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Amazon.com Reviews

Updated 17 December, 2014
Updated 17 December, 2014
3,944 Reviews
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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 118 reviews)

  • Density of talent: Some really smart people spoiling their careers here (in 352 reviews)


Cons
  • Company is not at all sorry to screw people's work-life balance for itself to excel (in 636 reviews)

  • There is literally no work life balance inside this company (in 145 reviews)

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  1.  

    everything but a neutral company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager Operations in Orléans (France)
    Current Employee - Manager Operations in Orléans (France)

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

    Pros

    - very good salary package
    - atmosphere fun and colleagues smiling
    - flat organization where you can demonstrate ownership (leading project, solving issues...)
    - evaluation system is based on peer feedback and target achievements

    Cons

    - big workload
    - strong pressure
    - work/life balance not easy to find compare to other french companies
    - the evaluation system is efficient on paper but can still be bypass if your manager is not so good

    Neutral Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to learn but not a culture of recognition

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Ireland, IN (US)
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Ireland, IN (US)

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

    Pros

    Smart people around you, lots of things to learn.

    Cons

    Too much politics. People should be measured against their goals, not against impressions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Measure success based on results, not politics.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Depends on the team

    • 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

    Pros

    There are plenty of bright and customer-focused people at Amazon that are generally willing to help people new in their career to learn and evolve. There's also a lot of infrastructure in place to enforce good development practices, e.g. stringent code coverage standards.

    Cons

    Operations is definitely an important aspect of the software development cycle, but a lot of development teams here have to sacrifice development and innovation almost entirely for fulfilling one-off business requests and "keep the lights on" work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's all based on leadership roulette.

    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    The biggest pro for me is the smart, driven coworkers who are passionate about what they're doing. The people on my team are dependable and truly care about their customers, and it's refreshing after previous occupations with people who lazed through the day.

    Cons

    Your enjoyment at Amazon will boil down to whether or not you like to work a lot for potentially low pay but high emotional satisfaction, and the quality of your management -- or leadership roulette, as I said in the title. If your manager is good, then it's likely you'll enjoy your time at Amazon, even if you're working yourself to the bone. If your manager isn't so good, then it's likely you're going to hate the whole venture. Additionally, there's not a lot of recourse if your manager IS bad -- if they're returning the results the higher ups want to see, they're really not going to do anything about the fact that your manager is bad at their job, regardless of how many times you express your concerns about the situation. (HR's pretty much a dead end too.) Results > people at Amazon. When you're supported by good people, then it's fantastic -- but it can be a nightmare otherwise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Even when a team is delivering the results you want it to, the team may be operating inefficiently due to breakdowns in command; take employees' comments seriously. The emotional health of a team is equally as important as the results of the team -- otherwise you get burnout, and lose employees quickly and without warning. (It's happened twice in the last three months, for example.) Additionally, an employee's growth is obviously that employee's responsibility, but it's also the responsibility of their manager; managers should have the skills needed to help their direct reports succeed. If a manager doesn't have these skills, then they shouldn't be in that position.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good work experience for new grads

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Seattle, WA (US)

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Pros

    - pretty decent work life
    - smart co workers
    - collaborative environment

    Cons

    - low pay
    - slow career progression

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of learning, Impossible Upward Mobility, Political

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Learn from and with the best, grow thick skin and game-changing growth experience. Very well paid, great benefits, opportunity to move laterally, just upwards is near impossible. Employees live the company values, sometimes to a fault.

    Cons

    Political, stuck, cowardly incompetent sr leadership. Optimizing so aggressively always throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great job depending on your department

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Stower in West Columbia, SC (US)
    Current Employee - Stower in West Columbia, SC (US)

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

    Pros

    Never a problem getting hours. Great benefits, understanding managers, although their hands are tied in most cases as far as production rates go.

    Cons

    Very taxing work. A job, not a career. The rates are impractical, but doable if you can get some of the vets to show you the loopholes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing they can do about rates unfortunately.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Promotability

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Operations Technician in Virginia (South Africa)
    Current Employee - Engineering Operations Technician in Virginia (South Africa)

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

    Pros

    Fast growing company with potential

    Cons

    Nepotism at every level of management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become technically sound

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great opportunities but pick carefully

    • 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

    Pros

    Fast growing company with a chance to make history. Lots of pockets of innovation but do the due diligence before hand to ensure that you land up with the right role. Especially true for MBA hires. Make sure you spend the time upfront to select your top three teams and make sure that you land with one of them

    Cons

    Work life balance can be challenging at times. that is why it is super important to get the right role. training and perks that other tech companies offer not present. But the management is aware of this and are taking measures to correct the course

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get the right team structure in place to ensure that people are focused on the right things. There needs to be the right balance of BAs, product managers, SDEs and program managers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Must be self motivated, Pays well, great resume builder.

    • 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

    They pay considerably well. You can learn A LOT. Most people working at Amazon are nice and fun to work with, but managent creates a very stressful environment.

    Cons

    Rapid change has made goals from when I was hired nearly impossible to
    meet. management creates a very stressful atmosphere and handcuffs lower level employees with knee jerk reactions and policy changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    PROMOTE FROM WITHIN WHENEVER POSSIBLE. Yes you can find great, qualified employees looking for jobs outside the company, but keep your promises to the good employees you hired and continue to work hard for Amazon.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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