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"Great company with minimal perks"

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Current Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Seattle, WA
Current Intern - Software Development Engineer Intern in Seattle, WA
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Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Amazon as an intern

Pros

Technology:
It is extremely easy to move laterally between teams and divisions. Because the company is so diversified you will have the opportunity to work on any area of technology you can think of: Web applications, cloud infrastructure, web browsers, tablets, consumer retail (at ridiculous scale), builder-tools, etc. Furthermore, they work in mainstream languages and leverage a lot of open-source software, so the skills you develop will be portable both inside and outside the company

Customer Focus:
Amazon is extremely customer-focused. As a result, they are extremely externally competitive. Even as an entry level developer, you will be aware of how your work impacts the customer. This stands in sharp contrast to some other big tech companies with extremely long release cycles. It still has a startup feel despite being a truly massive company.

Talent:
Despite having the reputation of having a difficult interview process, not all of the intro-level employees hired right out of college are all that impressive. However, the higher-level employees are all incredibly intelligent, thoughtful, and eloquent. It seems that the evaluation process does a good job in selecting truly outstanding individuals. If you are confident in your abilities, this is a plus (although it is not unique to Amazon).

Work-Life Balance:
This varies DRASTICALLY by team. If you are working on load-balancing for the consumer retail site, expect to work crazy hours during Q4. However, you can select any team you would like, and there are plenty of teams where people work standard 8-hour days. On those teams, hours are extremely flexible.

Cons

Perks:
Free bus pas and an occasional team outing, but that is absolutely it. There is no free food, free haircuts, free massages, etc. This doesn't actually bother me all that much, but if you care about perks then you will be sorely disappointed.

Lack of Transparency:
Amazon is very tight-lipped about almost everything. Information is disseminated on a need-to-know basis, so don't expect to play with new devices before they are released unless you are working on them or get tons of details on the company's performance. Other than the metrics for your own team, you will know about as much as the public knows.

Other Employee Reviews for Amazon

  1. "Fast paced, great people"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Instock Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Instock Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people, growing business.

    Cons

    Expected to support leadership unconditionally. High turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Need better developed HR department.


  2. "Amazon is the pinnacle of innovation."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Hebron, KY
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Hebron, KY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay versus work load is satisfactory. The company HR Dept. constantly "looks" out and keeps an open door policy for all of its employee including those staffed in. There was never a concern for my safety due to Amazon.com's thorough training and safety guidelines.

    Cons

    Amazon offers a "good" benefit plan not the best by no means. The work to life balance is strictly based on how much you want to go home, because if you have the PTO then you can leave at anytime without any problems, but if you are looking for overtime then this is place to work.

    Advice to Management

    I absolutely loved the management, they all did a wonderful job.

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