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Amazon.com Reviews

Updated Jul 22, 2014
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3.3 3,260 reviews

85% Approve of the CEO

Amazon.com Chairman, President, and CEO Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos

(2,275 ratings)

64% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • You will learn a lot while working at Amazon that will be useful for the rest of your career(in 98 reviews)

  • Density of talent: Some really smart people spoiling their careers here(in 302 reviews)


Cons
  • Company is not at all sorry to screw people's work-life balance for itself to excel(in 535 reviews)

  • There is literally no work life balance inside this company(in 123 reviews)

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    2 people found this helpful  

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

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

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

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

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

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    11 people found this helpful  

    Great being a customer, terrible being an employee

    Human Resources Manager (Former Employee) Milton Keynes, England

    ProsMinimal, Good brand on your CV.

    ConsExpectation to work all hours of the day - way beyond the norm of reasonable. People were expected to work evenings, weekends, whilst on holidays etc. I also agree with another review that mentioned about the rapid growth - whilst existing employees were expected to suck up the double or triple workload this created.
    I understand the values - but they took frugality to another level. I have never worked anywhere quite so shabby, it made me depressed walking into the office every day.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFollow your own advice - you claim to be customer centric - what about thinking about the employees in that every now and then?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good Company - Production Operative

    Production Operative (Former Employee)

    ProsCan contribute in ways that will effect business procedure.
    Constant Feedback
    Willing to teach you the processes
    Good permanent staff

    ConsNo flexible hours, the temping culture lowers moral and creates an us and them culture at times
    Ideas are sometimes overlooked because of the procedure that takes place and your status on the hierarchy.
    Lack of switching process can lead to a boring environment and short sighted view on some processes, this is being combated however.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave more flexible hours to suit more lifestyles,

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Very well respected company, with strong values.

    Programmer Manager (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsFast paced environment, with lots going on in several country. Think for yourself and self-service attitude.

    ConsHelp is not always at hand when you need it, due to the self-service attitude. Workforce spread over several countries can make meetings difficult.

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

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    5 people found this helpful  

    Obsessed with growth with no time for their people

    Online Marketing (Current Employee) Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England

    ProsEveryone who works here is very bright and driven so you never need to carry anyone - they'd get fired long before that
    Career progression - you can move around easily and change job functions which offers a lot of opportunity
    Customer focus - they genuinely put the customer first which is rare for a company this size

    ConsCulture is very stressful - most people work evenings and weekend. There's no work-life balance, even at the more junior levels.
    Management are poorly trained and over-stretched.
    Tools are clunky and frustrating - they don't have dedicated analysts so you have to pull your own data from multiple sources.
    Too much admin at all levels - even MBAs and past consultants are given crap tasks to do.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSpend some time reshaping the company into what it should be 15 years down the line. Currently it's still working as a start up with dodgy hacks and patches, no policy and little structure. This can't be sustained.

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

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    13 people found this helpful  

    Jeff Makes Billions, you eat peanuts!

    Account Manager (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsTbh I really cannot say much here, the 10% off was a pro.

    ConsEverything from the fatigued dull employees to the boring overstretch interview process, long hours, bad management I could continue for a while. This place really is just a 21st century sweat shop selling items from A to Z while we rip off the UK tax payer by withholding revenue. In closing if you want to go through a laborious interview process to work in a place where most of the time you are left to yourself with little interaction go for it. Well done Jeff in creating a zoo full of idiots while making billions in the process I salute the dull opportunities you created for us silly humans.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou suck!

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

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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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    7 people found this helpful  

    Incompetent Management

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

    ProsCo workers, I felt bad for some of them the way they were treated. Jeff Bezos, you suck.

    ConsHigh pressure, incompetent management, crummy cafeteria, HIGH turnover rate, my manager had more face piercings in her face then skin. Quit after three weeks, never again. Just the way they treat people is terrible.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire competent people for management and not hippies.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    17 people found this helpful  

    Dreadful place to work- slave drivers

    Human Resources Manager (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsIntellectually stimulating work, smart people, innovative environment

    Consterrible work life balance, low pay, no learning & development opportunities, under-resourced, very low team morale based on people being overworked and constantly tired, lack of recognition. The company is growing at a tremendous rate but they do not hire enough new people to cope with the ever-increasing workload. Instead existing employees are pushed to the limit. Many staff are off frequently with headaches or other stress-related conditions.

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

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    Amazon.co.uk

    Problem Solver Tier II (Current Employee) Dunfermline, Scotland

    ProsWork hard and get paid.

    ConsStandard work will wipe your brain off in 10 years.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThink big of the employees not profits and customers only. Time to get more centeralized approach to recruitment , learning and development rather than local FC based.

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

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