Amazon.com

  www.amazon.com
  www.amazon.com
There are newer employer reviews for Amazon.com

1 person found this helpful  

Great place to gain varied experience

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA (US)
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA (US)

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

Pros

- High Hiring Bar
- Your career is your responsibility
- Gain a lot of experience in a short time
- Autonomy is readily granted (just keep on track with your annual goals)
- Great place for recent graduates to start careers

Cons

- Need to wear a lot of hats
- Review process is short and intense
- Some managers have little time to advise career development
- High pressure environment with long hours expected (work-life balance can be difficult)

Not a con, more of a note of advice:
One needs to keep skills and qualifications on par or above the current hiring bar. Even with hard work and dedication, one can become no longer be qualified for the current job easily. Keep note of the qualifications of new colleagues and strive to equal them.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Push the mentor program. Since mentors have chosen to volunteer their time to help others, employees might find it easier get career development help. Senior execs tell employees to contact their managers for career advice, however managers are usually very busy just keeping up and may not have time available.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

3842 Other Employee Reviews for Amazon.com (View Most Recent)

Sort: Rating Date
  1.  

    A great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Pros

    1. Very positive working environment for engineers; coworkers help each other out.
    2. Be able to work on cutting edge technologies in Amazon.
    3. Amazon got a great leader, Jeff Bazos, who is very smart and has made many right decisions.
    4. Amazon dominates the e-retail business.
    5. Amazon Web Services (AWS) are doing really well in the cloud computing market.

    Cons

    1. Operational tasks take a lot of time, as a result fewer time can be spent on actual development.
    2. Oncall overheads in some teams are crazy and oncall can be paged many times.
    3. Employee benefit is not that good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider increasing the salary, which is not that competitive anymore.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Not a great place to work as Full-time perm

    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time

    Pros

    lots of money and good benefits

    Cons

    no time to live your life. The hours will kill any family life you want. They hire you and you have a brief honeymoon period of about 1 month but after 2 months the honeymoon is over. Be prepared to work your butt off and if you can't then be ready to work somewhere else. Oh and the signing bonus they will want that back if you didn't last a year at amazon. I feel sorry for all the college students getting out of college and working for amazon. Amazon is using and abusing you. Believe it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get rid of the CEO

There are newer employer reviews for Amazon.com

Work at Amazon.com? Share Your Experiences

Amazon.com

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.