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Updated September 17, 2018
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  • "Work/life balance seems comparable to other places I've worked - not worse" (in 2384 reviews)

  • "I have no work life balance issues" (in 497 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Tough to get in, great place to be"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pro’s
    Full of intelligent people, no one is negative and everyone is challenged which creates a very positive environment.
    The work is good, challenging and what you make of it.
    Travel is common if you're into that.
    Great support networks for different groups (Glamazon, Parents).
    It’s common for people to move around within the org, and that’s seen as a good thing = you learn more, customers get a better experience and the business grows.
    Great building and environment, free fruit, great food, fuse ball tables, lovely seating areas to work in, great views and good quality office equipment – best office I’ve worked in.
    Compensation is very good and structured to have a good shares package (dependant on level I’m sure) so you think long term (one of the Amazon behaviours).

    Cons

    Long hours
    Expectations are high
    A huge doc writing culture, meaning a lot of time is spent writing a short update (sometimes days) for someone to read it and not even question or seem interested.
    Roles are sometimes unclear as the business is growing so fast, on one hand this is good if you suit it, but I can see it giving some people uncertainty and not suiting it.

    Advice to Management

    Less doc writing - more actual doing stuff.
    I dont often see leadership.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Enjoyed my year so far!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Management Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Management Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast-paced
    No Bureaucracy
    Really follow the 'Get It Done' principle
    Supportive Team & Company

    Cons

    Hours can sometimes be long dependent on the project
    No set structure on processes - still being developed

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. The reason such a big company can still operate successfully is because it runs as a start-up, and you can see that in every part of Amazon. Every Day is Day 1.

  3. "Executive Recruiting Research Associate"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Varied and interesting search projects. Exposure to most senior leaders at Amazon. Trust from the team.

    Cons

    Workload can be heavy at times meaning long hours. Global searches often extend working hours due to time zone differences. Unclear progression structure.


  4. "Contractor"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Editor in London, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Editor in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Loved my time at Amazon! I worked on an interesting and challenging project. My role felt instrumental when it came to reaching the goal. My coworkers were very friendly and smart. The office is beautiful.

    Cons

    Things can get a little chaotic due to constantly shifting priorities over at the Seattle HQ.

    Advice to Management

    More money should be spent when launching a platform in a smaller market. I think it would definitely pay off to invest more time in language quality and country specific marketing.


  5. "Software development manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Growth opportunities for smart people. You need to be good at technical, communication and writing skills to grow here.

    Cons

    Political and requires good support from your manager to grow.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great learning experience"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Brand Specialist in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Brand Specialist in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - exponential learning capability
    - flexible working hours
    - high level of autonomy

    Cons

    - crazy difficult promotion process. Not always fair and transparent.


  7. "Great company, very self-service"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Business Intern in London, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Business Intern in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very independant work culture, you do what you want so long as its productive

    Cons

    Company is so frugal! Laptops given are awful and everything is the cheapest possible!

    Advice to Management

    Good management culture

  8. "Great place to improve skills"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Digital Imaging Technician in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Digital Imaging Technician in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice place to work regarding managing hour and ownership.
    Good opportunity to improve managing skills regarding reports and people.
    Good monthly compensations and benefits like pension plans, employee discounts, and safety furniture.

    Cons

    So difficult to improve your career and grow your level. It's necessary several approvals for different levels where don't even know you or seen you.
    You should follow 14 leadership principles and follow them like a bible.
    So difficult the communication with the leaders and managers 2 level more than you.
    You should sacrifice a great piece of your daily life for the company in order to deliver the result every day.


  9. "Educational but tough"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots to learn and understand

    Cons

    Hard culture and self learning


  10. "Great culture and flexible work culture"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture of constant learning and improvement
    opportunity to work with very smart individuals
    Great flexibility - I say from my personal experience as a working mum

    Cons

    Not really a con per se but it's a fast paced environment so some people may take more time to adapt.


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