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Updated December 12, 2018
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  • "Work/life balance seems comparable to other places I've worked - not worse" (in 2517 reviews)

  • "I have no work life balance issues" (in 523 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. "I'd recommend"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Warehouse Operator in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Warehouse Operator in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great pay and easy application process

    Cons

    Tough and demanding job at times

    Advice to Management

    Treat younger employees as adults

  3. "Perfect for a Mushroom or a vampire - Because your kept in the dark all day"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Associate in Manchester, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pays on a Friday
    Instead of working for the war on terror you can earn the same working for the plight for consumerism.
    Amazon Robotics pays for consumer flights to outer space.

    Cons

    Being an "Associate" is one big grown up spacial awareness test. Where if you fail and don't please the powers that be, by hitting targets that don't make sense, you could be thrown back to the Job Centre instead of the Fulfillment Centre "making history" in another way.
    It's a tedious 10 hour comminist tap dance to a capitalist beat. Where you work in the dark and are kept in the dark.
    The Management don't have a clue whats going on - Blatant favoritism and connections which are created on the bus into the FC have a knock on effect to associates that want the achieve and make a difference to the company.
    The only thing keeping the "Authorative" team; in their cheery, drearful goosestep around the warehouse is the golden handshake at the end of their 22 year stint. Amazon managers should be avoided as a recomendation as the robots have probably started more conversations with the associate and provided more words of inspiration than from any management.

    Advice to Management

    Give me time to digest my food. I am not a robot.
    Walking from the workstation to the break room / area is not part of my break.
    Jeff Bezos is probably working on a way to enslave Monkeys to do your jobs. Teaching them to sort circles into rectangles, without them throwing fecies at the robots, causing in unfulfiled orders. However enslaved monkeys would know better; they would look at the deforestation of trees for packaging of novelty 3 month fads, pull together and make something more socially rewarding for their species.


  4. "Difficult, not for everyone"

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

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

    Pros

    Pays well, fast progression. No dress code.

    Cons

    Work/life balance is extremely difficult. Pressuring culture. Hard work is not always rewarded. Attrition is very high

    Advice to Management

    Work on treating employees well and not milking them for every ounce of their energy.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "dont work here"

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    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


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Area Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    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!


  7. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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!!!

  8. "Great company to work for"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  9. "ISS Rep"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  10. 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


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