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Amazon.com Reviews

Updated Jul 31, 2014
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3.3 3,297 reviews

85% Approve of the CEO

Amazon.com Chairman, President, and CEO Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos

(2,296 ratings)

63% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good opportunity to learn a lot in a particular area of software development (in 101 reviews)

  • Density of talent: Some really smart people spoiling their careers here (in 306 reviews)


Cons
  • Company is not at all sorry to screw people's work-life balance for itself to excel (in 540 reviews)

  • There is literally no work life balance inside this company (in 125 reviews)

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    All work and no play makes you an ideal amazon guy/girl

    Business Intelligence Engineer (Current Employee) Seattle, WA (US)

    Prosleadership, ownership, visibility and great people

    Consall work no fun, too much work, no family life if want to succeed

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Sweet and Sour

    Warehouse Associate (Current Employee) Phoenix, AZ (US)

    ProsThere are many opportunities to grow with the company and they like crazy ideas and embrace difference so it never feels stiff to work there. There is monthly profit sharing, yearly stock and benefits on day one.

    ConsThey seem to hire alot of college grads and older military, this is not a bad thing per say but when they are brought on to manage and have no experience in the warehouse or even in management then not only do they not get the respect but also there is tension and resistance to follow. This makes it hard on everyone and its worse when there is to many of these chiefs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop looking at your computer all day and see what's going on once and a while.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood company to work for.

    ConsWork/life balance rough during peak season.

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    Very peculiar

    Technical Program Manager II (Current Employee) Seattle, WA (US)

    ProsAmazon is indeed a very peculiar place to work. There are a lot of opportunities to move around, intelligent people, there is never a dull moment and diverse culturally. My experience has been positive so far, but it differs from team to team. I've known people who left the company due to a bad experience with management. They either left at their own or were fired. The relocation package is very generous and the hiring team does an excellent job of recruiting talents.

    ConsBe ready to work long hours, have little work-life balance, bad health benefits, no career guidance, lack of processes, still runs as a start up, little teamwork, raises are miniscule and I wish they were as obsessed with their internal customers as they are with external ones.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in really developing your people. Be more transparent with your employees and develop more ways to reward good performance. Teamwork has actually proven to be a good practice and I think everyone could benefit from it.

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

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    Software Engineer life sucks

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsYou get to learn a lot and get very good experience

    ConsOn calls are horrible. You can get paged anytime 24hrs/day for 7 days. Screws up your health

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider that employees have a life outside work too

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company but..

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Seattle, WA (US)

    ProsWorking with great talented set of people, opportunities for cool projects

    ConsCareer growth, salaries (!?, yes, really). If you are in operations, that's hectic job as well. Work-life-balance is not so great.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRecognize the employee's work more effectively

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

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    It's a job

    Warehouse Associate (Former Employee) Breinigsville, PA (US)

    Pros- Office staff was present 24/7
    - The company was definitely moving to make things better for employees at the time I left
    - Decent hours (I prefer the extra days off to having a shorter workday)
    - One of the few companies still hiring for general labor while most are/were cutting back

    Cons- Poor compensation (benefits, salary, etc.)
    - Not many transferable skills learned/taught
    - Mediocre promotion availability (to be expected when you work in a warehouse with 2300 employees)

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep giving the employees a voice in how to change things and improving the workplace as a whole.

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

     

    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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    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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