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"Extremely steep learning curve but a very rewarding internship"

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Former Intern - Financial Analyst Intern in Seattle, WA
Former Intern - Financial Analyst Intern in Seattle, WA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

The financial analyst internship is one of the best experiences I have had. It is much longer than most internship (6 months) and in this time you are given meaningful work that will challenge you and expand your skills outside of school. The most important component of the internship is the people you work with. You are surrounded with very bright, thoughtful individuals and it really helps to develop a passion for the work you do.

Cons

At times the internship and what is expected of you can be incredibly vague/unclear. This can be an opportunity to work on self direction but many people have trouble with ambiguity. Another drawback are the long hours. A lot of work goes into the weekly tasks and final project and there isn't much gratitude but the reward is personal growth.

Advice to Management

Just something I noticed from non-internship employees; better benefits. One specific example would be for maternity/paternity leave. Amazon's current benefits state that paid leave does not begin until the baby is born (labor doesn't count). Show a little more appreciation for your employees and all that they do.

Other Employee Reviews

Other Employee Reviews

  1. Helpful (12)

    "Amazing company to work for, even more so if you know politics"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    - Fantastic Growth Potential.
    - AMZN is doing things that no other company is doing.
    - Great relocation package if you're willing to move to Seattle.
    - Stock compensation is fantastic.
    - Gives you the warm and fuzzies to have been part of a company that sets the bar/changes the world/is at the forefront of technology and knows that boundaries have to be pushed and broken in order to innovate.
    - So much innovation.
    - Practically limitless strong technical resources at your fingertips.

    Cons

    - Review process is long, tedious and somewhat painful.
    - Not a lot of perks ("frugality" is a core value, which translates to little to no perks. The company discount was a joke and you basically had to buy all your own swag).
    - Not enough to work really hard, in order to earn senior (and higher) roles you *HAVE* to be politically adept (in addition to working really hard).
    - Fantastic Growth Potential (only if you're willing to move to Seattle).
    - Base salaries aren't that strong.

    Despite all the cons however, if I had to do it all over again I would change nothing.

    Advice to Management

    Invest a little more in your employees. Pay more attention to those that may not understand office politics, whether intentionally or not. While extroverts get the attention, introverts arguably add more value - recognize this.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Warehouse Associate"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Whitestown, IN
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Whitestown, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Healthy, fast paced days fly by, you can learn a lot if you want to, very clean environment, benefits are awesome, people are very nice to work with. They do a pretty good job about promoting the best candidates.

    Cons

    The place is so big it's hard to get noticed, Takes a while to get to get promoted, After your basic training there isn't any real structured training. Additional training is basically asking a lot of questions.

    Advice to Management

    Add a pay grade between Tier 1 and Tier 3 employees, Many employees are better than the Tier one and and need the incentive to stay.

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