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Updated 27 January 2015
Updated 27 January 2015
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.  

    SDE

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  2.  

    Decent work environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Can be good to work on products that have such a huge customer base. Despite being such a big company, a lot of the teams are still relatively small.

    Cons

    On many teams, i've heard the work-life balance can be terrible. It seems like a lot of people here burnout pretty fast. Largely depends on your team though. Career-wise, there aren't too many positions within the Software Engineering career path. The majority of the engineers get to either the SDE 1 or SDE 2 level before they leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good company, good people.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Amazon Warehouse Worker in Swansea, Wales (UK)
    Current Employee - Amazon Warehouse Worker in Swansea, Wales (UK)

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Pros

    Not a hard work to do with little stress.
    Go home and don't think about it.

    Cons

    No chances of progressing on the workplace.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Ok company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amazon.com

    Pros

    Ok pay, decent benefits after hired by Amazon

    Cons

    Short breaks, hard work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Great learning

    • 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

    Good perks, ownership, nice problems to solve, exposure, permanent relocation to US

    Cons

    Stressful, high expectations, tight time lines, stress, stress

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Good learning experience; too much politics.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Amazon is a great place to learn and grow. At least my team encourages this fully. Many teams encourage you to find where you fit best after you start with them (in case you get bored Amazon would rather keep you around and place you somewhere else than let you go). Amazon workers have a wide variety of ages, experiences, and personalities.

    Amazon teams are small and run like independent start ups. They report up the chain, but are largely autonomous. They can create their own tools, make their own decisions, give away tools, re-write everything to use a different language. Do whatever they want as long as its giving value to Amazon as a whole. I know of only one case where a team was disbanded because it was (at the time) not worth the money put into it. None of the engineers were sacked they were simply put on other teams.

    Continuous deployment. Amazon (with a few special exceptions) promotes continuous deployment of software. I often deploy deltas for the project(s) i'm working on 5+ times a day.

    Cons

    Far too political. It is difficult to move up at Amazon because so much of it is politics. Does your boss like you enough? Have you developed the right connections across the company? Can you write a 20 page document that explains exact situations that you've accomplished each of the Amazon goals and tenants? There is little reward for the code you've written, problems you've solved, and ideas you've offered unless you have the connections and can write the stories.

    Too much operational overhead / reactive problem solving. Amazon keeps its teams small. This is good, but also bad. Too often we are stopped from working on our current projects and deadlines in order to respond to operational burdens and to react to an idea that someone had. A security fix here, a customer request there, January review season, and other things that I cannot give details about. As a professional Software Engineer, I want write code. Not review documents. I don't mind flushing out bugs and responding to feature requests. I just don't like being told to do so immediately at the expense of other deadlines.

    It goes a bit without saying you need to be good at socializing and communicating. It is not good enough at Amazon to be (one of) the best member(s) of your team. You have to be great at talking to other people. This is not a place for the shy, quiet hard worker. Delivering results isn't enough.

    Compensation package is oddly distributed. I would rather get an even amount of stock each year that I work here, but you get 80% of this part of compensation in your 3rd and 4th year. This is unlike most other tech companies, and is targeted at retaining employees. However the better way to maintain employees might be to reduce the politics.

    Frugality. One of Amazon's tenets is being Frugal. I understand the reasons behind it, its not just to save the company money, but also to inspire deeper thinking and looking for new solutions. But Amazon could do a little more to make its employees more comfortable. Nicer computers, snacks, even periodic lunches. Small things I know, but they help bring employees together just as well as they make them happier.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to reduce the politics. Its ridiculous. Some people are great programmers, but terribly shy. That shouldn't bar them from being promoted or moving up. The idea of having two seasons where you can potentially get promoted a year is also ridiculous. When a person earns it they should receive it. It would probably be less work for management if they didn't have to go through 100 documents 2 times a year, and instead did 10 documents every now and then.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    CSA II... Pay not worth the headache

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Virtual CSA
    Current Employee - Virtual CSA

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

    Pros

    The best part of this job are the people for the most part and the ability to work from home.

    Cons

    The pay is awful for the amount of work required and it's a very rigid company for a .com. Communication from leadership is pretty poor. Work life balance does not exist. Every second of every minute is documented and calculated and the environment is just not as flexible as one would expect of a technology based company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with your employees mor regularly and please re-evaluate market pay rates at the very least the amount required to have basic necessities met.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Working at the fulfillment centre was fast paced.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Pros

    The pros would be the other people working with you. Clean and comfortable working facilities.

    Cons

    When it comes to hiring season they will pick up anyone with a heartbeat.

  10.  

    Amazon entry level.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Positive and friendly work environment.

    Cons

    The pay is very underwhelming.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    seems to be opportunities if you apply yourself.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    OK, but not a very good company

    • 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

    have chance to learn more technology

    Cons

    self-service, lack of team work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more personal things than company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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