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Updated December 5, 2018
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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. Helpful (1)

    "Datacenter Technician"

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    Current Employee - Datacenter in Manassas, VA
    Current Employee - Datacenter in Manassas, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits
    Great teams
    Great environment
    Lots of opportunities to advance

    Cons

    Training is essentially done by other members of your team (there is no defined training plan) so it's really on you as a New Hire to train yourself


  2. "DCO Tech III"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashburn, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashburn, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Amazon full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Money. You can make a lot if you are willing to put the time in and take as much OT as you can handle.

    - Good environment to network in. With the heavy turnover rake, you are very likely to know one, if not multiple people at your next position. Be willing to use this to your advantage when you start looking.

    - Looks good on a resume, for now.

    Cons

    - You aren't going to learn much because it's being taken out of your hands. With various automation "tools" are taking the actual work out of your hands.

    - Don't expect to last too long. AWS burns people out quickly.

    - With the number of good people leaving Amazon, word is getting out that it's not the best place to farm talent from.

    Advice to Management

    Numbers don't show the whole picture. If you've got to setup special projects to fix issues that could have easily been taken care of years ago before they grew too big, then you've got a problem with how things are managed and not with the people that want to fix them. Maintenance isn't a dirty word and shouldn't be shunned until it's too late.

  3. "Great Leadership and Many Opportunities"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Professional Services Consultant in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Professional Services Consultant in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are tons of career opportunities in Amazon and the leadership is great. Wherever you want to work, whatever you like doing, there will always be a way to get it.

    Cons

    The benefits and compensation are not up to the others top IT companies.


  4. "Love my job"

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    Current Employee - Sortation Associate in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Sortation Associate in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    $15 per hour pay minimum. Friendly work environment. Opportunities for advancement. Constant work barely any time to think or slack off, employees all work as a team.

    Cons

    My back and feet hurt by the end of my shift. Short break or no break all day. Constant flow of packages means theres a lot to do.

    Advice to Management

    Youre doing great as far as I can tell. Things run pretty smoothly.


  5. "Sorting process for the diverting package. Work as a team"

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    Current Employee - Sortation Associate in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Sortation Associate in Rockville, MD
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Can meet a lot of different people with diverse culture, and see the cooperation in diversity.

    Cons

    Hard work, like a sport because it is very physical: standing, moving, carrying, pushing and lifting boxes of different sizes to different locations.


  6. "Good if you like to work"

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    Former Employee - Security Engineer in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Security Engineer in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You will never be bored, you are unlikely to be the smartest person in the room

    Cons

    If you don't manage your time, Amazon will take all of it.


  7. Helpful (9)

    "Be Careful If You Join Mid-Career"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Herndon, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great, sharp, smart people - most of whom are willing to be helpful, have energy, work hard and are full of team spirit.

    Cons

    Back-stabbing, internal politics, very little people manager opportunities, jack-of-all-trades approach means you spend lots of time doing menial and unfulfilling tasks you probably did much earlier in your career. Very poorly defined career paths. The most popular level position is filled with tons and tons of people with a huge range of years of experience. Lack of levels and poorly defined positions/roles. If you are early in your career and join, you will probably like it and be energized by culture and work. If you are coming from years at other companies, beware to feel like you've taken a huge step down in your role / nature of day to day work; may find it demeaning and the lack of structure frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    You will not be able to keep more seasoned people who join if you don't give them responsibilities and respect they deserve and have earned working 20-plus years elsewhere.

  8. "Technical Program Manager"

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    Current Employee - Technical Program Manager in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Technical Program Manager in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Extremely high caliber teammates. Leadership principles are real and feel good to practice.

    Cons

    Work hours. Work/life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Let employees know it's okay to sleep sometimes.


  9. "All in all, 90% great with a 10% chance of falling under poor leadership (stats not accurate to scale)."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time

    Pros

    As with most companies, it's the people you work with that make all the difference. With the exception of a few bad apples, working here is great! The culture at AWS is fantastic for moderate to over achievers, and opportunities to grow are moderately available. People are a pleasure to be around.

    Cons

    Felt some shifts in the criteria of the position and some poor leadership choices/leadership in general can make things difficult for those with a positive attitude. There are a few bad apples that have no business in leadership positions.

    Advice to Management

    Reevaluate your current lower/middle management.


  10. "Land of Opportunity"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large company with many opportunities to explore your interests. You have the freedom to pursue projects you identify as long as you communicate your plans to management. The workforce is very diverse, which leads to a great pool of talent to learn from.

    Cons

    No tuition reimbursement program outside of the fulfillment centers. Only get six paid holidays in the US. Outside of Seattle, employees don't get paid sick leave, it's deducted from PTO.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure communication of major changes and explain why.


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