Amazon.com Reviews

Updated 1 October, 2014
Updated 1 October, 2014
3,564 Reviews
3.3
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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 111 reviews)

  • Density of talent: Some really smart people spoiling their careers here (in 327 reviews)


Cons
  • Company is not at all sorry to screw people's work-life balance for itself to excel (in 589 reviews)

  • There is literally no work life balance inside this company (in 134 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fast paced, lots of cool stuff to learn, working with smart people.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Training  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Training in Seattle, WA (US)

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I have learned, and continue to learn, a lot of exciting, fun, and cutting edge technology. Amazon Web Services is at the forefront of Public Cloud Computing and as such is inventing tomorrow's services and capabilities. Almost everyone I've encountered is willing to share their knowledge and experience. Even though Amazon.com is a company of over 100,000 employees, AWS feels like a startup with high energy, excitement, and buzz.

    Cons

    Although I'm not too adversely affected by this in my particular role (I travel a lot and am not in the office much), I can see that many people struggle with work/life balance. I don't honestly know whether that's a company characteristic or simply due to people wanting to accomplish more than can in a reasonable number of hours per week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have just recently learned (here on Glassdoor, and elsewhere) that Amazon employs annual stack ranking of employees. That's beyond appalling. This Jack Welch inspired system makes some sense in the abstract, but the actual requirement for managers to drop the bottom x% (by a necessarily subjective assessment) is a lousy practice.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Amazon Intern

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

    I have been working at Amazon.com as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Generally everyone was friendly, helpful, and professional.

    The hours and workload were very reasonable.

    Cons

    Occasionally, there were some who were very difficult to work with.

    But that person was a complete outlier, and not at all representative of the company as a whole.

  3.  

    Lots of work, tons of rewards

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great exposure, volume and variety of work. Strong desire to compete and deliver results which helps morale if you're driven and ambitious. Plenty of training options and as long as you can justify what your plans are with data, they'll support you with more experimental projects.

    Cons

    Volume of work. Pay isn't the best. There can sometimes be a disconnect or 'veiled' gap between management and employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open up - share and trust your company's driving force.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Place where builders can build

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager

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

    Pros

    get to work with smart people, lots of freedom and ideas can be generated from bottom up

    Cons

    not great work life balance, operations load can be high

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Hard-working Job

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Pros

    reputable company in retail or distribution

    Cons

    lots of physical hard work

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great tech job, though on-call kinda sucks

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    • Career Opportunities
    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

    - Small teams mean that coworkers are friends, fast development, and bureaucracy is minimal. Coordination with other teams just means a short walk down the hall or talking over a divider between rooms.
    - Decent pay and benefits.

    Cons

    developers must take turns being on call. If you're on call, that means if your team's thing breaks at 3am, your pager is going to go off and you get to go fix it immediately. The idea is to motivate developers to write more reliable code, I guess.

    It is possible to get stuck with a bad team. Either people you don't get along with, or a workaholic team that has a bad work-life balance and pushes you too hard.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sticks to their consistent culture

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate  in  Kennewick, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate in Kennewick, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    It's easy to be recognized for skills beyond what your job description states, and have them be nurtured. Mobility always seemed like a possibility in any position.

    Cons

    Commitment to frugal culture led to poor working environment. Desks were cheap, supplies were cheap, and very little flexibility for comfort costs.

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

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

    • 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 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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Unique corporate culture that either does or doesn't work for you

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Program Manager II  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Technical Program Manager II in Seattle, WA (US)

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Many growth opportunities. Work with some of the brightest and best around. The culture, if you buy into it, has a lot going for it. If you're not onboard with the culture you won't make it.

    Cons

    Can be difficult to keep your head about water. A lot of fast paced projects that change very little in the overall juggernaut of Amazon.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place for internship

    • 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 as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    colorful life in Seattle, well-paid salary for interns

    Cons

    very little annual bonus

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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