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Updated May 4, 2018
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  • Work/life balance seems comparable to other places I've worked - not worse (in 2255 reviews)

  • No work life - personal life balance (in 466 reviews)

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  1. "I am a part time sortation employee as well as an ambassador"

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay
    Great learning opportunities
    Meet new people everyday
    Great exercise

    Cons

    Gets really cold in warehouse
    Gets really hot
    Overwhelming amount of boxes to sort sometimes

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing a great job!


  2. "amazon"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Ambassador in Newark, CA
    Current Employee - Ambassador in Newark, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    fun, good people, part time

    Cons

    bad management , pay low

  3. "Great company to work for."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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


  4. "Ware house operations"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Vacaville, CA
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Vacaville, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun, easy jobs, very physical, lose weight.

    Cons

    No interview process so work with bad seeds sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    Have co worker standards of conduct and be less tolerant of unacceptable behavior. Raise the standard pay for blue badge employees and provide paid vacation!


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Sortatation Associate"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sortation Associate in Vacaville, CA
    Current Employee - Sortation Associate in Vacaville, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon part-time

    Pros

    Can just come in not really talk to anyone and go home
    When permanent you get Unpaid Time off (upt) 80 hrs max can also miss up to 3 shifts at a time.
    As seasonal you can get voluntary time off (VTO) where you dont have to come in or can leave early
    Some decent discounts (permanent only)
    Flexible on schedule for school
    Possible for advancement within the company

    Cons

    Managers can be sticklers about you meeting scan rates
    Temp inside is controlled in Seattle
    If you're seasonal you can only miss 3 shifts (VTO doesn't count)
    You have to work
    Someone said there isn't a number to call in an emergency there is (wasn't initially be given out in training but you can ask HR)
    You arent supposed to have your phone on you (Just don't be on it on the floor and they dont care if it's on your pocket
    Your shift is 4 hours it can (and does a lot) flex up or down up to an hour
    Understaffed in roles
    Can have to pick up a lot of big boxes
    10 min breaks with (2 1/2 mins to get there and back)

    Advice to Management

    Clearly explain the flex, VTO and points for seasonal associates
    Train more people in non direct roles
    Stop harping on scan rates when obvious reasons are preventing this


  6. 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


  7. "prime now"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in Berkeley, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Its a job, but that's it, they run you to the ground and then hire more people so you can't get hours.

    Cons

    no stable hours
    have to be moving non stop or get in trouble
    low pay
    management don't care about anything other than numbers

  8. "Manager"

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    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


  9. Helpful (2)

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

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


  10. "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.


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