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Amazon San Jose Reviews

Updated February 12, 2019
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Pros
  • "Flexibility & Work/Life Balance" (in 607 reviews)

  • "You will learn a lot in this place" (in 555 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work-life balance is tough sometimes" (in 2599 reviews)

  • "I have no work life balance issues" (in 536 reviews)

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  1. "Amazon Flex driver"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Flex Driver in San Jose, CA
    Current Contractor - Flex Driver in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexible time and easy going supervisor

    Cons

    gasoline cost is not covered


  2. "This job has been the best fit in my career"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Audio Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Audio Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Once you are able to Earn Trust of your co-workers by showing good work and knowledge in your field and responsibility you are given the latitude to do your job the way you see fit.

    Cons

    Large company politics exist, everyone asks you about their packages.

    Advice to Management

    More visibility into roadmap and direction. Generally, keep doing what you are doing.

  3. "Really good smart engineers"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Web Development Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Web Development Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    really good/smart people.
    culture in general is good but depends on org.
    work life balance is pretty good for bay area teams as i know.

    Cons

    less perks, food is not good less options.

    Advice to Management

    Promotion is based on how many years you worked at amazon. Usually managers less care how long you have an experience outside of Amazon before.


  4. "Great place to learn and grow"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - TPM in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - TPM in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mature process yet allowing freedom and creativity within individual org

    Cons

    Demands a lot out of you; frugality.


  5. "Amazon Cloud Support"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Amazon Cloud Associate in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Amazon Cloud Associate in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great Company with amazing benefits

    Cons

    Work is difficult at times

    Advice to Management

    Great work, and great team


  6. "Software Development Engineering Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager, Software Development & Engineering in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Manager, Software Development & Engineering in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work hard, have fun, make history. Be proud of our self, the job we are doing.

    Cons

    RUS grand each year related to last year's stock performance as well. The more the stock goes up, the less you get for refresh, not a bad problem, but....


  7. "Amazon associate"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - CORE Associate in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - CORE Associate in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, work load wasn't bad.

    Cons

    Paying for parking nothing else really.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Amazon shopper"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Shopper in Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Shopper in Cupertino, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great enviornment, fun job, get to pick your own hours

    Cons

    Schedule. Not many hours are given.


  9. "Principal Account Executive"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Account Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Account Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - High performance sales culture with smart co-workers
    - Best product + huge market = great sales potential (customers LOVE AWS)
    - Long term customer focus, even if it means sacrificing revenue in the short term. Rare to find in most sales cultures. Management actually encourage sales people to right-size/optimize customer usage of the platform.
    - Robust partner ecosystem to assist with deals

    Cons

    - Depends on the team, but if you're field based the office can feel a bit lonely. Not many direct co-workers.
    - Company seems to prefer hiring management from outside vs. promoting from within
    - Hyperscale growth means frequent management changes

    Advice to Management

    Amazon's culture is one of it's strongest benefits. As the company continues scaling please promote more from within, or subject new managers to much stronger training on Amazon's peculiar culture.


  10. "Good internship program"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in East Palo Alto, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in East Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun intern activities

    Lots of freedom at work in the Palo Alto office

    Felt like work actually mattered, lots of helpful mentoring from team.

    Good housing stipend in Palo Alto

    Cons

    Not a lot of contact with recruiters


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