Amazon.com Reviews

Updated 28 August 2014
Updated 28 August 2014
3,565 Reviews

3.3
3,565 Reviews
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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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  1.  

    its a job

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    Current Employee - Collator  in  Chattanooga, TN (US)
    Current Employee - Collator in Chattanooga, TN (US)

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. some people are awesome to work with.

    Cons

    No upward movement from a T3 position

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The right person for a position is not always your friends.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Amazonian

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Manager  in  Newark, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Business Manager in Newark, NJ (US)

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

    Pros

    Love the company and love the people

    Cons

    Too bad I'm not a man

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Elevate more women

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good money but employe doesn't care for you.

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    Current Employee - Manager-III Quality  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Manager-III Quality in Seattle, WA (US)

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    1. Stocks
    2. Interesting Challenges
    3. Very smart people

    Cons

    1. Work life balance
    2. Very Dev focussed environment so QA is always a support role
    3. Benefits are very average

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Sr. management is ruthless and need to respect engineers
    2. Please look at the attrition metric and do something about it

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible

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    Former Employee - Picker  in  Lexington-Fayette, KY (US)
    Former Employee - Picker in Lexington-Fayette, KY (US)

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The job keep you moving and pay well.

    Cons

    Management was horrible. Time off not approved for deaths.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand your employees views and wishes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Its aight

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    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate  in  Hebron, KY (US)
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Hebron, KY (US)

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    They pay good and you can get bonuses. Plenty of overtime when busy. You have a lot of room to advance.

    Cons

    Tiring, you get dusty and managers have favorites and act unfair about certain things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more fair to employees. Pay more money to good employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Amazon.com

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good place to work overall. A lot of very smart people who come from very diverse backgrounds.

    Cons

    Generally work a lot of very long hours. Praise for doing a good job can be few and far between.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not the best job out there

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    Former Employee - Investigation Specialist - I  in  Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Investigation Specialist - I in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    Good relaxed environment;
    Well laid out HR policies;

    Cons

    Employees are treated as resources;
    Low Compensations;

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    For beginner's OK. Not for senior people

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

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

    Pros

    If you are fresh out of college, you can learn a lot in a short time and get the name on your resume.

    Cons

    Long hours, legacy codebase and lack of documentation. Burnt out in a few years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on a few products and services Spending your energy in so different areas results in mediocre quality.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Choose career or family life

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    Current Employee - Human Resources
    Current Employee - Human Resources

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

    Pros

    Growing company. Cutting-edge. Creating jobs for thousands across the US and globally. Opportunities to relocate (manager and hourly associates). You have a change to make a difference in the actually business - have an idea, try it out. You learn you are able to stretch and accomplish more than you probably thought possible.

    Cons

    Essentially, you have to choose between having a career or family/personal life. Unless you have a very understanding stay-at-home spouse, it's hard to maintain a household. Work hours are consistently 12-hours as a norm (even non-peak). Very fast-paced with high expectations which is not a bad thing except when the expectations become unreasonable to achieve. Unless you want a career in the fulfillment center environment, you will have to move to Seattle for almost any other "corporate" position. Despite the many additional locations throughout the US, corporate function job opportunities have not grown and expanded as well. Base salaries are low because stock is offered. Stock is nice, but not a guarantee although it is a major portion of the total compensation package.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop saying you care about all associates having a work life balance when your practices do not show the same. Frugality is understandable, but you need to provide the resources (team) needed to effectively manage business functions. Running lean only burns out the associate left responsible with no help.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mix Bag of Joy and Sorrow.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time

    Pros

    Top Management are super awesum. They think big, of future, motivate to think and innovate

    Cons

    When you don't get a boss who is people managers, you cannot perform. i have been working here for 3.5 yrs..my first 3 years were fantastic and the last 6 months have been horrible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I know that we are always innovating, but while doing that, senior management should take care of the people at the ground level. I have seen many time that Senior management moves ahead and they leave their team as is..without thinking about them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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