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Amazon Palo Alto Reviews

Updated October 29, 2018
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Pros
  • "Flexibility & Work/Life Balance" (in 590 reviews)

  • "You will learn a lot from each of your team members as they are equally bright & capable" (in 542 reviews)

Cons
  • "Can be hard to build work life balance" (in 2557 reviews)

  • "I have no work life balance issues" (in 528 reviews)

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  1. "Principal Account Executive"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Account Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Account Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - High performance sales culture with smart co-workers
    - Best product + huge market = great sales potential (customers LOVE AWS)
    - Long term customer focus, even if it means sacrificing revenue in the short term. Rare to find in most sales cultures. Management actually encourage sales people to right-size/optimize customer usage of the platform.
    - Robust partner ecosystem to assist with deals

    Cons

    - Depends on the team, but if you're field based the office can feel a bit lonely. Not many direct co-workers.
    - Company seems to prefer hiring management from outside vs. promoting from within
    - Hyperscale growth means frequent management changes

    Advice to Management

    Amazon's culture is one of it's strongest benefits. As the company continues scaling please promote more from within, or subject new managers to much stronger training on Amazon's peculiar culture.


  2. "Great place to start your career"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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!

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Applied Scientist"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing technology not a good place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing technology, tons of things to learn

    Cons

    Revolving door culture, very political.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Technical Program Management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  6. "Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  7. "Software Engineer - II"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

  8. "Great place to work!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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)


  9. "Lots of things to learn"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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!


  10. "Sales Engineer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


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