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Amazon.com Reviews

Updated 27 January 2015
Updated 27 January 2015
4,150 Reviews
3.4
4,150 Reviews
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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.  

    Tough job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst

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

    Pros

    Very intelligent people who work here and have a lot on their plate. Everyone is always busy and if you wanted to, you could work for 24 hours a day.

    Cons

    No work-life balance. You're on call all day, no matter what time it is. They expect you to respond to emails at any time and the stress level is ridiculous. I had to work Thanksgiving, and New Years Day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No career growth opportunities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Customer service representative

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amazon.com

    Pros

    Flexible hours and easy job

    Cons

    No room for development and growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More training

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    not too bad nor good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Pros

    flexible working time, not too bad salary
    company location is good, near downtown
    easy to get return-offer

    Cons

    you have to be on call sometime,
    work place is not very fancy, and no free food,
    not too much bonus

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Software Development Engineer II

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Seattle, WA (US)

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Pros

    1. Startup like work, with teams owning operational and development tasks
    2. Project completion rate is high
    3. Get to work with the best engineers

    Cons

    1. Poor work life balance
    2. High pressure
    3. No perks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better work life balance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    SDE

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Payment is not so bad.

    Cons

    Not so good for a starter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Okay overall

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Highly technical environment filled with smart and nice people

    Cons

    Too much operational work thus less time spent on coding
    Poor work/life balance but it depends on which team you are in

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Bad to employee

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Intern in Seattle, WA (US)

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Pros

    New tech, good for career. Many people worked here got the chance to other companies such as Google and Facebook.

    Cons

    Too frugal, maybe it is the style of Amazon. Actually I have not seen any other company so poor to its employees as Amazon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe the Amazon should try to find out why so many talent can not stay here for more than 1 year

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent technology communities, strong knowledge sharing culture. Need better and fair care to employees.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA (US)

    I worked at Amazon.com

    Pros

    Technical challenges, deep technical domain expertise, great learning experience.

    Cons

    Quite a few tech managers (managing individual contributors) lack of people skills, not knowing how to develop and grow people, not treat employees fairly and respectfully, not set good examples to demonstrate company leadership principles themselves. Unhappy with direct manager has been one of the top reasons of employees leaving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listening and knowing how your bottom line managers really doing, letting employees safely providing feedbacks to their managers without being ruthly and unfairly punished by their manager. Amazon does have toxic team managers that need director level and above attention.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great for your resume, but hard for your family

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    It was an amazing learning experience and the impact of being surrounded by so many smart people is outstanding.

    Cons

    The culture is work, work, and more work. There is also a sense of pressure to achieve at any cost.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on building better teams

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    A great experience as long as you have the patience and stamina.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Amazon has been a good place to work overall. Company growth is outstanding and it is great to be a part of some groundbreaking initiatives. The pay is fair and I like the compensation structure. Once you are an employee it is easy to get visibility and move into other positions if you want to take your career to a different field.

    Cons

    Work/life balance (on my team) sucks. Amazon can be so focused on frugality that they forget to hire additional support at the same rate that the business expands. 95% of leadership has a type-A personality which can create a difficult working environment. The rapid growth has created many hurdles for project approvals, it can be difficult to find the correct person to talk to and processes have become more robust, not streamlined. Seniority and productivity have little to no influence on being promoted. Too many stakeholders for every change/adjustment to a contract or process. Also, stock growth is terrible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    "Inclusion" aka diversity means more than just your ethnic background or your sex. Try to be more conscious and hire a few different personalities instead of people who think they are always right. Make some changes to try to reverse the stigma that people can only work here for 2 years until they get burnt out.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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