Amazon.com Reviews

Updated 30 August 2014
Updated 30 August 2014
3,565 Reviews

3.3
3,565 Reviews
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Amazon.com Chairman, President, and CEO Jeff Bezos
Jeff Bezos
2,480 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good opportunity to learn a lot in a particular area of software development (in 101 reviews)

  • Density of talent: Some really smart people spoiling their careers here (in 306 reviews)


Cons
  • Company is not at all sorry to screw people's work-life balance for itself to excel (in 540 reviews)

  • There is literally no work life balance inside this company (in 125 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3.  

    Very well respected company, with strong values.

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    Current Employee - Programmer Manager  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Programmer Manager in London, England

    I have been working at Amazon.com as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 13 people found this helpful  

    Jeff Makes Billions, you eat peanuts!

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    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Account Manager in London, England

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Everything 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 ManagementAdvice

    You suck!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    Obsessed with growth with no time for their people

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    Current Employee - Online Marketing  in  Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Current Employee - Online Marketing in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England

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

    Pros

    Everyone 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

    Cons

    Culture 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 ManagementAdvice

    Spend 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 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
  8. 7 people found this helpful  

    Incompetent Management

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    Current Employee - Fraud Analyst  in  Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Current Employee - Fraud Analyst in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    High 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 ManagementAdvice

    Hire competent people for management and not hippies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazon.co.uk

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    Current Employee - Problem Solver Tier II  in  Dunfermline, Scotland
    Current Employee - Problem Solver Tier II in Dunfermline, Scotland

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

    Pros

    Work hard and get paid.

    Cons

    Standard work will wipe your brain off in 10 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 17 people found this helpful  

    Dreadful place to work- slave drivers

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in London, England

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Intellectually stimulating work, smart people, innovative environment

    Cons

    terrible 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 15 people found this helpful  

    Slough Head Office High Staff Turnover

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

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

    Pros

    Many new starters who think it`s great that they`ve got in through the doors of Amazon

    Cons

    So many people leaving. People who only started a few weeks before and many employees who`ve been there years are also leaving the uncaring atmosphere. Some staff will leave to go to other jobs but I`ve never known so many people leave to do NOTHING! They have no job to go to, they simply cant take anymore of working for Amazon and feeling like they`ve been chewed up and spat out. That says alot about a company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop this "you dont like it? We`ll find somebody else who does" attitude. You`ve lost many amazing people over the years because you treated them so badly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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