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Amazon Project Manager 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. "Land of Opportunity"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large company with many opportunities to explore your interests. You have the freedom to pursue projects you identify as long as you communicate your plans to management. The workforce is very diverse, which leads to a great pool of talent to learn from.

    Cons

    No tuition reimbursement program outside of the fulfillment centers. Only get six paid holidays in the US. Outside of Seattle, employees don't get paid sick leave, it's deducted from PTO.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure communication of major changes and explain why.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Senator Sanders is right and accurate"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Your dog can come to work with you, free coffee, Stock keeps going up

    Cons

    The company culture is hostile on purpose and nothing can get done because no one responses to emails no matter how many times you follow up. Truly no one cares about anyone else and are only out to make themselves look like they are better so they can get leveled up and get more stock. The company culture requires you to hold hour long meetings with 15+ "stake holders" where instead of discussing your project, you write a 5 page doc and everyone sits on the phone to read. then everyone argues about how the doc was written and Its a huge waste of time and nothing gets done. If you like sitting in long meetings with people yelling at each other this is the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    There is no hope

  3. "Project Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast paced, cutting edge (in some areas), creating trends-not following them, lots of responsibility very fast if you can manage the timelines and pressure

    Cons

    Relentless pace, project teams are purposely built to minimize dependencies and cost of coordination. Results in a lot of duplication of effort

    Advice to Management

    Continue to obsess over customers to set benchmark in expectations, but build in the capability to meet them.


  4. "Program Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility to work from home, bringing dogs to work, medical insurance coverage is great, encouragement of open and direct communication with peers and manager, fast pace decision making (don’t spend hours in unnecessary meetings), love the people I work

    Cons

    Crappy employee discount policy. Not a fit culturally for everyone given the pace and crazy high expectation of results. There are times when things get pretty stressful, a lot of high pressure from above and tensions can run high on the team especially leading up to launch. Regularly being forced to launch half baked products because leadership wants us to not because it’s what’s best for the customer.


  5. "I Love the culture of "Work hard, Have Fun, Make History"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Grand Rapids, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Hard work we do is extremely fulfilling. I see the results of my labor directly in the network and I can see how it improved the customers experience. Its fun, I work with the greatest teams in the industry and we have a lot of fun. Finally, we are making history. I am proud to be an Amazonian.

    Cons

    It is hard work, can be odd hours. But the culture is real and the leadership works very hard to care for their team and manage life balance. My team lead asks every week, "how are you and how is your family". He cares. So basically the Con is only if you don't like hard work that is fulfilling.

    Advice to Management

    Never stop caring! Never loose site that it is Day 1 every day!


  6. "You will learn a lot"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Senior Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Contractor - Senior Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You get to work with some really smart and talented people.

    Cons

    Extremely ambiguous and employees are demanded to work long hours

    Advice to Management

    Good luck on world domination


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Startup Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Startup Project Manager
    Current Employee - Startup Project Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Traveling 80%, (saving money expensing food, transportation while traveling)
    * Fast-growing team, many career opportunities

    Cons

    * Once/ twice a year might be away from home for a couple of weeks straight, before a launch
    * Can be stressful, sometimes long hours required to catch up

    Advice to Management

    Improve training to new hires

  8. "RLD Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    innovative, creative, challenging and fun!

    Cons

    worst health insurance EVER - aetna and EXPRESS SCRIPTS. the bureaucracy is so bad that my health is being further damaged - amazon you can do better!

    Advice to Management

    get rid of aetna!


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Project Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazon is a fast pace and high energy environment. Amazon hires talented individuals that are driven and capable of moving quickly in an agile setting. Lots of opportunity for growth as the company continues to dominate all things retail. Opportunities in the US and globally are always available and Amazon allows you to move into other roles even if you have only been in role for less than 6 months.

    Cons

    -little to no focus on development, don't expect to get much feedback or career guidance
    -work life balance, expectation is to be "on" day and night
    -salary cap
    -benefits could be improved (childcare, healthcare, etc)
    -overall culture, there is room to improve culture and invest more in the employees as turnover continues to increase.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Salary"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive for industry and benefits.

    Cons

    Long work hours including weekends.

    Advice to Management

    Constantly being monitored by co workers and reported to