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Amazon.com Reviews

Updated 17 December 2014
Updated 17 December 2014
3,944 Reviews
3.4
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • You can definitely learn a lot in short spam in Amazon as they make you work a lot (in 118 reviews)

  • Density of talent: Some really smart people spoiling their careers here (in 352 reviews)


Cons
  • Company is not at all sorry to screw people's work-life balance for itself to excel (in 636 reviews)

  • There is literally no work life balance inside this company (in 145 reviews)

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  1.  

    Chaotic

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Seattle, WA (US)

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Smart people and good salary for the first two years of employment.

    Cons

    Frugal - very little perks. Very big company with lots of moving parts. Lots of dependencies create a slow moving behemoth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop churning engineers. The average employment is around 2 years (right when the initial 2 year sign on bonus goes away and the rest of your compensation is based on stock). I don't want to wait until my next set of options vest.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working at Amazon is definitely hard but I found myself learn a lot in terms of data driven mindset.

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Seattle, WA (US)

    I worked at Amazon.com

    Pros

    Amazon has good training systems. The office environment is lay back. Everyone is very friendly and energetic. People are expected to perform at a very high level.

    Cons

    Sometimes the working hours can be very long, like 50-60 hours a week. Sometimes I felt that there are too many activities going on in the office that made me hard to concentrate at work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage discussions in the office.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    It was a fantastic learning experience.

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    Former Employee - Software Development Manager in Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Development Manager in Seattle, WA (US)

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    A lot of project, code and product diversity.

    Cons

    Pager! Little to no pre-release testing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Dog eat dog.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Pack/Stow in Tracy, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Pack/Stow in Tracy, CA (US)

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Decent pay, good benefits,
    - Easy to move up into management
    - First come first serve hiring process
    - They'll pay for schooling
    - 401k
    - stocks

    Cons

    - Everyone's trying to get into the management positions causing intense competition
    - You are constantly being pushed, once you feel like you're going the accepted rate they push the rate up on you
    - Alot of management is straight out of college

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Just average

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cloud Support Engineer in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Cloud Support Engineer in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Pros

    Get to know really smart people. There are a lot of opportunities to switch roles internally.

    Cons

    Very often dealing with non technical challenges or trivial technical challenges, almost like a contact-center. There is no actual strategy for career development .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in their employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    everything but a neutral company

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    Current Employee - Manager Operations in Orléans (France)
    Current Employee - Manager Operations in Orléans (France)

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - very good salary package
    - atmosphere fun and colleagues smiling
    - flat organization where you can demonstrate ownership (leading project, solving issues...)
    - evaluation system is based on peer feedback and target achievements

    Cons

    - big workload
    - strong pressure
    - work/life balance not easy to find compare to other french companies
    - the evaluation system is efficient on paper but can still be bypass if your manager is not so good

    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Amazon UK!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Partner Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate Partner Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Expanding company, opportunities to see many sides of the business
    - There is a focus on ownership and bias for action, meaning you have the freedom to come up with an idea, build a business case and drive that idea to success
    - Great range of very smart people, great opportunity to learn and develop through them

    Cons

    - Not much formal training/ development offered
    - Slow promotion process. Have to be in the company for at least 18 months.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to learn but not a culture of recognition

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Ireland, IN (US)
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Ireland, IN (US)

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Smart people around you, lots of things to learn.

    Cons

    Too much politics. People should be measured against their goals, not against impressions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Measure success based on results, not politics.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Good work experience for new grads

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Seattle, WA (US)

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Pros

    - pretty decent work life
    - smart co workers
    - collaborative environment

    Cons

    - low pay
    - slow career progression

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Depends on the team

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Pros

    There are plenty of bright and customer-focused people at Amazon that are generally willing to help people new in their career to learn and evolve. There's also a lot of infrastructure in place to enforce good development practices, e.g. stringent code coverage standards.

    Cons

    Operations is definitely an important aspect of the software development cycle, but a lot of development teams here have to sacrifice development and innovation almost entirely for fulfilling one-off business requests and "keep the lights on" work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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