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Updated January 14, 2019
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Pros
  • "Flexibility & Work/Life Balance" (in 590 reviews)

  • "You will learn a lot from each of your team members as they are equally bright & capable" (in 542 reviews)

Cons
  • "Can be hard to build work life balance" (in 2557 reviews)

  • "I have no work life balance issues" (in 528 reviews)

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  1. "Fulltime"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Outbound Picking in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Outbound Picking in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Offers of Great Opportunity and good Benefits

    Cons

    Work is competing process sa me employee don’t give way

    Advice to Management

    Don’t put the work in Rating system


  2. "Why I love Amazon"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    - flexible work time
    - friendly people
    - nice working environment
    - we take Leadership Principal very seriously, which is why I love working here

    Cons

    - complex company policies (which company doesn't...)
    - workload is sometimes heavy

  3. "SDE"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SDE-II in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - SDE-II in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Generally at Amazon a lot depends on the team you are on. Each team in a way a separate small company.

     - good compensation package
     - smart people to work with
    - generally, not locked to certain technologies, but need to be proficient as not much time to learn
    - due to being global company - allows to try different places to live

    Cons

    - generally very fast moving, when there is a design task, not much time to consider and evaluate different approaches/stacks etc.
    - not much flexibility wfh (but that's most likely due to local management)


  4. "Awesome place to work!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Applied Scientist in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Applied Scientist in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You're leaning so much about state-of-the-art modern retail system and software development process.

    Cons

    There are so many things to learn, but this can be a good thing at the same time!


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great to learn, easy to burn out"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots to learn, good in level growth (but promotions can be more challenging), interesting work, great scale and impact, Good compensation if the stock goes up, 6 weeks parental leave

    Cons

    Amazon demands a lot from their employees. Managers work easily 50 - 60+ per week over a long time (6+ month or some permanently). A lot of burnouts and overworked managers. Health benefits are not good (look into the details!)

    Advice to Management

    Burned out manager make wrong decisions, less pressure on managers will lead to higher quality teams.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Just an average place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive compensation, many growth opportunities, relocation options, diversity and variety of products

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, corporate toxic culture, inexperienced managers, stressful atmosphere and pressure

    Advice to Management

    Split the company


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Software Development Engineer II"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - SDE-II in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - SDE-II in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Amazon (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The products are earning money

    Cons

    Bad people, high-pressure workload, environment is bad. No beverage, no food, only coffee.
    The oncall is horrible, sometimes you are weakened up in the mid-night to deal with tickets.
    Management is bad, the managers like to use PIP to threat the developers, so that press them to work.
    This is a cold place, average staying period is 11 months, people flowing very quickly.
    The leadership principles are like brainwashing, people like to use LPs to speak to each other, and set obstacles to other team members to show their self values.

    Advice to Management

    Management is bad, the managers like to use PIP to threat the developers, so that press them to work.
    I had seen a lot of bad managers across Amazon, they have power to PIP an SDE, so they can do whatever they want to SDEs.

  8. "Amazon in a nut shell"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Its massive scale translates to almost absolute freedom to pursue whatever technical direction you wish;
    Great culture and work environment;
    Ample career opportunities.

    Cons

    May not be as efficient as expected or perceived;
    Does move as fast as needed;
    A lot of legacy systems to maintain;


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Lots of businesses"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - SDE2 in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - SDE2 in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You have the chance to deal with large amounts of data.

    Cons

    You experience can be very different from team to team.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "SDE-II"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SDE2 in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - SDE2 in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exciting to work at Amazon scale.
    Great pay and perks.

    Cons

    You own your team's work like a startup, so you own the losses too


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