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Updated June 19, 2018
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  • "Work/life balance seems comparable to other places I've worked - not worse" (in 2287 reviews)

  • "No work life - personal life balance" (in 472 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to learn and grow"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Work with smart people. Work with high quality development tools and frameworks. Work on stuff that makes a difference. Switch positions (teams, roles) easily. Learn a lot.

    Cons

    Not that flexible work arrangements. Benefits are not great. Have fun of "work hard, have fun, make history" is largely missing.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to Jeff Bezos? Hahaha, he is clearly above and beyond mere mortals. Amazon corporate structure is so big and complex that I don't even know who owns what under Jeff.


  2. "Account Executive, Amazon Web Services"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing people and environment to learn from. Love the quick pace and ability to move fast. Customer Obesssion is truly on full display at Amazon

    Cons

    Everyone is doing multiple jobs and time/bandwidth is constrained

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring Customer Obsessed people

  3. "Great company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, very smart people

    Cons

    It's a big company so there is a chance you might run into some people who are more concerned with politics than work


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Avoid! Job will give you anxiety & depression."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work 4 days and get 3 days off. Nice extended health benefits.

    Cons

    Avoid working at a fulfillment center! Turnover rates are ridiculous, I should have backed out from my in-person interview when I was informed about the turnover rate. I should have seen the red flags. For example, working for 2 years makes you 'senior'. I wish I didn't accept the job, but I was desperate. You will be overworked. You will be rushed. You will be stressed. You will feel underappreciated. You will feel like you are underpaid. You will be made to feel unqualified.

    They start you off with slow menial tasks and responsibilities. Before you know it, you're taking the load of the whole team and they see how you perform under stress. I've seen people cry at work (or in their cars), work so much they didn't have time to use the washroom, or work right through their lunch.

    Numbers/metrics are everything to the company, everything matters to the second. You will be tested. Yes, you heard that right! YOU WILL BE TESTED!

    Workers will come up to you with questions to see how you answer them. Events will be staged to see how you react to them. I swear to God I wish I was making this up, but events were literally staged in front of me to see how I would handle them. There's a saying, Amazon has a peculiar way of doing things. Only 'Amazonians' will truly understand that. There's no other way to put it.

    By the end of my employment, I was a nervous wreck. I had 0 confidence or motivation. I was making mistakes left, right, and center. I was bullied by management and my peers. I was berated. I was indirectly told to 'bully' others (see example below). I didn't pass some of their 'tests'. I was working 60 hours a week and was receiving 0 appreciation. I began having panic attacks. I couldn't tell which event would be staged to 'test' me or which was real. I began having depression. My last day of employment was the happiest moment. I was scared because I didn't know how I would afford bread the next day.

    But, I still made it out of that hell-hole.

    Example: I was asked to drop off a cart of products to a specific line of packers. When I asked why that specific line, I was told "Ah, I want them to work harder." When I walked by the first line, the workers were working at a slow and relaxed pace with barely any product coming to them. When I walked by the 2nd line where I was told to drop off the cart (there were already 4-6 carts waiting), all the workers there were rushing and sweating, they were clearly under stress, look panicked, and were obviously either being tested or purposefully overworked to quit.

    Advice to Management

    Change the work-culture. Change the work-life balance. Stop mentally and physically bullying workers into quitting.


  5. "Operations (Fulfillment)"

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    Former Employee - Operations in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Operations in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary
    Supportive work environment
    Values safety and development of employees

    Cons

    Depressing being in the fulfillment center
    Lots of rules/procedures
    Boring work

    Advice to Management

    Try to get people to care about the job


  6. "Software Developer"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Good atmosphere and benefits. Interesting projects.

    Cons

    Breaks dont feel long enough


  7. "Worker's Compensation Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Workers Compensation Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Workers Compensation Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    ability to create and improve processes and help people everyday

    Cons

    overall demands can seem daunting at times, but the rewards outweigh the work tasks

  8. "Good Experience Overall"

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    Former Employee - Third Party Sellers in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Third Party Sellers in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    High Traffic. No marketing needed. Fairly easy to make listings.

    Cons

    Amazon is extremely strict on their sellers and have numerous metrics to make sure we are to best of the best.
    They take "customers first" to a different level, so sellers be aware of how bias they can be!


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Software Development"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - TPM in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - TPM in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing working culture. Top notch people.

    Cons

    Everyone is a geek, social interactions are at low.


  10. "Opportunity for advancement"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Awesome ambience, more organized FC's. All activities are with well defined SOP

    Cons

    Higher level positions are mostly from external sources

    Advice to Management

    Promote the best from Internal applicants


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