Amazon.com Reviews

Updated 23 April, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    grueling work

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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 (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    People are very helpful. If you do your work and follow safety you are left alone (no boss looking. over your shoulder). Very good health benefits for you and your family. Three day weekend

    Cons

    Grueling 10 hour days on your feet or walking in a huge warehouse.

    Advice to Management

    dont bs about safety. There are very unsafe arrangement of products. Fix it first and then talk about safety.

  2. 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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

  3. 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

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  5. Helpful (1)

    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Compensation and benefits should improve

  6. software engineering

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    it is a gaood experience

    Cons

    there nothing bad about it

  7. Helpful (1)

    In love- but there's room for improvement

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 a year)

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

    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 Management

    Read the cons

  8. Helpful (1)

    Fast paced and rewarding

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Associate in Mississauga, ON
    Current Contractor - Associate in Mississauga, ON

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Relatively low pay for hourly employees

  9. unique place to work

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Amazon.com as a contractor

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    uniqueness, great business plan / ideology

    Cons

    lack of real organization, communication

    Advice to Management

    ask yourselves the reason of high turnouts on hiring/firing

  10. Helpful (5)

    Ownership culture, interesting technology, and a bright future

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 a year)

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

    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 Management

    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.

  11. Helpful (3)

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 a year)

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

    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.

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