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Amazon Systems Engineer Reviews

Updated December 30, 2018
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Pros
  • "Flexibility & Work/Life Balance" (in 607 reviews)

  • "You will learn a lot in this place" (in 555 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work-life balance is tough sometimes" (in 2599 reviews)

  • "I have no work life balance issues" (in 536 reviews)

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  1. "Different, but comfortable"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer II in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer II in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have had the most interesting on-boarding experience in my career. Amazon actually wants you to not only be capable (and able) to do your job, but to enjoy doing it. They have provided training above and beyond anything I have had at any other company. They have been flexible, and so far, pretty laid back about many things. The atmosphere here is pretty light as well. Nerf wars tend to break out every so often. But when there is work to be done, it is eyes forward!

    Cons

    Just the learning curve. The scale and speed at which Amazon does things is difficult to grasp.

    Advice to Management

    Stick to the LPs, they seem to work and make sense!


  2. "Software Development Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Development Engineer in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Systems Development Engineer in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun, flexible work. Great people to work with. No timecard. Great pay. Lots of time off. No one but you sets your work/life balance.

    Cons

    No end to the work, there is always more to be done. 10 things need to be done, management knows you can only do 5 so they will ask for you to do 6. No one but you sets your work life balance. (yes this is a pro and a con)

    Advice to Management

    Communication is always a challenge for a global company. I know its difficult, but you must try harder.

  3. "I love the work environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salaries, nice sign on bonus and stock bonus

    Cons

    Not much cash bonuses yearly


  4. "Cloud Support Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Always busy and learning, and never bored

    Cons

    Sometimes (depending on team) there was a stress and env pressure

    Advice to Management

    none


  5. "Systems Engineer II -- AWS"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer II in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer II in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong growth opportunity.
    Never a dull moment.
    Excellent coworkers.
    Plenty of ways to make a positive impact.

    Cons

    Legacy systems.
    Tribal knowledge.
    Poor documentation.
    Can be overwhelming.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage better documentation and information sharing, it's sometimes incredibly difficult to track down information from another service or team.


  6. "Great place to work, but it's not for the faint of heart"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * You will be challenged to learn new things and grow as a person.
    * Everyone is expected to be an owner and to act accordingly.
    * The company has a genuine dedication to finding and solving problems, both within the organization and in the outside world.
    * You'll get to do cool new things all the time.
    * Moving around within the company is encouraged!

    Cons

    * You'll be given way more than you can handle from the get-go.
    * People accustomed to working with direction and in an orderly environment will get lost easily.
    * It can be really hard to get your footing in this place.
    * You'll sometimes get flak from randos about working here because you're working at a large company some people have told "horror stores" about. Some of the stories are sort of true, but they're made to sound much worse than they really are.

    Advice to Management

    The work-life balance is easily the worst thing about working at Amazon. It's part of the culture, but something really needs to be done to remind people that time away from work doing things you love with people you love is at least as important as the work you do. People who have worked here for a while get this and do better about maintaining a work/life balance and maintaining a healthy workload, but the first year or so can be really hard on people. Some advice and encouragement from the top down would do a lot to help here.


  7. "Systems Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great work/life balance; great benefits; great chances for dev work

    Cons

    none at the moment that I can think of

  8. "Great challenge"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Systems Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities and challenges to address. Possibility of international relocation. Large scale. Lots of amazing people.

    Cons

    High operational work and on-call. Not at lot of vacation time.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "No place is perfect, but I love it here. Full stop."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Development Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Systems Development Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing opportunities for personal and professional growth like no other company I've encountered in my long career.

    This is definitely an intense environment to work in BUT I've never encountered a company that provides more support and help for employees. The culture here is like none other.

    Cons

    This is very definitely an intense environment to work in. The bar is set very high, and you are expected to produce at a high level at all times.

    Advice to Management

    Avoid frupidity (frugality + stupidity). Sometimes adding headcount or getting people good equipment are investments that pay off big.


  10. "Amazon Culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Tough work. Tough culture.

    Cons

    Nice people. Work is challenging