Amazon.com Reviews

Updated 27 August, 2014
Updated 27 August, 2014
3,552 Reviews

3.3
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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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    For beginner's OK. Not for senior people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    If you are fresh out of college, you can learn a lot in a short time and get the name on your resume.

    Cons

    Long hours, legacy codebase and lack of documentation. Burnt out in a few years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on a few products and services Spending your energy in so different areas results in mediocre quality.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Choose career or family life

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    Current Employee - Human Resources
    Current Employee - Human Resources

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

    Pros

    Growing company. Cutting-edge. Creating jobs for thousands across the US and globally. Opportunities to relocate (manager and hourly associates). You have a change to make a difference in the actually business - have an idea, try it out. You learn you are able to stretch and accomplish more than you probably thought possible.

    Cons

    Essentially, you have to choose between having a career or family/personal life. Unless you have a very understanding stay-at-home spouse, it's hard to maintain a household. Work hours are consistently 12-hours as a norm (even non-peak). Very fast-paced with high expectations which is not a bad thing except when the expectations become unreasonable to achieve. Unless you want a career in the fulfillment center environment, you will have to move to Seattle for almost any other "corporate" position. Despite the many additional locations throughout the US, corporate function job opportunities have not grown and expanded as well. Base salaries are low because stock is offered. Stock is nice, but not a guarantee although it is a major portion of the total compensation package.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop saying you care about all associates having a work life balance when your practices do not show the same. Frugality is understandable, but you need to provide the resources (team) needed to effectively manage business functions. Running lean only burns out the associate left responsible with no help.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mix Bag of Joy and Sorrow.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time

    Pros

    Top Management are super awesum. They think big, of future, motivate to think and innovate

    Cons

    When you don't get a boss who is people managers, you cannot perform. i have been working here for 3.5 yrs..my first 3 years were fantastic and the last 6 months have been horrible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I know that we are always innovating, but while doing that, senior management should take care of the people at the ground level. I have seen many time that Senior management moves ahead and they leave their team as is..without thinking about them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    The Accounting organization will work you like crazy.

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    Current Employee - Accounting Manager  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Accounting Manager in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Exposure to diverse business lines, best practices and solid leadership training.

    Cons

    Performance expectation are very high--there's no amount of hours you can work and feel like you're 'caught up'. You can't pick your new hires, have little say in what level your new hire should be, and it takes months to fill a role. Promotion and pay raise structure are labyrinthine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Accounting has ceded any role in business decisions. It makes for a boring, tedious job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good depending on team

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    Current Employee - TPM  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - TPM in Seattle, WA (US)

    I have been working at Amazon.com as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    fun work, smart people, good office location

    Cons

    stress, time commitment, argumentative expected

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow for personal growth and reduce hour commitments

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Decent Experience with both Pros and Cons

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    Agressive go getter work culture. Good growth oppurtunties. Good Brand name to be associatd with

    Cons

    Bad Work life balance and pace and profiles are restrictive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Experience heavily depends on team and what you put in

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    -Flexibility to do work that immediately goes into production
    -Ship things quickly
    -Helpful teammates
    -Linux (and macs)! Seriously, this is a huge plus. unix tools > everything

    I really enjoyed being able to work on a lot of projects and seeing them go live. You could literally build stuff and ship on the same day.

    Cons

    -Because we ship so quickly, oftentimes there are issues overlooked
    -Experience highly depends on the quality of your team
    -More hours=more rewards for learning, but little rewards from management that is often biased towards friends
    -Personal growth 100% in your own hands - manager does little to help

    This really bugs me. The range of experiences really depends on the team you end up on. If you end up on a team with very few coding standards, lack of good SDE's, a manager who doesn't reward people properly, and lack of technical understanding in the team overall - and these teams are out there in bunches - then expect to have a really mediocre experience, even if you put in the shifts. At some point, when you are critical for every project your team owns, some teams can be very demanding by having you on-call 24/7 - if at any point something related to that breaks, they will call you, regardless of who's on-call.

    Also, be wary of managerial nepotism. Some teams aren't entirely meritocratic. Managers might just promote/rewards people they are friends with/most senior, NOT who has contributed the most to the team growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to root out some management layers that are nepotic or outright incompetent. Need to be critical of people if they make mistakes, even if they're friends.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    it was a great work place

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    Former Employee - Picking  in  Louisville, KY (US)
    Former Employee - Picking in Louisville, KY (US)

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

    Pros

    pays good very good work place and great co-workers

    Cons

    on your feet all day

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    It Transformation Consultant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Pros

    Best CEO in the world

    Cons

    Best Customer Service in the worls

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the Customer service

    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots to learn.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA (US)

    I worked at Amazon.com as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    1. Good learning experience
    2. Very fast paced environment with lots of tools to learn .

    Cons

    People in management do not treat people with that much respect but do their job well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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