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Amazon San Francisco Reviews

Updated January 19, 2019
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Pros
  • "Flexibility & Work/Life Balance" (in 595 reviews)

  • "You will learn a lot from each of your team members as they are equally bright & capable" (in 544 reviews)

Cons
  • "Can be hard to build work life balance" (in 2564 reviews)

  • "I have no work life balance issues" (in 531 reviews)

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  1. "Fun Place to Work"

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

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

    Pros

    Great management, fun work environment, Equal Opportunity Employer and Seniors friendly.

    Cons

    More full-time jobs, provide winter vests, Access badge glitches

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Hard, constant work, decent pay"

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

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

    Pros

    Pay, active job, pretty lenient

    Cons

    Can be slow, they can cut your hours by asking you to leave early, boring at times, no cell phone use

  3. "Cut throat environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some nice people you can work with. A good place to learn a lot

    Cons

    Leadership encourages cutthroat atmosphere. Everyone looks out for them selves. And finds every opportunity to climb by stepping on others. Peers won’t hesitate to put you down in order to look good. Lack of ownership

    Advice to Management

    Discourage cutthroat mentality. Stop team members from pushing each other down especially with leadership visibility and other business partners.


  4. "Great Place to Work"

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

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

    Pros

    Awesome ability to learn and take ownership.

    Cons

    Growing very quickly, a lot of re-organization.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Software Development Engineer Intern"

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

    - Fast paced stimulating projects with BIG impact (My project was being used routinely as soon as I built v1.0, which also shows you how fast things move)
    - Knowledgeable managers and engineers who trust me and push me to my limits
    - Extremely competitive pay (Bay Area intern pay is higher than Seattle)
    - Great intern (luxury) housing option or housing stipend ($12k before tax/$7k after tax)

    Cons

    - Teams can vary - some teams move pretty slowly with internal bureaucracy while others (like mine) move super fast and ship products routinely
    - For fast teams like mine, it's not for everyone. Be very prepared to learn quickly and sometimes put in longer hours as a result - if you're here to learn and grow fast you'll love it, if you're here just for the paycheck you'll hate it
    - Teams vary on sociability, but my team in particular all kept to themselves, which made interactions very awkward and the office VERY quiet
    - Frugality is real and sometimes painfully present in the culture (not many intern events, but we did at least get intern swag and there are some snacks in the office)

    Advice to Management

    -Allow interns to speak to potential managers and projects before assigning them to a team. It provides more variety and tailors closer to each intern's interests.
    - Hold some intern events, albeit frugality will probably prevent it.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Unethical Slave Ship"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Human Resources Business Partner in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Human Resources Business Partner in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Money...Great pay, sign on bonus, and RSU's.

    Cons

    No work life balance. Long hours (12-15) on average 6 days a week. During PEAK (up to 16 hours) preferably 7 days a week. The company retention is horrible. People, health, and safety are put last. Very racist environment, and leaders are extremely unethical. It's all about making numbers, at whatever cost.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on leadership training, and diversity.


  7. "Excellent"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Shuttle Bus Driver in San Leandro, CA
    Current Employee - Shuttle Bus Driver in San Leandro, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible, close to home no commute and very nice environment

    Cons

    Taking on a day by my self with out a coworker

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Delivering drive"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Leandro, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Leandro, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible days and hours, very helpful co workers.

    Cons

    Drive in all kind of weather and traffic conditions. The warehouse is so cold and looks depressing


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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Support engineer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


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