Amazon.com Reviews

Updated 19 September 2014
Updated 19 September 2014
3,507 Reviews
3.3
3,507 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Working there 1 year was like working there 3.

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    Former Employee - HRA  in  Indianapolis, IN (US)
    Former Employee - HRA in Indianapolis, IN (US)

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

    Pros

    Learned a lot. Training was excellent, they seemed to value me.

    Cons

    Lean. Required to do a lot with little assistance. May processes and policies are changing constantly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Summer Internship at AWS

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    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 an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    1. Competitive compensation
    2. Flexible working time

    Cons

    1. Team where I am in is too large
    2. The assignment is boring

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Divide the group into more subgroups

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Fulfillment Associate

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    Current Employee - Fulfillment Associate  in  DuPont, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Fulfillment Associate in DuPont, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    The benefits are great and they start from day one

    Cons

    The shifts are ten and a half hours long, the breaks should be at least 20 min because of the distance to breakrooms

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Amazon does an amazing job ensuring employees are treated fairly, but I would suggest less micro management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Summer Software Development Engineer Internship

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    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

    I had a lot of fun working at Amazon. I met a lot of people, and gained a few very close friendships. Additionally, I was always learning new things, from my team and via the Amazon-wide tech talks. Overall, it was a great experience for learning how to be a better developer and what it is like to work at such a large company.

    Cons

    From what I saw, it was either hit or miss whether the mentorship program was actually beneficial. Some interns had mentors that really facilitated their learning, but others had mentors who seemed to only be interested in their own career advancement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Okay experience. Didn't meet my expectations.

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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

    Freedom to code, design. Casual dress code.

    Cons

    Very Frugal. No need to show frugality where its not required.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please chop off unwanted projects that are going no where because it wastes man power, time and talent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great experience. Gave me guts to start my own company

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    Former Employee - Product Manager  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great culture. If you want to learn without frills, then this is the place to be. The whole organization is very decentralized with lots of room to try & learn. Each team almost works like a start up in itself. Great brand in your resume as well.

    Cons

    Not necessarily the best pay master. If you are looking to have a very chilled work-life, then do not join. The culture is very frugal too - so no free food, extravagant offsites, company interiors, Mac airs, etc.

    Also, I've found that there are many senior folks who are pretty dumb and these are mostly hired from outside. Folks who have grown within are amazing, but Amazon has failed where senior folks are plugged in from outside.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try focusing on growing folks from within. If you do plug-in senior folks from outside - do try to weed them out sooner rather than later. You wouldn't want to have 3rd & 4th layer behave like a Microsoft now, do we?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time

    Pros

    Customer focused, innovative, competent, performance oriented.

    Cons

    High expectations translate into long hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more opportunities for employees to interact in informal ways.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Not that bad

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    Current Employee - Labor  in  Schertz, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Labor in Schertz, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    The amazon fulfillment center is always hiring. One major bonus is they will hire you with little to no experience. So long as you have an ID and high school diploma you'll be okay.

    Cons

    The work is not easy. They expect you to he fast paced and get stuff done. It is very easy to get written up if you don't meet they're time standards. They're all about the rates.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Enjoy the challenges, opportunities, environment, and people.

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    Current Employee - Business Intelligence Analyst  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Business Intelligence Analyst in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    It's exciting being part of a fast paced company that loves innovation and lives their values on a daily basis. I feel adequately compensated for my time and efforts and feel rewarded just for being an employee.

    Cons

    With the fast pace comes the occasional extra long days but when things slow down it's not a crime to take a longer lunch or leave early (full-time salaried). Because of the many opportunities people you work with often move up our out of your org and ideas or projects can go unfinished.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Never lose the business transparency, keep the open door policy, continue to be involved with every member of your team.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    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

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