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Updated June 24, 2017
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  1. "Do it to grow and get things done"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior 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

    Amazing environment to achieve more than you've ever done before amongst amazingly driven people.

    Cons

    It's a place where delivery is valued highly and you will always be stretched to your limits here. This can get tiring.

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing for quality from your people.


  2. "Neutral"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer III in New Delhi (India)
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer III in New Delhi (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Good learning.
    * Fast moving company.
    * Competitive salary in the industry.
    * Vast number of opportunities in the company across different locations.
    * You can switch to any other team whenever you want.

    Cons

    * No clear growth ladder.
    * Manager does not tell you clear expectations.
    * High churn rate.
    * No freebies like what my friends get in their companies.
    * Too much customer obsessed.

    Advice to Management

    Give mangers some training for better management.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Amazon work experience"

    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
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. A lot of talented and nice teammates
    2. Salary is good

    Cons

    1. Work environment is aggressive
    2. No enough coaching for new hires
    3. Bad management


  4. "Great company"

    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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Interesting and challenging work
    - Amazing engineering culture
    - Good career growth
    - Decent pay

    Cons

    - Mediocre benefits
    - No real compensation benefits for good/hard work

    Advice to Management

    My biggest advice to management would be that they need to up their game when it comes to rewarding employees (especially the ones that have been around for a while) appropriately in the long run. There's a reason Amazon probably has one of the highest attrition rates and it's only going to get worse if it isn't addressed.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Churn and burn"

    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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most orgs offer a fast paced environment. The leadership principles are cool, if you're in an org that is old Amazon.

    Cons

    Every org is like a separate company. Some are good. Some are bad. Rules and policies are interpreted differently in each.

    The company offers very little protection against bad orgs. The company's rapid growth has affected the culture. Retaliation is accepted by the company.

    Advice to Management

    Don't retaliate against your good folks because you are bad at your own jobs.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Best technology company ever!"

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

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

    Pros

    Unlimited tech challenges
    Super brilliant engineers
    Good total compensation package
    The enthusiasm of being part of amazon's world domination (AWS, Alexa, Retail)

    Cons

    Your career at Amazon solely depend on your team. There are some bad teams among majority of great teams.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on teams where attrition is high.


  7. "SDE1"

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

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

    Pros

    Lot of opportunities for learning

    Cons

    No work life balance. Very demanding job

  8. "Software Engineer in Test"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer In Test in Chennai (India)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer In Test in Chennai (India)

    Pros

    Great Exposure . Great place to start out and great scope for learning

    Cons

    Huge work pressure affects work life balance

    Advice to Management

    Ensure everyone is given a fair opportunity


  9. "Work hard, Have Fun, Make History"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior 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

    Good challenges, Interesting work, lot of opportunities to choose from

    Cons

    Pressure, not a con if you know how to handle it well!


  10. "Very good"

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

    I worked at Amazon as an intern

    Pros

    Money, work is based on research. You've choice on design. I like the way the project starts. You give requirements and the whole team critics and gives feedback. Then you work on second draft.

    Cons

    You're expected to work a lot to land a full time through internship. I took it a little easy. But was expecting a full time job as my final presentation was good and I almost completed my project. But I think first impression matters

    Advice to Management

    It's good. I don't really have an opinion. As I feel mistake was on my side. They had already clarified that They are expecting more.


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