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Amazon.com Reviews

Updated 17 December 2014
Updated 17 December 2014
3,938 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.  

    Dog eat dog.

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    • Senior Management
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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
  2.  

    It was a fantastic learning experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to learn but not a culture of recognition

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

    Depends on the team

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    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
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    not for everyone

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Ok training. Another reviewer said that 1 year at amazon is like 2 years anywhere else; I couldn't agree more. Very challenging and lots of new concepts to constantly master. Decent pay and benefits. Definitely the smartest group I've ever worked with.

    Cons

    Ineffectual upper management. They don't seem to be required to follow the leadership principles that are expected of the rank-and-file. Virtually no recognition for a job well done. Advancement seems to be based more on popularity than actual skills or value added.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    WAKE UP!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's all based on leadership roulette.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The biggest pro for me is the smart, driven coworkers who are passionate about what they're doing. The people on my team are dependable and truly care about their customers, and it's refreshing after previous occupations with people who lazed through the day.

    Cons

    Your enjoyment at Amazon will boil down to whether or not you like to work a lot for potentially low pay but high emotional satisfaction, and the quality of your management -- or leadership roulette, as I said in the title. If your manager is good, then it's likely you'll enjoy your time at Amazon, even if you're working yourself to the bone. If your manager isn't so good, then it's likely you're going to hate the whole venture. Additionally, there's not a lot of recourse if your manager IS bad -- if they're returning the results the higher ups want to see, they're really not going to do anything about the fact that your manager is bad at their job, regardless of how many times you express your concerns about the situation. (HR's pretty much a dead end too.) Results > people at Amazon. When you're supported by good people, then it's fantastic -- but it can be a nightmare otherwise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Even when a team is delivering the results you want it to, the team may be operating inefficiently due to breakdowns in command; take employees' comments seriously. The emotional health of a team is equally as important as the results of the team -- otherwise you get burnout, and lose employees quickly and without warning. (It's happened twice in the last three months, for example.) Additionally, an employee's growth is obviously that employee's responsibility, but it's also the responsibility of their manager; managers should have the skills needed to help their direct reports succeed. If a manager doesn't have these skills, then they shouldn't be in that position.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good work experience for new grads

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    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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of learning, Impossible Upward Mobility, Political

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Learn from and with the best, grow thick skin and game-changing growth experience. Very well paid, great benefits, opportunity to move laterally, just upwards is near impossible. Employees live the company values, sometimes to a fault.

    Cons

    Political, stuck, cowardly incompetent sr leadership. Optimizing so aggressively always throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great job depending on your department

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Stower in West Columbia, SC (US)
    Current Employee - Stower in West Columbia, SC (US)

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

    Pros

    Never a problem getting hours. Great benefits, understanding managers, although their hands are tied in most cases as far as production rates go.

    Cons

    Very taxing work. A job, not a career. The rates are impractical, but doable if you can get some of the vets to show you the loopholes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing they can do about rates unfortunately.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Promotability

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Operations Technician in Virginia (South Africa)
    Current Employee - Engineering Operations Technician in Virginia (South Africa)

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

    Pros

    Fast growing company with potential

    Cons

    Nepotism at every level of management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become technically sound

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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