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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Working at Amazon

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    Former Employee - Picker Outbound in Mississauga, ON
    Former Employee - Picker Outbound in Mississauga, ON

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

    Pros

    Good pay. Thats it, if you work the whole 40, (sometimes 50) you can get good pay, but considering the amount you have to walk and stand, minimum rate is not enough.

    Cons

    Work-life balance was terrible, they basically wanted you to drop everything in your life and come in on you MOT day (Mandatory Over Time) and once you cancelled you plans, they could easily say they cancelled the MOT. No perks of working in the company and working with fellow employees felt risky. Everybody looked out for their interest and work environment was not friendly. Everybody wanted to make sure they're rates were high and would screw anyone else in the process. They watch your rates like vultures and one day will congratulate you and on the next scold you for not working hard enough, regardless of your wellbeing

    They try to act like they have safety in place, but no safety procedures are followed by the fulltime Amazon employees, and making a mistake is equivalent to getting fired. They are terrible at recognizing potential and will not see good talent. Instead, they will focus on good rates and suck-ups to promote and advance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to gauge real potential which might help the quick turnaround. Also, try to know what your employees are saying about you, sometimes when there is a language gap, a lot of the stuff they are saying is really, really bad.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Horrible culture

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    Current Employee - Senior Vendor Manager in London, ON
    Current Employee - Senior Vendor Manager in London, ON

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time

    Pros

    Good salary but no bonuses

    Cons

    You have to work with some of the least inspiring people on this planet. The culture is horrible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    dont act like monsters. it leads nowhere

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 8 people found this helpful  

    All hail the Amazon cult...

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    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Milton, ON
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Milton, ON

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

    Pros

    The only pro I can see is that you can put Amazon on your resume and have people trip all over themselves thinking that actually means something...

    Cons

    Where to begin?

    -Cult like devotion and inability to allow dissent
    -Cold and highly arrogant organization
    -Mind numbing numbers metrics and having to 'deep dive' everything
    -Absolutely no work life balance
    -An organization that likes to pass the buck and throw people under the bus with glee

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice at all...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 9 people found this helpful  

    No longer a place where "builders can build". Mediocre company with mediocre pay & benefits relative to industry.

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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

    Pros

    - several businesses are industry-leading and will continue to do well (Amazon retail, AWS, Kindle)
    - internal developer tools and expertise is still a great asset

    Cons

    - increase in management levels, degrading talent, and churn is leading to a slower company with poorer quality products
    - hiring bar getting lower; best employees are leaving since there is nothing particularly attractive to retain them
    - mediocre pay and benefits relative to an overall tech industry that pays very generously
    - stock at current price has limited upside compared to industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    One of the main company values is "Amazon is a place where builders can build." That is no longer true. There is too much middle management, politics, and bs. Amazon needs to nurture and retain the best and brightest developers and dev leads, not those who love running meetings and playing politics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good company, good systems, gruelling, physically demanding job

    Current Employee - Amazon Warehouse Worker in Milton, ON
    Current Employee - Amazon Warehouse Worker in Milton, ON

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

    Pros

    You are paid 14$/hour. Managers and supervisors are supposed to help you according to Amazon leadership principles. Very good benefits including vision, dental, podiatrist, chiropractor etc

    Cons

    You will have to walk as much as 15 km a day (in 10 hours). Your feet and various other parts of your body will hurt like nothing you have experienced before. Long term this job will seriously affect your health.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rotation of tasks are not done as there are never enough people due to high turnover. Rotate tasks and change to an 8 hour shift.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  7. 8 people found this helpful  

    Hectic

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Vancouver, BC

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

    Pros

    A lot of opportunities to learn.
    Working on large projects with millions of users.
    Nice concepts in internal tools (build system, versioning, software dependencies management, continuous deployment, deployment on development & production hosts).
    Possibility to work for other teams if you want to change.
    Compensation is good (but no perks).
    Working at Amazon(/Apple/Facebook/Google) is a good experience.

    Cons

    The focus is put on delivering new features under tight deadlines. It is exciting but it often results in lowering the quality standards and increasing the operational load (frequent firefighting).
    Little time is invested on stabilizing a feature once it's been released.
    On-calls are expected to be available to work on weekends. Every engineer is part of an on-call rotation.
    Heavy process and emails are sometimes getting on your way to get things done.
    Getting a promotion requires your active participation: you'll need to get the right exposure and be vocal about what you do (it won't come naturally).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest on keeping your employees, listen to them and remove what is getting on their way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Interesting work & everyday is a new challenge

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    Current Employee - Sales in Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - Sales in Calgary, AB

    I have been working at Amazon.com part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Work life balance & fair wage for job expectations

    Cons

    Need to be on top of your game everyday

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More one on one coaching

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Intense

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amazon.com

    Pros

    Lots of projects to work on, they will give you lots of exposure to different things, never boring. Some very bright people work there. Everything changes quickly and you are expected to stay on top of it all. Peak is as busy as you have heard.

    Cons

    Pace is high, and not much is given to reduce it. Family and personal time must be put 2nd.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the churn. Its variation and goes against tenets of standardization

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 11 people found this helpful  

    Swamped with legacy hacks

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

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

    Pros

    There are great opportunities and the scale at which Amazon operates is amazing.

    Cons

    Only 10% of the time is spent on new development, and the rest we are putting out fires. Prepare to inherit a legacy of hacks with little tests and no documentation (tribal knowledge is the norm). You will have to keep this software running 24/7 and do whatever it takes to keep it up to date with whatever changes in the runtime environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have some process in place for change management, and have less process when it comes to bureaucracy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Ambassador

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    Current Employee - Ambassador in Mississauga, ON
    Current Employee - Ambassador in Mississauga, ON

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

    Pros

    Great work atmosphere get to know lot of thinks and on how to work with multi-culture people.

    Cons

    Peak seasons are very challenging just need to keep your cool and calmness.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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