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Updated January 14, 2018
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at a2z Development Center full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great life balance. Very friendly environment

    Cons

    The office is not too glamorous

    Advice to Management

    More hanging out areas


  2. "Sr. Technical Program Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at a2z Development Center full-time

    Pros

    good, competitive, fast, benefits, cutting edge

    Cons

    zero down time fast paced weekend work

  3. Helpful (4)

    "COME SEE SNA7 OR GO BACK TO PRINCETON."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    you come to find out early that management HR does not care if you leave or stay that you're just a number in the system. Expendable not appreciated. I work was seriously good work ethic people with only Amazon and Amazon Customer in mind hey Princeton graduate you have people that actually have integrity character and work ethic that are often ignored as troublemakers and eventually terminated and they call it rate I think this company is a 1920 Sweatshop with a bright shiny name they did teach you one thing in Princeton Before how to lie to the public and make them think they need something that you put out there all on the backs of their children slaving away in hot buildings being bullied because they don't know their rights it's their first job people that say this is a great company are lying through their teeth if this was a great company they wouldn't have such horrific reviews online I'd like to see all Seattle upper management come down and work and our conditions you people people pay x amount of money for a piece of paper and forget where you come from shame on you be so slap yourself in the head with one of your books

    Cons

    I know what a pro and a con is I just needed the extra room I believe Amazon and its attorneys have found every loophole and every labor law possible every civil law and are walking a fine line between discrimination on every level. Bezo Your Donald Trump with your most customer Centric company.

    Advice to Management

    Wh.ere!, do you find these so-called managers only an i think they were a managers can tell they've had no training on how to manage 150 Associates all at the same time I have to honestly say congratulations Bezos you're the most customer-centric company in the world and your customers don't know that you've built this company on the sweat of their children's backs by intimidation mandatory this time off for that and they happily handing them over to you go work for Amazon. this is why you don't allow any cell phones any pictures in the building heaven forbid mr. Mrs. GQ see how their little Son has to work and his working conditions they may not be so good if customers after that I wonder if that's why you don't want to go Union you like that will get you out of being accountable or taking ownership or leadership as you say you created this monster stand up be proud but I want all you parents out there to know that are sending your kids to Amazon for their first job you're not doing them any favors and every product you buy from this company is literally the sweat, injuries, bleeding fingers trampled self-esteem
     off the sweat of 19 and 20 year old somebody sent her daughter Brow
      and all this customer Centric loyal trusting customers continue to buy their From Amazon help promoting slave labor. I'll tell you one thing for sure I work hard every single day I've not had one day of fun and I keep looking for it


  4. "Great Internship Experience"

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    Current Employee - Junior Software Developer in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Current Employee - Junior Software Developer in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at a2z Development Center (More than a year)

    Pros

    Amazon has a great working environment in SLO. Between easy-to-walk-to lunch places and free bagels on Thursday, it's situated in the perfect location. Everyone there is pleasant and willing to help out with whatever problem you need, and there's never any pressure to work late hours and on weekends.

    Cons

    While it's a great internship experience during the summer when we get to work full time, it can be easy to fall behind and not feel like much progress is being made once school starts and we work less than 20hrs/week.

    Advice to Management

    With the impending $15/hr minimum wage, Jr. Devs will need to be paid more in order to retain them. If they can make the same money in a less stressful job, the program will turn into a summer-only internship.


  5. Helpful (11)

    "Try to avoid this place"

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at a2z Development Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are some smart kids to work with.
    Free milk & soda
    Bagel once a week
    That's all you can get.

    Cons

    Read the nytimes article. It's even worse.
    No respect for quality working people.
    Worst management ever.
    Not even an equal opportunity employer.

    Advice to Management

    Hopeless


  6. Helpful (9)

    "Not recommended"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at a2z Development Center (More than a year)

    Pros

    Big name in the software industry

    Cons

    work life balance. Armies of developers. Managers with no management skills.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Go for the money but don't plan to stay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charleston, SC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charleston, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at a2z Development Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    casual dress code - flips flops, shorts, t-shirt
    bankers hours
    good pay
    smart people

    Cons

    no on-boardng
    sink or swim atmosphere
    managers technical experts though weak people skills

    Advice to Management

    Work on soft skills

  8. Helpful (12)

    "Dog Years / Time Under Water (Amazon Music)"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at a2z Development Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    $$$ - Solid base and sign-on bonus for year 1-2 (but don't ever expect a performance bonus or a base increase over 2.5%
    -Some incredibly talented people working there (not sure if any left now)
    -- they base their stock offers on the 30 day trailing average (of the stock's performance)- so keep that in mind when negotiating. That being said, good luck making it the 2+ years to collect

    Cons

    -Management is there to beat you down and make sure you never get promoted. I've never worked anywhere with a higher turnover rate or lower morale.
    -Too many levels of red-tape to count.
    -The mothership (seattle) still controls all the strings and music is less of a priority to amzn than all the other media teams- 'red-headed stepchild

    Advice to Management

    try to make it feel like less a prison sentence


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Leadership"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at a2z Development Center full-time

    Pros

    I have explored new career paths that I never would have imagined possible for myself. I have moved up in the company due to the always positive reinforcement that makes me strive to do better and better.

    Cons

    There is a lack of communication between departments that hinders new and better processes. Little information is sent out to make everyone aware of changes.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on 'customer obsession' in the facility. Happy associates work better when we work with them. We are a team, no matter where we work.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Fast paced environment. Diverse product line. Tech meets and knowledge sharing sessions are great. Happy hours. Best part is location in san francisco

    Cons

    Extremely long working hours, working weekends. Too many levels in organization hierarchy. A lot of overlapping schedules which make deliverables difficult.


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