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Updated February 17, 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. "Not a bad company to work for at all"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  2. "Good company"

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities
    Good pay

    Cons

    Work life balance
    Lack of enough communication between shifts

    Advice to Management

    Put more pressure for small conflicts and listen create culture of ideas

  3. "Unethical methods zero care for employees"

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    Current Employee - Area Manager in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Area Manager in Manchester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - As a graduate you get a healthy pay check..thats it

    Cons

    -Long hours, which will never be recognized
    -Most likely 3-4 managers in your first 6 months, normally the amazon pathways managers, who are there for the money not because they care about the empolyees.
    -If they dont like you or you not part of the 'team banter' they will probably just find a way to get red of you.
    -your expected to know every single thing.
    -In reality area managers are just warehouse managers/HR/box packers/cleaners yes you have to do everything

    Advice to Management

    sharpen up as an organisation


  4. "I don't recommend unless you're desperate for a job!"

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    Current Employee - Outbound Shipdock in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Outbound Shipdock 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

    Flexi hours allows you to go home whenever you feel like during a shift regardless of head count.

    Night shift pay is decent for a warehouse.

    Good benefits if you're lucky enough to get in on them. (takes a lot of mithering and paperwork)

    Good job for a brown noser and people who have no ambitions.

    Cons

    10+ hours per shift as dinner is unpaid so really you're there for 10 and a half hours.

    Breaks are short as they don't include walking time and the FC's are huge so by the time you reach the canteen or your locker you have 5 minutes to yourself before you have to head back to your area.

    Management are usually rude or have no regard for their employee's (can take weeks for any sort of problems to be dealt with even if you pester your manager)

    If you stop working for 2 mins for any reason even a health issue a team lead (who basically do nothing all shift) will be on your case and making sure you don't stop.

    Tier 1's treated with little respect and basically made to do slave labour.

    Rates are hard to hit and will get you sacked if you can't maintain the unreasonable standards that they set.

    Lot's of favouritism and cliques between staff members and leads.

    HR have no clue what they are doing and will most likely mess up your pay on more than 1 occasion.

    No work/life balance what so ever, they will work you to the bone. So you will most likely spend your days off recovering to do it all over again the week after.

    Most job roles require 0 brain power and are incredibly boring so after 10 hours there is no sense of achievement just relief that the shift is over.

    Quite possible the worst place i've worked.

    Sustained a 3 month injury to my shoulder due to being overworked.

    Advice to Management

    Tier 1's treated incredibly poorly, seems to me only tier 3 and higher enjoy working here due to the fact they think they have the authority to talk down to people whilst getting paid more than everyone else.

    More people need to be trained on different job roles and rotated throughout the shift so you don't spend 10+ hours in the same spot doing the same thing on repeat like a robot.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Awful"

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

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

    Pros

    Easy job, stand in the same spot and repeat basic actions (like a robot)

    Cons

    Management (including team leaders) are power hungry tyrants, HR are no where to be seen, workers are told what to do every minute of the day, over crowded warehouse, cheap food for high price at the canteen, employ pretty much anyone (I worked alongside ex-convicts) so security is ridiculously strict, cold in the warehouse, every male colleague and manager i knew was sexist, plenty of racism and homophobia. Break times are so short and hours are long, not allowed to sit down or lean. Not allowed to talk to other colleagues in the warehouse, ridiculous targets to meet, minimum holidays and holiday refusals with no explanation. Hated it.

    Advice to Management

    treat employees like people instead of cattle


  6. "More like a 2.5 - Not as bad as portrayed in the media"

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

    I worked at Amazon (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Clear instruction, expectations and mentoring. Good food and employee benefits (AFTER PROBATION PERIOD)

    Cons

    Long tiring shifts, poor company culture, most employees feel undervalued and expendable

    Advice to Management

    Still in the infancy of implementing productivity algorithms, management's focus seemed to be on high productivity targets at the expense of everything else. Workplace issues seemed to be ignored and management didn't seem eager to address employees problems unless it specifically impacted productivity.


  7. "HR Advisor"

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to progress quickly initially

    Cons

    Long Hours, constantly changing processes and expectations

  8. Helpful (1)

    "modern slavery"

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    Former Contractor - Picker/Packer in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Picker/Packer in Manchester, England (UK)

    I worked at Amazon as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    free training and 10% discount from amazon

    Cons

    must work 12 hours compulsory overtime during busy periods
    monotonous environment
    bus shuttles from airport very crowded used to wait 45 minutes after work because all the shuttles were full


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Modern Day Slave Camp"

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    Former Contractor - Fulfillment Associate in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Fulfillment Associate in Manchester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    If you can't speak much English, or have an extremely low IQ, in other words are virtually unemployable and don't mind being exploited, treated like a drone and paid next to nothing then an Amazon FC is acceptable.

    Cons

    Exploited, Treated Like a Machine & Under Paid

    Advice to Management

    Employ predominantly English Managers instead of Polish. This is England not Eastern Europe...although one could be forgiven for thinking otherwise when in an Amazon FC.


  10. "Very good pay, fast paced learning, required to work extremely hard."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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

    Pros

    Salary, Progression, customer focus.
    Have the opportunity to make both horizontal and vertical moves between departments.

    Cons

    Hard work, long unsociable hours.
    Lots of focus on associates engagement with little towards manager engagement as i believe its expected with the wage.


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