Amazon.com Reviews

Updated 28 August 2014
Updated 28 August 2014
3,564 Reviews

3.3
3,564 Reviews
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Amazon.com Chairman, President, and CEO Jeff Bezos
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good depending on team

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

    I have been working at Amazon.com as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    fun work, smart people, good office location

    Cons

    stress, time commitment, argumentative expected

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow for personal growth and reduce hour commitments

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not the best job out there

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    For beginner's OK. Not for senior people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    The Accounting organization will work you like crazy.

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

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

    Pros

    Exposure to diverse business lines, best practices and solid leadership training.

    Cons

    Performance expectation are very high--there's no amount of hours you can work and feel like you're 'caught up'. You can't pick your new hires, have little say in what level your new hire should be, and it takes months to fill a role. Promotion and pay raise structure are labyrinthine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Accounting has ceded any role in business decisions. It makes for a boring, tedious job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    It Transformation Consultant

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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

    Pros

    Best CEO in the world

    Cons

    Best Customer Service in the worls

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the Customer service

    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Decent Experience with both Pros and Cons

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    Agressive go getter work culture. Good growth oppurtunties. Good Brand name to be associatd with

    Cons

    Bad Work life balance and pace and profiles are restrictive.

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

    Lots to learn.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA (US)

    I worked at Amazon.com as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    1. Good learning experience
    2. Very fast paced environment with lots of tools to learn .

    Cons

    People in management do not treat people with that much respect but do their job well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Think "Investment Banking" or "Management Consulting", boiler room style - not "Retail" or "CPG"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time

    Pros

    Fast paced, high pressure work environment with loose definition leads to lots of opportunity to define yourself and make a big impact.

    Cons

    Very little focus on developing people or teams. It's kill or be killed. Mid/Upper management doesn't really have a handle on how to manage people in a positive way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get better at normalizing culture between teams and find some way to actually develop people instead of just pitting them at each other and against unattainable goals to see who survives.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Get your compensation coming in the door!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technician  in  Chester, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Technician in Chester, VA (US)

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

    Pros

    They offer training. The job isn't difficult if you are skilled

    Cons

    Management is poorly skilled and trained.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great Place to work. Has an awesome work culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate  in  Chennai (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Chennai (India)

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

    Pros

    Great work culture, no ego problems

    Cons

    Promotions and appraisals are very stingy

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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