cons

    Lack of integrity from certain unsupervised employees.

    Advice to Management

    Get team leaders to focus on a leadership style whether it be Authoritative, Participative or Delagative...choose one and develop on it. A college degree under your belt does not automatically make you a good leader. Amazon has an enormous amount of younger employees that will benefit from a good leader that knows how the lead a team successfully.


  2. "It was great ! Benefits were great but it is very easy to mess up."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent pay and hours , benefits.

    Cons

    Easy to get fired and very fast pace

    Advice to Management

    Idc

  3. "Peak Seasonal"

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    Former Employee - Season Associate - Distribution Center in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Season Associate - Distribution Center in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Overtime is the only positive thing about the seasonal work.

    Cons

    Little training, favouritism, hours, work pace, berating leadership, work/life balance. The list goes on...

    Advice to Management

    The way workers are treated isn't sustainable. As soon as unions get organized, everyone of the whole distribution centers management will be in a panic.


  4. "What you would expect of a warehouse job"

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    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable work, up to 48 hours a year of paid time off and you get to accrue vacation time as well. Good benefits, and plenty of voluntary time off when it gets slow, you meet some great people but others may try to throw you under the bus. Opportunity to learn depending in which area you are in. They may work with your schedule depending on your situation.

    Cons

    You're just a body to the company, people get fired all the time and it takes them a very long time to replace people, meanwhile all the work gets piled onto the people left behind. You are worked very hard for what is basically minimum wager for a warehouse job. Management is terrible, many of the higher ups in management have bloated salaries to just walk around and talk but dont actually do much of anything. Internal transfers take at least a month and that's only if it gets approved. Most of the people in HR are little to no help, often their information is wrong as well. Communicating information needs a lot of work, you honestly learn more from the flyers in the restrooms than you do from your managers. The raises are a joke. They have a very roundabout way of moving up in the company which often leads to unqualified people in higher positions. They higher people straight out of college with little to no management experience into management positions.

    Advice to Management

    Allow your people to move around more, pay your employees better, they are worked hard enough to deserve better pay. Allow more flexibility with the work schedules. Communication, Communication, Communication, will go a long way. Base promotions on how hard you work, not by how well you can interview.


  5. "Some good, more bad."

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    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Diverse culture, fantastic benefits, a few great managers, easy, if physical, work, decent pay, "opportunities" to move up, and they hire just about anyone.

    Cons

    A few great managers - Most of them have little experience managing, or it is their first management position, usually from an internal promotion. The few good managers do a fantastic job, everyone else, not so much.

    "Opportunities" to move up - a, and I mean one, position might open up occasionally that someone in their entry level might be able to apply for and qualify, but usually it's either pre-filled with whatever manager is hiring's favorite for the spot, or you compete with 3000+ other local, and an unknowable amount of remote, applicants trying to get it.

    The work is brutal - Plain and simple, it's warehouse work. It's safer than other warehouses, sure, but it will still burn you out in a year or two, if not months, unless you can get one of the elusive upper positions. 10-12 hours on your feet, every day, all day, doing repetitive, meaningless tasks. Oh, gotta hit those numbers, too!

    Easily replaceable - You are just a cog to them. Unless you make yourself incredibly valuable (I.E. number one at your job in the building), when you get hurt, when you get sick, when you're late, etc. they do not really care. You run out of personal time off, unpaid time off, and vacation hours, you get the boot, someone else takes your place.

    Advice to Management

    Please, assess who you hire to management positions more thoroughly. Surely there are some signs that people would make better or worse managers than others.


  6. "Amazon Corporate"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazon treats me like a customer! I feel it is an honor to work here. I love working for a company that is creative, innovative, and full of pioneers.

    Cons

    I do not see or feel any downsides working for Amazon.


  7. "Amazon Prime"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Amazon Prime Fulfillment in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Amazon Prime Fulfillment in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Superb teamwork, we help the other person out when their deadline will quickly close.

    Cons

    Unrealistic metrics
     Upper echelon never on battlefield..
    Clueless

    Advice to Management

    Get off of computer modeling
    Talk to field team to experience reality

  8. "Ok necessity"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Problem Solver in North Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Problem Solver in North Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, plenty of hours, decent pay, decent opportunities to advance in the company if given the chance, cafeteria has plenty of options and plenty of tvs

    Cons

    some time slots are very inflexible with hours, too much micromanagement, bad working conditions (legal gray areas), too much pressure to perform to metrics, management does not work together, nobody takes responsibility for mistakes, issues only patched and not fixed, Cafeteria has overpriced fresh food, monotony and unnatural repetitive movement can take a toll on the body

    Advice to Management

    Do not promote people that have no notion of proper employee relations or people that clearly behave differently with regular employees.
    Do not promote overworking people for the sake of metrics
    Establish a deeper understanding of your employee base and characters to prevent turnover
    Try to establish a sense of belonging for the employees and make them feel needed
    Slowly explain the state of affairs to key employees to achieve greater coworker cohesion and maximize teamwork
    Promote a team environment and try to mean it or be honest enough about it


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to grow with"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Packer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Packer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Full benefits, lots of room for advancement.

    Cons

    Strict, unrealistic rate system.


  10. "Worst Company Ever!!!! As an employee standpoint"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sortation Associate in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Sortation Associate in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    None. You pick a schedule and it changes a month into employment

    Cons

    Constantly changing job assignment during shift , No benefits at all only a paycheck, no tuition reimbursement, while ups offers this plus insurance. High turnover rates even for management no one works here for more than three months. They change your schedule regularly and if you cant make it your out of a job. No chances for job advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees and you might can keep them longer.


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