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Amazon San Diego Reviews

Updated November 10, 2017
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Pros
  • Get chance to learn a lot while working on a real world problem (in 425 reviews)

  • It really depends on the individual employees to maintain the work-life balance (in 339 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is not easy to maintain (in 1970 reviews)

  • There is nearly no work life balance (in 422 reviews)

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

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    • 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!


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

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    • 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.

  3. "Great company --even after 1 year"

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

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

    Pros

    Great ownership at grass root levels of engineering
    no bureaucracy [not at levels that impact the engineering community]
    Most of the management works in line with the company's aligned goals
    Management at VP level cares for employees genuinely
    great autonomy
    great work ethic amongst peers

    Cons

    no tuition reimbursement
    no cash bonus after 2nd year -only stock grants
    not enough stock grants

    Advice to Management

    increase the stock grants
    incorporate automatic tuition reimbursement program
    incorporate extra cash bonus after 3rd year or so.. or increase the stock numbers


  4. "WORK HARD PLAY HARD"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Seasonal Associate in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Seasonal Associate in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Amazon part-time

    Pros

    Best physical workout you will ever have in your life (outside of being a bodybuilder )

    Cons

    If you're not in shape it's going to hurt a little. OK a lot but you won't die


  5. Helpful (1)

    "One of the worst places ever"

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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 part-time

    Pros

    Good for people with no social lives
    Good for those that Don't mind serious manual labor for chump change
    (Speaking as a sorter on the graveyard shift)
    Drivers usually are nice if you take the time to load the trucks correctly.

    Cons

    Disorganized
    Messy
    Supervisors only seem to start helping when someone has the gall to stop the line once everyone is litterally burried in boxes
    Virtually no benefits
    No sick days
    No holidays
    Need I say more?

    Advice to Management

    Stop upping the package count until you are sure that you have the people to handle it.
    Stop punishing people who care if the packages actually get to the destination in one piece
    Maybe have some different schedule for holidays so at least some people get to spend it with family.
    Be involved before things get so messy that it is litterally a race against the clock!


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good for temps."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Warehouse Worker in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Warehouse Worker in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good starting pay for employees.

    Cons

    it's hard to get in permanent.

    Advice to Management

    Find incentives for employees.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Fast paced, good team"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Delivery Driver in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Delivery Driver in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good pay for what you work for.

    Cons

    The managers have no professionalism. They will take out their frustration on whoever tries to ask them a question or ask the for help. They don't care to call you and talk to you in private. The will shout, scold and get angry at your supervisors in front of other employees.

    Advice to Management

    Amazon needs to get you all some basic training on how to be a good manager and supervisor

  8. "Internet retail"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Self Employed in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Self Employed in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stock options. Hiring bonus. No real dress code.

    Cons

    100% on feet. 11+ hours a day. Poor management/leadership. Ambiguous expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Read "how to win friends and influence people" by Dale Carnegie.


  9. "Sucks"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There is nothing good about this place

    Cons

    Its all messed up there whole system they hire new people show them around for 2 days and expect the vets to pick up the slack and fix there errors (new people) the managers just sit and stare and computers rarely check on employees if your a slacker and dont like to work this is the place for you you can hide out and never get called out on it. Plus the pay is ridiculous it took a whole month so I can get paid I already quit and they still owe me days from first started working I dont recommend this place.

    Advice to Management

    Seek out hard working managers and ambassadors that actually know the job and know how to explain it


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Terrific place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Management and hourly employees are both friendly and easy to work with. They don't expect you to be Superman for your first couple of weeks; they give you time to learn the procedures. The break area is clean with a nice big HD TV and the vending machines have low prices ($1.00 for a 20 oz. Dr. Pepper). The whole group is like one big happy family.

    Cons

    There are no negatives at my warehouse. Everyone gets along fine.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you've been doing.


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