Amazon.com Reviews

Updated 27 April, 2015
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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. Under-employed

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milton, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milton, ON

    I worked at Amazon.com

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fast paced work environment, opportunity for considerable hours during peak season.

    Cons

    Forced overtime for hourly employees, low wages, many employees are under-employed based on skill sets.

  2. HR

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amazon.com

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    many people to look at and interview. Great company to work at. local management is trying hard
    Always an interesting day at work. Colleagues are friendly.

    Cons

    High interview rate.
    No progression for some groups.
    Many changes though out the years
    many reviews

    Advice to Management

    Push your management group harder to work and interact with their people.
    Balance work/life.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to Management
    Push your management group harder to work and interact with their people.
    Balance work/life.

  3. Challenging work, smart teams, driven environment

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    Current Employee - Recruiter in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Vancouver, BC

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart, innovative and collaborative colleagues
    Respected brand that gives employees instant credibility
    Leading edge products and services that customers love

    Cons

    High expectations of colleagues and managers -- stressful if you're not on your "A game"
    Constantly changing landscape - if you like stable and predictable this might not be for you
    Self driven growth paths -- no one takes you by the hand and leads you to your next promotion, you have to get there yourself

    Advice to Management

    Stay close to employees to gauge potential overload, but keep the challenge level high

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  5. Perfect mix of the agility of a start-up and support from a big corporation.

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Vancouver, BC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of growth potential; Decentralized organization give freedom to teams to define their processes; Encourage and reward pro-activeness and drive; Surrounded by highly intelligent and effective colleagues; SDE have a lot of power and works full stack; Vancouver location a lot more relaxed and balanced culture compared to HQ; One of the best compensation in the city

    Cons

    Decentralized means your experience will be based heavily on your team and manager; Lack of structure and training, you are expected to be advocate for yourself; SDE have to do on-call operational duty.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more support to talented people who may not be as ambitious and self-driven, balance immediate business need with interesting technical challenges to maintain motivation, grow the people we have.

  6. Great company!

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Vancouver, BC

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I am working with the distributed system.The group has great worklife balance, opportunity for growth , good salary, work from home possibility.

    Cons

    Too many processes are there , which is cumbersome.Can't do the work remotely.The living expense in vacouver is too high and the climate is bad.

    Advice to Management

    Don't like the "On call" institution,which meas you have to get up enven in 3:00 AM if there's any big problem.hope amazon would build its own surpport department.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Deliver, Deliver, Deliver

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Toronto, ON

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    *Solid proprietary systems allow for building software services extremely fast and easy
    *Great opportunity for career growth as Amazon in Toronto is expanding (Continue to go on the route for Software, opportunity to be a Project Manager, and also go down the road of being a manager)
    *Work with very smart individuals

    Cons

    *Strong focus on delivery forces developers to think of solutions fast that typically cause maintenance issues 1-2 years down the road (Low quality of code)
    *There is no such thing as under promise and over deliver since Management's expectation for developers is to pressure them into delivering as much as possible
    *Work/life balance: On-call on some teams are hectic (pages 2-4 times a week at any time of day).
    *Remote Office: Being in a remote office in Toronto means late meetings with Seattle and less visibility to Seattle counter parts sometimes impacting promotion cycles. Barely any community feeling.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce promises to upper management just for the sake of savings and metrics and you will see high quality software services that can be treated as a base to build on top of to provide even more savings.

  8. Helpful (2)

    It's okay

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good starting salary
    Company pushes you to grow
    Teams are small so oncall is manageable

    Cons

    Work life balance is an issue. An issue mgmt pretends to care about
    Maternity / Paternity benefits are next to none
    Year over year salary increases are soso.

    Advice to Management

    Don't cheap out on raises
    Have a decent maternity / paternity benefits (see Google)

  9. Helpful (1)

    not too bad nor good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    flexible working time, not too bad salary
    company location is good, near downtown
    easy to get return-offer

    Cons

    you have to be on call sometime,
    work place is not very fancy, and no free food,
    not too much bonus

  10. Helpful (2)

    Working at the fulfillment centre was fast paced.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Pros

    The pros would be the other people working with you. Clean and comfortable working facilities.

    Cons

    When it comes to hiring season they will pick up anyone with a heartbeat.

  11. OK, but not a very good company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon.com

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

    Pros

    have chance to learn more technology

    Cons

    self-service, lack of team work

    Advice to Management

    more personal things than company

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