Amazon.com Reviews

Updated 29 October 2014
Updated 29 October 2014
3,726 Reviews
3.3
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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 115 reviews)

  • Density of talent: Some really smart people spoiling their careers here (in 340 reviews)


Cons
  • Company is not at all sorry to screw people's work-life balance for itself to excel (in 616 reviews)

  • There is literally no work life balance inside this company (in 140 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Positive feedback about goals, everybody's upbeat and happy, management is very approachable and open to your ideas

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cosolidation in Kennesaw, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Cosolidation in Kennesaw, GA (US)

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

    Pros

    Everyday there's a sense of accomplishment and also lots of positive reinforcement . Leads are there to help with training and help you when there's a problem or concern . Everyday begins with a group meeting where goals are set and accomplishments are acknowledged from the day before. Everyday someone is asked to give a safety tip and a quality tip and warm-up exercises are lead by volunteers to get the day started.

    Cons

    Sometimes the flow of work is like a fire hose and you just have to work at a super fast pace to keep up and get the job done and other times you have to search for things to do to look busy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep yourself approachable and open to new ideas and always continue to give positive reinforcement and also tell employees when they are not doing something right so they can do it the right way.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Work hard, really hard. Fun? Depends now what your definition of fun is.

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

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

    Pros

    - Learn from the best. The bar for excellence at Amazon is set extremely high, and everyone is expected to constantly reach for it.
    - Go beyond what you thought was possible. Working at Amazon will push you to your limits and even further.
    - Ownership. People at Amazon have complete control of their work.

    Cons

    - No perks. Like zero. That means no free food, no team happy hours, etc.
    - Intense, sometimes too intense. People at Amazon work really, really hard, at times to the detriment of company culture.
    - Little teamwork/collaboration. Most of the work was extremely independent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Warehouse Associate

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in San Bernardino, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in San Bernardino, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Lots of room for advancement

    Cons

    Pay compared to other top tier warehouses

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Innovative and cut throat

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

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

    Pros

    Everyone is expected to participate in the decisions on many levels. Easy access to developers, program managers and others. Your voice is heard.

    Cons

    Very cut throat, you will be compared to others on all levels, and performance alone isn't enough to keep being employed. The constant amount of new people coming in and old people leaving means that things are very often disorganized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure that everyone knows the big picture and don't let them get sucked into a single project while the quality of other things suffer. Everyone needs to work together, and time needs to be set aside to do that.

    Beware, many organizations within Amazon are quite a bit different in respect to management and work/life balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Internship at Amazon is a true learning experience

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

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

    Pros

    Get to work on real world problems
    Best people will mentor you
    Get to learn latest technologies
    Helps on Resume

    Cons

    Sometimes you might be stuck up somewhere given the size of organisation
    People are workholic

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go easy on interns :):)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Interesting work with very capable people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    The best thing about interning with Amazon is my team. Everyone were very willing to help each other or offer advice. I interned for 12 weeks working on a web application, and I learned a tremendous amount.

    Cons

    Mine was a relatively laid back team, but I hear from fellow interns that some of the other teams at Amazon are quite intense, and require long work hours.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Love and enjoy every moment of it, most of the time!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Business Intelligence Engineer in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Business Intelligence Engineer in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Lots of things to improve
    great people to work with and learn from
    Pushes you to think simple and innovate

    Cons

    You're personally responsible to manage your time and figure your priorities, most of the time!
    It's a constant battle to keep your work-life balance!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe make it a little bit more friendly environment!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Growing with Amazon

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - People Manager in Iaşi (Romania)
    Current Employee - People Manager in Iaşi (Romania)

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

    Pros

    Working for Amazon really allows you to get in touch with smart people, interesting technology, and for a beginner in people management, like me, helps you grow a lot.

    Cons

    Although challenging, pretty difficult to continuously raise the bar for yourself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reaching very challenging objectives s nevertheless, through people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Love this place

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

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

    Pros

    Tons of autonomy, required mastery, and ability to create purpose.

    Cons

    Zero perks. No gym, no free food, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We overindex on Frugality. It's been proven over and over and there's positive ROI on work place perks (free food, big monitors, etc)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Managers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The culture is a definite pro. Amazon encourages managers to test and implement new ideas and to think big.

    Cons

    The hours are long. On average managers are putting 12-14 hour days and even when they are off, they are checking email.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the power of when and if a manager can move facilities from the Facility GMs and centralize it with the Regional manager. This will provide the managers the ability to move buildings within the region and greatly increase retention among the managers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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