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Updated September 21, 2017
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  1. "Great Transition Job"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Order Picker in Plainfield, IN
    Current Employee - Order Picker in Plainfield, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    4-day weeks, great work out, energetic and young management staff.

    Cons

    Lots of turn over, lots of negative workers. It is not a career unless you're going into management, but it is a great opportunity while looking for something else or going to school.

    Advice to Management

    Overall, I think they're doing a good job, but I guess promote more from within.


  2. "I have a good deal"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You work for an influential company with very smart people that cares about customers.

    Cons

    It is becoming a large company with large company problems of inefficiency and politics.

  3. "Process Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazon is a quick changing environment. I enjoyed adapting to new processes and working on continuous improvement.

    Cons

    Amazon is a tough job and there are times during the holidays that require a lot of hours. For some this could cut into personal life more than one would want.


  4. "Principle Product Manager"

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    Current Employee - Principal Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Principal Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging and interesting work, opportunities to "make my mark" and build things from the ground up. Try and find a team that is building something new, and isn't relying too much on another team to build it - that's where all the fun stuff is.

    Cons

    Some teams have a culture criticizing without offering to help fix things that are broken. Some teams are too afraid to change something that already exists in case it breaks. If you get in between these two kinds of teams (trying to get one team comfortable with improving their tech-debt ridden project, which would require help from a critical team), it can be exhausting. That would describe about 50% of my days - exhausting.

    Advice to Management

    Simplify. We are intentionally spaghetti, and that makes sense. While one might expect that moving quickly would mean fewer connections to other teams, I have experienced the opposite. We hack together solutions on top of hacked together solutions in order to get a Minimum Lovable Product out the door, but then when we try to maintain these products, we sometimes don't have the resources or influence necessary to keep various solutions up and running. Try to find where your team has moved from spaghetti to a rat king, and give them margin and guidance in untangling themselves. If they can't afford that, maybe the project isn't worth it.


  5. "Good place to itern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    campus is large, lots of other interns

    Cons

    very few perks, especially for interns


  6. "Logistic Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon full-time

    Pros

    A lot of work and learning every day.

    Cons

    busy and shifts are long


  7. "Exciting place to learn"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time

    Pros

    No shortage of tech to learn or projects to work on
    Amazing culture, always forces the most important piece of work to bubble up

    Cons

    Ramp up can be challenging, as there isn't a rule book that you can follow to learn the ropes

  8. "Fun place to develop software"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    • Great work environment: Amazon gets a bad rap and I hesitated when checking Glassdoor myself. I shouldn't have. It's a supportive, friendly, professional environment, and I really enjoy it.
    • Technical challenges: The work is difficult enough to stay interesting, and I work in more programming languages than I thought I would, which is fun.

    Cons

    • Pager duty: Often you will be on an on-call cycle, and you're expected to respond to issues very quickly, which definitely cramps your social call during your rotation.
    • Legacy code: I work on the retail website and am working more often within existing systems than writing anything from scratch. The older code isn't bad or anything, though, and this may be different in different areas.
    • Working across teams: You always have to interact with other teams, which can be tough when they're in other locations. Sometimes I wish I could just pick up the phone and talk to someone for five minutes.

    Advice to Management

    • I wish the 401(k) matching was more generous—that's my only complaint about compensation and benefits.


  9. "A great place to grow, learn and be surrounded by intelligent people"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer I in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer I in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good compensation
    Supportive culture for personal and professional growth
    Good work-life balance opportunities
    Relocation assistance
    "Extra curricular" activities to meet new people and do non-work related things
    Tonnes of workshops/conferences/opportunities to learn new things
    Free bananas
    Dogs

    Cons

    Must ensure that you are self-sufficient to ensure work gets done/personal things are set up
    Many presentations/meetings
    Often projects get changed/derailed due to business constraints


  10. "Amazon Robotics is the Best Place I've Ever Worked, Bar None."

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

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

    Pros

    -Work at the bleeding edge in robotics, swarm robotics, logistics, machine learning, and optimization
    -Design, build, and deploy infrastructure to meet global demand at a dizzying pace
    -Work closely with academia to stay flush with the latest methods
    -See your own ideas deployed at scale
    -See your work benefit the general public
    -Benefit from many opportunities for career development
    -Enjoy many opportunities for educational outreach
    -Do company-sponsored charity work
    -Be surrounded by brilliant people all the time
    -Enjoy flexible schedule
    -Watch fleets of robots daily
    -Take part in Orange Week, which is the best new hire orientation ever

    Cons

    -Staggering pace of growth can sometimes mean late nights, but in my experience, this has been minimal
    -Cubicles rather than enclosed offices
    -Many new employees don't have personal desks because of
    -Conference rooms and other group resources often contested

    Advice to Management

    Predict upcoming scale challenges with maintaining robots as we continue to ship unprecedented numbers of units so that we can forestall any situation that would make us into a maintenance company instead of an R&D organization.


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