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Amazon Overview

Seattle, WA (US)
10000+ employees
1994
Company - Public (AMZN)
Internet
$10+ billion (USD) per year
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. We are driven by the excitement of building technologies, inventing products, and providing services that ... Read more

Mission: Our mission is to be Earth's most customer-centric company. Our actions, goals, projects, programs, and inventions begin and end with the customer top of mind.

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Glassdoor Awards

Top CEOs: 2017 (#8)

Company Updates

  • Amazon selects New York City and Northern Virginia for new headquarters http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQSxB

    Amazon selects New York City and Northern Virginia for new headquarters

    Amazon today announced that we have selected New York City and Arlington, Virginia, as the locations for our new headquarters. Amazon will invest $5 billion and create more than 50,000 jobs across the two new headquarters locations, with more than 25,000 employees each in New York City and Arlington.

  • As a recruiting leader at Amazon, Shreeja seeks to create a world class candidate experience. She advises candidates to take an avid interest in our Leadership Principles, as they articulate our unique culture and are an important determinant of success. She is hiring a Senior Technical Program Manager and Software Development Manager: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQ8cA Apply now!
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    'Giving the best candidate experience is our first step towards hiring the best'

    As a recruiting leader with Amazon, Shreeja is setting an example in creating a world class candidate experience. She brings 15+ years of talent experience and is applying her learnings and vision in engaging with Amazon's candidates meaningfully. In this candid interview, Shreeja answers a host of...

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Amazon – Why Work For Us?


Every day is Day 1 at Amazon Canada!  Whether you work in one of our Corporate Offices or Fulfillment Centres, there are countless opportunities for you to take Ownership and Invent & Simplify on behalf of our customers. We prioritize development for all employees, and are committed to investing in our diverse and local communities.  We believe in inventing on behalf of our customers to drive our business, and with that comes staggering growth from coast to coast across Canada and beyond. We have more than 1,800 employees in Canada at corporate offices in Vancouver and Toronto as well as fulfillment facilities in Brampton, Delta, Milton, Mississauga, New Westminster.  Visit amazon.jobs to see how you can build a career at Amazon:

Amazon Canada Fulfillment Centre

At Amazon, we don’t wait for the next big idea to present itself. We envision the shape of impossible things and then we boldly make them reality. So far, this mindset has helped us achieve some incredible things. Let’s build new systems, challenge the status quo, and design the world we want to live in. We believe the work you do here will be the best work of your life. 

It’s Always Day 1 

At Amazon, it’s always “Day 1.” Now, what does this mean and why does it matter? It means that our approach remains the same as it was on Amazon’s very first day – to make smart, fast decisions, stay nimble, invent, and stay focused on delighting our customers. In our 2016 shareholder letter, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos shared his thoughts on how to keep up a Day 1 company mindset. “Staying in Day 1 requires you to experiment patiently, accept failures, plant seeds, protect saplings, and double down when you see customer delight,” he wrote. “A customer-obsessed culture best creates the conditions where all of that can happen.” You can read the full letter here.   

Our Leadership Principles 

Our Leadership Principles help us keep a Day 1 mentality. They aren’t just a pretty inspirational wall hanging. Amazonians use them, every day, whether they’re discussing ideas for new projects, deciding on the best solution for a customer’s problem, or interviewing candidates. To read through our Leadership Principles from Customer Obsession to Bias for Action, visit https://www.amazon.jobs/principles.  

Diversity and Inclusion 

At Amazon, we pride ourselves on our peculiar culture. We honor and respect the differences that each Amazonian brings, and we seek to include those perspectives in our solutions for our global customer base. We also seek to build the diverse community of creators and developers who we are proud to call customers.    

Our Affinity Groups bring employees together across businesses and geographies. With executive and company sponsorship, these groups play an important role in building internal networks for career development, advising Amazon business units, leading in service projects, participating in policy discussions, and reaching out to communities where Amazonians live and work. Since 2016, enrollment in Amazon’s affinity groups has more than doubled in more than 90 chapters worldwide.    

Visit  amazon.com/diversity to learn more about our diversity programs and affinity groups.   

Our interview process

Our application and interview process differs from role to role, but the main ways we get to know you are through your online application, phone interviews, and in-person interviews. Here are some helpful tips for the interview process:  

  • Amazon uses behavioral-based interviewing, which is based on discovering how you think in specific employment-related situations. We want to understand how you solve problems, challenge conventional thinking, and keep projects moving — so we’ll ask you questions that will help us understand why and how you’ve made decisions in the past. The STAR method is a structured manner of responding to a behavioral-based interview question by discussing the specific situation, task, action, and result of what you’re describing. 
  • Amazon is a data and metrics-driven company. When you answer questions, keep your focus on the question asked to ensure your answer is solid, and provide examples using metrics or data if applicable. Reference recent situations that showcase your behavior or actions. As much as possible, use work examples that showcase experience, leadership, teamwork, initiative, planning, and customer service.  
  • Our interview process is rooted in our Leadership Principles. Amazonians use them every day. They define our culture and help us delight customers around the world.  

To begin your job search and the application process, please visit amazon.jobs.   

Amazon Vancouver office

Amazon and its employees are active in Canadian organizations that promote STEM education, including Canada Learning Code, the BC First Nations Technology Council, and Women in Communications and Technology.  Amazon is also a long standing supporter of Canadian culture and books, supporting organizations like the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, and sponsoring the Amazon.ca First Novel Award.

Radhika, Amazonian in Canada

Meet Radhika, Inside Sales

With only a few years into her career, Radhika feels like she’s hit the jackpot having the opportunity to be part of the Amazon family. “This company is everything that I ever hoped for. Not only am I surrounded by true leaders and mentors, but people that genuinely care about the customer. Every day I leave work to go home, I’m in awe with how much I’ve learned in a day. Every new day I am more driven than the previous day.” Radhika continued to talk about the mindset of her coworkers, “Amazonians start and end with the customer in mind. Always. And that’s what pushes me to do right by the customer in every interaction I have.” Having the flexibility for creativity and the opportunity to make things happen fast leaves Radhika empowered in her role. “There really is a culture of being able to try new things and failing or succeeding quickly in the work environment I’m in. Our leaders enable their employees and trust that things will get done at a very high standard.”

Originally from Montreal, Radhika was bittersweet about moving to Toronto after graduating university. She quickly took interest in Toronto’s food culture along with embracing walking everywhere within the city. Outside of work, Radhika loves to dance, workout, travel and cook new cuisine. Her golden retriever keeps her company during long weekend hikes and cuddle time in the evenings paired with a good book in hand.

Amazon Reviews

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    Pros

    Its massive scale translates to almost absolute freedom to pursue whatever technical direction you wish;
    Great culture and work environment;
    Ample career opportunities.

    Cons

    May not be as efficient as expected or perceived;
    Does move as fast as needed;
    A lot of legacy systems to maintain;

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Amazon Photos

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Amazon Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Amazon (Paris (France)) in June-2017.

    Interview

    Plusieurs entretiens qui se sont tous déroulés de la même manière avec des competency based questions. Aucune question piège, et une bienveillance générale lors des entretiens. A chaque réponse, utiliser la méthode STAR pour être organisé et pertinent.

    Interview Questions

    • Can you speak about about a time you failed and how did you face the situation?   1 Answer
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Amazon Awards & Accolades

  • LinkedIn Top Attractors 2016, LinkedIn, 2016
  • #1 - 50 Smartest Companies, MIT Technology Review, 2016
  • Most Attractive Employer - Ecommerce Sector, Randstad Award, 2017
  • Most Attractive Employer - Ecommerce Sector, Randstad Award, 2016
  • LinkedIn Top Companies 2017, LinkedIn, 2017
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