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Updated December 11, 2018
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Toronto, ON, Canada Area (Canada)

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  • "Work/life balance seems comparable to other places I've worked - not worse" (in 2517 reviews)

  • "I have no work life balance issues" (in 523 reviews)

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  1. "My experience at Amazon has been great. One of the top paying software companies in Toronto."

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    • 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

    Chance to work with great people. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Most teams have on-call duties. Lots of churn with teams as people are constantly coming and going.


  2. "AWS Enterprise Sales Intern"

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    Former Employee - Enterprise Sales in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Enterprise Sales in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - amazing environment and culture amazon truly believes in striving to ensure customer satisfaction and does not only believe in it they live it.
    - great place to start a career
    - great management and staff

    Cons

    -longer hours
    -hard separation between work and home balance

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Amazon sde2"

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    Current Employee - SDE2 in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - SDE2 in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stock historically has performed well

    Cons

    * getting promoted is a frustrating experience
    * Career growth is a priority, but some teams have very few opportunities
    * Some teams oncall is a dumpster fire

    Advice to Management

    * invest into operations, help shift on call load to devops teams
    * Prioritize assignments based on growth opportunities for developers


  4. "Very busy, Hard working, demanding"

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    Current Employee - Ex Employee in Brampton, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Ex Employee in Brampton, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Can be flexible regarding you to taking holiday and time off

    Cons

    It is full of favoritism, no equal opportunities exist, no respect at the work place, you are just a number.

    Advice to Management

    Not going to listen you.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great if you are use to warehouse work"

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    Current Employee - Warehouse in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Warehouse in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    PTO Paid time off can be taken at any moment without notice up to 20 hours per year. Stock match up to $100 per pay. On site "grocery store" (cafeteria reasonable prices apx. $10 for a lunch, sandwich drink chips) 4 10 hours shifts. 3 day weekends. Safety bonus up to $1000 per quarter. Raise every 6 months ($0.50) ever employee makes the same wages (Equality) Very open communication (24hour HR)

    Cons

    Mandatory OT for Holiday season albiet paid at 1.5 times after 40 hours. You can refuse overtime but if you do You cannot ever work overtime. i.e. take it or leave it Permanently. Breaks are 30mins Inclusive. (if it takes you 5 mins to walk to staff room and 5 mins back to station you would technically only get "20mins"


  6. "Ship dock supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Shipping Supervisor in Brampton, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Shipping Supervisor in Brampton, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work culture and atmosphere.
    Fast paced environment and benefits

    Cons

    Average salary and no recognitions

    Advice to Management

    Could hire better interviewers


  7. "Great Profess"

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

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

    Pros

    Ethic company, lots of perks, and very intense!

    Cons

    No cons! if you want to spent time in a great company, where a LOT of things happen quite fast, this is the place for you

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to learn, grow, and make a global impact for our customers"

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

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

    Pros

    Amazon continuously improve to be more customer obsessed each day. Data and metrics are reviewed on a regular basis to ensure we're focusing on the right things. Better yet, in Fulfillment Technologies, the impact of the work directly affects how packages get delivered to our retail customers. If you want to solve complex problems optimized for world wide scale then this is the place to work.

    Cons

    Amazon is not for everyone. If you don't want to be challenged, don't want to grow and learn, or afraid of owning software that's used 24/7 and requires high availability and resiliency, then this isn't the place you want to work at. There's no QA or production support to throw your work over the fence, so you eat your own dog food. The better you build your software the more enjoyable your work life will be.

    Advice to Management

    Provide a clear vision and frequent communication on what's important to senior leadership. Clean up ownership of software that's been inherited over the past years to increase speed of innovation. Continue to review tech survey results (voice of the SDEs) to implement improvements for software teams.


  9. "Work Hard, Have Fun, Make History"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advertising Sales Director in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Advertising Sales Director in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing smart people who are focused on delivering a great experience for our clients and customers. Strong leaders with inspiring vision on direction of the business. It's great to be a company that truly lives by it's Leadership Principles on a daily basis as opposed to others where these are just used to hire and evaluate once a year.

    Cons

    Single threaded org structure can sometimes result in duplicate or conflicting priorities across teams that need to collaborate.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunities/incentives for people to better understand other sides of the business.


  10. "My Job at Amazon"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Order Picker in Milton, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Order Picker in Milton, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great staff very well organized, the break rooms are always a dope thing.

    Cons

    It's amazon, they treat you like slaves

    Advice to Management

    Frick off will ya?


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