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Updated February 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Learn a lot of things and good working environment (in 321 reviews)

  • There are a lot of smart people in aws (in 725 reviews)

Cons
  • Difficult to maintain work life balance (in 1428 reviews)

  • No work life balance around the holidays (in 311 reviews)

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  1. "SDE Intern at Amazon: An amazing internship"

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

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

    Pros

    - The people on your team are very intelligent and the problems are equally thorny and interesting.
    - The build systems are awesome
    - The compensation doesn't hurt

    Cons

    - Ramp up is a bit rough but after the learning curve, its easy to get into the flow of the day to day development at Amazon.

    Advice to Management

    My manager and the org around me was friendly and helpful. Keep up the good work.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "great company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

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

    Pros

    Aamzon is a great company to work for

    Cons

    Work life balance is something to watch out

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Work hard, party hard"

    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 full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The company is objective, unemotional and focussed. For a certain type of old-school mathematician nerd (not the new-age script-kiddies), this can be a good thing. There are no company wide memos on "culture" or "grand visions". Everything you do has an objective, and a measurable, well-defined outcome. You know why you're doing something and that helps you make decisions faster, easier and more efficiently.

    The company is growing, aggressive and I believe the only company able to withstand Apple. The company genuinely cares about customers - that's not rhetoric. You can find an Amazon engineer at 3:00am in the morning, shake them out of deep sleep, drug them and ask them why a certain decision was made. Whether they're on-guard or off-guard, the answer won't change. If something impacts customers in a positive way, it will be done.

    Cons

    The above pro can become a minor con since there is little to non-existent romanticism about any type of work. The biggest con is facilities - I came from a company with lots of facilities, on-campus laundry, etc., so I was used to convenient parking and a lot of campus-wide services which was a mild annoyance to me for a few months. The hours aren't quite flexible, so it gets difficult to manage your time if you have to visit other businesses during business hours only.

    Advice to Management

    I like to attend meetings during the day while doing other stuff like groceries, etc. during the day, and then spend a coding session at night where I am undisturbed. Fixed business hours for developers is a pain - sometimes you get stuck in something and just sit there staring at the screen, because you get criticized if you're not present during core hours.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "sde intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    around very smart people
    great opportunity

    Cons

    amazon is sometimes stingy with equipment ie. monitors


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Good Team to Work ON!"

    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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Pay is not bad.
    2. Work is fun and promising.
    3. Most importantly, team is good!

    Cons

    1. Do not support GC support for SDE1.
    2. Frugality. :)


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Interesting products, good location, not many perks"

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

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

    Pros

    I was working in a AWS team and the product that my team was working on is new and exciting. Amazon is at the forefront on the cloud computing area. For the short time I was there, I felt I was contributing to the product. Team was small, decent work-life balance (people would finish working at around 7pm, sometimes people would leave earlier).
    Location was good, I could live downtown Seattle and bike to work. Lockers and bike cages are available for biking to work

    Cons

    None of the perks of the normal Internet companies. A lot of options for lunch in the areas around the campus, even if a bit expensive sometimes.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "You will never regret"

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

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

    Pros

    The biggest pro is that, there are so much things you can learn. You will never regret it. (Do internship here if you have an opportunity)
    Before I join Amazon, I did not know the company had one of the best technology to manage overall systems & environments.
    Very flexible work hours. I get to office by 10am or 11am.
    Good compensation, and stock options which is rallying every month.
    Good benefits, some employ discounts, free public rides in Seattle.
    Having Amazon on resume is definitely pro.
    Few years ago, environment for SDEs were pre-mature, but I think it is very stable nowadays, and you can take great benefits and speed up development process.

    Cons

    Hard work (but will give you a lot of opportunity to learn)
    Some level of frugality


  9. Helpful (1)

    "One word: Awesome!!"

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

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

    Pros

    - Very, very bright people
     - Very supportive and nurturing environment

    Cons

    - Less perks such as free food. Could be nice for some employees who are working late.

    Advice to Management

    - Free food on campus would be nice


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great Summer Internship"

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

    Lots of activities for the interns to go out and do stuff in seattle

    Cons

    Long work hours
    Nothing else was bad


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Great place to learn, contribute and 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 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Challenging problems from real world combined with Amazon scale makes most scalable solutions obsolete in few years.
    Pace of development is fast.
    Each employee is a leader and an owner. Its great to be among people who are constantly improving things because they want to and not because they are asked to.

    Cons

    Oncall support can be bad.
    Work life balance, growth, etc - A lot depends on your manager. I am lucky to have a good manager but not everyone is.

    Advice to Management

    Try to ensure the culture doesnt dilute as you hire more and more new people. Also the hiring bar seems to be going down. Its not as much fun to work with mediocre people.



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