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Amazon.com Reviews

Updated Jul 25, 2014
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3.3 3,276 reviews

85% Approve of the CEO

Amazon.com Chairman, President, and CEO Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos

(2,283 ratings)

64% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Senior Operations Manager

    Senior Operations Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsFast pace, leading company in the field. Fantastic focus on customers. Good opportunities for promotion due to company's rapid expansion.

    ConsNo training so you're expected to learn everything yourself as you go along. Expect you to dedicate your life to the company with total obsession. Most fulfilment centres are in the middle of nowhere.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease your attention span - as soon as one project is announced and partially started the focus goes on to the next big thing without ever having finished the first.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Depends on the team

    Senior Vendor Manager (Current Employee) Seattle, WA (US)

    ProsInteresting problems to solve, moves extremely quickly, culture of customer obsession. If you like data, you can make a huge impact on the business. I've found my work at Amazon meaningful and stimulating.

    ConsExperience depends on the team.
    - poor manager training and there are many bad ones
    - culture that extols confrontation
    - lack of transparency
    - no perks whatsoever

    Eventually, enough is enough.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat employees with respect

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Learned a lot about engineering and work/life balance

    Software Development Engineer (Former Employee) Seattle, WA (US)

    ProsYou work with smart nice people. There is definitely cutting edge technology in some groups. Amazon won't crumble anytime soon

    ConsWhat group you are in drastically impacts your work/life balance, the interest of the engineering, your ability to advance, etc.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Strong company values and work ethics under challenge by Inept 'Indian' Senior Management

    Quality Assurance Engineer II (Current Employee) Bangalore (India)

    ProsFlexible in terms of the kind of work you want to do, team change , work timings etc
    Leadership principles are great. If you really follow them , you tend to really improve overall
    Ownership, accountability and responsibility is huge but it actually gives you a 'proud' or a 'wow' moment.
    You are trusted and given all necessary freedom to demonstrate your skills.

    ConsSenior Management. Almost all are very political and do not have any vision.
    You have to learn the art of buttering and being hypocrite to succeed or even 'survive'
    Work life balance is pathetic
    Personal commitments are not respected
    If you choose to be in this company, chances are high that you will become extremely money minded , will learn politics and several other bad practices
    Though the bar is high while recruiting, company does not respect people/employees. They are just treated like robots
    Slow career progression . Senior management are all busy in their own career progression. They even over-hire and construct an army of people to push themselves up to the next level. More commonly seen in India of course!
    Management and even some peers are ill-mannered and harsh in their communication. They probably need to learn professionalism, specially the ones who are long term Amazonians.

    Worst of all- Couple of India centric teams in Bangalore run the company as if it's their family business. Not that they care for the product so much but they tend to hire misfit 'Family members' into the team and place them at senior positions , which is often demotivating and unethical.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProbably, Amazon needs to micro manage a little more - specially the senior management in India. They are ruining the culture and the brand name. It is only the strong policies that are still holding it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    A platform to learn a lot

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros- One gets to learn latest technologies
    - Very fast paced company with extremely tight deadlines
    - Customer centric

    Cons- Can get hectic and tiring
    - Not great work life balance

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    Good company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosexciting projects that I can work on

    Consdifficult to manage both and work life

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    it was good .

    Software Development Engineer (Current Employee) Bangalore (India)

    Proscomplete ownership, work culture is good

    Consmore operational work. Much depends on your team

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good workplace, Bad Environment

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat new projects. Good technology. Very competitive environment

    Consbad work life balance, too much into the hands of your direct managers

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Designer

    Graphic Designer (Former Employee) Seattle, WA (US)

    ProsYou have a chance to work with cool and smart people in technology side but not in design side. It is totally up to your boss if the job is fun or not.

    ConsThere is no work and life balance! You have to work and work even on weekends and never leave on time!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Overall great place to work, pay is not what you would expect.

    Fulfillment Associate (Current Employee) Tracy, CA (US)

    ProsVery lax place, easy to get along with everyone, especially managers, safety is important.

    ConsNot competitive pay, chaotic always construction, changing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore mobility, rich company, associate pay not great.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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