Amazon.com Reviews

Updated 23 October, 2014
Updated 23 October, 2014
3,692 Reviews
3.3
3,692 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 115 reviews)

  • Density of talent: Some really smart people spoiling their careers here (in 336 reviews)


Cons
  • Company is not at all sorry to screw people's work-life balance for itself to excel (in 605 reviews)

  • There is literally no work life balance inside this company (in 139 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Love it

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Surrounded by incredible talent, lots of opportunities to grow, awesome coworkers, lots of knowledge sharing, lots of challenging and creative projects

    Cons

    Commute (unless you live downtown or nearby), high turnover rates, cost of living in the area, frugality sometimes hurts productivity, sub par benefits, terrible 401k

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take better care of your talent (better pay, better benefits)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A generally good place with some specific organizations doing great work

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    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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazon has a high variability in talent and the kind of stuff it works on. There are places which are working on old legacy and so-yesterday problems and either re-writing them or deprecating old stuff. Same time there are organizations within Amazon that work on really cutting edge technology. You get to choose where you want to work. The best organizations also attract the best talent and are the most challenging places to work. The other places are not so great in terms of talent, but it may be a good choice if one is interested in working on relatively safe things and/or interested in a career in management. You can get paid well either way you go

    Cons

    There is stiff competition and work pressure can sometimes get to you.
    Managing a career is not so easy and there is not enough transparency. You can find out though if you talk to folks who have been around a long time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work for high-functioning, intelligent devs

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    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Never boring, always learning
    - In-city location means you aren't forced to live in the God-forsaken suburbs
    - Noone will find your path for you, emphasis on ownership and personal responsibility (this could be a con if you're lazy)
    - High hiring bar means you're surrounded by people smarter than you

    Cons

    - Shifting priorities mean some projects never make it to production.
    - Job satisfaction tied closely to team. Some are awesome, some not-so-much.
    - Minimal perks other than compensation. Middling health benefits. Amazon is proudly frugal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain the high hiring bar. 100% medical coverage should be standard for salaried employees. Larks like the Fire Phone are hurting our image.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Significant growth opportunity, great people, rigorous performance management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Amazon is a great place to grow your career. You'll work with smart people every day, and can move throughout the company. High-quality work is rewarded, as is delivering results. The company lives and breathes by the leadership principles.

    Cons

    There is no work-life balance. Teams run lean to ensure the right work gets done, but that also means that one person is almost always doing the job of five. People get burnt out, and leave.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Software Developemt Engineer Internship

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA (US)

    I worked at Amazon.com as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    I would say it was best experience of my life. Got to learn many good practices and technique for efficient coding.
    I was not exactly a java developer but learnt a lot about java in this internship.

    Cons

    Smart people around and you really have to prove yourself to get return offer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Title of my review

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance, personal growth, is a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a

    Cons

    I don't think amazon has any down sides to it. Excellent culture, good people. a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great learning experience. Real Software development that matters and you learn a lot from the smart people around you.

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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 as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great culture, work hard and do things that matter. You will learn a lot as an intern

    Cons

    Don't get much time to do other things. I found it hard to keep up with my peers who all worked late and had a lot more experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The work hours are too long for my team. I know times vary between teams.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    good

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    highly intelligent co workers , great learning environment!

    Cons

    not really, varies from team to team cannot make a generic statement

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Tons of work, good money

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    Former Employee - Software Tester in Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Tester in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    always stayed busy worked hard enjoyed my job. excellent benifits ,paid holidays, vac and other. had on site counselors, and medical teams ,and high security. walking 20 miles a day benefits extra bonus employee discounts

    Cons

    Overtime
    Little benefits
    Too much pressure
    staying on feet
    fast-paced
    following instructions
    work holidays
    working closely with others

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about employees' families

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    It's an amazing place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Amazon Warehouse Worker in West Columbia, SC (US)
    Current Employee - Amazon Warehouse Worker in West Columbia, SC (US)

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

    Pros

    Paid time off, vacation that rolls over, un paid time of 20 hours every 90 days...paid holidays off, demanding of time and pretty cool people to work for.They offer different classes to take to make your experience more fun, you never stop learning. Everyone is very helpful and willing to help associates succeed in growing and promote.

    Cons

    long hours, hot, demanding of time, work most holidays.sometimes associates get discouraged because the competition to promote is huge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better associate engagement, actively listen to associates needs. cross train more to be better prepared for peak season.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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