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Updated Aug 20, 2019

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  1. "A good company for active learners"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer-II in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities to grow and explorer new things

    Cons

    compensation is not very competitive as other tech companies

    Amazon2019-05-31
  2. Helpful (1934)

    "You Get What You Put In"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time

    Pros

    Really smart people, a lot of opportunity for growth, always encouraged to be innovative, think big, and create something new. Competitive salary and benefits with other major tech companies. 100% self motivating work environment. No dress code and 4 legged friends are welcome.

    Cons

    You have to be self motivated. NO ONE will hold your hand and tell you that you're doing a great job. If you need constant affirmations from management, this company isn't for you.

    Advice to Management

    More on-boarding training before new employees are thrown in the fire. The first couple of weeks can be very confusing on where to find the information you need that pertains to your job.

    Amazon2016-01-11
  3. Helpful (1778)

    "Exciting Work, Abusive Culture"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Jeff Bezos and his "S-Team" are brilliant and continue to make great decisions for long-term growth. You work with smart people, you work on exciting projects, you are pushed to your limits...which can be rewarding when you accomplish great things. The diversity of the potential work and innovation can be very alluring. I've often called Amazon my "Sexy Mistress...she's emotionally abusive, but she's so sexy that...

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    Cons

    The management process is abusive, and I'm currently a manager. I've seen too much "behind the wall" and hate how our individual performers can be treated. You are forced to ride people and stack rank employees...I've been forced to give good employees bad overall ratings because of politics and stack ranking.

    Advice to Management

    Don't pretend that the recent NY Times article was all about "isolated incidents". The culture IS abusive and it WILL backfire once stock value starts to drop. I'm an 8 year veteran and I no longer recommend former peers to interview with Amazon.

    Amazon2016-02-21
  4. Helpful (1346)

    "Can be amazing for some people, horrible for others"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Amazon is doing lot's of cool stuff...but lots of boring stuff too. There are really well run teams...and very badly run teams. The experience for software managers and engineers is all over the board, from really run low operational load teams to teams where people burn out after a year. - Amazon is built, quite deliberately, to be Darwinian. You can generally expect that anyone who's been here for more than 2...

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    Cons

    - You're responsible for your own career progression and finding the places and teams that are doing the stuff you want to do. No one is going to take you by the hand and help you with that. - Amazon is built, quite deliberately, to be Darwinian. The strong survive and the weak perish (metaphorically speaking) and the 'bar' is constantly increasing. The level of performance that would have been acceptable five years...

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    Advice to Management

    Stack ranking is a horrible practice since it's rife with favoritism. It's also not Amazonian in that it's not data based (arbitrarily designating a certain percentage of employees that must be put on performance management isn't a data driven criterion) and it's not frugal (effectively forcing an individual out of the company in one division who would make the grade in another is either retaining someone who doesn't...

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    Amazon2013-12-17
  5. Helpful (515)

    "We are now in a world where we are condescended to by our inferiors"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    This company gets A list performance from C list employees. The culture is quick and hard charging. You are always working in relevant and meaningful projects.

    Cons

    Maybe because the company recruits C listers who have neither merit (intelligence, strategic vision) nor pedigree (academic or professional accomplishments), most of those who become successful do so in treacherous, low cunning ways. Imagine the Lannisters in Game of Thrones attacking the Starks in Game of Thrones; or Rawls and Burrell attacking McNulty and Daniels in The Wire; or Barrow and O'Brien attacking Mr Bates...

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    Advice to Management

    Bezos you bought the Washington Post and hired Jay Carney to be your PR head. There is nothing I can write here that you would deign listen to, because you are a hack. You must be mad that Expedia beat you to the punch and hired Chelsea Clinton to serve on their board of directors. For those grasping Weasels that have squirmed and back stabbed your way to success, you know who you are. You won't care what is written...

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    Amazon2017-03-23
  6. "Very Happy to Work Here"

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    Current Employee - Senior QA Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Great compensation (salary, stock, benefits) * Company culture based on data-driven decisions, customer-focus and delivery * High bar for talent and results, results in growth for those who have drive

    Cons

    * Not everybody is happy commuting into downtown Seattle (I like it; I take the train)

    Amazon2019-08-20
  7. "I enjoy going to work every day"

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    Current Employee - Recruiting Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon for less than a year

    Pros

    Work from home days, Bring your pup to work, Great managers, always fun events going on, focused on personal growth, Career development

    Cons

    It can’t all be rainbows and sunshine. But overall I’ve had a wonderful experience and I think that’s due to my great hiring manager. Your team is definitely matters at Amazon. I am a contractor so I make below the average salary of a full-time recruiting coordinator at Amazon.

    Advice to Management

    More hands-on for training with designated trainers.

    Amazon2019-08-20
  8. "Intense, but rewarding"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon

    Pros

    Learn an incredible amount, while working with smart people.

    Cons

    Workload can get quite intense at times, and it is hard to know if you are delivering enough.

    Amazon2019-08-19
  9. "Challenging and Rewarding"

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    Current Employee - Senior Category Merchant Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Amazon is filled with intelligent, motivated, passionate people. People are interested in their work and focused on moving their career forward. There isn’t much slacking on the job that happens, so you rarely have to pick up someone else’s work for them. There are so many interesting projects happening that you can choose something that aligns with your interests and have a direct impact on the business. Amazon has...

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    Cons

    The Amazon culture rewards people who are opinionated, vocal and critical. People will challenge others in meetings, rarely in a way that is negative or condescending, but to many can feel aggressive and exhausting. There are so many projects going on that it’s easy to get overloaded and overworked if you are not vigilant and have hard prioritization discussions with your manager.

    Amazon2019-08-20
  10. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Recommends

    I worked at Amazon for less than a year

    Pros

    Had a good manager so good balance btw work and life. After work programs to develop skills. Access to many other teams to learn from.

    Cons

    People are busy so if you’re confused on a project it might take a little longer to get guidance.

    Amazon2019-08-19
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