Amazon.com Reviews

Updated 1 October 2014
Updated 1 October 2014
3,569 Reviews
3.3
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Amazon.com Chairman, President, and CEO Jeff Bezos
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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 111 reviews)

  • Density of talent: Some really smart people spoiling their careers here (in 327 reviews)


Cons
  • Company is not at all sorry to screw people's work-life balance for itself to excel (in 589 reviews)

  • There is literally no work life balance inside this company (in 134 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Engaging, High Impact Work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Luxembourg (Luxembourg)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Luxembourg (Luxembourg)

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

    Pros

    - Ownership of projects
    - Collaborative environment
    - Very decent compensation
    - Flexible hours that depend more on getting the work done
    - Superiors and management is very receptive to feedback

    Cons

    - Engaging co-workers from other departments to collaborate can get tricky
    - Many new employees cannot wrap their head around how work gets done at Amazon

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good work, great people - but demanding

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time

    Pros

    Good work, really cool minds at work.

    Cons

    It can get demanding at times with oncall and pressure to be on top tier.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work environment is very competitve, hardly anything other than results matter. Time to show employee obsession as well - not just customer obsession!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Awesome place to work at

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    Current Employee - CATALOG Analyst  in  Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - CATALOG Analyst in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    -Good pay
    -Cab facility for all departments at all levels
    -Very much concerned about employees
    -Good management at all levels
    -Work hard, have fun, make history-apt tagline
    -Recognition of hard work
    -Many leaves
    -Good HR policies
    -Lot of opportunities for internal movement.
    -Appraisal system is okay. Neither too good nor too bad
    -Work life balance is too good.

    Cons

    Nothing negative to write about. But recruitment process is little slow(same like every other mnc). You will have to wait very long to get the interview result and offer letter in hand.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You guys are doing awesome. Keep up the god work. Many ecommerce companies are trying to beat you. But as a matter of fact, nothing can beat amazon.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Lots of work, tons of rewards

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    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great exposure, volume and variety of work. Strong desire to compete and deliver results which helps morale if you're driven and ambitious. Plenty of training options and as long as you can justify what your plans are with data, they'll support you with more experimental projects.

    Cons

    Volume of work. Pay isn't the best. There can sometimes be a disconnect or 'veiled' gap between management and employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open up - share and trust your company's driving force.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Place where builders can build

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    Current Employee - Software Development Manager
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager

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

    Pros

    get to work with smart people, lots of freedom and ideas can be generated from bottom up

    Cons

    not great work life balance, operations load can be high

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Amazon Intern

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    Current Employee - Tax
    Current Employee - Tax

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

    Pros

    Generally everyone was friendly, helpful, and professional.

    The hours and workload were very reasonable.

    Cons

    Occasionally, there were some who were very difficult to work with.

    But that person was a complete outlier, and not at all representative of the company as a whole.

  8.  

    Hard-working Job

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Pros

    reputable company in retail or distribution

    Cons

    lots of physical hard work

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fast paced, lots of cool stuff to learn, working with smart people.

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    Current Employee - Training  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Training in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    I have learned, and continue to learn, a lot of exciting, fun, and cutting edge technology. Amazon Web Services is at the forefront of Public Cloud Computing and as such is inventing tomorrow's services and capabilities. Almost everyone I've encountered is willing to share their knowledge and experience. Even though Amazon.com is a company of over 100,000 employees, AWS feels like a startup with high energy, excitement, and buzz.

    Cons

    Although I'm not too adversely affected by this in my particular role (I travel a lot and am not in the office much), I can see that many people struggle with work/life balance. I don't honestly know whether that's a company characteristic or simply due to people wanting to accomplish more than can in a reasonable number of hours per week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have just recently learned (here on Glassdoor, and elsewhere) that Amazon employs annual stack ranking of employees. That's beyond appalling. This Jack Welch inspired system makes some sense in the abstract, but the actual requirement for managers to drop the bottom x% (by a necessarily subjective assessment) is a lousy practice.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great tech job, though on-call kinda sucks

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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

    - Small teams mean that coworkers are friends, fast development, and bureaucracy is minimal. Coordination with other teams just means a short walk down the hall or talking over a divider between rooms.
    - Decent pay and benefits.

    Cons

    developers must take turns being on call. If you're on call, that means if your team's thing breaks at 3am, your pager is going to go off and you get to go fix it immediately. The idea is to motivate developers to write more reliable code, I guess.

    It is possible to get stuck with a bad team. Either people you don't get along with, or a workaholic team that has a bad work-life balance and pushes you too hard.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sticks to their consistent culture

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate  in  Kennewick, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate in Kennewick, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    It's easy to be recognized for skills beyond what your job description states, and have them be nurtured. Mobility always seemed like a possibility in any position.

    Cons

    Commitment to frugal culture led to poor working environment. Desks were cheap, supplies were cheap, and very little flexibility for comfort costs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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