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Updated 27 May, 2017
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  • Work life balance is a challenge (in 1676 reviews)

  • No work life balance around the holidays (in 370 reviews)

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  1. "Amazon Vancouver"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - My career development & growth receives a great deal of attention from my managers.

    Cons

    The office in Vancouver is getting a little crowded due to massive growth in the last year.


  2. "Software Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    1. Good environment
    2. High pay

    Cons

    1. Stressful and bad work and life balance


  3. "Amazon Fulfillment Centre"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Mississauga, ON
    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Mississauga, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay for students and if you are looking for 45-60 hours a week during holiday season, this is the place to work.

    Cons

    Extremely busy hours, strong emphasis on your performance. If you aren't productive, they let you go.


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  5. "Work at Warehouse"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Problem Solver in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Problem Solver in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good place to learn everything about customer care

    Cons

    heavy lifting, walking more than 7Km per day


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Proactive company, they set unrealistic expectations to get the most out of their employees."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Delivery Driver in Burnaby, BC
    Current Employee - Delivery Driver in Burnaby, BC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You get paid automatic 10.5 hours even if you finish early.

    Cons

    They're very cut throat and let a computer make all of their decisions

    Advice to Management

    Try listening to the people out in the field instead of only following data


  7. Helpful (1)

    "No work life balance"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Area Manager in Brampton, ON
    Former Employee - Area Manager in Brampton, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Amazon full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The opportunity to work with latest tech and learn from very smart co workers

    Cons

    They expect very long work hours for everyone including managers (10-12/day). Even longer work hours during peak season beginning late September to December. Stand and walk all day if you are in a fulfillment center.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees as partners that you want to retain for the long term. If they work hard and produce results, do reward them with praise and well deserved downtime


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Area Manager"

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    Current Employee - Area Manager in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Area Manager in Toronto, ON
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Amazon (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Huge growth potential, lots of resources and support to help you growth, develop leadership skills, very high hiring bar and surrounded with very talented people

    Cons

    Long work hours, stressful, competitive

    Advice to Management

    If you're looking to commit yourself to a job with high growth and learning potential + you are ready to commit to long hours this is the place for you.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Software Development Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    At Amazon we are given the opportunity to own the part of the business we are responsible for and drive it forward in the manner in which we think will drive the best results. You work with amazing people and focus on the biggest challenges in the industry with global scope.

    Cons

    Leadership is hit and miss with some amazing leaders scattered across the company, and an number of poor leaders in key positions. The great part is, however, that Amazon is huge and movement is encouraged, so you can shop around for the great leaders.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in leadership training to drive consistency across the organization and ensure those that are promoted from within are not dependent on potentially bad leaders to become successful leaders.


  10. "SDE II"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good money, lots of perks, and a sign up bonus. Get to work in a high-pressure environment, writing production-level code at a fast pace.

    Cons

    Ugly code base. The tech stack isn't something you can really apply externally. Horrible work-life balance (on-call), and demanding executives leaving very little breathing room. You always get the feeling that you're another dispensable number, and upper management can cut you and your team at their whim if you don't deliver.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on quality than speed. Improve on culture and fostering the people than on revenue.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Beware of AMAZON politics and management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brampton, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brampton, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good benefits personal time off and vacation days

    Cons

    Long hours .Practically 10 hours of shift and hardly get time for lunch break as you have to walk and waste time at security.Busy year you are forced to work overtime to fulfill their targets and management won't give a damn or appreciate your hard work and dedications.If you make errors or mistake when you are in different departments labour sharing/helping to coverup for other people you get written warning without considering anything.Sometimes you are been treated like labour doing donkey work all your shift till you get tired and exhausted.And you cnt take vacations during peak season even if you are sick present doctors note they have ready excuse not to accept it and will be given warnings and attendance points are automatically added.will never answer calls or listen to voicemail .you need to run after them to get problem solved wasting your break time

    Advice to Management

    H.R needs more formal training as they don't care about your problem and situations .they ignore everything and blame their mistakes either on employee or other HR team members


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