Amazon.com Reviews

Updated 1 October 2014
Updated 1 October 2014
3,564 Reviews
3.3
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Amazon.com Chairman, President, and CEO Jeff Bezos
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2,455 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • You can definitely learn a lot in short spam in Amazon as they make you work a lot (in 111 reviews)

  • Density of talent: Some really smart people spoiling their careers here (in 327 reviews)


Cons
  • Company is not at all sorry to screw people's work-life balance for itself to excel (in 589 reviews)

  • There is literally no work life balance inside this company (in 134 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
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  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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

  10. 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
  11.  

    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

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