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Updated February 15, 2019
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Pros
  • "Flexibility & Work/Life Balance" (in 607 reviews)

  • "You will learn a lot in this place" (in 555 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work-life balance is tough sometimes" (in 2599 reviews)

  • "I have no work life balance issues" (in 536 reviews)

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  1. "Amazing environment to work and grow"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CSA in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - CSA in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You can learn and grow very fast. Environment is such that everyone helps you in your growth.

    Cons

    As the environment is so amazing because of the principles it will be difficult to go to a different company where they don't have such amazing principles.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Long Hours Above Average Pay"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Area Manager in Springfield, VA
    Current Employee - Area Manager in Springfield, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I joined the company 6.5 years ago. Stock was plentiful. Teams you work with are full of smart people

    Cons

    Not much work life balance to speak of. Be prepared to work nights, weekend, and holidays. Be open to relocation if you are trying to advance. Some locations are better than others for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Explain total compensation better. Compensation has changed drastically over 6 years. Whereas I used to expect stock in fair increments, stock compensation has drastically dropped off since the price has increased.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Learning and building cool things are part of the job!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Solutions Architect in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Solutions Architect in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most companies hire people for what they already know and you need to deliver results quickly. At AWS, they hire you if they believe that you can learn and they give you time to learn and build whatever you like on their platform. When you are ready to work with the customers, a big part of the job is continue to learn new things.

    Cons

    First couple of months is like drinking from a firehose. But it gets better.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "AWS work Experience and Culture"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cloud Consultant in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Cloud Consultant in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, extremely friendly work environment, plenty of perks, competitive salary, internal training and learning for new skills that will lead to promotion. Co-workers actually help each other in a non political work environment. Challenging work loads with plenty of resources to help solve problems. Thinking out side the box is encouraged and asking "why" is not frowned upon. No traditional dress code. Products that one can back. Truly a team environment. Dream Job and Work place. This is the only job that I had where I walk into the building with a smile on my face. I have worked in Transportation, Retail, Military, Access Controls, Government, Big Medical and various technology firms, and cannot imagine a better place to work.

    Cons

    If you are looking for a place to being told "what to do" this may not be the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up and never change the culture


  5. "Build Your Resume"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cloud Support Associate in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Cloud Support Associate in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place to gain experience and build your resume

    Cons

    All about the numbers & performance metrics

    Advice to Management

    Humans are not robots


  6. "Growing Company. Lots of Opportunity. Won’t “hold your hand”. Not for those who value free time"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging work. Every day you are challenged to do better than the day before. Opportunity for advancement if you are willing to put the work in both on the job and from home. Company is growing at a rapid pace and if you are flexible with relocation, the sky is the limit for how far you can go

    Cons

    Don’t kid yourself. You will do something work related every day to keep up with the pace. Especially if you are an outside hire. Training is all on you. Absolutely no one will hold your hand. If you can’t build relationships, if you are afraid to ask ??s, or if you expect to be given a long learning curve, then this is not the environment for you.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on building a development culture now. Development is currently a distant second to meeting productivity goals.


  7. "Cloud Support eNGINEER"

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

    I have been working at Amazon full-time

    Pros

    Great place to start as a fresher

    Cons

    Lots of stuff to learn .

  8. Helpful (1)

    "I really enjoy working here."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Center Technician in Ashburn, VA
    Current Employee - Data Center Technician in Ashburn, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Diverse work force at a company that encourages solutions with numerous growth opportunities that span the globe.

    Cons

    New hires must hit the ground running. Amazon is a marathon with no finish line.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "The Holy Grail of Advancement for Goal Oriented Techs; all others beware"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - DCO Tech Ll in Ashburn, VA
    Current Employee - DCO Tech Ll in Ashburn, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great for driven, goal oriented IT guys and gals willing to trade technical sweat equity in exchange for career advancement. If you're hungry, oh you're in the right place.

    Room for motivated people to grow into new titles and positions within AWS.
    -Come in as Data Center Operations Tech decommissioning old equipment and leave in a few years as a Hardware Engineer( *given that you have the knowledge).

    Try to get a contract position and then flip to perm. This is the easiest way to get hired.

    Take a piece of success while making AWS a success ; it's a fair trade.

    Cons

    When employers promise customers bleeding edge advancement and change it's the employees that get cut. It's true what others have said. AWS seems to dislike their employees and treat them like a necessary evil. That said, this seems to be status quo across all industries.

    Everyday is day one! Which means that they act on impulse and drive their employees crazy. If you can't stand change, beware.

    They don't drink their own Kool-Aid . No one believes in the Leadership Principles, but boy you better know them well to get hired. Then forget them immediately. They're only used by management to manipulate, lie, and chastise employees.

    You're never doing well or good no matter how much you do.
    You are only either in trouble or not in trouble.

    Anyone looking for easy, fun, nice, long term, intuitive, or stagnation avoid.

    Advice to Management

    Stop stack ranking employees against each other for modest raises; We shouldn't have to be doing 120% just to get a crappy 5% raise.


  10. "Lead Development Representative"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Development Representative in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Lead Development Representative in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Compensation
    - Work-Life Balance

    Cons

    Not many that come to mind. Would prefer to work from home more frequently, but that's actually pretty common too.

    Advice to Management

    Keep growing the business!


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