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Amazon Software Development Engineer 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. Helpful (5)

    "Awesome place to work when you are ready for a no nonsense place to work the pays accordingly"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer-II in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer-II in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They treat their engineers with respect,
    Pay them well,
    Give them plenty of freedom,
    First and foremost they care about their customers, they aren't obsessed with being the "cool" tech company.

    Their only expectation is that you perform to the level to which you are compensated.

    Cons

    Some people get very passionate about their work which can lead to unnecessary friction at times
    You really are a saleried employee, they expect your best and you to work till the job is done... Which means don't over promise or you will be working overtime.


  2. "Great place to work, learn, innovate and have fun"

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

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

    Pros

    I've been at Amazon for two month now. There are tons of opportunities to learn new stuff. Also lot of opportunities to take new responsibiliteis. Everyone here is really smart, and wants to succeed both personally, and as a company.

    Cons

    I did not see any con till now.

    Advice to Management

    Keep innovating.

  3. "Fantastic learning experiencee"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have just finished a year of working at Amazon, and been loving it. I'm constantly motivated being surrounded by smart engineers and managers.
     What i really like is how the leadership principles are applied by teams in design/code reviews. I can see how working here can help driving oneself to become a great leader.

    Learning new skills and technology is up to you. There is lot of resources and materials.

    WFH is not questioned thus allowing employee flexibility.

    Cons

    At times, i can sense people tend to align work based on promotion.

    Advice to Management

    Great job on resonating the leadership principles.
    Compensation is not bad at all, but they should match the likes of Google/Facebook as it sad to see some peers leave for higher pay.


  4. "2 Years Experience"

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing work culture, Great tech stack. Get exposure. Can learn a lot. Lot of internal tools.

    Cons

    Not many perks. No free lunch.


  5. "Fast Moving Place to work for"

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

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

    Pros

    - Amazing projects
    - Great Learning curve and moving up ladder in career
    - Stocks are good source of income

    Cons

    - Give more perks like food, free massages like Facebook and Google

    Advice to Management

    Improve a healthy perk life for employees


  6. "Awesome talented people"

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

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

    Pros

    A lot of learning opportunities

    Cons

    Rapid changes within the company


  7. "Great People, smart process"

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

    I worked at Amazon full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very smart people in the team; great communication and overall process; openness to new opinions and change.

    Cons

    Somewhat blurred understanding of review process and goals.

  8. "AWS cloud services' scale is awesome getting promoted is tedious"

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of senior engineers to learn from. Working on internet level scale. Not bad to have AWS in your resume. Fair relocation packages.

    Cons

    Promotion process is tedious and long especially above SDE II. Don't expect to get promoted within less than a few good years in the company. Amazon has some great "leadership principles" however there at least one crucial principle missing - "team work / help others". I find the tendency in a Amazon to be working individually most of the time. I personally do not love that tendency.


  9. "It's alright"

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

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

    Pros

    World-class company. Plenty of smart people. Salary is great. Really follow their principles through and through.

    Cons

    Not paying for checked luggage seemed a little silly. People tend to work hard and long hours (very team dependent though).


  10. "They want the best, not the best of the best"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer-II in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer-II in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazon has a relatively low bar compared to other companies on this level (Google, Facebook, even Microsoft). They offer decent compensation in recent years considering the rapid growth of their stock price, although that's not lasting anymore. They do cool stuff and they are always looking for new areas to explore.

    Cons

    1. They offer very little compensation adjustment once you join. Year over year salary growth is less than 2 percent. Good performance is not rewarded whatsoever.
    2. Due to the relatively low bar, product quality can be uneven across the company.
    3. Their offer will shrink significantly as their stock price stopped growing. They have a low ceiling on base salary too.
    4. No lunch, parking has a waitlist of more than 1 year. Not much team building culture.
    5. Hard to get other teams to commit to stuff sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on how to keep your existing employees.