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Updated December 10, 2018
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  • "Work/life balance seems comparable to other places I've worked - not worse" (in 2517 reviews)

  • "I have no work life balance issues" (in 523 reviews)

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  1. "Software Development Engineering Manager"

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    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....


  2. "Amazon associate"

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    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.

  3. "Amazon shopper"

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    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.


  4. "Principal Account Executive"

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    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.


  5. "Good internship program"

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    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


  6. "first hand experience"

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    Current Employee - Senior Data Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Data Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Heaven for go getters. No bureaucracy, freedom to all aspect of work.

    Cons

    blazing pace of iteration to bring out new features

    Advice to Management

    take it easy


  7. "Walk the Talk, an Ocean to dive deep and discover gems every hour of the Day!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Data Architect in East Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Data Architect in East Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazingly insane and intensive environment, fast paced with cutting edge and bleeding edge latest technologies, most of those truly game changing.

    I have been with AWS as a Sr Data Architect, Big Data, IoT, AI and Analytics for 7 months. Every hour of those 7 months at work and off work while learning or training has been a privilege. For months after joining Amazon, I wondered how come comes a week-end after Friday? There is so much to learn and so little time, you feel like standing in front of the ocean all the time, and wonder how would you ever be able to swim through the vastness..

    All the leadership principles of Amazon, 'Customer Obsession, Working Backwards, Frugality, Work Hard- Make History- Have Fun, Raising the Bar with every new hire, Invent and Simplify, Bias for Action, Insist on Highest Standards, Leads are Right a Lot, Vocally Self Critical, Ownership (no such thing as That's not my job), Think Big, Have Backbone-Disagree and Commit, Deliver Results, Earn Trust of Others and Your Customer, Dive Deep...

    All practiced in real time, in my past 7 months here at Amazon.

    Have been in the industry for 18 years, have been privileged to work with the best and the brightest all over the US. But Amazon is above all and by far the best place to learn, work and contribute. It changes you as a person, fundamentally. When you practice these principles day in and day out, your perspective in life completely transforms.

    Above all, I feel extremely humbled with every passing day to have the opportunity to work for Amazon.

    Cons

    None so far. No cons I have noticed so far. 98% of the time, folks and team members I have had the opportunity to work with, have been amazed with sheer quality. That leaves 2% shy from a perfect 100%. But then, it is an individual's perspective. Some times those 2% are more valuable elsewhere and so are justified to be in the team.

    Advice to Management

    Keep Rolling!

  8. "Great place to start your career"

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

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

    Pros

    Great employees, networking. Working at amazon will challenge you. Management so far has been great. Team is great

    Cons

    Your experience working at Amazon is highly dependent on what team you get placed on. I was an intern on another team, and I was more stressed out during that time period than I currently am at my full time position.

    Advice to Management

    Great so far!


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Applied Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Applied Scientist in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Applied Scientist in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Package. Good environment. Good team. Good top.

    Cons

    Little benefits comparing to other companies.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing technology not a good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing technology, tons of things to learn

    Cons

    Revolving door culture, very political.


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