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Amazon Software Engineer Reviews

Updated January 23, 2019
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Pros
  • "Flexibility & Work/Life Balance" (in 595 reviews)

  • "You will learn a lot from each of your team members as they are equally bright & capable" (in 544 reviews)

Cons
  • "Can be hard to build work life balance" (in 2564 reviews)

  • "I have no work life balance issues" (in 531 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to start your career"

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    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. "It's good, but it could be better"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - advanced technology
    - good payment
    - nice people

    Cons

    - no work/life balance
    - principle of frugality
    - no bonus

  3. "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.


  4. "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).


  5. "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.


  6. "nice salary, nice location and nice culture"

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

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

    Pros

    everything is good and also have free transportation cards

    Cons

    paid lunch food and also on call each week at aws team


  7. "Great job for the right type of person"

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very smart people, and lots of room to grow. Powerful infrastructure and internal tools at your disposal. Great benefits.

    Cons

    There is a certain amount of competition within Amazon. My team ended up in competition with another team which was an odd dynamic. The average work week was far over 40 hours. I understand going above and beyond, but working nights and weekends was the norm.

  8. "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sea Breeze, NC
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sea Breeze, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best to work in the entire software industry

    Cons

    no cons specifically in the entire software industry

    Advice to Management

    nothing


  9. "Bad work culture"

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

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

    Pros

    Productive release
    Good production quality
    Stable senior leadership
    Good business model and impact company wise
    Decent living cost in Seattle

    Cons

    Bad work culture
    People tend to work long hours
    Almost no perks
    Stiff learning curve on dev tools and setup
    On call burden

    Advice to Management

    Trust and reward on employees. Be nicer people to others and don't just care about your own steak.


  10. "New challenges everyday"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The scope and size of the problems being worked on are unique and unlike anything that is seen elsewhere in the industry

    Cons

    Culture requires hard performance so there is no relaxing or downtime, which can lead some to burn out