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Amazon Sydney Reviews

Updated May 5, 2018
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  • Work/life balance seems comparable to other places I've worked - not worse (in 2255 reviews)

  • No work life - personal life balance (in 466 reviews)

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  1. "Any"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Man in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Sales Man in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good finance
    Reputed international company

    Cons

    Language barrier
    Difficulty for start ups

    Advice to Management

    Do hire more employees and market this brand to nook and corner part of australia


  2. "AWS sydney 👎"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Work travel is available if you’re interested

    Cons

    Work life balanace, people are managed poorly and hr problems are common, everyone is expected to be available to work all the time

  3. Helpful (3)

    "SysDE in AWS Sydney"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Development Engineer in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Systems Development Engineer in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Financially
     - Opal travel card claims for daily work commute
    - Phone claims
    - Amazon RSU
    - Competitive pay

    Work life balance
    - 6 weeks paternity leave
    - 14 weeks maternity leave
    - work from home option

    Work culture
    - very understanding
    - culturally diverse

    Cons

    - occasional time crunch where you need to put in more work, rare
    - big organization with some international dependencies, response can be somewhat slow.
    - Sydney office does not have as many opportunities as the USA office.
    - still lack gender diversity but it is getting better
    - unlike some other tech giants, we are not pampered as much (Frugality).

    Advice to Management

    Have more skip level meetings.
    Most techies are introverts, try to dig deeper rather than ask and wait for feedback.


  4. "Good"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Director in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Account Director in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay and great opportunities. Enjoyed my time there overall

    Cons

    Tough work culture. Was long hours and difficult to get a ahead in a male drive work place


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Key Accounts Manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Key Account Manager in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Key Account Manager in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazon allows their employees to take a great amount of ownership over ideas brought to the business. It is very exciting to be part of such a large organization that can still feel very much like a startup.

    Cons

    A high level of ownership over your business also comes with great responsibility. The heavy workload in such an ambiguous environment can be difficult to manage at times. You need to draw boundaries for yourself, no one will do it for you.

    Advice to Management

    So much is expected of employees that recognition is rarely given. More positive reinforcements and higher energy coming from the top would be beneficial to the morale of the group.


  6. "Great place to be, great time to be here"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regional Business Development Manager in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Regional Business Development Manager in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun, surrounded by smart people, delivering real value to customers

    Cons

    Depending on what you want - it's high pressure, long hours, lots of travel, and some may not like that

    Advice to Management

    Drive more consistency into management and onboarding to get the most out of new hires and help them ramp up


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Amazon Web Services - Great Culture!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pace is intense; great to throw yourself fully in to.

    Great culture; everyone is there to get the job done and has their own quirks. No robots here.

    Career progression; due to company growth rate and the internal support for employee growth, finding opportunities to grow into is not hard. There is no waiting for someone to leave to progress.

    Cons

    Pace is intense; this is not great for everyone and managing burn-out is a real issue.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Software Development Manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Manager in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Manager in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing culture, work with incredibly intelligent colleagues. Pace of innovation. Bleeding edge

    Cons

    Worked to the bone. Exhausting. Multiple timezones. Pace of innovation


  9. Helpful (2)

    "No limit to learning"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cloud Support Engineer in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Cloud Support Engineer in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    +The colleagues are work are very smart minds and there is no limit of how much you can learn .
    +You will see the best in technologies and new products/features are launch almost everyday .
    +Very good new hire orientation program which does not mean that you are just thrown into the ocean with no prior experience.
    +Depending on the region there are a lot of perks apart from the regular salary ,bonux (2 years) and RSUs)
    +The company lives by their leadership principles and you are going to use them in most of your actions/discussions.

    Cons

    +You need to learn to keep up the pace with the changing envionment and make sure you are striving towards raising the bar or you will be lost somewhere.However this is a benefit in disguise for your overall career development

    Advice to Management

    None


  10. "4.5 years and still day 1!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lot's of smart people
    Tough hiring process
    Career development opportunities
    Strong culture and values (LPs)
    Opportunities to travel
    Changing industry at world scale (AWS)

    Cons

    Growing very fast, not going to be great for everyone
    Manager / team may skew your views depending on workload
    Some managers confuse frugality and frupidity

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest into culture and share our success with our customers.


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