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Amazon.com Reviews

Updated 18 December, 2014
Updated 18 December, 2014
3,945 Reviews
3.4
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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.  

    Worked in AWS. It was a very good learning experience. The team was very open and supportive.

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    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

    Good Compensation
    Seattle is a lovely place
    The management is rather open to your ideas
    You get the freedom to work the way you want

    Cons

    Work life balance is a little skewed to the work side

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 7 people found this helpful  

    High salary and low everything else

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

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazon pays well. You will also learn how to be assertive (aggressive) about your opinions, how to work type-A politics, and how to debug difficult code.

    Cons

    Amazon has some insane turnover. A little more than 1 year after I left, most of the people I knew there on LinkedIn have switched companies. It's not because those companies are great, or pay well - it's just because when you've been at Amazon for a year or two, your attitude tends to be "I don't see how it could get worse than this."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees like human beings and they might stick around a bit

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 11 people found this helpful  

    Worked hard. Did not have fun. I'm history!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Machine Learning Scientist in Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Machine Learning Scientist in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Amazon thinks big and dives deep. They are willing to pay big bucks for the right people that can get the job done. The hiring process is borderline neurotic, so almost all employees are there to work hard. Jeff Bezos, the CEO is also the founder. He is a brilliant guy.

    Cons

    They are first and foremost an online retailer. Product development takes second place. The most frustrating element is the middle management. Most of them are workaholics that are never satisfied with anything anyone ever does. Some companies expect your professional life to take precedence before your personal life. At Amazon, people do not have personal lives. They're always working. Most employees only last one year. There is a high amount of turnover. The management knows that you will eventually burn out, so they stoke the fires to get as much out of you until you quit. The most frustrating part is that Jeff Bezos loves to experiment and try new things, but the middle management hates it. Many employees have a mindset that Amazonians are superior to other people outside the company. That gets in the way of hiring people that can do things they cannot do. The people at Amazon are very proud and not in a good way!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Amazon is getting too big. They are trying to do so many things, they cannot possibly expect to be good at everything. Inside the company, feudal kingdoms are starting to coalesce. There are factions forming within software development, customer service, etc. Your middle management does not know what it is doing and refuses to listen to the people they hire to develop new things. That is a recipe for disaster! The Microsoft way of racking and stacking employees based on feedback from peers is not working.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Caring, compassionate company, truly care about their employees.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amazon.com

    Pros

    They work with you on shift/hours, they understand life happens.

    Cons

    The work can be hard at times, the hours are long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand your employees have hardships, and families.

  6.  

    Intern

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Pros

    -Good pay
    -Incredible learning experience
    - Leadership principles

    Cons

    - At times quite bureaucratic processes
    -Luxembourg

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Pros

    flexibility, stimulation, smart people, high paced environment where you can make decisions and be an actor of the company's growth

    Cons

    high workload, have to be willing to be scruffy at times to get work done

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good to experience, but bad to grow

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Pros

    innovate sense, bright future and direction

    Cons

    efficiency low, big pressure and limitied development space

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    It has been a great experience working with Amazon

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Chennai (India)
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Chennai (India)

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

    Pros

    Work culture
    Ownership
    Work life balance - Right place to settle down late in your career

    Cons

    Learning
    Salary
    visibility/transparency on growth path is not that good

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    nice place to work with ti and ti

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amazon.com

    Pros

    nice culture nice place nice environmennt nice people

    Cons

    nothing is there to tell bad about these

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no advice

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    At Amazon, we love to build systems. Systems that are distributes, and that talk to each other and get the business done

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Chennai (India)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Chennai (India)

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

    Pros

    Exposure to open technologies, highly competitive salary, smart people, good culture

    Cons

    Operational stuff to be done by devs, slower promotions, less hikes, disparity of salary between lateral hires and existing people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the salaries of veterans at par with laterals

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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