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Updated February 25, 2017
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Pros
  • Learn a lot of things and good working environment (in 320 reviews)

  • There are a lot of smart people in aws (in 727 reviews)

Cons
  • Difficult to maintain work life balance (in 1431 reviews)

  • No work life balance around the holidays (in 310 reviews)

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  1. "Inside the machine"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazing infrastructure that is always improving.

    Cons

    Combative work environment, pager duty, punishing work hours.


  2. "Software Developer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy to get in, fair salary

    Cons

    Still more to explore in this world


  3. "Amazon India Software Developer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Hyderabad (India)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Hyderabad (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time

    Pros

    A company which gives Competitive salary
    A place where Startup culture is seen
    Place for Innovation

    Cons

    A place where if you doesn't balance work properly, it can affect your Work life balance

    Advice to Management

    Work life balance


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  5. "Good for new graduates , that's it"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great resources help new graduates grow. There are smart people there. The company is still growing big, lot of opportunities. What's more, you will know a lot of people there who may can help you in your whole career.

    Cons

    Work life balance is bad. Stressful on call. N annual bonus or similar. Salary increase is basically nothing, comparing other it companies.


  6. "Going to start soon, so far so good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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

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

    Pros

    offers good salary, sign-on bonus and stocks

    Cons

    vesting of stocks is not good, you have to stay well over 2 years to realize anything substantial


  7. "An engineer friendly place doing cutting edge work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer III in Hyderabad (India)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer III in Hyderabad (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Platform teams are great to work for.

    Cons

    There is room for process improvements

    Advice to Management

    Nothing


  8. "Its good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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

    Pros

    It is very nice to work in such a healthy and awesome environment. People here are always ready to help you.

    Cons

    Overall it is a good company. I don't think so there is any problem with the company. It will be very nice if they start giving bonus also.

    Advice to Management

    There is only one problem with the management people that they don't do their work on time....everything else is awesome.


  9. Helpful (10)

    "Take the money and run"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -Having this on your resume gets you an automatic interview at google
    -You can contribute to huge scale projects which sharpens your skills for your next job
    -Pay is great
    -Most jobs are in Seattle, so you can buy MJ like beer
    -Beyond L4 the pressure to reach a promotion is low
    -Can negotiate vacation
    -Switching teams is getting easier
    -Locations all around the world
    -You know when your big stock vests are coming. When it does take that money and run to google.

    Cons

    -The NY times article may be embellished, but is founded in reality for many folk (but not all teams)
    -Your offer may be for one team and then after moving to Seattle you show up day 1 and find out you are actually assigned to a different team
    -For 99% of folks amazon can only be a transitional place
    -Ops load is massive for devs
    -Tech debt is the main thing you'll get to work on
    -Most jobs are in Seattle, which has an insane cost of living
    -Promotions are insanely political: most folks won't even get a fair shot at one
    -Java, java, and more java
    -Paid in stock for a large portion of your compensation
    -US health insurance is so-so

    Advice to Management

    -Quit so that competent managers can replace you.
    -Look at techsurvey results and do something about it. Automatically identify outliers and solve those problems. Engineers under those bad managers are suffering.


  10. "Lot of works without proper guideline, thrive or die"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many internal tools, technology and software good practice

    Cons

    Lots of work without guideline (or you find it yourself), a very demanding company in general

    Advice to Management

    provide more precise guideline, instead of letting people thrive or die by themselves


  11. "good place to grow"

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

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

    Pros

    plenty of opportunities to work on interesting projects. Easy to move laterally if your immediate team's work doesn't interest you.

    Cons

    Pay and perks not on part with top companies in the industry.

    Advice to Management

    Improve pay/perk and focus on work life management to retain talent.



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