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Updated November 11, 2018
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  • "Work/life balance seems comparable to other places I've worked - not worse" (in 2488 reviews)

  • "I have no work life balance issues" (in 520 reviews)

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  1. "Support engineer"

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    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    The culture is alot different than most tech companies


  2. "A place where you make real impact."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I am very happy with Amazon's alive enviroment. You never need to think what you are doing or what's your impact. You can just go with the flow.

    Cons

    Payroll is good, but side benefist are not as great as other tech giants.

  3. "A great place to grow"

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    Current Employee - IT Support Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - IT Support Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast paced environment.
    A great place to grow project management skills
    Great teams!

    Cons

    Advancement structure within the IT organization leaves much to be desired.
    Pay scales are lower than industry norms.

    Advice to Management

    Listen carefully to your IT colleagues and employees. Visit your teams, let them know you aren't just a bot.


  4. "Good one and like it"

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    Current Employee - Any Which IS Suitable for Me in San Leandro, CA
    Current Employee - Any Which IS Suitable for Me in San Leandro, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Its is one of the world best brand so it is like dream come true to be a member of amazon team and i will to give my best if i get a chance to be its member

    Cons

    May be time management or fix schedule but i can take out solution for them too

    Advice to Management

    Hope i got chance to be its member and get a chance to work here


  5. "Area Manager Intern"

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    Former Employee - Area Manager in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Area Manager in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Leadership Experience
    Opportunity to do a project

    Cons

    Crazy hours
    Well over 40 a week
    A lot of walking/manual labor


  6. "Logistics Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Logistics Specialist in Newark, CA
    Current Employee - Logistics Specialist in Newark, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really smart people, a lot of opportunity for growth, always encouraged to be innovative, think big, and create something new. Brand recognition on your resume.

    Cons

    Bullies thrive and are rewarded. Extreme hours and horrible work-life balance . Management isn't always on the same page. They also make frequent changes to things that can confuse people, especially when communication site-wide is missing. Only care about obtaining results at the expense of their employees safety. Management can be a hit or miss depending on the site. High turnover rate most people don’t last more than a year.


  7. "My past Experience at Amazon"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible Part time hours if you need extra money.

    Cons

    The Pay, Slave Work, hard physical labor, walking back and forth. (unless you work at HR or logistics) Shift change request take way too long to approve.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.

  8. "Responsible"

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    Current Employee - Delivery Driver in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Delivery Driver in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Being in a social environment!

    Cons

    Dealing with the bad city traffic.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company foster learning, professional development and work life harmony"

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    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Extremely Talented people to work with
    Great Benefits and Competitive Compensation
    Stocks keeps going up, so does your salary as you are partly paid in RSUs

    Cons

    Bad Press (Thank you Senator Bernie)

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing and don't listen to Bernie or Trump. They are both Washington rats running on assumptions, lies and bitterness.


  10. "So Far So Good!"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I'm only a few weeks into working at Amazon, so admittedly these are only first impressions. But here are some of things I've seen so far.

    1. Incredible recruiting experience - Throughout my entire time recruiting things were communicated very well, there was no guesswork with what to expect, when to expect it. Amazon was completely transparent about what would be coming, and then HELD TO THEIR WORD. I can't stress enough how refreshing it was to actually experience what I was told was coming. It really felt like my recruiters were working for me, not just Amazon. All my interviewers made it into a conversation, not a stressful barrage of questions. And you could tell that each one was engaged and interested, giving insightful responses and follow ups to the things I would say.

    2. Relocation was simple. I moved across the country to start my new job, and Amazon hired great vendors to help with the relo and made sure every step of the process was covered. This includes working closely with me when my needs diverged from what their usual plan was, I wasn't ever told something couldn't be done.

    3. Management is collaborative. So many companies talk about flat structures and how you don't really have a boss. It's never true. Amazon does a great job of having minimal hierarchy, but acknowledging where that hierarchy exists and ensuring expectations at every level are laid out. Then leveraging the expected skillsets to work in both directions. My management has already been open about expectations but consistently available to ensure I have what is needed. And thats not just with me as a new joiner, it is visible everywhere around me.

    4. My work hours are flexible. My team is nice. Everyone is intelligent and hardworking. The IT support (really essential when you're onboarding anywhere I think) is very useful and responds to needs quickly.

    Cons

    Honestly, my cons are pretty banal. But for the sake of fair comparison here are my thoughts.

    1. It took me a couple days to understand all the internal websites. I didn't feel like there was any great home navigation to find all the other internal endpoints that are needed on a daily basis. Thankfully, though, I had some friends already here who compiled a great startup email to point me in the right direction anyways.
    2. Ok, an obvious "Big tech company comparison" would point out that at Google they have in building Gyms, free lunch, and zen gardens. And I actually haven't been to Amazon HQ in seattle so I don't know all the amenities there. But ultimately, a job is a job. When I saw those things in the Google office it felt like gilding rather than something that would actually make me happier at work, but that could be different for other people.
    3. This is my one real con. Amazon doesn't do yearly bonuses, and gives out RSUs instead, which vest on a 4 year schedule that is heavily weighted to the tail end of that time. So you are always leaving money on the table when you leave. Mind you, having equity at Amazon is a really good thing, so at least right now, seems worth the wait.


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