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  1. Perfect mix of the agility of a start-up and support from a big corporation.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of growth potential; Decentralized organization give freedom to teams to define their processes; Encourage and reward pro-activeness and drive; Surrounded by highly intelligent and effective colleagues; SDE have a lot of power and works full stack; Vancouver location a lot more relaxed and balanced culture compared to HQ; One of the best compensation in the city

    Cons

    Decentralized means your experience will be based heavily on your team and manager; Lack of structure and training, you are expected to be advocate for yourself; SDE have to do on-call operational duty.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more support to talented people who may not be as ambitious and self-driven, balance immediate business need with interesting technical challenges to maintain motivation, grow the people we have.

  2. Great job to gain valuable experience and growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Warehoure Associate (Outbound) in Robbinsville, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Warehoure Associate (Outbound) in Robbinsville, NJ (US)

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Chances for growth and opportunity with ability to apply for many positions.
    Benefits are good, offering medical, dental & vision.
    Goals/ability to maintain rate is fairly easy to accomplish given your effort
    Working with KIVA robots is interesting, and they come in very helpful
    4 day work week is great

    Cons

    Can become very repetitive, doing the same thing every day. For some this is a good thing though, so it depends how you like it.
    Disorganization within management, for example my employee documentation was accidentally deleted and I missed two days of work due to something completely out of my control with no pay.

    Advice to Management

    I've only been employed at Amazon for 4 weeks, I do genuinely enjoy it so far and look forward to growing but there is many problems with disorganization. For example, my I9 documentation was randomly deleted 3 weeks in, and I was not allowed to work for 2 days (until I could bring back in correct documentation). While these days are being "excused", I am not being paid for them even though I was at work and on time and waited 5 hours at EWR4 waiting for the HR team to try to figure out what happened, which did not only happen to me but many other employees as well.

  3. Amazing

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

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Leadership Principles, Driven Colleagues

    Cons

    Working at Amazon is amazing. No cons.

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  5. It okay, but not perfect

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Pros

    Good company, solid technology, pays well

    Cons

    a lot of hard work, boring at remote office

  6. SDE II

    • 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 full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Open to new technologies

    Cons

    Too frugal to the employees

    Advice to Management

    A bit more team out would be nice

  7. Helpful (1)

    Sr. Vendor Manager

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

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Get to work at an exciting company where everyone knows -- and is impressed by -- the brand. Really smart people (some are "too smart" - see below) in a face-paced place. Great part of town to work in.

    Cons

    Very aggressive culture where data is king. Get all the data. If you're missing any data, you'll be slammed against a wall. People make an impression of you in a few months and it's very hard to change.

    Advice to Management

    Be slightly less frugal and spend more on employees.

  8. Okay.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great coworkers. Played music on overtime days. Fun events. Fast paced.

    Cons

    Favoritism. Drama between certain coworkers. If you worked for the agency, you had to work twice as hard as the folks hired directly from Amazon. No balance of work/personal life.

    Advice to Management

    If you're going to play favorites, please don't make it too obvious.

  9. Helpful (2)

    Traffic Marketing

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Data learning
    Learn to work with less resources
    Global opportunities

    Cons

    No work/life balance-work is life
    Goals are always built to be unattainable so you are in a constant cycle of feeling like a failure
    Negative culture

  10. Great learning and a dynamic environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investigator in Hyderābād (India)
    Current Employee - Investigator in Hyderābād (India)

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Dynamic
    -Great work culture
    -New ideas encouraged

    Cons

    -Not very employee friendly
    -Pressure in terms of over time

  11. Software Tester

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Mobile Tester in Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Contractor - Mobile Tester in Seattle, WA (US)

    I worked at Amazon.com as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It was the best experience working at Amazon. Great place to learn, Awesome Work Environment.

    Cons

    Poor leadership,little recognition for your hard work.

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