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Updated July 21, 2018
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  • "Work/life balance seems comparable to other places I've worked - not worse" (in 2285 reviews)

  • "No work life - personal life balance" (in 472 reviews)

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  1. "DCEO"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - DCEO in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - DCEO in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learning: it is a lot of thing going on in AWS and you have to keep up with change.

    Cons

    work and life balance is not good.

    Advice to Management

    too fast!!! slow down and planned.


  2. "Lab126 Software Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    Customer Focussed, Ownership, One of the best salary in the industry.

    Cons

    Huge organization might lead to teams working towards same solutions oblivious of the other team's solutions. Large umber of products sometimes puts extra pressure on engineers and launch teams.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the customer focus and maintain the mentality of not being short term market impact of the hard decisions.

  3. Helpful (7)

    "I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy (AWS RDS)"

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    Former Employee - SDE3 in East Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - SDE3 in East Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - RSUs (part of the salary is in stock, backdated 2 years)
    - smart people

    Cons

    - smart people who are jerks
    - literally no perks ($100 off Amazon, that's all)
    - unbelievable pressure; no support from management or HR -- they are just here to get the most out of you. Managers will interfere with you at all times, even though they are supposed to be non-technical.
    - no work life balance, nobody cares about you
    - insane on-call schedule: 8-12 hour shifts, night or day, once a week. No extra pay. You have 10 minutes to answer the pager and 30 mins to solve the problem or heads roll. Great for customers but insane for you! Expect to be busy the entire 8-12 hours.
    - culture is shockingly disempowering; innovation is a myth. It's all about getting things out as fast as possible. No project ever lasts a long time so there is only so much you can accomplish. Don't bother asking people questions -- that is extremely frowned upon
    - completely siloed teams. Every team reinvents the wheel. No infrastructure or tools team.
    - Extremely hierarchical system. Being a PE gives you power over everyone below you and is a huge advantage. In 2 years, 200+ people team, nobody got promoted to PE. 2 people got promoted to SDE3 working 100 hour weeks. Is it really worth it??
    - everything runs by the 'leadership principles'. Everything. Read them closely. There is nothing there about caring for your employees, caring for your coworkers. The only recurring message in there is bending over backwards for customers. That's all that's important to this company.


  4. "Great place to work and have fun"

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Too much work at times


  5. "Software Engineer - II"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer-II in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer-II in Palo Alto, CA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    So much to learn, Always Growing, Scalability

    Cons

    It has Less Perks and Benefits


  6. "AMZL Logistcs"

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    Current Employee - AMZL Learning Coordinator in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - AMZL Learning Coordinator in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits
    Pay
    Stock
    Vacation Pay
    Work life balance

    Cons

    Sometimes stretched outside your role
    not all information or tools need to train others


  7. "Big company with startup culture"

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    Current Employee - Software Develelopment Engineer II in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Develelopment Engineer II in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Caring employee improvement
    Flexible move to other teams
    Various opportunities
    Aggressive attitude toward success
    No blame on failure

    Cons

    Relatively hard to coordinate with other teams.

  8. "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Challenging work environment. Lots of stuff to learn

    Cons

    Nothing much. Can improve some benefits

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work


  9. "Excellent Work Environment and Innovation at its best"

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    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Lead in East Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Lead in East Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to work around a pool of very dedicated, customer obsessed people who primarily focus on making End user experience better.
    I have a really good work life balance
    I get exposure to the latest tech talks, technology and get an opportunity to learn about each and every business within Amazon

    Cons

    I am honestly going to say in the 9 months i have been here i haven't had a day where i have regretted my decision to accept my offer here. Just like any other big company Amazon also probably has some things the employees do not appreciate but i haven't come across that except for 1 which is not having a cafe on site

    Advice to Management

    Please get us a cafe on site :-)


  10. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great software platform/tools to develop! ( I had extensive experience in Silicon valley, haven't found a better platform)

    think of the impact you can make,

    Great Leadership principles to live by even if you don't work here,

    Cons

    It can be sometimes hard to make a big enough difference since so many things are going right

    Advice to Management

    measure engagement (sometimes only some people seem to feel belonged)


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