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Updated June 23, 2018
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  • "Work/life balance seems comparable to other places I've worked - not worse" (in 2287 reviews)

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

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  1. "Great Internship!"

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    • Senior Management
    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. "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.

  3. 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


  4. 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.


  5. "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


  6. "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


  7. "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.

  8. "Summer intern - 2017"

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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
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice environment. Encouraging people overall

    Cons

    Frugal when it comes to treating employees. I know its one of their leadership principles but other top companies are offering a lot. Amazon should really develop in this aspect if it wants to hire top talent.

    Advice to Management

    Work on the cons, please.


  9. "loved the work culture"

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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

    The work assigned was designed to test if I can own a product delivery and I loved it. It actually enhanced my personality.

    Cons

    Intern were too pressurized, but I believe it was to test our limits.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "AWS Internship"

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    • Senior Management
    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

    - Worked with absolutely brilliant people
    - AWS is a REALLY fast moving company and working in the environment pushes you
    - Coworkers were nice and welcoming
    - Comfortable hours (came in at like 10, left at like 4)
    - Pizza and beer fridays
    - Company paid for team lunches weekly
    - Worked on cutting edge stuff
    - Got to see the inner-workings of how a company manages data centers around the world
    - Great technical and social talks
    - Fellow interns were high caliber, driven bunch
    - The projects I worked on were meaningful and put to use immediately upon completion
    - Leadership in my org was awesome
    - SLU is a great place to work in.

    Cons

    - Like any large company, largely dependent on which team you join
    - Because the company employs a huge amount of talent from around the world, cultural and language barriers exist

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great job, and awesome job with the internship program!