Amazon.com Reviews

Updated 28 August 2014
Updated 28 August 2014
3,564 Reviews

3.3
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Amazon.com Chairman, President, and CEO Jeff Bezos
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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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Incredibly bright people, very tech driven, obsessed with growth

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Current Employee - Director in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England

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

    Pros

    Progressive, challenging, driven, fast growing

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Accept that people are different and bring different skills, all of which are needed. More commone sense required.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Financial Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England

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

    Pros

    Good brand name to work for.

    Cons

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

  3. 7 people found this helpful  

    Does not hesitate to over-work employees...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Database Administrator  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Database Administrator in London, England

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    An 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    awesome technology company at leading edge of cloud computing

    Cons

    low career progression, odd style of management, poor compensation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Financial Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Politics (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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Vendor Manager  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Vendor Manager in London, England

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No training or coaching
    Disorganized in terms of structure and best practices
    High

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest not just hiring good people but also make sure they are well trained and onboarded

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 12 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager  in  Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    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 ManagementAdvice

    - 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

  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great company but poor career progression.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Pros

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

    Cons

    You need Analytical Skills to move into any area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Approves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Stepping stone into retail

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England

    I worked at Amazon.com

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Churn 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 ManagementAdvice

    Lead 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

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Not a bad place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Share Service Analyst Uk  in  Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Current Employee - Share Service Analyst Uk in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England

    I have been working at Amazon.com

    Pros

    job stability good staff communication

    Cons

    very competitive and lomg hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If 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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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