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Amazon.com Reviews

Updated 18 December, 2014
Updated 18 December, 2014
3,944 Reviews
3.4
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Fantastic company and one of the best job in my career.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time

    Pros

    Good company ,nice culture. make history and have fun.

    Cons

    not much to say here. I enjoyed my life at the company.

    Recommends
  2.  

    good

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amazon.com

    Pros

    industry leading products and services available

    Cons

    few chances to get promoted

  3.  

    software engineering

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time

    Pros

    it is a gaood experience

    Cons

    there nothing bad about it

    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Development Engineer

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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 an year)

    Pros

    You learn the latest technologies, and how to scale for millions

    Cons

    Compensation and benefits should improve

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    In love- but there's room for improvement

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    Current Employee - Process Assistant in Mississauga, ON
    Current Employee - Process Assistant in Mississauga, ON

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

    Pros

    Always improving
    Ownership
    Fast-pace
    Employee development
    Career opportunities
    Fun
    Lots to learn

    Cons

    Turn over rate
    Communication gaps
    No scholarship opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read the cons

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fast paced and rewarding

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    Current Employee - Associate in Mississauga, ON
    Current Employee - Associate in Mississauga, ON

    I have been working at Amazon.com as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Growing company with many opportunities. Consistently evolving with new trends.

    Cons

    Relatively low pay for hourly employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    unique place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amazon.com as a contractor

    Pros

    uniqueness, great business plan / ideology

    Cons

    lack of real organization, communication

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ask yourselves the reason of high turnouts on hiring/firing

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Ownership culture, interesting technology, and a bright future

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    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Vancouver, BC

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

    Pros

    Amazon is an amazing company - I haven't seen anything like it. It's a place where you're encouraged to "Think Big" while still having to focus on the details and deliver results. There are truly incredible people working here, and it's easy to reach across the organization and benefit from their knowledge. This is a company where displays of true ownership are rewarded. If you see a problem or an opportunity, don't wait for someone else to give you permission to look at it - go and see! Sure, you shouldn't go off for two weeks working on something new without telling anyone, but management is open to hearing about ideas about what needs to be done.

    The Vancouver office is a "remote" office in that it's a few hours away from the corporate HQ in Seattle, but the culture here is very much Amazonian. The leadership principles are consistent across the company (although occasionally open to interpretation), and as we continue to grow the office feels more and more like a "1st class" Amazon office every day.

    Amazon has had a bad reputation about operational load, but I can only speak to my own experience - the load is minimal. It is very rare that someone on my team gets paged because of an issue, and almost always that takes place during business time. Having the team handle operations, instead of sourcing it out to a dedicated support team, instills a strong quality ethic in the team and as a result the software is of much higher quality.

    Cons

    Amazon is great place, but it's also a huge and varied place. Your Amazon experience will depend largely on two things - how much of a self-started you are, and what team you're on.

    There are a lot of opportunities, but you need to reach out and grab them. Very little will be spoon-fed to you unless you are at the lowest levels, and even then there is an expectation of motivation and initiative (or "bias for action"). Waiting for the action to come to you is not a successful strategy, be it interesting projects, new technologies, promotions, or anything else.

    Amazon is relatively decentralized, meaning that it's up to each organization, division, and even manager to run their group the way they want. Sometimes things will be circumstantial - inheriting a legacy system, etc. - but often a manager's or organization's policies will greatly impact how much you like work here. Luckily, people are relatively free to move around within the company, so unhappy teams will bleed developers to teams with better reputations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Handling a company that's growing as rapidly as this one is difficult. I think you are doing a good job, but one way of improving would be to be more transparent as to how things in the employee survey are handled. Many of them ARE getting handled, but it's not always obvious how.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Work hard yes. Have fun, yes. Make history, I hope!

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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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nice atmosphere, good and qualified colleagues, and good principles. I get to work on interesting projects and to decide how to do them: from design to implementation, we do it all ourselves. Some teams work on exciting projects, others work on necessary projects. Less thrilling, but still huge amounts of data or money flows through our software, and it's gratifying to know we make a difference.

    Cons

    Your career seems to be entirely in your hands, and some bars seem pretty high.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Varies by team and "frugal"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amazon.com as an intern

    Pros

    Seattle is great. Housing was good. Pay is very good. Great relocation team.

    Cons

    Frugal means fewer and lower quality perks. Some of things we were given fell apart. Mostly importantly experience varies greatly by team. A bad team means a very bad experience, as you are yelled at and overworked. Overwork is the culture. You will miss traditional software engineering practices, as often release is more important than quality- disproportionately so and scope creep is out of control on some teams. Recruiting is slipshod, they disappear for weeks at a time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better management practices for interns and employees. Some software engineering practices.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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