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Updated February 18, 2018
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  • While my work-life balance is great - others are having a different experience (in 2134 reviews)

  • Sometimes no work life balance and manager will not let you work overtime (in 444 reviews)

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  1. "Working at Amazon"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Huge ecosystem catering to every passion
    - Strong mentoring and coaching initiatives
    - Relaxed, light-touch management

    Cons

    - The environment might be perceived as overwhelming if you're not a self-starter
    - Compensation is still catching up with the rest of the industry
    - Moving up is sometimes unclear

    Advice to Management

    - Practice what you preach
    - Be sensitive to individual needs
    - Follow through with promises


  2. "Not a bad company to work for at all"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Picker/Packer in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Picker/Packer in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Career Choice Programme 😀😀😀.
    Restricted Stock Units.
    Fixed shift pattern so work-life balance ok.
    Plenty of scope for progression & to better yourself.

    Cons

    Breaks are rushed.
    Very target based.
    It will work you to the bone, so be prepared for that.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing I can personally think of, Amazon is very much like marmite u either like it or u don’t.

    They are a good company to be at but u have to see the potential for yourself.

  3. "Software Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    + Cool projects
    + Good pay
    + Talented coworkers

    Cons

    - Work/life balance can be difficult


  4. "Good pay"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Team Lead in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Team Lead in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Lots of Overtime pay, fixed shift pattern. 4 days work 3 days off

    Cons

    long shifts, physically sometimes hard, target driven work


  5. "Picker"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Picker in Gourock, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Picker in Gourock, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good wage, good company and a good cafeteria. The team leaders are very friendly and give you support where they can.

    Cons

    Long hours, spend a lot of your time on your feet. Difficult to travel to if you don't have your own transport.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing, maybe take employee opinions in to more consideration but other than that; excellent job.


  6. "software engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    good colleague and manager, good workspace

    Cons

    no much space to grow

    Advice to Management

    nothing


  7. "Progressive, innovative, driven"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Digital Marketing Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Digital Marketing Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - High hiring bar, attracts talented and driven people
    - Forward-thinking, welcomes new ideas and ways of doing things
    - Data-driven, making rational decisions

    Cons

    - Heavy on documentation that requires several levels of approval before being able to take action on a new initiative

  8. Helpful (1)

    "A tough but stimulating environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Working with very smart people in every team and every level - I never wondered "what is this person doing here?"
    - Cross- disciplinary learning, I am technically in Marketing but do get exposure to everything from Finance to Production and Tech, it's like doing a mini-MBA
    - The data-driven nature of the work is such that you rarely see bad ideas get through because someone up high said so, or because they're good at talking

    Cons

    - Not for the sensitive or faint hearted, there is definitely a culture of questioning everything and a sense that nothing is good enough...if you like constant praise you'll probably hate it
    - it's very no frills compared to the "free food, free gym, lots of perks" places like Facebook and Google, also quite a lot more straight-jacketed and corporate (although they're trying to soften up a bit)

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to trends and to qualitative insights, not everything can be measured and cheaper is not always better. You'll attract people who are not just number machines but can also win the hearts of consumers


  9. "Packer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Warehouse Packer in Wolverhampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Warehouse Packer in Wolverhampton, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good salary, easy shifts, transport provided

    Cons

    too long shifts, some managers are so mean and rude

    Advice to Management

    try to unerstand labours


  10. "Current Situation"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Area Manager in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Area Manager in Milton Keynes, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Career prospects and Project Exposure

    Cons

    Work/Life Balance is not ideal at all times.


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