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Pros
  • Learn a lot of things and good working environment (in 327 reviews)

  • There are a lot of smart people in aws (in 737 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is not easy here (in 1452 reviews)

  • No work life balance around the holidays (in 313 reviews)

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  1. "Loved the learning"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Contractor - Data Analyst in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Data Analyst in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to gain responsibilities and expand your skill set. I was given a tutor, even though a contractor to improve my skills and become even better

    Cons

    I did not like the working late in to the evening and having to pick up for other people complacency

    Advice to Management

    My manager was okay, helped me when it was seen I was amazing at what I do. Just keep encouraging employees to work in a environment they feel comfortable in.


  2. "SPM"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - SPM in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - SPM in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great tools, great processes, intelligent workforce

    Cons

    Not collaborative, not entrepreneurial, short term focus

    Advice to Management

    Get your head out of the weeds


  3. Helpful (15)

    "Love/Hate relationship with this company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Vendor Manager in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Vendor Manager in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Good brand to have on CV
    -Working with really smart people in every department
    -Interesting projects to work on al the time
    -Quick decision making and pace to work
    -Customers treated incredibly well

    Cons

    -Bruising culture - One of the Amazon leadership principles is "vocally self critical". In a scorecard if a person does 9 things out of 10 well they will be expected to talk about their failure. Whilst this drives focus, it is tiring/sapping and demoralising. Success is not celebrated. If you are doing 5 things out of 10 well expect to feel pain. As such bullying tactics are common place as senior leaders are expected to demonstrate "backbone"
    -Work life balance is zero - Amazon is a 24 hour a day 7- days a week business business so you will find it hard not to do the same
    -Admin - In addition to fantastic strategic projects expect a large amount of your work to be inane admin which could easily be automated - outsourced. Amazon does buy software tools, rather it develops its own. Some are good but most are clunky at best so expect to need to pick up the slack.
    -Promotions - The bar for promotions is incredibly high. Expect it to take 3 years of working weekends, unless you have friends in the right places

    Advice to prospective employees - If you are lucky enough to be offered roles by some of the big tech companies, choose Amazon last. If you are offered a role by Amazon, take it, go in with your eyes open. Make sure you get what you want and be ready to have a plan B up your sleeve. In my department of 150 average tenure was 13 months

    Advice to Management

    There are 14 leadership principles, half of one focusses on people (Hire and Develop the best). Turnover is high and employee engagement is low. As a result you pay above market rates for over qulaified people to do admin! Increase productivity and proitability by creating a culture where success is recognised and rewarded


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Amazon is not what you would imagine"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Online Content Marketing Manager in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Online Content Marketing Manager in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Has some of the best perks and benefits in any company, the salary is really up there
    - People are nice and helpful, as long as you don't waste their time
    - The whole company revolves around facts and stats!

    Cons

    - The culture is absolutely uninspiring, being simply played back at you at every step of the way
    - Slough and the whole Slough office is in terrible shape and is a poor location for entertainment
    - Is extremely bureaucratic sometimes

    Advice to Management

    - Split the company between Retail and Tech/Media, change the culture of the Tech/Media side of things


  6. "Amazon Sales Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Manager Payments in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales Manager Payments in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, respect, training, compassionate

    Cons

    Nothing at all, its an amazing employee.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  7. Helpful (19)

    ""You think your manager is too unfriendly? Well maybe then you need to change your expectations" - Amazon HR"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Brand Specialist in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Brand Specialist in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Having Amazon on your CV is quite helpful when it comes to finding a new job

    Cons

    No onboarding process
    No training - at all!
    Colleagues get angry when you ask them for help
    Very macho work culture that is all about pretending to be busy and knowing everything

    Advice to Management

    Try to focus less on your "leadership principles" and maybe start encouraging your employees to work together instead of against each other.


  8. "SVS"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SVS in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - SVS in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people, expanding company, entrepreneurial company. Best company i've worked for

    Cons

    Never stops--- but that's also part of the fun


  9. Helpful (19)

    "Employees are customers too Jeff"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager III in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Product Manager III in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very strong brand name, Amazon continues to innovate and its exciting to be part of a business that continues to grow quickly, and to be reinvesting in the business and releasing new products. I can honestly say that I have worked with the smartest people in my career at Amazon, which encourages me to raise my game. Strong leadership principles that provide clarity on how to get things done in the business.

    Cons

    A word of warning if you are a parent or have obligations away from the work place that you need/would like to also find time for. Amazon expects your full commitment- there are many reviews on here of people calling out appalling work/life balance- so pay heed to these. There have been so many instances I have seen of employees on sick leave through stress and anxiety, with little attention paid to why and to integrate these back into the business or provide the appropriate support. Amazon is a burn out mill that requires your full focus, so perfect for those who need validation in their lives from a work perspective, but awful for those who don't. Very frugal environment with extremely lean teams- pretty typical for most individuals to be doing 2 roles at once. Business continues to grow but is an increasing concern that any revenues achieved through growth don't seem to feed back to the employee.

    Senior management attitude is to focus on things that go wrong- never any call outs for what has gone well. Depressing attitude to take in a business that demands so much from employees. Amazon gets data, doesn't get people or how to encourage a positive collegiate culture. Lots of new naive MBA's that the business can suck dry. Very high turnover of staff- people leave/disappear and are never heard of again.

    The only people I would recommend Amazon to are those who are willing to completely throw themselves 100% into their career for a few years to get experience and the name on their CV- even then you need to be very careful about what you take on board- the business will suck the life out of you if you let it.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that all employees are also customers. If the business is customer obsessed- it should also be employee obsessed. Think about what you are building from an employment perspective- what responsibility you have to the 1000's of staff who are working themselves to the bone to make you a success.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Not like anywhere else"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Site Merchandiser in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Site Merchandiser in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If work is the most important thing to you right now, Amazon UK is a good place to do it. Incredibly fast pace of growth means a large amount of varied and interesting projects to take responsibility in with equally driven people. However you'll be expected to juggle this alongside your day-to-day role with no impact on your category deliverables, hence the need to be able to absolutely dedicate yourself to the job if you want to get anywhere and not have a breakdown. You will give up plenty of evenings and weekends if you intend to be there for a few years.

    Promotion can be achieved but you need to be political - identify tools or fixes that will improve most categories, figure out a scalable way to deliver them and start shouting about them. Peer reviews and cross-category influence are key to progression whatever level you're at. True of every company to an extent, but you'll quickly see how Amazon takes that and everything else to the nth degree.

    Cons

    The demanding environment combined with the relative rarity of promotions means that many level 6 and 7 managers are hired from outside the company rather than being promoted from within. The effect of this limits continuity planning and actually attracts some very average managers, because Amazon isn't like most workplaces. If you end up with a one of the poorer managers, you're going to struggle. Make sure you speak to/meet your prospective manager before agreeing to join a category.

    Advice to Management

    You seem to be doing fine so far.


  11. Helpful (6)

    "They claim frugality is their main value - you'd better believe it."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Lead in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Lead in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great learning opportunities. They prefer to recruit internally, so once you're in, it is possible to take your career to the next step. Virtually everyone you come across outside of work is an Amazon customer, usually a happy one - it is true that the level of customer service is something to feel proud of.

    Cons

    Absolute lack of transparency from Management, and very, very corporate environment - you've got to be ready to say you've got 'Amazon DNA'. As mentioned in the title, frugality is one of their core values, and it is one that applies to employees at all level. Salaries aren't amazing, and there are very few perks. In the team I worked with the turnover was very high, which was worrying.

    Advice to Management

    Retain your skilled staff! And be generous, at least a little.



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