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Amazon Software Engineer Reviews

Updated November 15, 2018
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  • "Work/life balance seems comparable to other places I've worked - not worse" (in 2483 reviews)

  • "I have no work life balance issues" (in 518 reviews)

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

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "SDE Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    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

    Amazing mentorship program, very knowledgeable people. You will grow a TON as a professional and an individual here. For interns and new grads, the pay is absolutely phenomenal, and competitive with any company on the market. I made a lot of friends and had a great time during the summer in Seattle and will be returning for full-time (to a still unknown location). Team mobility seems to be really good, so if you don’t like your team switching to another team is fairly easy and even encouraged.

    Work life can be great depending on the team. My team worked around 40-45 hours a week and many worked from home a couple days a week. WFH isn’t really an option for interns though if you want to get a return offer.

    Cons

    Team culture was lacking, full-time placement process is very frustrating due to location and team being unknown.

    I was given a project that wasn’t very technically challenging, but I don’t think that is the typical experience at Amazon. Even though my project wasn’t challenging, it was still a lot of work so I had to pull long hours at times (this was optional, though, I’m just an overachiever)

  3. "A place where you make real impact."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I am very happy with Amazon's alive enviroment. You never need to think what you are doing or what's your impact. You can just go with the flow.

    Cons

    Payroll is good, but side benefist are not as great as other tech giants.


  4. "Create company for new graduate"

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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

    1. You can learn a lot as new graduates and you can work with a lot of talent people.
    2. A lot of different teams to explore and you can always find one interest you.

    Cons

    1. For some teams, on call are a headache.
    2. After 4 years, you salary base will drop a lot due to poor stock refresh and little base increase.


  5. "Senior Software Developer"

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    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

    Never ending challenges helps you grow

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy sometimes limits fun.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Start but overworked and under appreciated"

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    Former Employee - Junior Software Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Junior Software Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Brilliant people to work around, and opportunities to network and grow knowledge base

    Cons

    Overworked. Sexism is prevalent. As a women, I feel my opinion not appreciated or not even heard.

    Advice to Management

    Empower women in the workplace. Plan team bonding events, and days where employee don't have to work the whole day.


  7. "Great Place to work"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Tools and Process which work at the scale of Amazon

    Cons

    Their performance measurement criteria is very subjective and thus gives managers a very easy way to fire people as and when they want to

    Advice to Management

    Re-visit performance evaluation process.

  8. "Software Development Engineer Intern"

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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

    Very smart people working on very cool projects.

    Cons

    Leadership principals are kinda weird.


  9. "As good as it gets"

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    • Senior Management
    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

    Coworkers were extremely nice and helpful, workload was reasonable, felt like I made an impact especially since I worked on production software

    Cons

    Weren’t a ton of benefits (like “valley” companies)

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Weird Politics"

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

    I worked at Amazon full-time

    Pros

    Interesting technology and products. Was given a lot of autonomy and influence. Once you get a hang of their internal tools, some of them are really nice.

    Cons

    Wasn't uncommon for design review comments to turn into personal attacks, and there were a number of coworkers who lacked the interpersonal skills to treat their fellow employee as a human being. Surprising number of people looking to make themselves look better at the expense of the team/product, and a disturbing lack of control by management.

    Company is also frugal to a fault way too often.

    Advice to Management

    Actually manage?