Abebooks Reviews

Updated Aug 27, 2021

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7 Ratings
  1. 5.0
    Former Employee

    Software Development Engineer co-op

    Oct 21, 2017 -  
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    Pros

    You'll be surrounded by some extremely intelligent people who really know what they're doing. These are world class people who will make you a better engineer.

    Cons

    Sometimes the work you do feels a little insignificant due to the sheer size of the application code.

    2 people found this review helpful
  2. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 8 years

    Amazon in a nice small city

    Aug 27, 2021 - Manager%2C Product Management in Victoria, BC
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    Pros

    Caring environment and culture. Working for Amazon while living in beautiful Victoria

    Cons

    Business is in cash cow phase so has low growth

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  3. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Earn less/work more

    Jun 19, 2021 - Senior Fraud Analyst in Victoria, BC
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    Pros

    Office space is awesome, when amazon bought them out ten years ago employees got some cash. Former C levels back then were great. Especially John Chase and Hannes Blum. Current ones: no since they cow tow to Amazon (Bezos) slave driving bs.

    Cons

    Everything else is typical oppressive amazon garbage.

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  4. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    AbeBooks was a great place to work; the team is a fantastic group of individuals

    Jan 12, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    -The team is very supportive -There was consistently new and challenging work

    Cons

    -Being a part of Amazon often slowed down the ability to make changes

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  5. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Great people

    Feb 8, 2020 - Customer Service Supervisor in Victoria, BC
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    Pros

    Great people Challenging work International

    Cons

    Poor communication Tough to move up Little influence

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  6. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Challenging and interesting tech job

    Aug 14, 2017 - Software Development Manager in Victoria, BC
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    Pros

    - Talented engineering team - Fun events, relaxed atmosphere - Opportunity to contribute to book culture worldwide - Customer focused - Challenging tech problems to solve - Autonomy + Ownership - A lot of flexibility for work/life balance

    Cons

    - Some large policy-driven tech projects

    2 people found this review helpful
  7. 2.0
    Current Employee

    It's not what it could be.

    Jul 19, 2017 -  
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    Pros

    -average pay, stock incentives make it a bit more attractive -some brilliant talented engineers -opportunity for business travel -fun corporate events

    Cons

    - brilliant talent in the world not utilized. no room for creativity when everyone is stuck trying to patch Legacy code or working on huge amazon policy requirements. -corproate culture is stressed and over competitive and there is less feeling of teamwork or team support now. -many bright team members have recently left with little incentive to stay. -as another reviewer said the lack of diversity in sr. roles is pretty shabby

    9 people found this review helpful
  8. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    You are good as long as you don't shake the boat!!

    Jul 14, 2017 - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
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    Pros

    Good pay. Leadership principles. Nice office with great view of the ocean and harbour. Great coffee shop nearby on the harbour.

    Cons

    You are all good as long as you don't try to shake the boat!! Let it run as it is, do not try to do something adventurous, nobody will bother you. As long as you start trying something new or challenge others to get their job done on time, you are out of this place in the name of "earn trust of the others".

    7 people found this review helpful
  9. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Where are the engineers?

    May 8, 2017 - SDE2 in Victoria, BC
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    Pros

    - High pay for Victoria. - You get to pretend like you work at Amazon on your resume.

    Cons

    - You have to go on-call and put your life on hold every few weeks. - No engineering culture to speak of. Everybody's too busy putting out fires. Or they're rushing features out the door to compensate for the shame of working on such terrible code. - 20 years of accumulated legacy code with no plan to deal with it. - New code is anything goes, whatever a coop or a junior engineer wants! - Managers are just going through the motions blindly. They carry on like nothing's wrong while the building is actually on fire. - The site looks second rate and has been moving forward at a snail's pace for the past 10 years. Look in the wayback machine. - Have a look at any of the HTML. People can't even be bothered making sure it's well formed. Now try using the site. You'll see all sorts of inconsistent web design styles from throughout the past 20 years. Now imagine what the code behind this must look like. - Pay starts high but quickly flattens out. You'll be stuck in a city with few other tech jobs. - Amazon leadership principles are the basis for a cult.

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    10 people found this review helpful
  10. 4.0
    Former Employee

    Manager Level - Non Technical

    Feb 26, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    Abebooks is a very professionally run organization with very structured HR policies. It offers good benefits, great office space, and a competitive salary. For someone who is ambitions, and willing to relocate, the career growth opportunities are endless as it's part of Amazon, and you can eventually apply to all of their job postings.

    Cons

    I found the goals and targets set by the senior management team often un-realistic given some the constraints on the company.

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