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Amazon.com Reviews

Updated Jul 22, 2014
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3.3 3,259 reviews

85% Approve of the CEO

Amazon.com Chairman, President, and CEO Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos

(2,275 ratings)

64% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • You will learn a lot while working at Amazon that will be useful for the rest of your career(in 98 reviews)

  • Density of talent: Some really smart people spoiling their careers here(in 302 reviews)


Cons
  • Company is not at all sorry to screw people's work-life balance for itself to excel(in 535 reviews)

  • There is literally no work life balance inside this company(in 123 reviews)

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    Do not value their employees

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsAlways 40 hrs plus plenty of overtime

    ConsVery repetitive work with little opportunity for advancement

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat employees as though they matter.

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    Great experience, love-it-or-hate-it culture

    Senior Product Manager Intern (Former Employee) Seattle, WA (US)

    ProsThe work is challenging, and you can immediately see the effects of your efforts in the products. It's also great to work for a company whose products you actually use, so that you have a more personal connection to the product. There is no shortage of opportunities within the company.

    ConsThe culture is fast-paced, competitive and conducive to employees with strong, type-A personalities. I must qualify this statement by saying that I previously worked in the manufacturing industry, which tends to be much more slow paced and traditional. However, I felt like the workload at Amazon was very high even by tech company standards, and the expectations for performance are high. It is definitely a high stress environment, which doesn't suit everyone's work style.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood company to work for.

    ConsWork/life balance rough during peak season.

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    Senior Operations Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsFast pace, leading company in the field. Fantastic focus on customers. Good opportunities for promotion due to company's rapid expansion.

    ConsNo training so you're expected to learn everything yourself as you go along. Expect you to dedicate your life to the company with total obsession. Most fulfilment centres are in the middle of nowhere.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease your attention span - as soon as one project is announced and partially started the focus goes on to the next big thing without ever having finished the first.

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

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    Depends on the team

    Senior Vendor Manager (Current Employee) Seattle, WA (US)

    ProsInteresting problems to solve, moves extremely quickly, culture of customer obsession. If you like data, you can make a huge impact on the business. I've found my work at Amazon meaningful and stimulating.

    ConsExperience depends on the team.
    - poor manager training and there are many bad ones
    - culture that extols confrontation
    - lack of transparency
    - no perks whatsoever

    Eventually, enough is enough.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat employees with respect

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

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    Strong company values and work ethics under challenge by Inept 'Indian' Senior Management

    Quality Assurance Engineer II (Current Employee) Bangalore (India)

    ProsFlexible in terms of the kind of work you want to do, team change , work timings etc
    Leadership principles are great. If you really follow them , you tend to really improve overall
    Ownership, accountability and responsibility is huge but it actually gives you a 'proud' or a 'wow' moment.
    You are trusted and given all necessary freedom to demonstrate your skills.

    ConsSenior Management. Almost all are very political and do not have any vision.
    You have to learn the art of buttering and being hypocrite to succeed or even 'survive'
    Work life balance is pathetic
    Personal commitments are not respected
    If you choose to be in this company, chances are high that you will become extremely money minded , will learn politics and several other bad practices
    Though the bar is high while recruiting, company does not respect people/employees. They are just treated like robots
    Slow career progression . Senior management are all busy in their own career progression. They even over-hire and construct an army of people to push themselves up to the next level. More commonly seen in India of course!
    Management and even some peers are ill-mannered and harsh in their communication. They probably need to learn professionalism, specially the ones who are long term Amazonians.

    Worst of all- Couple of India centric teams in Bangalore run the company as if it's their family business. Not that they care for the product so much but they tend to hire misfit 'Family members' into the team and place them at senior positions , which is often demotivating and unethical.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProbably, Amazon needs to micro manage a little more - specially the senior management in India. They are ruining the culture and the brand name. It is only the strong policies that are still holding it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Intense

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLots of projects to work on, they will give you lots of exposure to different things, never boring. Some very bright people work there. Everything changes quickly and you are expected to stay on top of it all. Peak is as busy as you have heard.

    ConsPace is high, and not much is given to reduce it. Family and personal time must be put 2nd.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReduce the churn. Its variation and goes against tenets of standardization

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

     

    A platform to learn a lot

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros- One gets to learn latest technologies
    - Very fast paced company with extremely tight deadlines
    - Customer centric

    Cons- Can get hectic and tiring
    - Not great work life balance

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    Good company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosexciting projects that I can work on

    Consdifficult to manage both and work life

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    Learned a lot about engineering and work/life balance

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

    ProsYou work with smart nice people. There is definitely cutting edge technology in some groups. Amazon won't crumble anytime soon

    ConsWhat group you are in drastically impacts your work/life balance, the interest of the engineering, your ability to advance, etc.

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

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