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Updated September 18, 2018
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  • "Work/life balance seems comparable to other places I've worked - not worse" (in 2384 reviews)

  • "I have no work life balance issues" (in 497 reviews)

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  1. "Amazon in a nut shell"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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;


  2. "SDE-II"

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    • 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

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Lots of businesses"

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    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.


  4. "Demanding yet Fulfilling."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Cloud Solutions Architect in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Intern - Cloud Solutions Architect in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Got the opportunity to work with some of the brightest mind in the industry.

    Cons

    The job was extremely demanding, had to take personal time in order to cope with the workload.


  5. "Still having fun"

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

    I have been working at Amazon full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart people, culture of getting things done

    Cons

    None that I can think of


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Fancy Sweatshop"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SDE2 in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - SDE2 in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - You will learn how to work efficiently and manage stress.
    - You will also learn about large scale backend systems.
    - Money is good.
    - Nice entry in the resume.

    If you feel like you're objectively smarter than everyone, constantly have to carry your lazy colleagues to complete projects, and barely receive any compensation for that, Amazon might work for you.

    Cons

    - "Fungibility". Means, you are expected to work on whatever needs work, regardless of your skills or preferences. You are also replaceable at a moment's notice.
    - "Efficiency". They will do whatever they can to squeeze you for every last drop of your energy. This is a direct job of your manager. You will be subtly coerced to work overtime and heavily shamed for any non work-related activity.
    - "Randomization". This means as soon as you half-done with one emergency project, you will be asked to drop it and start working on an even higher priority one. That's the normal flow of your work.
    - You know how everyone says "in Amazon you get to work with smart people"? That's used to shame you when you are not enthusiastic about doing something or fall behind in any way. Your manager will discuss that maybe you're just not as smart as you should be.
    - You will see people emotionally broken and crying after meetings.

    If you care about being nice to people, or you're someone who would say "work is not a #1 priority in my life", or if you have any serious weaknesses at all (like you're too shy or your ego is too large to reach a compromise), Amazon might not work for you.

    Advice to Management

    No advice. You make $$$, so something seems to work right.


  7. "Amazing experience"

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

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

    Pros

    there are lots of smart people around. most of the people are very friendly. you'll learn lots of new approaches to solve problems. working here will imrpove your perspective. payscale is good.

    Cons

    I don't think there is any serious cons here. Maybe somewhat stressing.

  8. "SLAVE LABOR - 3RD World Factory Work"

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    Former Contractor - Order Picker in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Order Picker in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There are No Pro's whatsoever.

    Cons

    10 Hours Days...people breaking down regularly at work crying..leaving...overworked.

    Advice to Management

    Have Some compassion. You work for a modern day slave farm.


  9. "Great place to work"

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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

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

    Cons

    Depending on team job can be boring


  10. "Area Manager - Operations"

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


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