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Updated November 14, 2017
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Pros
  • We get to learn a lot of things on the job (in 420 reviews)

  • It really depends on the individual employees to maintain the work-life balance (in 335 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is not easy to maintain (in 1954 reviews)

  • There is nearly no work life balance (in 421 reviews)

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  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.


  2. "Software Development Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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

  3. "No limit to learning"

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    • 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


  4. "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.


  5. "Legal"

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    Former Employee - Legal Advisor in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Legal Advisor in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon (Less than a year)

    Pros

    team environment with legal team

    Cons

    poor working conditions with little IT support


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing pace"

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

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

    Pros

    Incredible pace of innovation, working with really smart people, very strong organisational rudders.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is a consistent issue; RSU packaging doesn't encourage long-term retention of shares, which sort of defeats the purpose. Level increases/promotions are way more of a big deal than they need to be.

    Advice to Management

    Keep innovating. Think longer term about people in the business. Fix the levelling system.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Amazing place to work"

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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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Decentralised management structure allows for creativity, ownership and freedom. The company lives by their leadership principles more than anywhere I've seen, and it makes it easier to navigate decision making. Lots of brilliant people in a supportive and friendly environment.

    Cons

    The growth is hard to manage, so you need to be flexible with dealing with suboptimal situations for brief periods whilst everyone arranges themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work. Don't create too many layers of management.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Network Development Engineer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Network Development Engineer in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Network Development Engineer in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Enormous scale of the network.
    - Relative autonomy, nobody looks at your screen and rarely asks you what you're doing at the moment.
    - See something you can improve or automate - go ahead and do it.
    - Bleeding edge technology

    Cons

    - Like any other company this size - cumbersome decision making process.
    - Too much time spent trying to figure out who's responsible for what.
    - Geographically disperse, time-zone calculation can be a nightmare.
    - Slightly too fast-moving, moving on to the next thing way before the previous one is perfected.


  9. "Great company"

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

    I have been working at Amazon full-time

    Pros

    A lot of innovation is happening here, enough work and space to grow.

    Cons

    Some managers are purely concentrated on achievements and goals, leaving no time for personal development of engineers.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "software development engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    more challenges on new technology
    more chance to practice all kinds of new technology
    great people to work with and learn more as long as you want to learn

    Cons

    too busy
    no document, you have to look into code to understand what and how
    salary is not good comparing to its working loading

    Advice to Management

    not push too hard on the deadline
    provide more support, especially find the right people to help
    create group to work on a project, not a single people working on the project


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