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Updated September 7, 2018
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  • "Work/life balance seems comparable to other places I've worked - not worse" (in 2384 reviews)

  • "I have no work life balance issues" (in 497 reviews)

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  1. "So Far So Good!"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

  3. "Software Development Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    great career opportunities and fast paced environment where you can grow quickluy

    Cons

    some orgs are highly political


  4. "Great flexibility"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and friendly management.

    Cons

    Heavy lifting .boxes weighs over 50 pounds,low wages not enough help and breaks last on 6 minutes.very big Warehouse lot of walking.

    Advice to Management

    Need wages increase alot of physical work for little pay.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "pays well, but not a great learnimg experience"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    great salary, and many location options

    Cons

    got assigned to a product that wasn't any good. work felt soul sucking...very much felt like a cog in the machine

    co-workers were not excited about product either. One actually told us NOT to work at Amazon if we got other offers.

    Not much diversity on my team.


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    "No Work Life Balance"

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    Former Employee - Area Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Area Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Amazon full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Dress code and 4-10 work schedule

    Cons

    Work life balance is non exsistant, Interal promotions rarely happen. This company burns you into the ground and then releases you


  7. "Standard Software Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Current Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good pay, reasonable hours, impactful work

    Cons

    not as many perks as other companies (no food, for example)

  8. "AWS"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance, great employees, great products

    Cons

    pay is meh, dont like stock program being so back loaded

    Advice to Management

    Nothing. You guys are great


  9. Helpful (2)

    "HR Leadership"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good opportunity in HR for those that do not have prior HR experience, especially if you willingly and without question drink the koolaid.
    Amazon prefers to train inexperienced people their way because Amazon is always right (legal or not).

    Cons

    Horrible culture in the traditional non-sort facilities (I can’t speak for the other building types). You must know the right people to be successful, and you must be prepared to step on anyone in your way. If you value ethics and integrity, I do not recommend Amazon.

    Advice to Management

    It is great that Amazon is “a great place to work” as far as the public knows (they just don’t know this only pertains to Seattle) but it might be time to check out what happens inside the facility.


  10. "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.


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