Amazon.com Reviews

Updated 26 August 2014
Updated 26 August 2014
3,545 Reviews

3.3
3,545 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Amazon is a very fast paced working environment.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Its a company with a great reputation, known worldwide, fulfillment centers all over the world.

    Cons

    It's a constant battle between the management team and the associates. The management team tries to appear as though they are doing everything possible to make the associates work life as good as possible but then turn around and treat them poorly. The associates are given something out of the ordinary and then they want the world/MORE!. It's a no win situation either way. Constant battle back and forth. Draining.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think the leadership team should get more extensive training on how to work the most effectively in this type of environment. The leadership team acted like adolescents at times by talking behind each other’s backs, relaying private conversations with associates to others, etc. The HR team was probably the most pathetic group of individuals that I have ever worked with in my past 30 years. They were useless and totally unprofessional. They lacked morals and acted unethically numerous times. The other centers in the node constantly commented on how terrible they were to work with. Embarrassing really.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    It all depends on your team

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

    I have been working at Amazon.com as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Amazon is like a company of companies. You will have different experiences depending on which team you work on. I say this because, I interned at Amazon twice... on different teams. You can't judge the company as a whole when it comes to your work experience. Also, your manager is very important, when it comes to dictating your experience at Amazon.

    The general pros of working here:

    -So many smart people, you will find a lot of diversity here as well.
    -Interesting projects and products that they have
    -Great salary, relocation, and starting bonuses
    -Working from Home is an option, as long as you get your work done
    -Lots and lots of different technologies used spread through different teams
    -You can come in to work late... How late depends on team of course.
    -You may get invited to free fun events! ie: Free food, sports, etc. (very team dependent)

    Cons

    -Work-life balance can be pretty bad. I've had experiences where people get to leave early or late. It depends on the person and how much work is assigned to them. Also, of course, their skill level
    -A lot of tasks are assigned to you
    -On-call can be hectic, this is team dependent, some teams have a easier On-call experience then others...
    -Code base might be outdated, and annoying to work with
    -You may plateau in learning, depending on what your team does, (Maintenance vs Creating)

    Before joining Amazon, try to look into which teams are generally good and which aren't. I won't lie, that is, most of the teams tend to get bombarded with work and stay at work late.

    Overall, it's a nice company to work for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Lower the work load, make employees more happier.
    -Measure each team's work load and try to make team bigger if it's too high.
    -Add overtime salary for people that have to stay late
    -More fun events for all teams.

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

    Great Learning Experience!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Luxembourg (Luxembourg)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Luxembourg (Luxembourg)

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

    Pros

    Work with people with amazing backgrounds
    Learn from a variety of businesses (E-commerce, Digital content, Logistics, etc)
    Young and fun coworkers, easy to make friends with
    Dynamic and fast moving environment
    Customer-focused and data-driven

    Cons

    Frugality: always expected to do more with less
    Competitive environment: harder to move up than other companies (visibility and communication are key)
    Long working hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

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

    Challenging project with nice teammates

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

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

    Pros

    There are not many places that has this scale of business.

    Cons

    People come and go too frequently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you think is right.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Wonderful internship experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great environment and ample learning opportunities

    Cons

    Gets really hectic at times and work-life balance is a bit worrying

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - FC Associate  in  Peterborough, England (UK)
    Current Employee - FC Associate in Peterborough, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Job security,Career development, Good pay, Fitness.

    Cons

    Work life balance, culture and values.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a rid of the dead wood and reward the hard workers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company with many opportunities if you're willing to put in the work.

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    Current Employee - Amazon Warehouse Worker  in  Hebron, KY (US)
    Current Employee - Amazon Warehouse Worker in Hebron, KY (US)

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

    Pros

    Great company, plenty of opportunities, fun work environment, easy job, competitive pay, good personal growth, ample time-off policies, promotions come bi-annualy.

    Cons

    Company is very strict on safety, can be easy to get lost in the pack when it's time for promotions, raises aren't all that much unless you have been with the company for some time. takes time to get noticed unless you are very driven.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to spend more time developing employees and working on promoting from within.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Lack of competent leaders; no respect for work/life; smart people

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

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

    Pros

    Pay with stock is above average
    Endless challenges
    People who devote all waking hours to work are rewarded
    Can bring your dogs
    SLU is a nice campus
    Looks good on your résumé

    Cons

    No ability to do other stuff outside of work
    Hours can be long - 12-14 a day
    No option to work remotely
    Director levels are out of touch with teams and have no idea the impact the quality of life for people below them
    Replacing people who quit can take 6+ months which means managers end up doing analyst work just to get by
    Very high rates of people leaving due to stress and hours - average tenure is less than 1 year
    No perks or special employee benefits
    Promotions are rare if not impossible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick to your own leadership principles and realize its poor management at the top that leads to a poorly performing bad morale team

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lots of freedom and flexibility

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Great opportunities for career growth, project/product ownership, and lots of freedom and flexibility at the job. Perfect location in the city.

    Cons

    Salary raises are basically non-existent. The company is very frugal, often pushing the limits of restricted resources.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    a good company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Pros

    leadership compensation perks and time-off policies

    Cons

    promotions transing and company values

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