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Updated June 17, 2018
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  • "Work/life balance seems comparable to other places I've worked - not worse" (in 2287 reviews)

  • "No work life - personal life balance" (in 472 reviews)

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  1. "Fast Paced and Competative"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Lead in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Operations Lead in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Large company with opportunity to grow
    -Competitive pay with stock options
    -Opens a lot of doors for networking

    Cons

    -Big transitions happening right now, easy to get lost in the sea of faces
    -If you're not cutthroat you will not advance
    -For the world's wealthiest company under the world's wealthiest man, they could stand to take better care of their employees (401k, actual raises after positive reviews, fostering some kind of positive work environment etc...)

    Advice to Management

    Care about your people.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "AWS - Hard work, freedom to shine"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1) Risk taking and new ideas are strongly encouraged.
    2) Treated like an adult, freedom to do you job as you know how, not micro-managed. You are given reins to excel.
    3) Stock incentives and sign-on bonuses fantastic (but salary only so-so)
    4) Everyone here is outstanding -- helpful, engaged, whip smart. You will think to yourself "How did they let me in here?"
    5) Very strong focus on customers and making their businesses better. It is a winning formula, as evidenced by tremendous growth of AWS.
    6) Strong culture of the Leadership Principles (Google it). They are lived every day. If you want to win a debate/discussion with other employees, remind them how their position is not in keeping with a specific LP. Works almost every time.
    7) Huge career opportunities. AWS is growing so fast, we have hundreds of openings. Moving around is supported.

    Cons

    1) Salary is so-so. At some point you will max out (but at least for me, the stock incentives and sign-on bonuses -- think multiples of a year's salary -- more than make up for not getting an extra 5-10% in the paycheck).
    2) You will work hard, very hard. You can take PTO and vacations, but you have to protect them and not get caught in a trap of 24x7. If you remind them you need a break, managers will support you being away.
    3) All your friends will ask you for discounts on Amazon goods. Little do they know employees barely get any.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the culture!

  3. "Learning Coordinator"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Learning Coordinator in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Learning Coordinator in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, promotion, pay, and the people.

    Cons

    No cons to speak of


  4. "Empoye Beware, Favoritism Ahead!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - FC Associate I in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - FC Associate I in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Unfortunately, I have none to give.

    Cons

    If you like kissing butt to get ahead you'll love working for Amazon, everyone else stay clear!

    The amount of favoritism in this company is sicking, and HR is useless.

    Advice to Management

    I can't give my advice here or this post would get taken down.


  5. "Amazon Sortation Associate; A Mistake"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sortation Associate in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Sortation Associate in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Weekly Pay
    Website system to call off (certain amount of time quarterly)

    Cons

    They work you like a modern day slave.
    They care more about the business than welfare of people

    Don’t work this job unless it’s temporary

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees better


  6. Helpful (1)

    "good job"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Computer Programmer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Computer Programmer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good salary great workplace nothing is wrong

    Cons

    not diversed enough it takes a long time to get promoted.

    Advice to Management

    best company to work for


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Favorite Place I've Ever Worked"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Strategic Account Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Strategic Account Manager in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incredible people, exciting projects, much better work life balance than Amazon gets credit for.

    Cons

    Large corporations can be challenging to navigate and Amazon is no exception. Internal tools can be challengin

  8. "Software Development Engineering Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in San Diego, CA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Amazon as an intern

    Pros

    - Amazing experience working on a project that was interesting
    - Team was new, vibrant, and super helpful
    - Manager was easy to contact and communicate with

    Cons

    - I worked in a smaller office so I missed out on any and all Intern events


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Best job I've ever had. NY Times article totally not what I experience"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Machine Learning Scientist in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Machine Learning Scientist in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -2 weeks of vacation first year
    -3 weeks of vacation after first year
    -smart colleagues and supervisors with can-do attitude
    -excellent compensation and benefits package
    -people are very nice and collaborative, rather than competitive. strong feeling of team-ness
    -leadership has incentive to push you forward so your manager is on your side when it comes time to promotion
    -there's a formal mentorship program that everyone is encouraged to participate
    -people do fun stuff outside of work together such as play soccer in a company team
    -flexible work hours
    -can bring dog to work
    -free gym
    -free parking
    -free snacks

    Cons

    -do not get long Christmas-New Year vacation, or Thanksgiving, or most "normal" holidays like Veterans day so your time off doesn't automatically coincides with non-Amazonians
    -software, data storage, etc. unorganized. this makes the learning curve steep when starting the job
    -it's a big company and working with teams across the country or the world can be challenging at times. You're expected to make it work--no excuses. It's good and bad, obviously

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  10. "Amazon is an adventure, make the most of it to grow yourself exponentially"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - AWS Sales in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - AWS Sales in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Intense, passionate co-workers who will push you to deliver your very best each day on behalf of our customers. The opportunity to pioneer and build something that didn't exist before; a rare opportunity at this scale in any industry. Work backwards from the customer's needs/challenges to solve their problems without constraining yourself and unleashing your ability to Think Big

    Cons

    Amazon offers numerous opportunities to work on all sorts of interesting things - keeping yourself in check with your work/life ratio that works for you at each phase of your professional life is critical.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to stay true to the Amazon Leadership Principles. Promote and grow talent internally. Keep the bar exceptionally high, especially for external hires in senior positions that are new to the Amazon culture.


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