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Updated April 23, 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. "Work hard, Have Fun, Make History"

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

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

    Pros

    Good challenges, Interesting work, lot of opportunities to choose from

    Cons

    Pressure, not a con if you know how to handle it well!


  2. "Very good"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer in Columbus, OH
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon as an intern

    Pros

    Money, work is based on research. You've choice on design. I like the way the project starts. You give requirements and the whole team critics and gives feedback. Then you work on second draft.

    Cons

    You're expected to work a lot to land a full time through internship. I took it a little easy. But was expecting a full time job as my final presentation was good and I almost completed my project. But I think first impression matters

    Advice to Management

    It's good. I don't really have an opinion. As I feel mistake was on my side. They had already clarified that They are expecting more.


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    "Perfect environment for exploring your true potential"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Bengaluru (India)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Bengaluru (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You will be forced to think big and innovate beyond your limits.
    You will be pushed to grow as a leader throughout your tenure.
    Limitless potential to make change.
    Relentlessly high standards.
    Take any number of leaves when you feel like. Work from home whenever you want. Come to office when it suits you, leave when you feel like. As long as you make sure you deliver results.
    You'll be forced to "own" what you work on.
    Great internal engineering culture.

    If you join as an SDE, your manager will either be an L5 or L6. Many of them are extremely smart and will propel you to grow. Many won't be as effective. But the good thing is, you can do it yourself. You will have enough independence to make an impact and grow in your career. In fact, you are encouraged by the company to do projects outside of your day-to-day, work with other teams for short durations, have mentors from different organizations etc.
    ALL L7+ managers I've interacted with have been highly competent and sharp. These are the folks you will look up to and seek to learn from.

    You can't bullsh*t anybody. You will be found out.

    Cons

    Teams in amazon are very, very independent. So much so that some of them might as well be in a separate company for all intents and purposes (some of them technically are). So there's bound to be bad teams and good teams.

    In the good teams (which I believe would be most of them), the high standards and expectations push you to transform yourself into an extremely well rounded Leader+Engineer. But, the same standards can crush you if you aren't smart enough. If you're having to work 10-12 hours a day to keep up/stay ahead of the curve, then you aren't smart enough.

    Advice to Management

    For Bangalore -

    The bar for L6 Managers needs to be raised. Engineers often leave for Seattle when they become SDE2. Many go because they know their L6 would probably not be as effective at helping him grow to an SDE3 level.

    Give proper training in personal finance management to all employees. Most don't know basics about taxation and investments.

    You need to be creating and encouraging more engineers to start leading.


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  5. "Good to work at Amazon"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Things change fast, you always have lots of new things to learn and grows fast.

    Cons

    Big company, sometimes it wastes time on communicating.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Intern review"

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

    I worked at Amazon (Less than a year)

    Pros

    big company and great works to do

    Cons

    Too busy during on call in some groups

    Advice to Management

    Great team working and management


  7. "Nice to getting start"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Bar is not that high, and there you could learn lots of stuff

    Cons

    Payment is not as attractive as other big companies


  8. "Senior Software Development Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    Big opportunities, work satisfaction, immediate realization of customer impact, big ROI for the hard work and big impact. Always fun to work on any project.

    Cons

    Operations load and resource crunch can sometimes affect the productivity and slow down innovation.


  9. "Very Fortunate To Work Here but Could Do Better"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Decent benefits for a tech company including good health care and commuter benefits
    - Fast and innovative projects
    - Great opportunities to own projects on multiple levels
    - Decent career growth

    Cons

    - Women typically make less than men
    - Knowledge of certain systems and seniority are valued higher than treating people with respect (as in someone can call your ideas stupid or you ignorant as long as their justification behind it is fine)
    - Subpar benefits compared to other big name companies

    Advice to Management

    - Give women and men similar salaries - as in don't give women higher projects and more work and then pay her less than her male coworkers
    - Provide equal opportunities to deserving employees


  10. "frupid"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Madrid (Spain)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Madrid (Spain)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time

    Pros

    you may be exposed to cool tech, such as AWS, Machine Learning, and that's pretty much it - not so cool tech.

    Cons

    No perks. At. All. Nuf said.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to career development of your directs


  11. "Senior Manager, Software Development"

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing place to learn, accelerate your growth as an engineer or leader, and to build products that are used by thousands of customers.

    Cons

    Can be very fast paced and swallow up new hires before they even learn to be effective. Really take time to figure out the one or two areas to focus early on, then extend and expand as you are ready to take on more.


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