Amazon.com Reviews

Updated 14 September 2014
Updated 14 September 2014
3,485 Reviews
3.3
3,485 Reviews
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Amazon.com Chairman, President, and CEO Jeff Bezos
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2,415 Ratings

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.  

    Good place to learn

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Here you can learn a lot of things.

    Cons

    Too much pressure and lower benefits.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Its not bad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate  in  Chester, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Chester, VA (US)

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

    Pros

    friends- you'll meet a bunch of people here.
    hours- on night shift the hours arent ideal, but on day shift you get off and can have a life.

    Cons

    lack of movement- if you arent Favorited you will not move.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop with the favortism.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    nice intern at amazon.com

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Pros

    high salary, nice work environment

    Cons

    no food, no snack, no sports areas

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging project with nice teammates

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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. 10 people found this helpful  

    Customer Obsessed, Disposable Employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    You can learn a great deal about standing up AWS cloud based services, running various random agile dev methodologies, leading young teams of 5-8 devs and shipping software on a very fast basis. The systems for deploying services and the number of services deployed services are amazing. If you negotiate really hard on the way in, you can get almost $160K + a similar amount in monthly signing bonuses and/or stock grant for four years upon accepting. Just wait though, the catches to this Faustian bargain are baked into the culture -- it will get you.

    Cons

    Your odds of getting hired from an interview are about 1 in 10. Nobody ever gets more than $160K to start as that is the salary cap. While the year 1 and 2 signing bonuses can be nearly that much each, years three and four are entirely stock grants, while year five just base salary. The average tenure at Amazon is 12 months -- more than half do not make it to 1 year. Stack ranking (grading on the curve) guarantees purging of the ranks periodically. If you have a live service, you and your team are going to be on-call frequently and will have to carry a pager to you can provide day/night instant support. Most of the people in the South Lake Union offices are professional technical, and very annoyingly politically correct Seattleites with self-righteous liberal attitudes. Some parts of the company have HORRIBLE senior management that practices random public humiliation of attendees. Plus, you will likely be doing weeks long self-abasing "correction of error" documents anytime there is a problem with your software services. The Amazon Leadership principles generally seem like sound business practices, but make no mistake, you MUST drink the kool-aid and live every one of them or else. The employee culture is oppressive and soul crushing by design.
    Probably the worst part of Amazon culture is the unrelenting moral superiority of their practices. They actually believe they are "all that" in terms of software methodologies and that their rivals like Google, Apple, Microsoft, etc. know nothing about software and can teach them nothing of value -- it verges on insufferable, myopic arrogance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    "Treat your employees like your best customer", not your idiot disposable minions. This it the missing Amazon leadership principle that will prevent Amazon from retaining talent beyond 12 month.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Challenge work but changing the world

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    growth company
    Challenges - new./interesting stuff
    Customers
    Team - nice people, hard working

    Cons

    Long Hours
    Lots on to do list

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in more headcount

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Hard work but worth it

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Picker  in  Haslet, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Picker in Haslet, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    You can get medical coverage in 30 days. its high deductible but amazon pays 100 percent for you. great pay and overnight gets even more. no experience needed. Quick hire on and great training. they are very safety oriented and have on site medical care if you need something or don't feel well during your shift.

    Cons

    This job is very physically intensive. The shifts are 10 hours long and 12 hours during peak (November to December) holiday. even with these long shift times you only get 30 mins for lunch and two 15 minute breaks. the break times start when you finish your last task till you start your next so you only really get 7-10 mins for your breaks depending on how long it takes you to get to the break room.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    longer lunches and let us sit down if a department has a shut down.

    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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