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Amazon Software Engineer Reviews

Updated September 24, 2018
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  • "Work/life balance seems comparable to other places I've worked - not worse" (in 2397 reviews)

  • "I have no work life balance issues" (in 500 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. "A fast growing big company"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in East Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in East Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -- Fast growing
    -- Work with talents
    -- Learning towards action, easy to get things done

    Cons

    -- Some politics although inevitable in big companies.
    -- No free meals

  3. "Best place to get opportunities to learn new technologies"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    * New cloud technologies
    * Opportunity to experiment and design highly scalable systems.
    * Depending on location, pets are allowed
    * Internal training and conferences to grow and explore careers

    Cons

    * High priority or large issues may disturb work life balance for a day or so.
    * Internal tool experience may not be useful outside amazon.


  4. "Software Developer Engineering Intern"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer Engineer Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Developer Engineer Intern in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - You will learn a lot in a short amount of time
    - Everyone there is smart and offers diverse perspectives to draw from

    Cons

    - I personally had to work fairly long hours compared to others
    - Very hit or miss with team culture


  5. "Software Development Engineer"

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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

    Cool product, smart people to work with

    Cons

    No free food or other compension


  6. "Software Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    Learning opportunities
    Working with smart people
    Good salary
    Stock options

    Cons

    Long working hours
    Oncall is stressful
    Benefits isn't as good as competitors


  7. "Software Development Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very helpful people, patient, willing to teach. The company moves quickly in so many different directions so there are always new and interesting projects coming up and teams forming.

    Cons

    Compared to other big tech companies (Google, Facebook, etc.) there aren't nearly as many benefits like free food, as one of the core principles is frugality. The pace is high, which makes it exciting but may stress certain types of people out.

  8. "Work is valued if you are committed to put in lots of time"

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

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

    Pros

    Growth opportunities: I felt like my work was highly valued and I always was working on something meaningful for the team. This came with the associated stress of extremely high expectations
    Newest technologies: Working with new technologies (eg. Golang) made my work very interesting and exciting throughout my internship.

    Cons

    Stress + Work/Life balance: Team was not particularly social, working late but with not much interaction. Hard to feel like a part of the team.

    Advice to Management

    Improve team culture - the particular team I was on did not feel very cohesive and I felt like I did not really have a chance to meet people because of how busy everyone was with work.


  9. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Good Pay and a lot of challenge work

    Cons

    not sure , maybe work life balance


  10. "Great Engineering, Meh Culture"

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in Seattle, WA
    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    SUPER interesting problems to solve. I was excited about the project I had been given and eager to go to work. My coworkers were all smart and very nice. WLB is team dependent but mine was great.

    Cons

    Corporate culture and people didn't seem to be mission-driven; typical for a company of Amazon's size. Less perks than a SV tech company, anyways.