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Amazon.com Reviews

Updated 26 November, 2014
Updated 26 November, 2014
3,865 Reviews
3.4
3,865 Reviews
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Amazon.com Chairman, President, and CEO Jeff Bezos
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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.  

    cool place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CSA in Hyderābād (India)
    Current Employee - CSA in Hyderābād (India)

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

    Pros

    excellent environment and work culture

    Cons

    i did not find any

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Freedom and fast pace. Good tech. Management can be better.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    You can run your own agenda inside this company, there's a lot of freedom to try new ideas. There's a plethora of technology experts and internal services that enable you to build great things. There are tech talks all the time by senior engineers. If you have your own agenda, this is the place to go.

    Amazon has built a great software toolbox for its own internal operations. A lot of tools are aimed at analytics. This is a data-driven company and the toolbox is there to empower this thinking. I really love that aspect of Amazon.

    I haven't had any bureaucracy problems here. This is a lean company and logistics are very high-performing. IT support is fast and effective.

    In Amazon, there's freedom, and that freedom is backed by the leadership principles. You can find them on the company's jobs website. This culture is extremely empowering. They ask you to be a leader, in writing. If you like to do so, you feel backed by the company's culture from the very first day.

    The buildings are functional and comfortable. You can bring your dog, and there are kitchenettes in every floor. I like my workplace, it's just right for me.

    The office culture looks cold. You don't talk to people unless you need to (including saying hi). This was shocking to me the first days, but now I got used to it and I'm starting to think that it's better to maintain focus.

    Cons

    Rather than a "con", this is the counterpart of the pros: everyone is busy running their own agenda, and so you need to care about yourself. In particular, you need to be able to back your decisions with data, solid arguments, or evident results.

    Now, something that I really don't like is that my boss has been breaking a lot of promises and it looks like he doesn't care about it. That's something plainly bad. I just cannot trust my boss' word.

    The food in the cafeterias is rather expensive.

    Be ready to negotiate your salary. They will definitely try to save money. Don't undersell yourself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't make breaking promises a policy and give your reports the time they deserve.

    Maintain the data-based approach for measuring people's contribution. It's good and fair.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Software Development Engineer

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice Work Culture, Lots of challenging work

    Cons

    Too much of work load.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    company with good technology but poor compensation

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    • 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 full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    smart people, flexible hours, best cloud infrastructure in the world.
    Overall very talented people working with each other, especially AWS has some of the best calibers in the industry.

    Cons

    poor compensations, on-calls duties, management sometimes don't know what the heck they are doing.
    Compensation is a joke compared to other competitors in the industry. For the amount of work that people do, at least have some respect and pay them properly!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    SDE

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    Awesome Work Environment, very structured processess.

    Cons

    Work Life Balance is missing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Amazon Great Place To Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Amazon Ambassador in Riverside, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Amazon Ambassador in Riverside, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Very easy to move up if you are motivated. BIG on safety which is a huge plus. Very fun environment to work in the days go by so quick! Great benefits.

    Cons

    Peak season can drain you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Culture dilution due to rapid growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The culture at Amazon is actually really great. Yes, it is tough and they expect a lot from you. Not type-A? May not be a good fit. But, it cultivates an environment where people work hard, collaborate, drive for success, and expect the best of themselves and each other. It's really awesome. Career potential is limitless.

    Cons

    So many new people in such a short amount of time has diluted the culture. New people struggle to figure it out and are bastardizing it. Making it too soft.

    Benefits aren't bad, but very basic (healthcare, 401k, etc.). Comp is low with stock options to make up for it. Travel can be excessive in some roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold firmer on the culture and make sure the new folks get it/live it, get rid of the growing bureaucracy, better salary.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazon

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    Current Employee - FC TRAINER in Delhi (India)
    Current Employee - FC TRAINER in Delhi (India)

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

    Pros

    good company to work in

    Cons

    Less pay, lots of manual work and less automation, takes time to adapt to the cahanges

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have to be little more structure in resolving problem

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

    So far so good

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Experience Intern in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Customer Experience Intern in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    400 dollar bonus for training
    Really flexible hours
    Work from home

    Cons

    I don't see the sun much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    doin a good job!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    PeopleSoft Administrator

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Hyderābād (India)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Hyderābād (India)

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

    Pros

    Nice office culture and compensation

    Cons

    need to improve more on work-life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve Onsite Oppotunties

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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