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Amazon Software Development Engineer Intern Reviews

Updated August 13, 2018
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  • "Work/life balance seems comparable to other places I've worked - not worse" (in 2325 reviews)

  • "No work life - personal life balance" (in 480 reviews)

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  1. "Great Internship!"

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    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Seattle, WA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great team members, were patient with me
    Work-life balance was very good for the team I was at

    Cons

    Not much, but I was really tired of eating Indian food every time for catering.


  2. "Standard Software Company"

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    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

    good pay, reasonable hours, impactful work

    Cons

    not as many perks as other companies (no food, for example)

  3. "Awesome Internship!"

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    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team, and very fast environment. learned a lot

    Cons

    hard to ramp up on some of the technologies, lots of wiki reading and design documentation


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great growth and learning opportunity, but tread carefully"

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    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Highly effective organization that knows when and where to cut down on bureaucratic crud to maintain speed and flexibility in spite of its enormous size.

    You will learn what it's like to work with the best in your field. Amazon is a great place to see what truly strong employees are like if you have not previously been with a company with a similarly high hiring bar.

    Very effective at driving employees to constantly improve themselves. Very fulfilling if you have a compatible personality type.

    Very impressive and effective internal infrastructure. Huge emphasis on enabling efficiency makes many routine processes quite smooth, and the smart complexity of the internal tooling is a sight to behold.

    Very high bar for customer service extends to internal customers. Turnaround time for matters depending on other departments of the company is generally very fast.

    Company is a juggernaut and has a very bright future of continued growth. The company's reputation and hiring bar for corporate positions makes it a very solid resume line regardless of your field.

    Cons

    Past a baseline (but high) level of competency, you are judged on your willingness to bend and put in extra hours instead of any outstanding technical or directly job-related skills you may have. Work-life balance is often OK on paper but the degree of dedication expected out of the office means work never really leaves your mind. Your mileage will vary significantly depending on your team, and finding the better ones requires extensive networking.

    Entire culture is oriented around maximizing employee productivity with little genuine regard for long-term well-being. Unapologetically churn and burn - average tenure is less than two years and experienced employees are rare outside of management.

    Power politics were apparent at times and everyone is careful with what they say, who their friends are, and being aware of who holds a personal stake in what.

    Most coworkers were not particularly technically savvy or interested in technical subjects -- the work in many parts of the organization is not technologically cutting edge and instead demands a much greater ability to be operationally efficient and manage many competing tasks and priorities. However, I have heard the AWS org is different in this regard.

    Compensation is lower and benefits far fewer than companies with comparable hiring bars (all food and drinks are full price, etc). Not any worse than a standard workplace, but disappointing compared to other companies they compete for talent with.

    Advice to Management

    Amazon has a distinctive reputation as a demanding and prestigious place to work. Shift the working culture and benefits in a direction that improves Amazon's ability to attract and retain talent.


  5. "A great company to intern for"

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    Current Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    The Amazon office in San Luis Obispo, CA has a fantastic intern program which allows students at the nearby California Polytechnic State University to work part time and gain invaluable real-world experience while earning their degree. The position gives interns real tasks which actually benefit the business and allow them to grow rather than 'menial' or meaningless work. Whereas most internship positions for Comp Sci/Software Dev target students in their third year or later, this position targets students who are in their second or even first years, and is structured to allow the intern to grow in effectiveness and responsibility as they complete more classes and gain more experience. After the first summer, during which interns transition to work full time until school starts again, most interns have enough experience to be treated simply as a part-time version of the regular starting software development role, able to tackle the same tasks as any member of a team, albeit at a slower pace due to less working hours. Additionally, interns who stay for a second summer are offered the opportunity to work for Amazon in another location (usually Seattle) for the duration of the summer. This is a great opportunity for interns to explore other opportunities within the company and experience living in a new location.

    Cons

    Working part-time while going to school is a big commitment, no matter the employer. However, Amazon is very flexible with scheduling and always allow you to prioritize school over work.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent company to work for (if you get the right team)"

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Team autonomy , work-life balance, salary, benefits

    Cons

    Experience will vary depending on the team you work with


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Software Development Engineer Intern"

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    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Interesting project, smart coworkers and lots of things to learn. Opportunity to gain insight into one of the largest and most used cloud computing systems in the world.

    Cons

    Benefits are a bit stingy, office is cramped and work environment is generally sub par compared to other tech companies.

    Bad work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more money on investing in your employees. Food, welfare, anything. Stop hoarding the money to yourselves.

  8. "Intern at Amazon Web Services"

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    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging project
    Helpful team
    professional growth
    new technologies to work with

    Cons

    no much intern activity expecially in DC area


  9. "sde intern"

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in South Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in South Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good collaborators to learn a lot

    Cons

    no free snacks like other companies


  10. "Great Experience Great Career Development"

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    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A great opportunity to start your career, many opportunities to work on interesting projects, moves really fast.

    Cons

    Sometimes the company moves too fast for its own good, rushing features may lead to stressful times.