Amazon.com
3.4 of 5 2,804 reviews
www.amazon.com Seattle, WA 5000+ Employees

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Updated Apr 18, 2014
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3.4 2,804 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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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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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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Great opportunity, only if you strive hard

Software Development Engineer (Current Employee)
Seattle, WA (US)

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

ProsYou will find opportunities here, if you work hard. You also get to learn lots of technical skills, across various areas. Working hour is flexible in my team (it may vary in different team), in the sense that you don't have to get to work at early morning, and you can freely WFH if you like, given that you finish your work.

ConsYou have to work hard to catch up. It will be critical/tricky for you to keep your work/life balance here.

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

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An interesting place to work

SDE2 (Current Employee)
Seattle, WA (US)

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

ProsA lot of new stuffs to work on, a lot of challenge to face. Less red tape.

ConsPoor work life balance, a lot of pressure from upper management. Frugality makes people less happy

Advice to Senior Managementless frugal

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

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work hard, have fun and make history!

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Amazon.com full-time

Prosinteresting people to work with
challenging problems

Conslot of work
awards long term employees

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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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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Nice place to work

Data Engineer II (Current Employee)
Seattle, WA (US)

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

Pros* Peers
 * Challenges in work
 * Problem size

Cons* work life balance is difficult to manage

Advice to Senior Managementbe not so frugal

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

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Overall Amazon.com continues to be a fun, exciting, and dynamic work environment.

Process Assistant (Current Employee)
Plainfield, IN (US)

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

Pros3 days off
Changing work environment

ConsBase pay seems to be low for amount of work being input

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

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Word hard, make history

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Amazon.com

ProsGenerally a culture obsessed with making things, and quickly. They are one of the largest ship-it-and-iterate technology companies. Customer focus is taken very seriously. I've met some great people here.

ConsTeam quality can inconsistent: some are great, some are terrible. Hiring can get out of control, with diminishing domain knowledge as senior engineers leave. Don't get stuck working on legacy code if you can help it.

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

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Amazon.com

ProsGreat company to work for, absolutely love the position and opportunities!

ConsLong days during peak and following peak

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

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