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Updated September 20, 2017
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  1. "Serious, professional environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Data driven culture
    - Strong emphasis on writing & communication

    Cons

    - Perks are below par for tech companies
    - Open space work environment leads to lots of distractions

    Advice to Management

    Find a cost efficient way to create focus zones to improve software developer's productivity


  2. "It is and always will be my dream company"

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

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

    Pros

    Work culture
    Challenging work
    Compensations & Benefits
    And the most important of all "Career Opportunities"

    Cons

    I am only filling this column because it is required to have a minimum of 5 words.

    Advice to Management

    I know that we strive to raise the bar when hiring new candidates. But I don't see it in practice.

  3. "Good but intense place to work"

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

    I have been working at Amazon full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Challenging problem space with great opportunity for growth

    Cons

    Work can be difficult and pressure filled


  4. "AWSome company, packed with amazing people and challenges"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I work at AWS, and love the pace of growth and innovation, and the amazing AWS cloud services, as well as the transformational impact we bring into our customers' lives around the world. It's great to be a part of such awesome global force.
    I'm surrounded with highly competent, driven, yet super friendly professionals, who actually want to work all day, every day, to achieve results (yep, I find it rare and highly beneficial).
    I love the challenges we get to solve on daily basis - never get bored.
    Management sets vision and direction, and trusts that you'll take the initiative to implement it to your best judgement and ability (no micro-management). They ask what they can do to help every day.
    Arguably led by the best CEO on the planet, great leadership team, flat management structure.
    Great work/life balance - very reasonable performance expectations, giving you a chance to over-achieve them. I choose to work extra hours because I want to achieve more each week, like most around me - but it's not mandatory.
    Great compensation package.

    Cons

    Not an ideal place for under-achievers! :-)
    Fewer holidays and vacation days than offered by most companies - this is more than compensated by cool events you get to travel to throughout the year


  5. "VPC Networking is the foundation of AWS Services"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Groudbreaking projects used by around the world. It feels like we are writing operating system for the next 100 years :-)

    One can achieve anything here as long as they have energy and interest.

    In my team work/life balance is very good. I don't feel pressure from management to do overtime, we did put more hours in order to release my current project on time.

    Cons

    Due to the active growth and interns we were in high-density seating during the summer. A new Amazon building will open nearby soon and some teams will move there freeing up space.


  6. "Software Engineer Tech Lead"

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

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

    Pros

    good culture , nice people, agile style work

    Cons

    bad traffic to downtown Seattle, tough to find parking spots.


  7. "Software Development Engineer, Test"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Test Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Test Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazon is a place to do innovation and run down your ideas to provide exceptional customer service in the competitive market. Whether you are a developer, manager, or any other position, you would always find yourself thinking outside of the box and working backward from customer. You will get challenged and learn so much that you would never find such an experience from any other company. Simply, being Amazonian is a place to bring down your brainstorm to a unique customer solution. In short, as slogan say - Work hard, have fun, make history.

    Cons

    Sometime you might find overwhelming with so much going on in your basket, but we recommend you that you manage your time and priority well.

  8. "Incredible work at an incredible company!"

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

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

    Pros

    At Amazon there are many great opportunities to work on exciting projects and teams, and there is a great deal of flexibility as far as team movement is concerned if you find yourself on an unexciting project or an unideal team.

    Cons

    Don't be mistaken, there is a learning curve. However, the company puts a great deal of focus on a ramping up process to help you learn the ropes (and trust me, there are a great deal of ropes to learn).


  9. "Wicked smart people; some beurocracy"

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

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

    Pros

    My teammates are smart, interesting, and nice. I joined straight out of college, and a lot of my teammates were much older (with kids), but we have gotten along great. I'm proud to call them my teammates in the office, and some of us spend time together outside of work as well.

    Cons

    In my personal experience, my team's charter has changed so much in the last year that it's hard to feel motivated on any particular project (because it just ends up being cancelled). If my team's role and projects stabilized, we could really get cruising.

    Advice to Management

    I like the sort of distributed management style at Amazon that arises from empowering teams to make their own decisions. When leadership does step in to set an agenda, it should make sure that it doesn't keep yanking a team around on different projects.


  10. "Where the best come to get better"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People are all really smart and quirky. They love solving the toughest problems in the most efficient way and hoping to change the world while they're at it.

    Cons

    The weather in Seattle is a little bit of a downer but is worth being at HQ.


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