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Updated February 21, 2018
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  • While my work-life balance is great - others are having a different experience (in 2134 reviews)

  • Sometimes no work life balance and manager will not let you work overtime (in 444 reviews)

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  1. "Working at Amazon"

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

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

    Pros

    - Huge ecosystem catering to every passion
    - Strong mentoring and coaching initiatives
    - Relaxed, light-touch management

    Cons

    - The environment might be perceived as overwhelming if you're not a self-starter
    - Compensation is still catching up with the rest of the industry
    - Moving up is sometimes unclear

    Advice to Management

    - Practice what you preach
    - Be sensitive to individual needs
    - Follow through with promises


  2. "Senior Operations Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Operations Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Operations Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay, promotion, opportunities. Being part of a leviathan.

    Cons

    Rare culture - uniquely focussed on long-term success, customer and business needs; but not employees....and domination of every marketplace/opportunity.

    Advice to Management

    None - it's an amazingly successful business

  3. "Software Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    + Cool projects
    + Good pay
    + Talented coworkers

    Cons

    - Work/life balance can be difficult


  4. "software engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    good colleague and manager, good workspace

    Cons

    no much space to grow

    Advice to Management

    nothing


  5. "Progressive, innovative, driven"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Digital Marketing Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Digital Marketing Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - High hiring bar, attracts talented and driven people
    - Forward-thinking, welcomes new ideas and ways of doing things
    - Data-driven, making rational decisions

    Cons

    - Heavy on documentation that requires several levels of approval before being able to take action on a new initiative


  6. Helpful (1)

    "A tough but stimulating environment"

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    • 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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Working with very smart people in every team and every level - I never wondered "what is this person doing here?"
    - Cross- disciplinary learning, I am technically in Marketing but do get exposure to everything from Finance to Production and Tech, it's like doing a mini-MBA
    - The data-driven nature of the work is such that you rarely see bad ideas get through because someone up high said so, or because they're good at talking

    Cons

    - Not for the sensitive or faint hearted, there is definitely a culture of questioning everything and a sense that nothing is good enough...if you like constant praise you'll probably hate it
    - it's very no frills compared to the "free food, free gym, lots of perks" places like Facebook and Google, also quite a lot more straight-jacketed and corporate (although they're trying to soften up a bit)

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to trends and to qualitative insights, not everything can be measured and cheaper is not always better. You'll attract people who are not just number machines but can also win the hearts of consumers


  7. "Summer Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
    Former Intern - Summer Intern in London, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Summer Intern in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company culture
    Allow you to move across the business - whether in be within one part of Amazon (in my case AWS) or to other parts
    Really fun parties
    Competitive salary

    Cons

    A bit unorganised at times

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Bad experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    good C&B package, great people

    Cons

    poor on-boarding experience, the role I was recruited for, has changed withing 2 months to a very different one therefore have to leave

    Advice to Management

    Be honest about the roles/responsibilities at the recruitment stage


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Vendor Manager"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vendor Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Vendor Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Own a business within Amazon

    Cons

    - Role is 70% operational, 30% vendor relationship
    - Low pay, long working hours
    - Questions are not appreciated


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work, but slowly going downhill"

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent flexible working for office staff (flexible hours, wfh). Very open communication across all levels of staff, friendly environment, can get involved in projects, not being micromanaged.

    Cons

    Internal mobility is not so great. Extremely difficult to get promoted or move around as employees are essentially numbered under different levels so get used to being a number, it can take years and it is not just up to your manager, need to write paper which is reviewed by people who do not know you. Company growing so fast it has changed the office environment and becoming more corporate feeling rather than casual fun place to work.

    Advice to Management

    More support for employees with career development and internal mobility.


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