Amazon.com Reviews

Updated 24 October, 2014
Updated 24 October, 2014
3,697 Reviews
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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.  

    Significant growth opportunity, great people, rigorous performance management

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    • 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
  2.  

    A generally good place with some specific organizations doing great work

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    • 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

    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.  

    interview experience in amazon trms

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Pros

    best package and career growth with good work environment

    Cons

    no extra work hours for some profile

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    You'll get good work but it might be overkill

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Hyderābād (India)
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Hyderābād (India)

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

    Pros

    - Loads of new projects coming in quite regularly.
    - Great development tools and infrastructure.
    - Several smart people around.

    Cons

    - Maintaining a work-life balance is a bit hard given the amount of stuff you have to do.
    - Politics might exist in certain teams.
    - Few teams are almost dead and if you get into one of them, you're in for a tough time.
    - Being on call could disrupt your personal life.
    - Very few perks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

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

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    • 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 (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
  7.  

    Tons of work, good money

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8.  

    It is the best company i've ever worked

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Associate in Hyderābād (India)
    Current Employee - Customer Service Associate in Hyderābād (India)

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

    Pros

    pay masters, they believe in work life balance, flexible working hours

    Cons

    these days it is getting strict

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    go ahead with what you are doing, however consider giving leaves when it is really emergency.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Work hard, really hard. Fun? Depends now what your definition of fun is.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    - Learn from the best. The bar for excellence at Amazon is set extremely high, and everyone is expected to constantly reach for it.
    - Go beyond what you thought was possible. Working at Amazon will push you to your limits and even further.
    - Ownership. People at Amazon have complete control of their work.

    Cons

    - No perks. Like zero. That means no free food, no team happy hours, etc.
    - Intense, sometimes too intense. People at Amazon work really, really hard, at times to the detriment of company culture.
    - Little teamwork/collaboration. Most of the work was extremely independent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Positive feedback about goals, everybody's upbeat and happy, management is very approachable and open to your ideas

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cosolidation in Kennesaw, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Cosolidation in Kennesaw, GA (US)

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

    Pros

    Everyday there's a sense of accomplishment and also lots of positive reinforcement . Leads are there to help with training and help you when there's a problem or concern . Everyday begins with a group meeting where goals are set and accomplishments are acknowledged from the day before. Everyday someone is asked to give a safety tip and a quality tip and warm-up exercises are lead by volunteers to get the day started.

    Cons

    Sometimes the flow of work is like a fire hose and you just have to work at a super fast pace to keep up and get the job done and other times you have to search for things to do to look busy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep yourself approachable and open to new ideas and always continue to give positive reinforcement and also tell employees when they are not doing something right so they can do it the right way.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    operational load

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    good infrastructure
    lot to learn
    smart guys

    Cons

    operational load
    cheap stuff
    no lunch
    work-life banlance bad

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