Amazon.com Reviews

Updated 24 October, 2014
Updated 24 October, 2014
3,697 Reviews
3.3
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Amazon.com Chairman, President, and CEO Jeff Bezos
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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.  

    Absolutely brilliant coworkers. Poor work/life balance.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    Fast-paced but flexible and many opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

    Work hard, work very hard

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time

    Pros

    At the employee level and lower management, the collaboration and teamwork is there. Brown bag sessions are held, and training sessions are organized by peers.

    The insurance plans are top notch with a lot of choices, and cover most services.

    Cons

    The annual rating structure breeds a culture of doing something to just get ahead. All of the teamwork and collaboration goes out the window when the focus is shifted towards who is the top and who is the bottom.

    The principles are not well explained or followed through outside of the corporate office which creates a confusing environment where those who do go between the spaces don't know what to expect.

    Paid holidays are at a minimum and it is expected that work will still be done on those days. If an employee doesn't at least check in, then they miss the latest news or evolution of the team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to management would be to listen to the employees. Let them become true leaders and provide solid career paths.

    Focus less on results and more on people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Amazon is a great way to create mental toughness

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    flexible shifts
    friendly staff
    easy to move up

    Cons

    repetitiveness
    work environment
    no rewards for your work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    software development engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time

    Pros

    online assignment: coding is very easy

    Cons

    online assignment: logics is very trick

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    Fulfillment Associate

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Fulfillment Associate in Spartanburg, SC (US)
    Former Employee - Fulfillment Associate in Spartanburg, SC (US)

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

    Pros

    easy to get in to

    Cons

    bad upper management. supervisors are ok but people above them seem out of touch with reality

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    dont harp on safety if you can not do your job as a "safety manager"

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Highly intensive work experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Pros

    You learn a lot in short time.

    Cons

    The company is highly unorganized. You need to search everything on your own.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Varies From day day. Some days you work extremely hard other days you may have the opportunity to go home.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Hazleton, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Hazleton, PA (US)

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

    Pros

    Diverse work force, you can meet a lot of different people.Stock given to employees as a reward for the time you work with Amazon. Benefits are pretty good and a decent 4O1K with company match.

    Cons

    A lot of favoritism by supervisors and managers especially regarding promotions and job placement. Can be a very labor intensive job depending on the position you are placed in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give promotions to competent employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Program Manager Ops

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA (US)

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time

    Pros

    A lot of ownership and hands on experience
    Managers are generally very open and supportive
    You normally have complex problems so you will never get bored
    Tons on innovations

    Cons

    Poor work life balance
    Long hours and possibility of burning out

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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