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Updated March 17, 2019
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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. Helpful (1)

    "hard work ,have fun,make history"

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    Current Employee - Process Operator in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Process Operator in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Safe place,great managers.respect to ppl

    Cons

    Trust peaple, great HR,great company


  2. "FBA Amazon seller"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - FBA Amazon Seller in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - FBA Amazon Seller in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, independence, and ability to grow.

    Cons

    Besides increasing storage fees, I don't have any cons to speak of.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "SDE II"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer-II in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer-II in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Interesting Distributed Systems work
    - All the AWS tech you want to use without worrying about the cost
    - Fun coworkers, but that varies from team to team
    - No politics
    - Relatively good pay plus even better stock options (RSUs)

    Cons

    - Oncall can suck (also varies from team to team)
    - Steady attrition in some orgs, some teams never hit their necessary headcount despite recruiting
    - getting more bureaucratic every year


  4. "internship"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    I want to work with you because the people here are very diligent and intelligent. And i want to learn a lot by working with them and working hard.

    Cons

    Its difficult to work with them but very fun


  5. "Interesting Subject Matter, Lots of Learning, Big Pond"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Get to deal with interesting problems, involvement in very large architecture design, monitoring, and maintenance, smart coworkers, good compensation

    Cons

    The work is complex and new requirements can appear quickly, which can be a bit mentally draining. With so many smart people on the teams, the impact of your work will likely be lower for the first few years than your previous position.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the promotion process from SDE II to SDE III


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Solutions Architect"

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    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great on-boarding process for new team members. Great learning opportunities (training, job shadow, certification paths). Everybody is very helpful and friendly. A strong and very capable team.
    Low administrative overhead with a lot of things being done lean.
    The Amazon Leadership Principles come up in pretty much everything we do and is something that serves as inspiration.

    Cons

    The drawback of being on a fast-growing team is that almost everybody in the team is new to Amazon. We compensate for this by having mentors elsewhere in the organization and by being resourceful in settling in.


  7. "SDE"

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    Current Employee - SDE2 in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - SDE2 in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Looks good on the resume
    - Good compensation
    - Ok work/life balance

    Cons

    The culture is horrible! In order to progress one should play the "pick the leadership principle that is best fitted to what you want".

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineering role in Toronto"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team, smart people, mostly relaxed and easygoing, yet competitive and forward moving work environment, great pay + benefits + fun perks.

    Cons

    - Oncall rotation and workload can chip away at people's desire to stick around long term, and thus attrition can be a problem.
    - Politics are sometimes an issue; we deal directly with fulfillment centers, and politics can hamper our progress or throw us months behind on critical projects
    - Lack of consistency in daily workflows, can be seen as positive or negative.
    - Despite leadership principles advocating otherwise, lots of short-sighted decisions and thinking due to realities of business.

    Advice to Management

    Overall keep doing what you're doing. Keep employees inspired by being open about medium and longer term goals to get them excited, and actively working on these.
    Reduce the KTLO and oncall burden as much as possible for SDEs, to allow them to be creative, take risks and innovate.


  9. "Great Company, amazing Leadership Principles"

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    Current Contractor - Campaign Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Campaign Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team to work with. Awesome manager. Good work culture.

    Cons

    No perks for contractors. Limited access to training for contractors.

    Advice to Management

    Give more opportunities to contractors to become full time.


  10. "SDE Intern (Toronto office)"

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - relatively high pay in Canadian internships.
    - full housing support
    - lots of awesome food around the office
    - can experience the culture of a big company

    Cons

    - no free food
    - vibe is kinda calm and boring
    - not many other interns (since most go to Seattle)
    - corporate ladder is too long.


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