Amazon.com
3.4 of 5 2,795 reviews
www.amazon.com Seattle, WA 5000+ Employees

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Updated Apr 15, 2014
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3.4 2,795 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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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "You're surrounded by smart people who challenge you to grow constantly"
    in 264 reviews
  • "You learn a lot about leadership principles and how to manage people"
    in 78 reviews
Cons:
  • "Company is not at all sorry to screw people's work-life balance for itself to excel"
    in 438 reviews
  • "Pathetic culture-no work life balance/poor pays shares are deceiving/Extremely political"
    in 100 reviews
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Fast paced environment , 110% expected everyday!

FC Associate (Current Employee)
Haslet, TX (US)

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

ProsAmazon has great benefits and a four day work week, unless Voluntary?mandatory is called. As a Full time blue badge associate you receive Paid time off, unpaid time, and vacation time. You also receive stock that vests after TWO years and a monthly bonus based on certain performance factors.
Open to suggestions for improving processes

ConsFavoritism
Pay cap on lower tier positions
communication between management and associates can be limited
Favors interview performance over experience

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

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Sort of like a law firm

Corporate Counsel (Current Employee)
Seattle, WA (US)

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

ProsBe a mini GC. You get a lot of responsibility and, depending on the role, can become a true generalist. Other companies will love to have you.

ConsVery big company. Very slow moving. It is also a large legal department so advancement isn't easy. Very long hours.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe GC is not a great leader. He is very aloof and does not really lead the department. While the lawyers are excellent, the department is not a well oiled machine.

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

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Device Associate (Current Employee)
Chennai (India)

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

Prosi have a great work culture

Conschallange will be common in all place but here there must be no identification is found

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Inbound Receiver (Current Employee)
Reno, NV (US)

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

ProsState of the art equipment

ConsHard to move to a permanent position

Advice to Senior ManagementHelp your team members move into full time permanent positions

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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challenging, a dog eat dog environment.

Process Assistant (Current Employee)
Breinigsville, PA (US)

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

ProsSmart people where you learn so much from. Great opportunities to grow .

ConsSteady stream of new managers proves to be difficult to gain exposure.

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

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Associate Retail Process (Former Employee)
Chennai (India)

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

ProsGreat pay, benefits, co-workers, atmosphere, office, every single thing

ConsAbsolutely none, this is an amazing company.

Advice to Senior ManagementThey are extremely talented, intelligent individuals who know how to lead. Worked under the best people here.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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"Intersting to work"

Customer Service Representative (Former Employee)
Hyderābād (India)

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

Prosgood work environment, flexible shift timings

Conspreassure, few opportunities for advancement.

Advice to Senior Managementkeep up the good work

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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The largest startup in the world

Software Engineer III (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA (US)

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

Pros1. Good pay at higher levels (SDE 3+)
2. Excellent range of opportunities - work from UI to the largest web services infrastructure in the world to machine learning to consumer products (Kindle).. If you get bored of one team, moving to another is straightforward.
3. High achievers are rewarded well
4. Super focused and competent senior management

Cons1. The frugality (cheapness) gets old after a while.
2. Growing as an individual contributor after the SDE 2 level is made ridiculously tough and is completely team dependent; an SDE 2-3 promotion in a technically strong team might take years (or never happen) with the same promotion take a few months in some other teams
3. Uneven quality across groups and teams - there needs to be a consistent hiring bar.
4. Employees are treated largely as cogs. The pager hell is real and can be bad depending on the team.

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

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Customer Support (Former Employee)

I worked at Amazon.com as a contractor

ProsGreat place to learn and to pick up new skills quickly. Management really cared about what you had to say and took your thoughts on board. Great atmosphere and social work environement- there were always plenty of extracurricular activities organized for staff.

ConsIt was very competitive as all the temp hires were vying for permanent positions. There was no sense of job security. The company's call centers are very strict on attendance and have points systems in place- so if you miss a day because you are sick, you receive a point. Three points and you're out.

Advice to Senior ManagementTo more clearly outline how many permanent positions there will be available for temp staff.

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

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exciting

Catalog Specialist (Current Employee)
Bangalore (India)

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

Proscompensation, office culture, time 0ff policies

Conswork life balance, leadership, time management

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