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Updated 25 April 2015
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  1. Finance analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA (US)

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time

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

    Pros

    Great learning opportunity on the syst skills like access and excel

    Cons

    Teams work in silos. No big picture view. Promotions are very slow

    Advice to Management

    Recognize peoples effort

  2. Helpful (1)

    Director, Business Development

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    Current Employee - Director in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Director in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Many brilliant people, company is growing quickly, lots of interesting challenges to work on, considered one of the tech leaders of our day

    Cons

    culture is shifting and becoming much more political, harder to get stuff done, no longer focused on great decision making management is much more concerned with optics and managing upward

    Advice to Management

    Need to help build better middle managers (VPs and Directors) which requires a renewed focus on caring about your employees, executives seemed much more focused on finding someone else to blame versus trying to do the right thing

  3. Helpful (1)

    Sr. Vendor Manager

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    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.

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  5. facilities maintenance excellent opportunities

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    Former Employee - Facilities Tech in Chester, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Facilities Tech in Chester, VA (US)

    I worked at Amazon.com (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    company has great health benifits

    Cons

    nothing to say about any down sides

    Advice to Management

    n/a

  6. AWS - Fast-paced, full of smart people, and a little bit terrifying

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    There's always something new to work on: whether it's an upcoming release of a new product or feature, or a new method of attempting to provide a better customer experience. You work with some of the smartest people around, and it shows. Teams are small and maintain ownership of their areas with little to no interference from other teams.

    The company's leadership principles are EVERYTHING here. Customer obsession wins every time, which is the way it should be.

    Cons

    Sites that are disconnected from the "mothership" in Seattle can be a little bit difficult, culture-wise. Certain things that seem to permeate the overall Amazon culture in Seattle are often missing in other locations. This can sometimes lead to a feeling that the other sites are less important when they are contributing equally to the overall organization.

    Most of an employee's development and advancement is self-directed. This is conveyed to new hires but there is very little time spent on what that means in a day-to-day fashion, which is important when such a large percentage of your teams come from environments where having a bias for action was a negative as opposed to an expectation. It seems counter-intuitive, but some directed training on this for new hires would be very helpful across the board.

    Advice to Management

    Amazon (especially AWS) is a very data-driven company. Measurable results are king in this environment, but that doesn't always mean hard production numbers. I recommend making more effort to convey to employees that standardized metrics are only one aspect of evaluating performance, as it's very easy for someone to get wrapped up in numbers and lose confidence if they don't match up with perceived expectations.

  7. Very Good

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Hyderābād (India)
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Hyderābād (India)

    I worked at Amazon.com

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

    Pros

    very good, vey good work life balance

    Cons

    no real cons or negatives

  8. Great company!

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I am working with the distributed system.The group has great worklife balance, opportunity for growth , good salary, work from home possibility.

    Cons

    Too many processes are there , which is cumbersome.Can't do the work remotely.The living expense in vacouver is too high and the climate is bad.

    Advice to Management

    Don't like the "On call" institution,which meas you have to get up enven in 3:00 AM if there's any big problem.hope amazon would build its own surpport department.

  9. Great leadership

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Pros

    Responsibilities, career development, opportunities, international expansion, smart coworkers, workplace is the best In Town, café, Seattle rocks

    Cons

    Work Life balance, medical benefits, stress, pressure, passive agressive management style, results oriented in the short term

    Advice to Management

    Keep going

  10. Helpful (1)

    smart people to work with

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    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people. Lots of work to do. Being in Seattle the salary looks good. Stock options are decent.

    Cons

    Darwanian culture. You have to be good at arguing and have to really shout your way into things if you really wanna succeed. There is nothing call work life balance. They just make you work.

  11. Sr. Program Manager Intern

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Amazon.com as an intern

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Fast-paced, results oriented culture
    - Passionate and smart people
    - Innovative work, many secret or up-and-coming projects that you can join
    - Respected brand, can open doors at other tech companies

    Cons

    - Data is distributed everywhere
    - Generally pretty isolated work, you'll often be working alone
    - Mgmt doesn't seem to care as much about employees, focuses solely on customers
    - Pretty poor perks / benefits

    Advice to Management

    You have a great culture and innovative products, but treat your employees better! Turnover is so bad, three people in my group left before my summer was up.

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