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Amazon Palo Alto Reviews

Updated September 24, 2018
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  • "Work/life balance seems comparable to other places I've worked - not worse" (in 2438 reviews)

  • "I have no work life balance issues" (in 507 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to start your career"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great employees, networking. Working at amazon will challenge you. Management so far has been great. Team is great

    Cons

    Your experience working at Amazon is highly dependent on what team you get placed on. I was an intern on another team, and I was more stressed out during that time period than I currently am at my full time position.

    Advice to Management

    Great so far!


  2. "Applied Scientist"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applied Scientist in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Applied Scientist in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Package. Good environment. Good team. Good top.

    Cons

    Little benefits comparing to other companies.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Technical Program Management"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - customer focused working culture
    - standardized processes and structure

    Cons

    - too much focus on being frugal which may or may not work in all the scenarios

    Advice to Management

    continue the growth - Amazon is doing a wonderful job in all fronts.


  4. "Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team, super smart people, challenging work

    Cons

    Compensation can be slightly better


  5. "Software Engineer - II"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer-II in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer-II in Palo Alto, CA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    So much to learn, Always Growing, Scalability

    Cons

    It has Less Perks and Benefits


  6. "Great place to work!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great software platform/tools to develop! ( I had extensive experience in Silicon valley, haven't found a better platform)

    think of the impact you can make,

    Great Leadership principles to live by even if you don't work here,

    Cons

    It can be sometimes hard to make a big enough difference since so many things are going right

    Advice to Management

    measure engagement (sometimes only some people seem to feel belonged)


  7. "Lots of things to learn"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Lot of things to learn, innovative work.
    - Opportunities to develop skills in the multiple areas i.e. technical and leadership.
    - Easy to move around domains or teams if you are bored or dissatisfied.

    Cons

    - Promotion does not come by easily.
    - Work-life balance is not bad but can be improved.
    - Perks

    Advice to Management

    Along with being customer-centric, can we also be employee-centric? A happy employee would mean a happy customer too!

  8. "Sales Engineer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time

    Pros

    You can find start up like working environment here with lots of opportunities. The decision making here is really fast.

    Cons

    Not so many fancy perks as other companies do


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Loved it, miss it"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture that emphasizes directness and transparency, which may not be ideal for all. Many new opportunities, constant challenges.

    Cons

    The usual large company concerns.


  10. "Fulfilling and rewarding place to work!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Open Source Technologist in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Open Source Technologist in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is absolutely an amazing place to work. Everything we do here is moving at a very fast pace and yet there is a process and order to it. The developer outreach is just amazing. The people that I work with are one of the best I've worked with, always willing to help each and not playing any games. The culture encourages transparency and collaboration.

    Amazon leadership principles are not just a bunch of words but truly inculcated in everything we do here. Customer obsession, Insist on high standards, Bias for action, Deliver results and others are quite evident in day to day conversations.

    Cons

    Wish they would open their HQ2 in Bay Area. Its important to travel to Seattle quite frequently, to make sure you are engaging with the teams f2f.


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