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Amazon.com Reviews

Updated Jul 22, 2014
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3.3 3,271 reviews

85% Approve of the CEO

Amazon.com Chairman, President, and CEO Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos

(2,280 ratings)

64% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good opportunity to learn a lot in a particular area of software development(in 101 reviews)

  • Density of talent: Some really smart people spoiling their careers here(in 306 reviews)


Cons
  • Company is not at all sorry to screw people's work-life balance for itself to excel(in 540 reviews)

  • There is literally no work life balance inside this company(in 125 reviews)

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    1 person found this helpful  

    Incredibly bright people, very tech driven, obsessed with growth

    Director (Current Employee) Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England

    ProsProgressive, challenging, driven, fast growing

    ConsSecretive, not people driven, obsessive about data, no interest in product

    Advice to Senior ManagementAccept that people are different and bring different skills, all of which are needed. More commone sense required.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    4 people found this helpful  

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England

    ProsGood brand name to work for.

    ConsPathetic culture-no work life balance/poor pays shares are deceiving/Extremely political

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    brilliant technology company, could do better in keeping and developing talent

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosawesome technology company at leading edge of cloud computing

    Conslow career progression, odd style of management, poor compensation

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Does not hesitate to over-work employees...

    Database Administrator (Current Employee) London, England

    Pros- Smart people all around keeping you on toes.
    - Culture of thinking out of box.
    - Tough milestones to achieve promotions ... extracts the best out of the employees.
    - A transparent internal job transfer to suit an employee's choice.

    Cons- pathetic work-life balance.
    - in the name of frugality , they do some cheap and mean things like choose a facility in the remotest corner of the city where facilities are cheap.
    - the job offer letter misleads almost every employee...in the sense that the stocks given to an employee is considered every year during appraisal and the increment in salary will be in inverse proportion of stocks vested, so if lots of stocks gets vested , the company won't give you much hike even if you are a top performer.
    - Hard to get recognized for good-work but fast enough to get criticized for an error.
    - Have a history of Lay-off at trifle error.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAn employee's work ownership does not make the employee a work-horse which can keep running without any pause. Learn to recognize key employee and try to make them happy , after all they are the ones which keeps your company alive.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Financial Analyst (Current Employee) Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England

    ProsContinous change
    salary
    smart people
    you free organize your work
    no dress code

    ConsPolitics (only if your attitude is agradable to senior managers you will be considered for promotion, no shy is liked by american culture)
    Huge work load that brings you t work at least 10 to 20 hours more that contract working hours
    No positive feedback
    No appreciation of your work
    Slough

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Fast paced and lots of opportunities but lacking in development and training

    Senior Vendor Manager (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsGet responsibility to drive decisions
    Never get bored - very fast paced

    ConsNo training or coaching
    Disorganized in terms of structure and best practices
    High

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest not just hiring good people but also make sure they are well trained and onboarded

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Only way to progress is to play the politics and have an MBA

    Product Manager (Current Employee) Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England

    Pros- Lots of smart people
    - Diverse business functions
    - Amazon brand

    Cons- Lack of recognition for good work
    - Political
    - Unrewarding
    - Managers with low level of understanding of the basic business process (top down)
    - Lack of team culture - can be very negative
    - People 'push back', and this can end up going in circles
    - Lots of ideas, without a good foundation to automate processes
    - Too much whispering
    - Frugality
    - Slough

    Advice to Senior Management- Better understanding of what the grass-root job entails
    - Open communication
    - Don't try to mould everyone into one personality - take pride in the dynamic workforce
    - Flatter management style as opposed to hierarchical

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    Great company but poor career progression.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England

    ProsGood Benefits
    Good location
    Good brand name to have on your CV

    ConsYou need Analytical Skills to move into any area.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore beneficial to look at recruiting internally. Internal Staff may not have the industry knowledge but they do have "Amazonian" ways.

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    Stepping stone into retail

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England

    ProsDynamic
    Fast Moving
    Interesting and exciting at times
    Passionate people - at first or when they're being advanced in their careers

    ConsChurn and burn
    "If you don't like the pace - go and find a new job"
    Everyone's expendable, they'll just replace you
    Expect you to do two people's work, for the salary you earn - reluctant to bring in support to manage workload

    Advice to Senior ManagementLead effectively as Mr Bezos intended
    Bring managers in who can lead
    Don't burn people out
    Value Employees - walk the walk don't just talk the talk

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    Not a bad place to work

    Share Service Analyst Uk (Current Employee) Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England

    Prosjob stability good staff communication

    Consvery competitive and lomg hours

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you are going to put people in levels that they aren't completely qualified for, you need to spend the time and money to develop them into that role

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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