Amazon.com
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Updated Apr 17, 2014
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3.4 2,799 reviews

                             

87% Approve of the CEO

Amazon.com Chairman, President, and CEO Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos

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65% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "You're surrounded by smart people who challenge you to grow constantly"
    in 264 reviews
  • "You learn a lot about leadership principles and how to manage people"
    in 78 reviews
Cons:
  • "Company is not at all sorry to screw people's work-life balance for itself to excel"
    in 438 reviews
  • "Pathetic culture-no work life balance/poor pays shares are deceiving/Extremely political"
    in 100 reviews
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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England

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

ProsGood brand name to work for.

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

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Intelligent people, friendly enviroment

Product Manager (Former Employee)
London, England

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

ProsEmployees are empowered to make important decisions, it did not feel political, decisions acted on quickly and performance is measured objectively. Good career prospects

ConsAt least the UK offices are UGLY and they make no effort at all to improve them.
Pay is just barely in the market range.
Overall very frugal.

Advice to Senior ManagementThere is a point on diminishing returns when saving money is more expensive than spending it. Example if a decision gets delayed because it is hard to get travel approval.

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

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

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

Prosgreat product to work for
great and passionate people to work with

ConsAll directions and decisions are being made in Seattle, or if you are lucky, in Luxembourg - so you might have a say in it (i frankly never had)
Actual results do not matter, just show off, change some numbers and you will be a star
If you are bad, you will be treated badly. If you are good, you'll get more work, and probably will be treated less badly
The training are made by in house employees who want to train. You want to learn SQL? good - let me train you. If you want external training - you'll have a bad time
Frugality is one of the cornerstones of Amazon. But if you get a cheap laptop, no training, less budget to hire people ... it's just frustrating and makes you inefficient

Advice to Senior ManagementFrugality is blocking a lot of work and creates frustration. Ease up
Listen to your employees - and if you listen, do care
Do not reward arrogance

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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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Great and exciting place to work!

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

I have been working at Amazon.com full-time

ProsA very strongly shared culture and ethos, great growth potential for the company and personally.
A matrix organisation where you you can move between roles and teams based on merit and success rather than your CV.

ConsNot many people are going to say "thank you" or "well done", you've got to take all the praise you can when you can!

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

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 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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Great Company

Senior Product Manager (Current Employee)
London, England

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

ProsSmart People and big business challenges

ConsNot enough hours in the day

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep investing for the long term

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

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Great company!

Sales Representative (Current Employee)
Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England

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

Prosgood employer with good chances

Conssalary and bonuses are not too high

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

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

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

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

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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