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Updated June 9, 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 work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    High pay, great benefits, good work life balance, transfer opportunities, interesting projects

    Cons

    Depending on team job can be boring


  2. "Area Manager - Operations"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay
    Fast pace environment
    Commitment to safety
    Customer obsession
    Growth opportunities

    Cons

    No work- Life balance
    Long working hours

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Not good place to Work but good place to learn"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Have lots of challenging projects to enrich your resume and teach you new technologies.

    Cons

    More challenge than reward in my case.

    Advice to Management

    Try to be Nice.


  4. "Will learn a lot"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends

    I worked at Amazon as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Good teams
    - Good learning culture
    - Team events
    - Good pay

    Cons

    - A LOT of work
    - Weird set of rules/principles


  5. "Good place to be in !!"

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    Current Employee - SDE2 in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - SDE2 in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Good experience to have working here!

    Cons

    Work life balance is difficult to achieve .


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Company that lives it's values"

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

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

    Pros

    Amazon is not comfortable place to be for most people new to Amazon. We do things differently and it is a steep learning curve. 95% of it is for a good reason, once you understand it. Amazon is one of few places where goals and values are not artificially created, they actually came up from the long process of forming Amazon culture and are alive at every level. Amazon is bottom-up company. Leadership does not dictate what to do - if you have good ideas, you can grow really fast here and make a difference. We are big. Every team is somewhat different. We encourage you to move. Jump in, find the right boss & project for you, work hard, have fun and make history - at Amazon you can.

    Cons

    Bottom-up organic growth leads to sub-optimal architecture. Get ready to dig in and fix things that don't work. Don't expect grand master-plan. We are frugal - sometimes to a point of wasting money trying to save them. Again, take ownership, proof we do and it can get fixed. Sometimes we try to do too much, which means we have no time to stop and think. We need to learn how to get better at this, how to say no more often and stand our ground.

    Advice to Management

    We try to do too much sometimes, at the cost of actually spinning our wheels, working hard and not moving anywhere. We are at times stupidly frugal, wasting more money then we are saving at an expense of frustrating our employees making them feel not valued.


  7. "Hard work but rewarding"

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast growing company, leading edge tech, good comp packages (for Vancouver, even better in Seattle), very nice offices right downtown. Great place to be a builder and create new things.

    Cons

    Very demanding and not always fair, for example the forced 5-10% attrition annually. On call rotation for all engineers and managers.

    Advice to Management

    Consider adding a leadership principle about treating employees as highly as customers (after all they are customers too)

  8. "Great atmosphere and great job opportunity"

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

    I have been working at Amazon as an intern

    Pros

    Leading in many fields of technology
    Friendly staff and management
    Plenty of possibilities to move around within the company

    Cons

    Some teams can work long hours
    Your enjoyment is strongly dependent on which team you get placed on


  9. Helpful (3)

    "One of the best Companies to work for."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    In Amazon, you will learn a lot. Every day is a Day 1. You will never stop learning.
    In Amazon, you work with a very smart people. It is totally different when you work for a company that makes the technology not just uses it.
    You can move among teams from your day 1 in Amazon.

    Cons

    You may struggle a lot in the beginning until you get familiar with the environment. If your manager is a good one, your life will be easy but it is not always the case. Sometimes managers do not explain how they evaluate the team members and suddenly you will find yourself on a Dev list which means you did not meet the expectations and need to enhance your performance.

    Advice to Management

    Always start with the new team members from day 1. A new joiner may get lost easily and you need to guide him to succeed. Your main job is to make them succeed, remember that.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Good for average developer"

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    Current Employee - SDE2 in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - SDE2 in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Comfy place for average developers

    Cons

    If you are good they will still offer you an SDE2 position, and it will be impossible to step up in less then 3 years.
    Be prepared for this, because internal promotions has a headcount, and no matter how good you are you wont be able to contribute as much as the ones that are there for years. (because you have to learn a lot of legacy code and systems first) Just imagine in a 300 dev org, only 3 people can be promoted per quarter, so even if you are in the top 10% right in your first day, you have to wait years till it will be your turn.

    Also nothing matters that happened before the hire date you have to prove yourself there (just to slow down any promotion). Because of this as well there are a lot of politics for SDMs.

    Frugality is insane, you have to fight for even a $20/month ec2 instance, and waste so many time on creating docs for it.
    Forget effectiveness, you have to at least 3 times review your CR as people taste are different. You have to argue for every permissions etc.
    In a startup i can get a monthly work done in 3 days and not for continuously ping people to review my cr or give me permission for something. (Again this environment ideal for average people who wouldn't be effective anyway)

    I can only hope i can stand it until i get my Permanent Residency.

    Advice to Management

    Retain talents otherwise this place will be an average coorporation


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