Amazon.com Reviews

Updated 28 August, 2014
Updated 28 August, 2014
3,552 Reviews

3.3
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good opportunity to learn a lot in a particular area of software development (in 101 reviews)

  • Density of talent: Some really smart people spoiling their careers here (in 306 reviews)


Cons
  • Company is not at all sorry to screw people's work-life balance for itself to excel (in 540 reviews)

  • There is literally no work life balance inside this company (in 125 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Learning and a big ownership

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great Learning and a big ownership - very cross-functional experience, working for a company that is long term focused, very ambitious and puts customer first, very strong culture

    Cons

    Very intense, not big on formal training (you are expected to learn on the job), most people find work-life balance getting skewed in favor of work, strong culture means you either fit in or would not survive for long

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more BI support to business teams, have a process to check the managers who only manage upward

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Awesome!!!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Assistant  in  Carlisle, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Process Assistant in Carlisle, PA (US)

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There are so many opportunities!!! Very customer oriented with always pursuing new ways to be more efficient with frugality.

    Cons

    Lots of changes all the time in streamlining the processes for customer experience....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your upcoming middle managers to be prepared and give them the feedback they deserve (be it positive or negative)...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    SDE Intern at Amazon Seattle HQ.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great pay. Good working environment. Dog lover. Their internship is one of the best one. You have your own project. Learn a lot from their process. Also easier than some other companies to get return offer.

    Cons

    Food is bad. Nothing is for free. Don't like company culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't like the company culture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    -Fast paced work culture
    -New teams have startup atmosphere
    -Learn new stuff daily

    Cons

    - Oncall pressure
    - Perks could be better

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Opportunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Area Manager  in  Patterson, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Area Manager in Patterson, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Challenging opportunity but you have the opportunity to really meet customer expectations. The organization is very focused on the making the customer and their associates happy.

    Cons

    Focus more on meeting the need of your management staff. Many of them work long hours and do not feel that their work is appreciated but that it is expected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage your managers similar to the way you engage the associates.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Work hard and have fun

    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Engineer I  in  Chennai (India)
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Engineer I in Chennai (India)

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance and great work encironment

    Cons

    Need to deal with targets and work pressure during Q4

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to be more transparent on appraisal

  8.  

    Good place to learn

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Here you can learn a lot of things.

    Cons

    Too much pressure and lower benefits.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    BHX1

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate  in  Rugeley, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Rugeley, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Decent pay for the work that is involved... Plenty of help from certain other people when needed... Good lead who is always fair and listens to individuals cercumstances

    Cons

    Quite often shot handed in the area I work and request for extra people to help when busy are often ignored or refused

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great for learning, hard on work-life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager, Vendor Management  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Manager, Vendor Management in Seattle, WA (US)

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    One of the best companies in terms of learning opportunities, the quality of your peers, and the overall quality of management and vision.

    Cons

    Total compensation is great, as long as you are willing to take a low base salary and a lot of stock, particularly in management positions. Amazon supplements your base for the first two years with cash bonuses, but after the third year the compensation is base + RSU vests. So if the stock price increases, you make good money. If it goes down, you find yourself making less than market value.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    It all depends on your team

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Amazon is like a company of companies. You will have different experiences depending on which team you work on. I say this because, I interned at Amazon twice... on different teams. You can't judge the company as a whole when it comes to your work experience. Also, your manager is very important, when it comes to dictating your experience at Amazon.

    The general pros of working here:

    -So many smart people, you will find a lot of diversity here as well.
    -Interesting projects and products that they have
    -Great salary, relocation, and starting bonuses
    -Working from Home is an option, as long as you get your work done
    -Lots and lots of different technologies used spread through different teams
    -You can come in to work late... How late depends on team of course.
    -You may get invited to free fun events! ie: Free food, sports, etc. (very team dependent)

    Cons

    -Work-life balance can be pretty bad. I've had experiences where people get to leave early or late. It depends on the person and how much work is assigned to them. Also, of course, their skill level
    -A lot of tasks are assigned to you
    -On-call can be hectic, this is team dependent, some teams have a easier On-call experience then others...
    -Code base might be outdated, and annoying to work with
    -You may plateau in learning, depending on what your team does, (Maintenance vs Creating)

    Before joining Amazon, try to look into which teams are generally good and which aren't. I won't lie, that is, most of the teams tend to get bombarded with work and stay at work late.

    Overall, it's a nice company to work for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Lower the work load, make employees more happier.
    -Measure each team's work load and try to make team bigger if it's too high.
    -Add overtime salary for people that have to stay late
    -More fun events for all teams.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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