Amazon.com
3.4 of 5 2,792 reviews
www.amazon.com Seattle, WA 5000+ Employees

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Updated Apr 12, 2014
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3.4 2,792 reviews

                             

87% Approve of the CEO

Amazon.com Chairman, President, and CEO Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos

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65% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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software engineering

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Amazon.com full-time

Prosit is a gaood experience

Consthere nothing bad about it

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Varies by team and "frugal"

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Amazon.com as an intern

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

ConsFrugal 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 Senior ManagementBetter management practices for interns and employees. Some software engineering practices.

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

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

Software Development Engineer II (Current Employee)
Vancouver, BC

I have been working at Amazon.com full-time for less than a year

ProsHigh 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 ).

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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Interesting place to work

Operations Leadership INtern (Former Employee)
Mississauga, ON

I worked at Amazon.com full-time for less than a year

ProsFun place to work
Lots of other responcibility and freedom

ConsNo a very good grounding process to learn what to do

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

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Meh

Software Development Engineer II (Current Employee)
Vancouver, BC

I have been working at Amazon.com full-time for less than a year

ProsHigh hiring bar ensures smart teammates

ConsEveryone is overworked.
Ops load is pretty high.

Advice to Senior ManagementDont set aggressive deadlines

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

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Overall it was very positive.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Amazon.com

ProsSome of the other workers that I met there were very likable. The work pace is fast and conducive to performance.

ConsThe management and operational culture there was diametrical. The importance of safety was stressed; however, there was an undercurrent that performance and production should take precedence.

There was also acquiescence by management towards some "loafing" employees. Some of the operational modes were highly inefficient and likely result in higher costs to customers.

The performance based "contests" for workers to earn Amazon gift cards and the like appeared to be highly discretionary with winners selected; by the "luck of the draw" of their specific assignment during the contest and/or the whim of their supervisors.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to employees more closely. Seek their input. Consider tracking mechanisms to recognize performance equitably.

Amazon is a great company - it could be much better however.

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The walmart of the internet world

Lead Collator (Current Employee)
San Bernardino, CA (US)

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

ProsGrowing company, and a great place for experience in various fields

ConsWork to life balance is a big challenge

Advice to Senior ManagementTo many chefs and not enough Indians

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

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Modern slavery

Picker (Former Employee)
Columbia, SC (US)

I worked at Amazon.com full-time for less than a year

ProsYou will never fall short of 40 hours a week
Benefits
Cool coworkers
You will definitely get toned and maybe lose some weight
You have 40 hours of unpaid and paid time off upon hire to use as you please

Cons15 minute breaks that last 5
no matter how hard you work, they want more
walking 15 to 20 miles a day for a pathetic 11 bucks an hour
They do not accept doctors excuses
They tell you in orientation that you will be in pain every day....what kind of business is okay with this

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Work hard, exceed, and burn out.

Manager (Current Employee)
Indianapolis, IN (US)

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

ProsBenefits, Peers, Exposure, Training, Experience

ConsUnderpaid, Underappreciated, Overpromised, Compensation, No Loyalty

Advice to Senior ManagementNone

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Don't Let The Enthusiasm Misguide You

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Amazon.com full-time

ProsThere is flexibility and very affordable benefits available for employees. It can be exciting getting caught up in the changes and product releases.

ConsNot all changes are for the benefit of the employees by any means. The pay and promotions available for customer service representatives are very limited and quite small. There are semi-annual reviews offered however there are many things that will exclude you from being eligible for this very small increase so you can stay at a very meager wage for a long time. (The US inflation rate is currently 1.1% however the pay increases in the reviews are so small that they don't even keep up with half of the inflation rate per year)

Advice to Senior ManagementAmazon prides itself on being "customer centric" however it is at a price that is paid by the employees in customer service and fulfillment centers. If performance and feedback is so important to you I challenge you to see how your employees are truly treated. Send a trusted individual in as a "secret shopper" and have them go through the recruiting, orientation, and training process for one of your customer service call centers. If you really want to see areas of improvement take this challenge in your VCC. By experiencing how this process is first hand you may be able to make changes that would truly enhance the overall customer service experience for all.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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