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Updated December 11, 2018
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  • "Work/life balance seems comparable to other places I've worked - not worse" (in 2517 reviews)

  • "I have no work life balance issues" (in 523 reviews)

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  1. "Fast Paced and Competative"

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    • 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. "Ok Starter Job"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sorter in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Sorter in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Predictable schedule, No big curveballs

    Cons

    When change happens it tends to throw everybody off

    Advice to Management

    Listen to workers opinions more

  3. "over worked and under employees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in National City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in National City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    at face value the starting pay is great and you can pick your hours/days, shift goes by fairly quickly if you are a stower, you have the option of never interacting with your co- workers so there is very little drama

    Cons

    you pretty much are asked to do the work of 3 to 4 employees that amazon refuses to hire due to benefit pay outs, you will get over loaded and you may or may not get help, when you are caught up on your work your co-workers will steal the little work you have to boost their own points/levels/scores or whatever management calls it these days to evaluate your performance. it is scorching hot on the one side and freezing cold on the other of the building so bring a parka and shorts to cover your bases because you don't know what side you work on til after you get to work, management has absolutely no idea what they are doing but expect you to complete your job to the highest level set by corporate, if you are single and have no bills maybe live in your parent's basement or perhaps you a constant freeloader off your friends this job is for you. 80% of your new hire group will quit within the first week so the people you actually got comfortable with leave you in a lurch, the blue badge program was not thought out very well you have to be a temp for 30 days before you can apply for a regular employee (not full-time) position but they only do those hiring every 90 days so if you are one day short you will have to wait till the next draft to apply and it is open to everyone so even if you are doing well and close to the top you may not even get in due to what i am sure is a quota they need to fill so as a while male you are pretty much at the bottom no matter what you do. good luck

    Advice to Management

    hire more people


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Slave work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon part-time

    Pros

    The company pays out weekly

    Cons

    Amazon needs to use machines to work the factory and sorting because they are not paying the employees enough and get harassed to move faster. The company doesn't care about their employees. They only care about getting the packages to the customers on time. But half the time the company equipment doesn't even work in order to perform the duties accurately. Many managers have no idea what is going on or if they are even old enough to be in those positions. Everyone has bad attitudes and are very disrespectful. The company only looks at numbers so no matter how hard you work, upper management will never know if your numbers are not high. The management targets employees and speaks to them as if they are children. You will be more happier and have more respect working at a fast food restaurant. At least it will make since why children are in upper management. If you do not want to be pissed and annoyed all the time, I suggest looking elsewhere. This company is a step away from slavery. Worst company ever!

    Advice to Management

    Learn morals and respect for other human beings.


  5. "Fulfillment"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very safety conscious and good at on-the-job training.

    Cons

    Virtually no time off at all. They expect maximum work out of employees without returning the favor in terms of bonuses, raises, or promotions. Very bad about nitpicking output rates.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging employees and allow them to do the work without the constant fear of messing up. Look at overall output numbers of a shift.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "AWS - Hard work, freedom to shine"

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    • 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!


  7. "Learning Coordinator"

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    • 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

  8. Helpful (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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Amazon Sortation Associate; A Mistake"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  10. Helpful (1)

    "good job"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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


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