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Amazon San Francisco Reviews

Updated April 29, 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. "Great place to build a career"

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

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities to stretch beyond you immediate role and team.
    Competitive compensation packages

    Cons

    Many teams working on similar things; it gets difficult to partner together.


  2. "Great company to work for."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Test Automation Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Test Automation Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very smart engineers, work on products that are adopted world wide within months, decent work life balance

    Cons

    Level promotions are hard to achieve

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Quarterly promotions are inspiring change. Weed out the few managers who are basic paper pushers and not hands on. Keep adding more transperancy to development process

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Ex amazon employee"

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    Former Employee - Economist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Economist in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    very good salary, good extra benefits.

    Cons

    so much extra working ours

    Advice to Management

    be more people oriented


  4. "Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I found there is a Good culture within the company. Most of the employees are happy to work here for this company.

    Cons

    For me I didn’t really see many cons working for this company. I am still working here and still haven’t really had a bad word to say

    Advice to Management

    Na


  5. Helpful (3)

    "A company that profits so much, yet the wealth does not trickle down."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technician in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Technician in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Things are fast paced, always growing, and there’s always another project for you to take on. Middle-management and above jump around from department to department, heavily stifling growth opportunities for individuals in technical roles.

    Cons

    Going on my second year with no base compensation increases. The technical rolls at the bottom of the food chain get tossed a stock or 2 that vest in years. No help against the ever-growing inflation

    Advice to Management

    Value your underlings And provide growth opportunities from bottom to top, not just from the middle up.


  6. "Data Center Security Manager"

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    Former Employee - Data Center Security Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Data Center Security Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people, great team, good benefits. Lots of opportunity if you are willing to relocate to other parts of the country. Work can be flexible and some managers are very good at supporting their people.

    Cons

    Stocks take 4 years to vest, career progression is non existent in certain areas, pay is below market in high cost of living areas. Very hostile culture from the top down. No loyalty to employees, and leadership principles are not followed by all of the management. Does not attempt to retain employees. Teams are not in harmony when working with each other. Processes are terrible and heavily managed from corporate.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees, trust their experience. Stop micro-managing your professional workforce. Allow people to grow and develop professionally. Stop exporting talent with your 0 defects mentality culture. Learn from your security professionals and let them influence and improve the processes.


  7. "Good company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very clear strategy and direction

    Cons

    more top down decision making, some team is extremely slow bc of AMZ legacy

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Best Company to Work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learn tons of new things
    Great work environment
    Hard work = promotion
    High pay with good benefits

    Cons

    Long work hours
    No food given

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. "Sales Representative (focused accounts, AWS)"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Signing bonus (to be negotiated- mine was $100k to be paid over two years) and very enticing stock options (180 RSUs that are vested over 4 year years).

    Cons

    Very flat organization, had to go from manager to IC. No company lunches, very lean organization


  10. Helpful (2)

    "I suggest working here if you have the opportunity"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior User Experience Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior User Experience Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Work with / learn from very talented people
    - Exciting products that get picked up by media and have public knowledge very quickly
    - Great pay
    - Boosts resume (I have recruiters reaching out constantly)

    Cons

    - Projects are often rushed to release, rarely time to work through proper processes
    - Amazon's frugality tenet means fewer perks than other companies in the Bay
    - Dogs aren't allowed at offices in Bay area :(

    Advice to Management

    If we agree being customer centric is important, let's spend more time (and have more staff) on user experience research and design to make sure we're building the best possible products that our users will love.


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