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Updated January 12, 2018
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Pros
  • Learn a lot and good work office (in 445 reviews)

  • I feel empowered working at Amazon and I have a great work life balance (in 382 reviews)

Cons
  • While my work-life balance is great - others are having a different experience (in 2077 reviews)

  • No work life balance at the FC, unless you are senior level (in 436 reviews)

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  1. "Software Development"

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    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.


  2. "Great place to work"

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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

    Great pay, flexible work hours, tons of responsibility and opportunities for career advancement

    Cons

    Can be lots of OE overhead and maintenance work. On-call schedule can be a bit much.

    Advice to Management

    Lots of the newer engineers especially expect to do nothing but software development as they are just out of school, and are surprised at the amount of maintenance work required. Balancing growth opportunities with business needs, and communicating that effectively to employees, should be a priority.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Marginalized and disrespected (Toronto branch)"

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I was very much overpaid for my position relative to the standard in Toronto, and the location near Union Station is fantastic and convenient.

    Cons

    I was marginalized for the entire time I was working there (~1yr). I had to literally beg my manager for a task that involved writing code 8 months into my work period. My teammates did not treat my work with urgency when it came to code reviews and design reviews, causing delays which were blamed on me but were not preventable. I had to learn proprietary internal systems that had little to no documentation without any assistance from my team (I was reprimanded when I asked for assistance), and whatever documentation did exist was frequently out of date, lacking important details, or just factually inaccurate. Amazon treats these issues in documentation as "ambiguity" and the company culture is not to encourage people to make sure the documentation is accurate, but rather to fix holes and issues only when a problem is found, causing frustration.

    Subsequent to leaving the company, I was treated with extreme disrespect when claiming my legal entitlements such as my Record of Employment to file for Employment Insurance as well as contractually allowed company expenses that were filed after leaving.

    Advice to Management

    Developers must be responsible for their responsibilities: Writing good code, documenting their code and keeping the documentation up to date and easily accessible, promptly processing peer reviews (such as code reviews) when required, and so on. You preach Customer Obsession, Bias for Action, and Deliver Results, but internally I did not see those values enforced or managed in any way.


  4. "Fantastic Internship Experience"

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

    I have been working at Amazon as an intern

    Pros

    - Challenging work
    - Extremely talented and kind team
    - Great intern benefits
    - High compensation, even for interns

    Cons

    - Fewer benefits for interns outside of Seattle.


  5. "warehouse jobs"

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    Current Employee - Fulfillment Associate in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Fulfillment Associate in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    good pay , and good benefits

    Cons

    put too much pressure on employees


  6. "Marketing Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    RSUs are good and opportunities to move around

    Cons

    Not a 'marketing' focused company


  7. "Boot camp,slave yard"

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    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate/Supervisor in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate/Supervisor in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Brand name company ,well plan system

    Cons

    Managements staffs are bunch of university students with no labour management experience ,no planning

    Advice to Management

    Bring some people with experience to the managerial position
    Favouritism is there in Indian community

  8. "Very proud to work here"

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

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

    Pros

    The pace of innovation is very exciting. It's a culture of yes toward new ideas or different ways of doing things.

    Cons

    Sometimes teams are too siloed which results in inefficient resourcing and duplication of work.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Awesome company!"

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    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

    - Customer obsession
    - Entrepreneurial - still Day 1 (feel like you're working in a start-up but have the support of a large org)
    - Lots of opportunities to move around (for positions, countries, etc.)
    - Competitive salary and outstanding stock growth
    - Innovative company; not afraid to try new things or fail

    Cons

    - Growth is crazy so there are always new people onboarding (which is good and bad); wish there was more stability with teammates
    - If you're in a corporate location outside of Seattle, the upwards career trajectory is not always easy because of the limited positions beyond level 6.

    Advice to Management

    Open HQ2 in Toronto!!


  10. "Enjoyable place to work overall, good pay for the area."

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    Current Employee - SDE1 in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - SDE1 in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very flexible and a top tier tech company

    Cons

    Can really depend on the team you get, I know there are a few teams much less fun to be on than mine in the same office.


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