Amazon.com Reviews

Updated 19 September, 2014
Updated 19 September, 2014
3,507 Reviews
3.3
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Amazon.com Chairman, President, and CEO Jeff Bezos
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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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  1.  

    Exciting place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Fast paced environment. Results are seen quickly

    Cons

    On-call can be brutal. Front line management somewhat lacking in people skills

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good culture and fast paced.

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    Former Employee - Catalog Specialist II  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Catalog Specialist II in Seattle, WA (US)

    I worked at Amazon.com as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    You have flex time core hours and can come in at specific times and not exact times. Which is nice if you're used to companies asking you to come in at specific times. No micromanagement here. As long as you do your work and finish, you will succeed here. In downtown Seattle so you get to feel the city every day. Laid back but firm environment. Which is ideal.

    Cons

    Temp jobs that have short contracts can be a little stressful. The fast paced environment may not be ideal for some.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication might possibly need more enhancement. Some projects lack focus on personal growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    I work with awesome people doing what I like to do - and get paid a whole lot to do it

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    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 part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I get to work on very visible, customer-facing projects that make a difference to thousands of people a day. My management cares about my career growth and work-life balance. I am paid very well.

    Cons

    Many people, including myself, work 10-12 hours per day pretty frequently. On-call shifts are stressful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management is open to ideas from people at all levels, and they legitimately care about their employees' career growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    They are very focused on rates.

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    Former Employee - Fulfillment Associate  in  Chattanooga, TN (US)
    Former Employee - Fulfillment Associate in Chattanooga, TN (US)

    I worked at Amazon.com as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Fairly good worknig conditions.

    Cons

    Focused on rate so much somtimes compromise quality and safety.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Fun Challenging Team working on innovating with customer input on the retail website

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Own your own product from end to end. From design and vision through to technology stack and ownership

    Cons

    Getting the opportunity really depends on what team you land in within the company. Some roles are fantastic some are terrible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to go beyond and above to ensure that the people they manage are happy. The fact that they are not complaining is not a positive. If they are not singing your praises then something can be improved. Keep a finger on the pulse

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Okay experience. Didn't meet my expectations.

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

    I worked at Amazon.com as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Freedom to code, design. Casual dress code.

    Cons

    Very Frugal. No need to show frugality where its not required.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please chop off unwanted projects that are going no where because it wastes man power, time and talent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Its an Innovation Company

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager  in  Hyderābād (India)
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Hyderābād (India)

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

    Pros

    You will have enough opportunities to learn and improve your skills

    Cons

    Company talks about work life balance but managers have too much of work that it cannot be achieved in managerial role

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Learning and a big ownership

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    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

  11.  

    Summer Software Development Engineer Internship

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 for less than a year

    Pros

    I had a lot of fun working at Amazon. I met a lot of people, and gained a few very close friendships. Additionally, I was always learning new things, from my team and via the Amazon-wide tech talks. Overall, it was a great experience for learning how to be a better developer and what it is like to work at such a large company.

    Cons

    From what I saw, it was either hit or miss whether the mentorship program was actually beneficial. Some interns had mentors that really facilitated their learning, but others had mentors who seemed to only be interested in their own career advancement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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