Amazon.com Reviews

Updated 30 September 2014
Updated 30 September 2014
3,557 Reviews
3.3
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • You can definitely learn a lot in short spam in Amazon as they make you work a lot (in 110 reviews)

  • Density of talent: Some really smart people spoiling their careers here (in 326 reviews)


Cons
  • Company is not at all sorry to screw people's work-life balance for itself to excel (in 583 reviews)

  • There is literally no work life balance inside this company (in 133 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company but work-life balance needs to be seriously looked at

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    Former Employee - Cs MANAGER  in  Edinburgh, Scotland
    Former Employee - Cs MANAGER in Edinburgh, Scotland

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

    Pros

    Get to work with some real smart and focused people that you can learn from. Great opportunity if you work hard. Opportunity to travel if you work hard and are in a role where travel may be needed. Proud to work for such an innovative company.

    Cons

    Too political and management play favourites. If you are "in" with the "in crowd" then you will be looked after. Senior management don't know what is happening in the front line, they think they do but are too far away from what people think. Year over year AIS and/or Pulse survey bring up the same failings but work done to fix issues is never fully implemented, this becomes frustrating and demoralising. Lack of or insufficient training in all roles I was invovled in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reach out to the leads and managers if you are looking to improve the CSA experience, engage them fully throughout processes and any change. Communicate everything better and be more transparent. Do not tolerate favouritism and cliques.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Associate Vendor Manager

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    Former Employee - Associate Vendor Manager  in  Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Former Employee - Associate Vendor Manager in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Exposure to variety of different vendors and industry practices

    Cons

    Admin role, very manual and repetitive.
    Lots of focus on metrics
    Not buying role.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Hardworking, frugal and innovative company. More work hard than play hard.

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    Current Employee - Senior Vendor Manager  in  Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Current Employee - Senior Vendor Manager in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to be part of something that is growing and the pace can be very exciting. Work with very smart people daily.

    Cons

    Hardworking, nit-picking culture. Some of the work practices are very 1980s. A lot of game playing and points scoring amongst senior leadership.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Incredibly bright people, very tech driven, obsessed with growth

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    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
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Financial Analyst

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    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

  7. 7 people found this helpful  

    Does not hesitate to over-work employees...

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    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
  8.  

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

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    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
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Financial Analyst

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    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    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
  11. 12 people found this helpful  

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

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    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

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