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Updated April 27, 2017
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Pros
  • Learn a lot of things and good working environment (in 335 reviews)

  • There are a lot of smart people in aws (in 753 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is a challenge (in 1487 reviews)

  • No work life balance around the holidays (in 317 reviews)

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  1. "Amazon a hard working and performance based rewards company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Seattle, WA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazon is an excellent place to work if you are driven and enjoy a fast paced and rewarding career with excellent upside potential. I like it how performance is rewarded with increased responsibiliites and stock based awards. The company is truely customer centric and is continuing to strive toward a better customer experience in all aspects.

    Cons

    It has very long hours and sometimes difficult to have a good worklife balance. Goals are very aggressive and there are expectations of weekend work.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain the aggressive stance but understand the impact on work hours.


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    "Amazing Amazonians"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Fraud in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Fraud in Seattle, WA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It's just great to be here, a company filled with people with good work ethics

    Cons

    No Perks, a huge amount of foreigners and many don't speak English very well

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  3. "Love it!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    career opportunities and room for advancement

    Cons

    door desks & space issues - but in 2010 that will hopefully be better

    Advice to Management

    door desks are awful!


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    "Amazing"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Test in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Test in Seattle, WA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture. Smart people. Customer focus.

    Cons

    Operational burden. Benefits and career development.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the customer focus


  6. "Amazon and Innovation"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazon has a strong bias for innovation and out-of-the-box thinking, and tends to ignore title/position -- anyone can invent. They have a "Just Do It" award that is given to people every quarter for stepping outside of their job and creating an innovative solution to a problem, which exemplifies this bias. Amazon has a strong commitment to these innovative ideas, and doesn't have the "sink or swim in 9 months" mindset that many other companies have. Amazon sticks to an idea to see it through.

    Amazon offers a reasonably balanced work environment, and expects you to have a family and friends outside of work. You work hard, but you can also have a life outside of work.

    Cons

    If you're looking for just 40 hours a week, Amazon is the wrong place. Realistic hours for a technical position are 50+ per week. Q4 is a special time of year, so if you like taking the month of December off work, Amazon isn't somewhere you should look.

    Advice to Management

    Frugality is great, but can be taken the wrong way. The frugality message needs to be changed to being frugal in the right places, understanding the whole problem, and not optimizing for pennies.


  7. "Great place to learn, schedule is a strain."

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Seattle, WA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Learn the workings of a large distributed system and huge world-class website; learn technologies and software development ideas from coworkers. Good money.

    Cons

    The on-call load and pager duty is onerous for Software Engineers maintaining servers. Promotions are rare. There are many non-technical managers leading technical teams. Frequent re-orgs are confusing and disruptive. Java-obsession in some parts.

    Advice to Management

    Expand the software development platform and hire more software system engineers and specialist web developers; enable software engineers to write software more; and to set up, configure, and maintain servers less.


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    "Office Space"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The office space is amazing. Lots of cubes: rows and rows of cubes. Some windows, some chairs, etc. Some kitchens and sinks if you know where to look.

    Cons

    The office space isn't that great. Lots of cubes: rows and rows of cubes. Not enough windows or chairs.

    Advice to Management

    Put more energy into improving the office space. I would prefer more windows and chairs in the offices, if that's possible.


  9. "Great place, great pay, HARD work, fun atmosphere"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazon pays really well and lets you pursue your interests within the company. There are so many different types of engineering jobs available, you wouldn't believe it.

    Cons

    Only has offices in the city

    Advice to Management

    Keep on doing what your doing! Pay attention to the employees a little more than the customers though.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Are they really paying me this much?"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very flexible. If you are on the right team then the work is awesome too. The pay was incredible, even as an intern. Overall I love working for Amazon. In general I get to work on interesting problems and the experience I am getting here will transfer well to anywhere I choose to go. Cloud Computing FTW!

    Cons

    Oncall. Politics. Lack of postive action for known issues. Some issues with reviews, especially when someone I consider incompetent gets promoted and I don't, but that is probably just localized to my team (I hope).

    Advice to Management

    Lighten up. If we miss a deadline it's not the end of the world.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "I love what I do and am glad I get to do it Amazon."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people and fun, casual environment where you are given tremendous responsibility from day 1

    Cons

    Chaos rules. Your experience can depend upon the team you work for and your manager.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing - it's working!


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