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Amazon.com Reviews

Updated Jul 22, 2014
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3.3 3,269 reviews

85% Approve of the CEO

Amazon.com Chairman, President, and CEO Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos

(2,280 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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    Intense

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLots 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.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementReduce the churn. Its variation and goes against tenets of standardization

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

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    grueling work

    Warehouse Associate (Current Employee) Milton, ON

    ProsPeople 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

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

    Advice to Senior Managementdont bs about safety. There are very unsafe arrangement of products. Fix it first and then talk about safety.

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

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    software engineering

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosit is a gaood experience

    Consthere nothing bad about it

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    Varies by team and "frugal"

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    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

    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

    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

    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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    Amazon culture

    SDEII (Current Employee) Beijing, Beijing (China)

    ProsGood business future, good infrastrcture for developer.

    Consbureaucracy from managers and bad habit to evaluate what's a good engineer

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Machine Learning

    Account Executive (Current Employee) Seattle, WA (US)

    ProsAmazon is a well oiled machine and you'll learn a lot if you have the stomach to stay plugged in.

    ConsNegatives outweigh the positives - long hours, politics, unreasonable demands, and disconnect from leadership principles and from employees make it an environment better suited for robots.

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

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    It's a job

    Warehouse Associate (Former Employee) Breinigsville, PA (US)

    Pros- Office staff was present 24/7
    - The company was definitely moving to make things better for employees at the time I left
    - Decent hours (I prefer the extra days off to having a shorter workday)
    - One of the few companies still hiring for general labor while most are/were cutting back

    Cons- Poor compensation (benefits, salary, etc.)
    - Not many transferable skills learned/taught
    - Mediocre promotion availability (to be expected when you work in a warehouse with 2300 employees)

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep giving the employees a voice in how to change things and improving the workplace as a whole.

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

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