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Amazon.com Reviews

Updated 16 December 2014
Updated 16 December 2014
3,931 Reviews
3.4
3,931 Reviews
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Amazon.com Chairman, President, and CEO Jeff Bezos
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2,663 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    SDE

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    Awesome Work Environment, very structured processess.

    Cons

    Work Life Balance is missing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Amazon Great Place To Work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Amazon Ambassador in Riverside, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Amazon Ambassador in Riverside, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Very easy to move up if you are motivated. BIG on safety which is a huge plus. Very fun environment to work in the days go by so quick! Great benefits.

    Cons

    Peak season can drain you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Software Development Engineer

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice Work Culture, Lots of challenging work

    Cons

    Too much of work load.

    Recommends
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    great environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Risk Investigator in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Risk Investigator in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    not much pressure;
    its all on you; if you want to get good increment you only need to work hard.
     its a day to day job so no taking work home with you, but might be required to work from home sometimes.
    no politics; every one is rewarded on their talent and work basis'

    Cons

    carreer opportinites are less unless planning to do an mba .

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Hiring Process Is something new!

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    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Fulfillment Associate in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Fulfillment Associate in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I have been working at Amazon.com as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    I applied online and I never had a face to face interview. It was almost a miracle. The process took 2 weeks and everything was done via email. I selected my day to come in for an interview from anonline calendar and I was able to change the date with no hassles. The interview was not an interview. We watched a short film on the company while taking a drug test at the same time. We all sat there quiet with the test in our jaw. As long as you pass the background check and drug test. There was no need to meet HR. You fill out all the paper work online and set up payroll via direct deposit the day your come in for orientation. All the HR work is done online via email I think they have invented a whole new non intimidating hiring practice that takes out the human element of who might discriminate against you visually. It was the easiest hiring practice I have ever seen that took no time at all, with little human contact.

    Cons

    breaks are too short.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some of the line leades need to be replaced.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    High salary and low everything else

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

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

    Pros

    Amazon pays well. You will also learn how to be assertive (aggressive) about your opinions, how to work type-A politics, and how to debug difficult code.

    Cons

    Amazon has some insane turnover. A little more than 1 year after I left, most of the people I knew there on LinkedIn have switched companies. It's not because those companies are great, or pay well - it's just because when you've been at Amazon for a year or two, your attitude tends to be "I don't see how it could get worse than this."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees like human beings and they might stick around a bit

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    My placement at Amazon was overall positive as I got to learn a lot from my experienced and helpful colleagues.

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    Former Employee - Software Developer Intern in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Software Developer Intern in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Amazon.com as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Colleagues are knowledgeable and good at what they do since the bar is quite high to get in. People are friendly and helpful. Also, workload is adequate so there is always something to do but not ridiculously much.

    Cons

    Pay is ok but not too good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers could give more attention to the developers in terms of having discussions about personal growth, career options etc.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Culture dilution due to rapid growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The culture at Amazon is actually really great. Yes, it is tough and they expect a lot from you. Not type-A? May not be a good fit. But, it cultivates an environment where people work hard, collaborate, drive for success, and expect the best of themselves and each other. It's really awesome. Career potential is limitless.

    Cons

    So many new people in such a short amount of time has diluted the culture. New people struggle to figure it out and are bastardizing it. Making it too soft.

    Benefits aren't bad, but very basic (healthcare, 401k, etc.). Comp is low with stock options to make up for it. Travel can be excessive in some roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold firmer on the culture and make sure the new folks get it/live it, get rid of the growing bureaucracy, better salary.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    PeopleSoft Administrator

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Hyderābād (India)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Hyderābād (India)

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice office culture and compensation

    Cons

    need to improve more on work-life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve Onsite Oppotunties

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazon is hiring and growing fast with young talents.

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

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

    Pros

    Stock prices have been strong for the last couple years.

    Cons

    Too much time interviewing software engineers for the last 4 years. I spent 15% of engineering time interviewing candidates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Our compensation system is not effective at all. We have to wait for about 1.5 years to see rewards from our hard work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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