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Amazon Software Engineers Reviews

Updated April 18, 2019
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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. "Great Company to work with"

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    Current Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern
    Current Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn new techniques.

    Cons

    Work life balance is not that good,=.

  3. "Challenging and fun filled work place"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clarita, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clarita, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy to find very innovative and motivating work.
    Very smart colleagues.
    Learnt how to write well and express my thoughts.

    Cons

    As with big companies some parts of the company like Lab126 can have a lot of bureaucracy.
    Perks are not great. Frugal company.
    RSUs vesting in 1st and 2nd yr is very small.


  4. "pros and cons"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work environment is great at amazon

    Cons

    workload is pretty heavy for aws


  5. "A great place to work"

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

    I've been working for Amazon Web Services for over five years now and I have enjoyed the experience. I appreciate excellent work-life balance. It's extremely rare to work more than 40 hours/week or to work in the evening/weekend. I have lots of vacation and virtually no restriction when I can take it. On-call is unfortunately a thing but it's just one week every 2-3 months. Sometimes I won't get paged at all, sometimes a get woken up one or twice but again that's very rare and we definitely consider instances where people got paged to be Bad Things and try to remedy them. Comp seems solid but I have admittedly not done a whole lot of shopping around lately.

    Cons

    Open space offices. I hate open space office and strongly believe it detracts from effective collaboration and productivity. But this is not unique to Amazon, you'll get this at most tech companies.


  6. "SDE Kindle Content, San Luis Obispo"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The workplace is open and genuine.

    Everyone's voice is heard in technical discussions and team meetings.

    The technical challenges are very real and usually interesting.

    The development and operations tools provided are powerful and easily available.

    Talented colleagues that embody the Amazon leadership principles.

    Cons

    SDE on-call can be painful, but it's a great learning opportunity and motivator. Something to be aware of.

    Systems and their interactions are very complex. There won't always be a happy path to find the answers needed to do your job. Expect to spend significant time diving into code and asking questions to learn about how things work. Also a good opportunity to learn and grow.

    You will work with legacy technology. Amazon systems are powerful but they are not gold plated.

    Work with other teams can be bureaucratic, slow, painful.

    My current office building is old, awkward, and not the most comfortable working space. This is especially true when comparing to other Amazon office buildings.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to treat your people with respect, thanks!

    Let's work on having an Amazon-worthy physical workspace.


  7. "You can find whatever you want at Amazon"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior 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

    Lot of teams and projects at Amazon which means you don't have to move to a different company to work on something different.
    Working on cutting edge technology
    Ability to come up with your own idea and taking it all the way to production.

    Cons

    Bad perception about the company's work culture and certain teams having different issues. This is true for any company. If you know how to navigate through these, you will be fine.
    Not a lot of employee perks

  8. "You are owning everything"

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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

    - Compensation is slightly above the average
    - Company grows at a fast pace
    - You are owning everything, which means you have exposure to different areas

    Cons

    - Oncall rotation. You will get paged at midnight or weekends
    - Less perks than competitors
    - You are owning everything, which means you hold more responsibilities than you expected.


  9. "Amazon"

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

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

    Pros

    A great company, good salary!

    Cons

    Bad work-life balance. Little private time.


  10. "Great place for innovators"

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

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

    Pros

    Great pay, benefits
    Lots of opportunities to learn and grow

    Cons

    Fast paced environment very focused on delivering