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Amazon.com Reviews

Updated 24 November 2014
Updated 24 November 2014
3,855 Reviews
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Amazon.com Chairman, President, and CEO Jeff Bezos
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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 115 reviews)

  • Density of talent: Some really smart people spoiling their careers here (in 340 reviews)


Cons
  • Company is not at all sorry to screw people's work-life balance for itself to excel (in 616 reviews)

  • There is literally no work life balance inside this company (in 140 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    SVS

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    Current Employee - SVS in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Current Employee - SVS in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great people, expanding company, entrepreneurial company. Best company i've worked for

    Cons

    Never stops--- but that's also part of the fun

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Very hard work but valuable learning experience

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    Current Employee - Corporate Function in London, England
    Current Employee - Corporate Function in London, England

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Fantastic brand to have on CV
    - Opportunity to develop products/services that will be used by tens of millions of customers
    - Working with bright and capable colleages

    Cons

    - Salary below market average and total reward highly dependent on Amazon stock price.
    - Portfolio of diverse businesses - ranging from Retail to Cloud Computing to Movie Studio - with the culture highly dependent on the VP's personality. You might get a VP who is a good leader but a bad VP impacts the whole of the business.
    - Promotion difficult and relies heavily on self-promotion - can encourage unhealthy competition rather than collaboration amongst colleagues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What made Amazon successful in the past isn't necessarily what is going to make it successful in the future. Be prepared to adapt existing management practices/rituals to avoid becoming overly bureaucratic. In particular, the high volume of management reporting (weekly/monthly/quarterly/annual business reviews) and associated meetings is time-consuming and can be demoralising. These meetings are a means to an end rather than the end itself.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 8 people found this helpful  

    Employees are customers too Jeff

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    Current Employee - Product Manager III in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Current Employee - Product Manager III in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England

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

    Pros

    Very strong brand name, Amazon continues to innovate and its exciting to be part of a business that continues to grow quickly, and to be reinvesting in the business and releasing new products. I can honestly say that I have worked with the smartest people in my career at Amazon, which encourages me to raise my game. Strong leadership principles that provide clarity on how to get things done in the business.

    Cons

    A word of warning if you are a parent or have obligations away from the work place that you need/would like to also find time for. Amazon expects your full commitment- there are many reviews on here of people calling out appalling work/life balance- so pay heed to these. There have been so many instances I have seen of employees on sick leave through stress and anxiety, with little attention paid to why and to integrate these back into the business or provide the appropriate support. Amazon is a burn out mill that requires your full focus, so perfect for those who need validation in their lives from a work perspective, but awful for those who don't. Very frugal environment with extremely lean teams- pretty typical for most individuals to be doing 2 roles at once. Business continues to grow but is an increasing concern that any revenues achieved through growth don't seem to feed back to the employee.

    Senior management attitude is to focus on things that go wrong- never any call outs for what has gone well. Depressing attitude to take in a business that demands so much from employees. Amazon gets data, doesn't get people or how to encourage a positive collegiate culture. Lots of new naive MBA's that the business can suck dry. Very high turnover of staff- people leave/disappear and are never heard of again.

    The only people I would recommend Amazon to are those who are willing to completely throw themselves 100% into their career for a few years to get experience and the name on their CV- even then you need to be very careful about what you take on board- the business will suck the life out of you if you let it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize that all employees are also customers. If the business is customer obsessed- it should also be employee obsessed. Think about what you are building from an employment perspective- what responsibility you have to the 1000's of staff who are working themselves to the bone to make you a success.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Current Employee - Business Analyst
    Current Employee - Business Analyst

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    great work environment, nice people

    Cons

    internal growth is little slow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good for some, others not so lucky

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    Former Employee - IT Support (Fulfilment Centre)
    Former Employee - IT Support (Fulfilment Centre)

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time

    Pros

    Pay is good if you're in the right roles - Higher technical and management roles at least, some opportunity for travel in key roles. Share options aren't too bad.

    Cons

    If you are good at what you do and can follow the company line then you will do well, unfortunately in terms of IT in the warehouse part of the company don't expect to get a lot of technical work or opportunities for growth - far too many operational meetings that will destroy your soul. The Operations team is GOD which is understandable but other departments always come second even if their work actually supports the day to day operations. Expect lots of last minute projects that have to be delivered yesterday only to find most aren't used by Operations for months - begging the question of why the rush.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give support departments more respect for the work and advice that they give, Customers are what is important but the staff are the ones that make your company work, they need love too.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

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    Current Employee - FC Associate in Rugeley, England
    Current Employee - FC Associate in Rugeley, England

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    good pay. Lots of walking

    Cons

    strict on points and favouritsim

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen more

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good college experience gained from working at Amazon. Got to meet some really good engineers to have as role models.

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer

    I worked at Amazon.com as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Access to world scale data. Particularly interesting if you are into stuff like large distributed systems or machine learning.

    Cons

    Frugality is one of the core values at Amazon. Things can be not so organised at times.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    huge machine, smart and hardworking people

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    Current Employee - INSTOCK in London, England
    Current Employee - INSTOCK in London, England

    I have been working at Amazon.com as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    people are lovely, willing to teach and bright.
    work is interesting, has a lot of systems that can be helpful, able to work with a lot of data
    work-life balance is quite good and flexible

    Cons

    disorganised, frantic. too busy fighting fires rather than thinking strategically. poor recruiting and onboarding process - little or no contact, very self service, kind of like a big start up still, perks are not great either.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    "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 (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.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not all bad, however no career progression what so ever

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    Former Employee - Amazon Warehouse Worker in Doncaster, England
    Former Employee - Amazon Warehouse Worker in Doncaster, England

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    you get exercise. Also the pay isn't all bad

    Cons

    un social hours, lots of standing up, no respect etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    possibly add more incentives or more motivational ideas for people to work instead of just working towards the target

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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