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Amazon.com – Why Work For Us?

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We have a high bar for ourselves at Amazon.

Most Amazonians will tell you they work hard and smart—100% of the time.  Amazonians will also proudly tell you they wouldn’t have it any other way.  Along with innovation and obsession over customers, hard work is inherently part of any Amazonian’s DNA.

Amazon’s promise to be Earth’s most Customer-centric company is a tall, tough order.  We are grateful to our Customers for their business, and we work hard every day to make sure that we continue to deserve their trust.  We are proud of what we’re building at Amazon because we think it’s something important, it matters to our customers, and it’s something we can tell our grandchildren about.  From our perspective, such things aren’t meant to be easy.

We hire the world’s brightest minds at Amazon, offering an opportunity to make a direct impact and drive change at internet speed. If you are a passionate leader and innovative pioneer, Amazon is looking to hand you the keys to build “what’s next” for generations to come. 

It’s still Day 1 at Amazon—are you ready to join us?

 

Yeah, we work hard here at Amazon, but we have a ton of fun doing it! Fun is a core competency at Amazon—we look for people that have fun at work and make it easy for others to have fun. So, don’t be surprised if your ability to have fun pops up in an interview…

Fun Example #1

Want to bring your best friend to work with you? Employees at Amazon’s corporate headquarters in Seattle, Washington bring their dogs to work every day. Everything canine walks the halls—from Siberian Huskies to Chinese Crested Hairless.  Employees and their dogs enjoy dog biscuits at the reception desks, dog-friendly water fountains in the outside plazas, and lunchtime walks to nearby off-leash dog parks. In fact, we even named one of the buildings in our headquarters after the very first Amazonian dog—a corgi named “Rufus."

Fun Example #2

Like books and music? Dozens of well-known and up-and-coming authors and musicians read and perform for Amazon employees every year. Recent guests have included George R.R. Martin, William Gibson, Mario Batali, Tony Hawk, Erik Larson, Darius Rucker, Everlast, and Suze Orman. Every employee is welcome to join in these exclusive Amazonian-only events! 

Fun Example #3

Enjoy wrapping presents and think it would be fun to see what it takes to get the holiday gifts wrapped and delivered on time? Take the opportunity to volunteer to gift wrap at one of the fulfillment centers. If you normally work at a fulfillment center, volunteer to work with local charities and help coordinate the “Gift Wrap with a Smile” program where charities can earn money for each package they gift wrap!

These are just a few examples—we have ping-pong tournaments, Movember Mustache fundraisers, book clubs, and even tasty bake sales. Check out the slide show on this page to see more fun. 

 

In July of 1995 Amazon made its first sale on the internet: the book "Fluid Concepts & Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought."  Today, Amazon has more than 209 million active customer accounts and more than 2 million active seller accounts. In 2012, Interbrand ranked Amazon.com #20 in their annual ranking of the world’s most valuable brands, and Fortune Magazine ranked Amazon the third most admired company in the world. Some interesting events in Amazon’s history:

  • 1998 Amazon launches its first international sites,  Amazon.co.uk (United Kingdom) and Amazon.de (Germany)        
  • 2000 Amazon launches Amazon.fr (France) and Amazon.co.jp (Japan)
  • 2002 Amazon launches Amazon Web Services, and Amazon.ca (Canada)
  • 2004 Amazon acquires Joyo.com (China) limited, which became Joyo/Amazon in 2007
  • 2005 Amazon introduces Amazon Prime
  • 2007 Amazon launches Kindle
  • 2008 Amazon announces beginning of its Frustration-Free Packaging Initiative
  • 2009 Amazon introduces AmazonWireless
  • 2010 Amazon launches Amazon.it (Italy) and Amazon Mom
  • 2011 Amazon launches Amazon.es (Spain) and AmazonLocal, and introduces Amazon Cloud Drive and Cloud Player, and the Silk, Kindle Fire, Kindle Touch, Kindle Touch 3G
  • 2012 Amazon launches Amazon.com.br (Brazil) and Amazon Wine, and introduces Kindle Paperwhite and Fire HD

We’ve accomplished a lot since our first sale in 1995, but there’s still so much more to do. Come to Amazon and make your own history. It’s still Day 1.

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    "It's like doing an MBA on amphetamines."

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    Former Employee - Head of Sales, UK  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Head of Sales, UK in London, England

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Amazon is an astonishing place to work. Highly meritocratic, with enormous weight given to KPIs and metrics, and letting data guide your way. The high hiring bar means that you'll genuinely be working with the smartest people around - I spent the first year trying not to be the dumbest guy in the room. The green field thinking is awesome - you can approach problems without constraints. The leadership principles are also superb - they work, because Amazon uses them to guide and steer every part of the company, from hiring, to making strategic decisions, to resolving point issues - that makes them very, very powerful as a way to align an entire company. I also got to work with some of the best SVP/management talent in the world.

    Cons

    Jeff Bezos - "You work smart, hard and long - and two out of three don't cut it. "

    The working hours can be appalling - I was doing 73-74 hours per week, and it's very unsympathetic towards anything outside work, like family. It's also quite an unsentimental business - people don't tend to build great personal relationships, or if they do, they can be jettisoned quite fast.

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    Watch for burnout in your level 7 and 8 staff. Everyone's terrified of saying that the are taking too much on. In an offsite, after much beer, one person started quite bravely saying 'I'm working myself into the ground' and pretty much everyone sighed and agreed. These are some of the best and brightest, and Amazon can literally be killing them. A bit more understanding of that would be good for the company.

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Amazon.com Awards and Accolades

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Top 200 World's Most Reputable Companies, Forbes, 2009
America's Most Reputable Company (#1), Forbes, 2011
Top 50 Most Admired Companies, Fortune, 2012
Best Global Brands (#20), Interbrand, 2012
Top 10 Most Reputable Companies, Forbes, 2013
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Additional Info

Website www.amazon.com
Headquarters Seattle, WA
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1994
Type Company - Public (AMZN)
Industry Information Technology
Revenue £10+ billion (GBP) per year
Competitors Google, Apple, eBay Inc.

What began as Earth's biggest bookstore has become Earth's biggest everything store. Expansion has propelled Amazon.com in innumerable directions. While the website still offers millions of books, movies, games, and music, electronics and other general merchandise categories, including apparel and accessories, auto parts, home furnishings, health and beauty aids, toys, and... More

Mission: To be Earth's most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the... More

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