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Amazon San Francisco Reviews

Updated July 13, 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. "I am a part time sortation employee as well as an ambassador"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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. "Low pay, but flexible."

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    Current Employee - Sortation Associate in Vacaville, CA
    Current Employee - Sortation Associate in Vacaville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility. They give you unpaid time that you can use to cover your shift.

    Cons

    Unproffessional management and employees. Management plays favorites.

  3. "It's not what you know but who you know."

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

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

    Pros

    It's a fast moving company. Technical problems are challenging and exciting.

    Cons

    You need to know what the right team is; if you are a minority amongst minorities then you are in trouble. I was approached by an external team and they wanted me to switch but received strong push back from my manager to switch teams. I spoke with other coworkers and they experienced similar push back. So, if you want to switch teams it's easier and better to find a job outside of Amazon.

    Advice to Management

    Allow employees make contributions on what they are more skilled at and where the need is rather than focusing on mandating managers keep a minimum head count.


  4. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Sortation Associate in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sortation Associate in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    pay is more than minimum wage

    Cons

    the work is physically demanding


  5. "amazon"

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    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


  6. "Great company to work for."

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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


  7. "Ware house operations"

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    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!

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Sortatation Associate"

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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


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Somewhat great job"

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    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Richmond, CA
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Richmond, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good discounts when you get hired

    Cons

    They will replace you in heart beat or not.

    Advice to Management

    Train your staff right


  10. 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


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