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Updated September 19, 2017
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  1. "SDE Internship"

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    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Amazon as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Positive working env

    Lots of independence given to engineers

    Good support from other employees

    Cons

    Set up is a pain

    Some code bases are archaic


  2. "Difficult onboarding, but great experience."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    No... nobody is crying at their desk. Work-life balance in my team is pretty good.
    Off-hand project management. Within a certain constraint, you can work however you want, whatever you want, and whenever you want.
    A lot of smart people around you.
    People respect you because you work for Amazon.

    Cons

    Recent large scale hiring brought some mediocre engineers to the company.
    Bad onboarding experience. Amazon relies on your team to onboard you. When the team doesn't have a plan, you get in trouble.
    I can see that if you are not a top-notch developer, you may struggle with the job. People have high expectations and no one is gonna tell you that you are doing a good job.

    NO FREE LUNCH

    Advice to Management

    Implement a plan to eliminate engineers that are good at white-boarding but doesn't have a clue on real work.

    Onboarding... I know you put a lot of resource in it already, but you need more! And a lot more on the team-level.

    Come on... give us free lunch!

  3. "Excellent Internship Experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon as an intern

    Pros

    Friendly environment, nice colleagues, rewarding intern project and great return offer rate.

    Cons

    No free lunch? But it's acceptable for me.


  4. "Amazon Summer Internship"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Intern - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Amazon has excellent governing principles that work well for software development.
    - Intelligent, driven employees are everywhere.
    - Work at Amazon can be high-impact and massive in scale.
    - Amazon is based in some wonderful cities.

    Cons

    - Pay and benefits are not top of the line.
    - Emphasis on frugality means fewer perks for employees than you'd see at some tech giants.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in creating social environments around the workplace where employees can relax with friends during breaks or after work.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Generally Good, Not as Bad as claimed."

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

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

    Pros

    Interesting problems. Good coworkers. Most people keep reasonable hours.

    Cons

    Your manager and specific team can have a big impact on how happy you are. Retail generally has a less happy reputation than AWS. Pay is generally believed to be less than say Google.

    Oncall can be brutal on some teams.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Amazon - SDE 1 - First Year"

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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    My team is very laid back most of the time. Great work environment. People bring dogs to the office. Generally, it is easy to get up to speed on new projects and begin contributing.

    Cons

    Can be difficult to stay focused in the office some days, what with loud nearby conversations and upset pets. Can usually go somewhere else to work though.


  7. "SDE Intern"

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

    I have been working at Amazon as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The team members are great. Working environment is good. Interns are allowed to build the things they wanted to build.

    Cons

    Maybe lunch is not provided in Amazon? Also interaction between groups which are far away might take longer time and effort than thought.

    Advice to Management

    Different groups have different standards. So maybe unify standard between groups can be helpful.

  8. "Overall good experience"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in Seattle, WA
    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon as an intern

    Pros

    - Intern salary very competitive
    - Great downtown location
    - Hotel housing provided
    - Great technical support from mentor/manager and other SDEs
    - Many team outings

    Cons

    - Large amounts of work, very time consuming
    - No overtime pay
    - No free lunches


  9. Helpful (1)

    "New york times article is true"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Amazon full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Pay is good for SDE's

    Cons

    When I came back from surgery I was harshly reviewed. After that my manager planned a secret setup to bring my performance down. Even though I was about to complete my assigned work, he assigned multiple people to do my code reviews and as a result my task got delayed. I worked nights and weekends with members of my team to finish things on time but he still complained that I am late. I did wanted to consult a lawyer but didn't had the money and resources to do so. I left the company after 8 months of joining.

    Advice to Management

    I know there are many teams at Amazon for an Engineer. See what their managers are doing. Managers use PIP and Dev plan to create graveyard for Engineers. I left to save my dignity.


  10. "Work environment and culture is improving a lot!"

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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    After some very negative press about the work culture, many changes have been rolled out that have greatly improved the work/life balance. Chee Chew in particular has been an outstanding addition to the company and is leading the way on improving the culture, starting from his org.

    The company is growing very rapidly and it's really exciting to be a part of it!

    Cons

    Benefits still need to be improved. Particularly 401k matching.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to keep the hiring bar high.


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