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Updated October 30, 2018
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  • "Work/life balance seems comparable to other places I've worked - not worse" (in 2483 reviews)

  • "I have no work life balance issues" (in 518 reviews)

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  1. "Amazon Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Active, share rewards, licence to innovate so long as result supported

    Cons

    Competitive culture is essential but unfortunately creates too many lower level managers that use aggression as opposed to more sophisticated and productive leadership techniques

    Advice to Management

    none


  2. Helpful (2)

    "dont work here"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Packer in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Packer in Manchester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    free parking and hot drinks

    Cons

    everything - too much stress on the body - standing for 10 hours a day - breaks are timed - i felt like i was working in a gulag.

    Advice to Management

    make it a 5 day work
    lunch should be 1 hour
    and the shift should be 8 to 5

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Area Manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Area Manager in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Area Manager in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Clear progression path
    - Very intelligent co-workers
    - Good compensation
    - Decent benefits although pension could be better
    - Organised culture
    - Interesting and varied work
    - Not a desk job
    - Pushed to be your best
    - Many other job roles and careers open to you once you start at Amazon
    - Opportunity for travel and to launch new sites

    Cons

    - Very competitive nature, be prepared to be called out to multiple people for your mistakes
    - Salaries don't increase by enough between levels when you look at the additional stress and responsibility taken on
    - No holidays allowed from Nov-Dec
    - Long days

    Advice to Management

    Give managers back time worked in lieu, sometimes we work 13 hour days and always at least 12 hours every day. Accounting to about 40 extra days worked per year!


  4. Helpful (1)

    "DO NOT WORK FOR AMAZON!!! Terrible work environment, terrible operation managers and no sitting allowed!"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Area Manager in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Graduate Area Manager in Manchester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wage (£41k but with the bonus included).
    4 days on, 3 days off.
    Career opportunities across the company (but only after being a slave for 2/3 years or more).

    Cons

    - Terrible Pathways Operation Managers with 0 people skills. Notorious micromanagement. My manager was the worst!!!
    - No chairs allowed!!!! Constantly standing for 12/13 hours straight, feet and legs always in pain!!!!!
    - Work more than 50 hours a week when contract states only 40.
    - No training! They will dump you in a department with absolutely no training, leaving you having to rely on your team- leads all the time which is stupid!
    - Unrealistic targets and goals set for you to achieve.
    - General work environment is a complete mess. There is no order.
    - Managers have a culture of bullying new-starters, making them look incompetent, when they are just new and don't know anything!
    - Mandatory overtime with no extra pay! Completely illegal!
    - Canteen food is worse than prison food. Just disgusting.
    - Security guards will treat you like criminals. Airport security every-time even as you go to breaks.
    - Timed toilet/lunch breaks!!!!
    - It takes 5-10 minutes to get through security and even get to the break room, leaving you with nothing more than 15 minutes for a lunch break.
    - You can get sacked for being sick 3 days or more. Unbelievable.
    - Work weekends and nights. You will not be told your shift until the last minute.
    - You might be thinking the wage is good, but you have to pay most of it back if you leave within 2 years. The job is just not worth the money. This position needs to pay at least £55k or more for it to be even bearable.

    Advice to Management

    Give chairs to employees, better canteen food and give proper on-the-job training to managers!!!!! JEFF BEZOS CAN AFFORD TO DO SO!!!


  5. "Great company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Picker in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Picker in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing atmosphere, safe environment, lots of opportunities, respectful management, benefits.
    I'm really happy to work here.

    Cons

    I don't really found one yet.


  6. "ISS Rep"

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    Current Employee - ISS Representative in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - ISS Representative in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Salary
    Potential
    Meet Friends

    Cons

    Working Hours
    Less Break Time
    Bad Food

    Advice to Management

    More Communicate With AA
    Give Them More Opportunity


  7. Helpful (1)

    "too much pressure"

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    Former Employee - Picker in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Picker in Manchester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon (Less than a year)

    Pros

    over time and extra work at christmas and summer season

    Cons

    too much pressure on staff
    physically very challenging job

    Advice to Management

    keep realistic targets and 10 hours shift is too much for this kind of job

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Avoid"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Manchester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    No pros, glassdoor made me have to write something even though I seriously can’t think of anything. I guess the people on your level (tier 1) are all down to earth hardworking people.

    Cons

    Poorly organised no one knows what is going on from management to lead. Absences are recorded externally so no one knows where one another is. Terrible attempts to make people work harder than the already impossible 100%. No incentive to work harder apart from the fact they will threaten your position at the warehouse. Employment of management externally, one manager has no idea what he’s doing or how to act in a working environment. Only employed through his degree and has never worked part time or full time.

    Advice to Management

    Don’t employ externally.


  9. "Can be difficult"

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    Former Employee - Warehouse in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Warehouse in Manchester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    4-day working week.
    Good overtime pay.
    10% discount

    Cons

    Can be very long hours.
    Target driven with unrealistic targets
    So many rules
    Management can be very rude with little to no people skills.

    Advice to Management

    Loosen up a bit.


  10. "Not a bad company to work for at all"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Picker/Packer in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Picker/Packer in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Career Choice Programme 😀😀😀.
    Restricted Stock Units.
    Fixed shift pattern so work-life balance ok.
    Plenty of scope for progression & to better yourself.

    Cons

    Breaks are rushed.
    Very target based.
    It will work you to the bone, so be prepared for that.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing I can personally think of, Amazon is very much like marmite u either like it or u don’t.

    They are a good company to be at but u have to see the potential for yourself.


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