Amazon.com Reviews

Updated 14 September 2014
Updated 14 September 2014
3,488 Reviews
3.3
3,488 Reviews
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Amazon.com Chairman, President, and CEO Jeff Bezos
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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. 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
  2. 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
  3. 10 people found this helpful  

    Corporate Analyst at "Burn and Churn" Company SLOUGH

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    Former Employee - Finance Analyst  in  Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Former Employee - Finance Analyst in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England

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

    Pros

    Good brand on your CV
    Overview of different approach to ordinary problems (Amazon way is so peculiar that your experience won't be of any utility in another corporation), this should go in the Cons!!
    Initial enthusiasm
    No dress code

    Cons

    Work life balance is non - existent. The amount of work will grow with time as the Company is growing at incredible pace. Still you will have to perform to advance but also to simply keep your job. This means working long hours every day and all the weekends with the Company laptop, that all the employees have. Working smart means passing the ball that would not compromise your performance but most important you network, of course at detriment of the less connected colleagues. In this way your surviving will depend on your ability to step on the heads of the most "weak" employees, creating an awful "dog eat dog" environment. Political wars beetwen managers can last months and normally end up in the resignation of the looser and the elimination of all the looser followers. The aim of many managers seems the survival in the Company at total detriment of the efficiency of the systems, in this way, problems are left unresolved due to lack of support in the resolution until they become a case, old owners let go and new owners, more politically placed provide an adequate (or not, this is not relevant) solution. Must be a case that the majority of people leave before the 2 years of permanent employment, before the vesting of the Shares, so that the Company keeps the majority of the shares inhouse. Many people leave with no other job at hand, as mental sanity become more important than having an employment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I believe the Company is exactly where it wants to be.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazon Experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time

    Pros

    Task Based,Open Culture and no politics

    Cons

    High Pressure work environment,high stress

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More focus on Work life balance needed

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Financial Analyst

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

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

    Pros

    Good brand name to work for.

    Cons

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

  7.  

    It's not perfect, but it's pretty good

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II  in  Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Edinburgh, Scotland

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

    Pros

    Amazon is a great place to learn from smart people, particularly at our remote development site. There's a lot of opportunity for motivated engineers to learn a lot about all aspects of software development and make a direct difference to the business.

    Cons

    Opportunities for promotion or different work are limited at our remote development site. And dealing with people in other sites is a common source of stress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    "Think big" is a core competency at Amazon. Senior management may be thinking big, but it would be nice if they shared more about the vision with us as it's not always clear.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Intelligent people, friendly enviroment

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    Former Employee - Product Manager  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Product Manager in London, England

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    At 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 ManagementAdvice

    There 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Business Analyst

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    All 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 ManagementAdvice

    Frugality 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    awesome technology company at leading edge of cloud computing

    Cons

    low career progression, odd style of management, poor compensation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great and exciting place to work!

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

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time

    Pros

    A 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.

    Cons

    Not many people are going to say "thank you" or "well done", you've got to take all the praise you can when you can!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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