Amazon.com Reviews

Updated 24 October, 2014
Updated 24 October, 2014
3,697 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 336 reviews)


Cons
  • Company is not at all sorry to screw people's work-life balance for itself to excel (in 605 reviews)

  • There is literally no work life balance inside this company (in 139 reviews)

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  1.  

    Intense

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amazon.com

    Pros

    Lots of projects to work on, they will give you lots of exposure to different things, never boring. Some very bright people work there. Everything changes quickly and you are expected to stay on top of it all. Peak is as busy as you have heard.

    Cons

    Pace is high, and not much is given to reduce it. Family and personal time must be put 2nd.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the churn. Its variation and goes against tenets of standardization

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    grueling work

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    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Milton, ON
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Milton, ON

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

    Pros

    People are very helpful. If you do your work and follow safety you are left alone (no boss looking. over your shoulder). Very good health benefits for you and your family. Three day weekend

    Cons

    Grueling 10 hour days on your feet or walking in a huge warehouse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    dont bs about safety. There are very unsafe arrangement of products. Fix it first and then talk about safety.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    software engineering

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time

    Pros

    it is a gaood experience

    Cons

    there nothing bad about it

    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Varies by team and "frugal"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amazon.com as an intern

    Pros

    Seattle is great. Housing was good. Pay is very good. Great relocation team.

    Cons

    Frugal means fewer and lower quality perks. Some of things we were given fell apart. Mostly importantly experience varies greatly by team. A bad team means a very bad experience, as you are yelled at and overworked. Overwork is the culture. You will miss traditional software engineering practices, as often release is more important than quality- disproportionately so and scope creep is out of control on some teams. Recruiting is slipshod, they disappear for weeks at a time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better management practices for interns and employees. Some software engineering practices.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Challenging work and smart people all around. No perks. High turn over rate.

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Vancouver, BC

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

    Pros

    High hiring standards mean you will be surrounded with smart people. Easy to transfer to other jobs inside the company. Good stepping stone as a means to reach nerdvana ( Google, Facebook, Apple ).

    Cons

    Excessive overtime without compensation. Difficult to schedule vacations. Poor scheduling of projects. Favouritism. Below average pay. Benefit plan is average. Promotions are difficult to get and the pay raise is very low. Expected to perform at new job level for a full year before promotion will be considered. Two years at Amazon is considered a very long time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    An eye for an eye... in other words, make sure employees get just rewards for their efforts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Interesting place to work

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    Former Employee - Operations Leadership Intern in Mississauga, ON
    Former Employee - Operations Leadership Intern in Mississauga, ON

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Fun place to work
    Lots of other responcibility and freedom

    Cons

    No a very good grounding process to learn what to do

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Meh

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Vancouver, BC

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

    Pros

    High hiring bar ensures smart teammates

    Cons

    Everyone is overworked.
    Ops load is pretty high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dont set aggressive deadlines

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Working there is adequately satisfying on it's best days, but for people like me it's a stopgap measure.

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    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Hebron, KY (US)
    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Hebron, KY (US)

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

    Pros

    On many days it is a fun place to work at. The floor management can get you motivated about mundane tasks like I've never seen anyone else do, and most of them are pretty fair. The overall business model at least on the plant level is very efficient and their safety culture. The few months I was there I worked with several hundred other people and I never seen anyone get hurt. This is important to someone like me who has worked for other companies who have had jobsite fatalities. Also, I've met some really good people and made a few good friends while I was there.

    Cons

    Not that this is unique to Amazon but they do have their share of managers that abuse their authority by picking favorites and scapegoats not based on merit or lack of it. Managers that try to play workplace politicians often weaken the morale of the entire floor staff. It only takes a few bad apples to ruin the whole batch. Likewise I also noticed that some of their so called troubleshooting staff is lazy and poorly trained. The worst one's are usually one of the manager's
    cronies. I'm guessing these people are like that because they don't have to worry about complying to a production rate since a rate is not relevant to their job. If you ever find yourself needing any help from these people, you better push them! Also, pay raises are few and far between for anyone that is hired on permanently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do you best to ensure that everyone follows the workplace culture "TOE TO LINE" and you'll have an outstanding company that EVERYONE will talk highly about. The overall business model is a good one. If you accomplish this, you will also retain more of your better people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Fast-paced but flexible and many opportunities

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Offers telecommuting.
    Slackers aren't tolerated.

    Cons

    You have to very good at saying no diplomatically because timelines are crazy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more training.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Absolutely brilliant coworkers. Poor work/life balance.

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I Intern in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I Intern in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Have unlimited opportunities
    Completely own your projects
    brilliant and passionate colleagues

    Cons

    poor work-lift balance
    not so great compensation considering the amount of work needs to be done

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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