Amazon.com
3.4 of 5 2,794 reviews
www.amazon.com Seattle, WA 5000+ Employees

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Updated Apr 12, 2014
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3.4 2,794 reviews

                             

87% Approve of the CEO

Amazon.com Chairman, President, and CEO Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos

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65% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Amazon.com

ProsGreat place to learn lots of things

ConsOverloaded with work all the time

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Amazon.com

Prosfair compensation, nice location, good business

Consstressful, work life balance is so so

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Not what I was expecting

Software Development Manager III (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA (US)

I worked at Amazon.com full-time for more than a year

ProsVery talented and professional engineers. Interesting problems to solve. Good relocation and hiring bonus, decent base salary. It will be a learning experience, no matter what your background is. Strong company culture and good team spirit.

ConsThe high hiring bar and mandatory layoffs every year makes is hard to keep your team fully staffed. You will spend a lot of time recruiting. Management is distrusting by nature, and playing devil's advocate seems to be a corporate pastime. Expect strictly negative reinforcement and to hear that you are not doing good enough. Being a bully is considered a value, and a requirement for advancement.

Advice to Senior ManagementStart trusting and empowering your employees instead of micro managing.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Challenging work, but unclear for career growth

Software Development Engineer I (Current Employee)
Seattle, WA (US)

I have been working at Amazon.com full-time for more than a year

ProsSmart coworkers, Interesting Problems, Highly impactful work

ConsNot Employee Friendly culture, Career growth (very team-specific) can sometimes be hard, Too much of operational burden.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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This was once the greatest company for customers and the most fun and challenging for work

Multiple Job Titles (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA (US)

I worked at Amazon.com full-time for more than 5 years

ProsPrestige… if you land in an interesting department you might be on something cutting edge.

ConsAmazon is now just another corporation. The frontiership of c 2000 is long over but some of the long hours are not. Annual attrition in some departments, like warehouses (DCs), approaches 100%. Automation and excellent logistics killed the need for world-leading customer service.

Advice to Senior ManagementYou're walking a fine line and I have no advice because I don't think it could be done differently at this point. There is a reason the phrase "vest in peace" was a common mantra while waiting for the day you could resign. In the 1997-2001 days, you had hundreds of employees who barely balked at 50, 60, 70 hour weeks because they loved the company so much.

Actually I do have something: the management layer-cake hurts everyone. Any employee in the place used to be able to talk to a VP when necessary. Ideas flowed. The culture was amazing. Responsibilities were covered in favor of asses. Probably gone for good but maybe one of you will take it with you for your own start-up.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good compensation, tough work live balance in operations.

Amazon Pathway Operations Manager (Current Employee)
Wilmington, DE (US)

I have been working at Amazon.com full-time for more than a year

ProsObtaining leadership experience. Operations offers you a chance to lead a large group of people right out of MBA. Good oportunities to get into after finishing the program.

ConsLots of pressure both from hourly employees and senior management. Looong hours, especially in peak season. Absence of peers you can learn from (in operations). Minimal focus on development.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Taxing on your mind

Software Development Engineer I (Current Employee)
Hyderābād (India)

I have been working at Amazon.com full-time for more than a year

ProsGet a lot of exposure to owning the entire solution.

ConsToo much pressure while working

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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It was an interesting journey.

Manager of Stuff (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA (US)

I worked at Amazon.com full-time for more than a year

ProsThe pay for managers is higher than competitors, good benefits.

ConsLong hours, no flexibility for single parents, people caring for aging parents, reservists, children calling home sick from school, ect ect.....Which isnt uncommon for most employers these days...they run so lean, that there is no replacement for flexibility for you to be out of work.

Advice to Senior ManagementNo thank you.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great Place to Work, Bad Place for a Career

Senior Financial Analyst (Current Employee)
Greenville, SC (US)

I have been working at Amazon.com full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat place to work if you have the right boss and things align well for you. There is no shortage of opportunity to get involved in pretty cool projects and if you like a high pace of change this is a great place to dive in and make a difference.

ConsIf you're in operations understand that the operation runs 24/7. Holidays are just like any retail position, i.e. your working. Generally speaking to move up, the company will ask you to relocate, and if you have a family, that may be something to consider.

Advice to Senior ManagementPeople, not metrics, drive success.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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It was pretty straight. not bad at all.

Software Development Engineer I (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA (US)

I worked at Amazon.com full-time for less than a year

Prosit was a pretty good job. didnt really hav e a problem with it. i would do it again. Great opportunity.

ConsDidnt have many cons. if you can handle a big workload then youll be ok. if not, you will struggle.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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