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Amazon.com Reviews

Updated 20 November 2014
Updated 20 November 2014
3,841 Reviews
3.4
3,841 Reviews
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Amazon.com Chairman, President, and CEO Jeff Bezos
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2,614 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • You can definitely learn a lot in short spam in Amazon as they make you work a lot (in 115 reviews)

  • Density of talent: Some really smart people spoiling their careers here (in 340 reviews)


Cons
  • Company is not at all sorry to screw people's work-life balance for itself to excel (in 616 reviews)

  • There is literally no work life balance inside this company (in 140 reviews)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    No longer raising the bar.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great ability to own and deliver.

    Cons

    Company is hiring external executives that are not Amazonian and not growing the people in their orgs. The company is focusing on delivering results at the expense of their employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Its ok if you need something

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Amazon Warehouse Worker in Hebron, KY (US)
    Former Employee - Amazon Warehouse Worker in Hebron, KY (US)

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

    Pros

    The benefits are great and there are great opportunities to advance to further your career. Within my two years of working I was became an onsite staffing agency coach. After getting hired on the company I became a Problem Solver, Process Guide and even became a Seasonal PA guaranteed to be a full time tier 3 PA. All of which has help in my supervisory skills. Holiday hours are great, so seasonal work there is great.

    Cons

    Though I moved up in the company quickly, I was able to realize the bad organization within management. People are not trained efficiently, only selective HR teams are good at helping you, and that depends on what building you are in. All the rules don't roll over from building to building, so this causes internal problems when transferring. The hours are not so good if you want some type of life. Long hours on your feet, and an unwritten rule of no talking.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Senior Catalogue Associate

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Catalogue Associate in Chennai (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Catalogue Associate in Chennai (India)

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Not so bossy environment
    - Compensation benefits
    - Work culture
    - Shift timings
    - Good Transport facilty
    - Awesome ppl
    - Quarterly outings and yearly bash

    Cons

    - On-site? What the heck is it?
    - Fast growth? Nah..you are in 'cheap labour' plan of ours.
    - Work-life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just like recruitment process, negotiation process needs a sensible panel. REVAMP!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Frupidity= Frugality + Stupidity = Amazon Core Value

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

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

    Pros

    If you see a problem, no one is going to stop you from grabbing it and developing an improvement

    Cons

    Highly unlikely that your pro-active efforts to fix a problem will benefit you personally. I witnessed manager directly benefiting (promotion) from other peoples initiative. Totally ripped off the people who developed the ideas, claiming them as his own. As George Bush Jr tried to say, "fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cutting costs and limiting promotions in order to keep the cost down is not a long-term winning strategy. Your best people just leave in frustration. You end up with weird long-timers who have never advanced a level in years of service.
    Also preventing level advancement when internally transferring is a huge disincentive. In fact, the entire advancement structure only provides incentive to do the least work necessary to keep your job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Working hard, having fun and making history; after 2 years the first is the one I have been doing a lot

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Rules are clear and it is what it is, Amazon is the place to work hard with a médium salary. Benefits are on average when comparing to the market.

    Cons

    _ Long hours, employees are under paid,

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

    Pressure Factory

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor in Delta, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Shift Supervisor in Delta, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    People who can handle pressure and knows well to juggle with numbers its a go company

    Cons

    Adequate training will be provided,work life balance is good if u balance it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please be aware its people working there not machines

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Unrealistic Pick Rates expected

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Picker in Phoenix, AZ (US)
    Former Employee - Picker in Phoenix, AZ (US)

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time

    Pros

    Very nice people and management. Very nice facilities offered for the employees. Big break room loaded with TV's and microwaves and fridges to store your lunch.

    Cons

    You are on your feet for 10 hours. Your breaks include the time it takes to walk to the break room and get through security. By the time you get there your break is over.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the pick rates and expectations for new employees. The warehouse is huge and it takes time to find your way around there.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Area manager

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amazon.com

    Pros

    Good pay and great benefits.

    Cons

    extremely long hours and fast paced environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop programs and continuity. Don't constantly change policies and procedures on a daily basis

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Not the best job.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Amazon Warehouse Worker in Columbia, SC (US)
    Current Employee - Amazon Warehouse Worker in Columbia, SC (US)

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

    Pros

    Steady pay.

    Meeting great people.

    It's a good workout.

    You get to see the other side of the online retail industry.

    Cons

    Extremely short breaks.

    Long hours.

    You're on your feet the entire time.

    For some reason the warehouse is always hot.

    Management sets unrealistic goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give people a chance to wind down during their breaks instead of bothering them about getting back on time. Set realistic goals so people don't get disappointed and discouraged with their own performance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Sometimes exciting, often frustrating, usually interesting

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

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

    Pros

    There are worse things you can do with a B.A. and knowlege of a foreign language. If you're analytical and you like researching and solving problems, this might work out well for you.

    Some teams of investigators are doing interesting and engaging work. But be aware that other teams are slogging through task after boring task. You want to find out before you start what the work will really entail and particularly how many tasks you will be required to do per hour. In general, the higher the number of investigations per hour, the more routine the work is.

    Colleagues are generally smart and friendly.

    Overtime is usually available if you want it.

    Start times are flexible, so you can come in earlier if you're an early riser or later if you're a late riser.

    If you don't like how things are going, just wait 5 minutes and it will change. The change may or may not be an improvement, but it will be different.

    Cons

    Pay is on the low end. For comparison, including OT pay, it's about one half to two fifths of a sofware developer salary (not counting software developer bonuses and stock options.)

    Overtime is mandatory for 2 months out of the year, roughly mid-November to mid-January. You can't take any vacation during the holidays and may be required to work ON the actual holidays.

    You're required to work on weekends (Sun-Thurs or Tues-Sat).

    You are required to account for all your time in 5-minute increments, which is exhausting and dehumanizing.

    It's easy to feel like an interchangeable cog in a machine when everything you do is monitored, measured and assigned a numerical value.

    It's not always obvious that the people steering the ship know what they're doing. The investigators are smart and have a lot of collective knowledge, but it's hard for them to make their voices heard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Holidays should be sacred. We get very few of them. Is the company really going to crash to a hault if we don't work on Christmas?

    The investigators are smart and they see what's going on. Listen to them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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