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Amazon Software Development Engineer Reviews

Updated December 13, 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. "Great place to start your career"

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    • Senior Management
    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!


  2. "Amazing people to work with, good salary but low benifits"

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    Amazing people to work with,
    good salary
    easy to change teams
    easy to change country
    easy to change role

    Cons

    Hard to go up in same role
    Too frugal - very few benefits
    Medical is decent but not great

  3. "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....


  4. "Overall positive experience"

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

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

    Pros

    -Decent pay
    -Quality work
    -Latest tech
    -Work life balance - a choice

    Cons

    -Appraisal system is broken. Instead of candidate's merit, it depends in how the manager is portraying the candidate's work. An incompetent SDM can easily screw-up the candidate's career.


  5. "Agile and keep leraning"

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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

    The company is agile. People here keep learning new stuff. So good for people who want to learn new stuff and are ready to make changes.

    Cons

    However, the company sometimes will keep you busy even when you are off work. For example, if you are on call, then you almost cannot go out during that day or that week.


  6. "Great place for career growth"

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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

    Dynamic and challenging environment, work with talented and bright minds, great vision and growth

    Cons

    More aggressive work culture compared to other companies


  7. "Software Development Engineer Intern"

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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

    - Fast paced stimulating projects with BIG impact (My project was being used routinely as soon as I built v1.0, which also shows you how fast things move)
    - Knowledgeable managers and engineers who trust me and push me to my limits
    - Extremely competitive pay (Bay Area intern pay is higher than Seattle)
    - Great intern (luxury) housing option or housing stipend ($12k before tax/$7k after tax)

    Cons

    - Teams can vary - some teams move pretty slowly with internal bureaucracy while others (like mine) move super fast and ship products routinely
    - For fast teams like mine, it's not for everyone. Be very prepared to learn quickly and sometimes put in longer hours as a result - if you're here to learn and grow fast you'll love it, if you're here just for the paycheck you'll hate it
    - Teams vary on sociability, but my team in particular all kept to themselves, which made interactions very awkward and the office VERY quiet
    - Frugality is real and sometimes painfully present in the culture (not many intern events, but we did at least get intern swag and there are some snacks in the office)

    Advice to Management

    -Allow interns to speak to potential managers and projects before assigning them to a team. It provides more variety and tailors closer to each intern's interests.
    - Hold some intern events, albeit frugality will probably prevent it.

  8. "Good place to learn"

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

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

    Pros

    Good place to gain experience for new grads. You will learn how to develop and operate extremely efficient software systems.

    Cons

    Long working hours. A ton of politics. Not the most friendly work environment.


  9. "Software Development Engineer-2"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer-2 in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer-2 in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Engineers are given full ownership.
    A good place to start your career because you can learn a lot.

    Cons

    The Engineering bar is declining.


  10. "Good Experience - Intern at AWS"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Seattle, WA
    Current Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Work on latest technologies (sometimes ones which were released only a month ago)
    2. Liberty to think out of the box with a possibility of actually implementing it.
    3. Amazing infrastructure and support from other teams.
    4. Small-sized teams makes you feel you are in a start-up

    Cons

    1. Do not expect free stuff. ( You get paid enough to get it yourself)
    2. Seattle weather can be bad if you like being in places which are sunny.

    Advice to Management

    Keep going and hire the best