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Amazon.com Reviews

Updated Jul 22, 2014
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3.3 3,261 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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    Company has a drive for excellence but lacks proper means to excel.

    Software Development Engineer (Former Employee) Bangalore

    Pros- Smart people around , so very competitive environment.
    - Instills values which they call "Leadership Principles" there are 14 of them and they try to hinge the company on those principles and those principles if adhered to focuses most on Customer-centricity and satisfaction , hence the company will keep doing well.
    - They make you feel special and instills a sense of pride for working in amazon.
    - Last but not the least very flexible process of migrating to US. Entry in Amazon for a good candidate is nowadays equivalent to visa to US with an excellent on-board compensation.

    Cons- Company is not at all sorry to screw people's work-life balance for itself to excel.
    - Worse is , the management thinks, its great to overwork people because they should be obsessed with their work just like scientists. Their tagline for employees is "Work hard, Have fun( by working hard) , Make history (by screwing your life)".
    - Takes pride in scaring people of throwing them away of job and in return make them work hard.
    - Wants innovation but that should come as an additional achievement. There is not much lee-way given the employee to do innovation like time,resource , encouragement etc...
    - Last but not the least , they will try to take advantage of a candidate who is less demanding in compensation when joining. Once the employee realizes that he is paid less then peers , the employee will have live with and will never be able to catch up.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIts the employees who are make a knowledge-base company unlike brick and mortar company. The real assets are its employees. Hence, try to understand why turn-over ratio of Amazon is so high and address that. Unless you do that you will always play a catch-up game with Google , Apple etc..and will never be able to reach the revenue and profit levels of those companies.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    ok

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgood pay, informal cool work culture

    Consno work life balance, not employee centric

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    active workplace

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Hyderābād

    ProsAwesome place to be but sometimes gets too competitive.
    There are many teams with great work. All Talented people.

    ConsToo hectic work. Pressure from manager many a times. Needs to freshen up the workplace environment from time to time.

    Advice to Senior Managementgood going but keep the strategies less competitive.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Interview

    Vendor Manager (Current Employee) Bangalore

    ProsGood prospects for the new guys

    ConsDOnt know prospects for the long term

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Awesomeness

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Proseverything seeems to be perfect. Not much idea about it. Please check other posts for reference =P =P

    Consway of interviewing is tough.. need to be made atleast li'l easy

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

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    Crazy place that has no value for your personal life and thinks they have bought you with well paid salaries

    Senior Product Manager (Current Employee) Bangalore

    ProsLot of learning for a short period. When you work with smart people and do twice as many projects as you would in the same time in other companies, you will of course learn a lot more.

    ConsYou lose some years of your life with the hectic work life. There is no time for family. It is expected that everyone forgets family life and work their * off.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat employees like people and respect their personal lives.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Associate-customer service

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood work place to work hard have fun and make history, friendly work stations

    Consthe performance metrics followed here is strictly unappreciable, the managers and senior managers get on neck of associates to reach the target Response rate from the customers. Giving service to your customers is a good thing but, targetting and pressurizing your associates for the customer dissatisfaction is a Bad thing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on altering the existing Response rate method, do not torture the employees .

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    a Customer Obsessive Company, not at all an employee satisfying one

    Software Development Engineer (Current Employee) Hyderābād

    Pros- Good exposure for freshers and new joinees

    Cons- Too much power in managers hand, bureaucracy in many teams
    - Too much Ops work

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

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    Frugality is not cheapness

    Quality Assurance Engineer (Former Employee) Bangalore

    Pros1) Some good working colleagues in teams.
    2) Good exposure to different aspects of technology.

    Cons1) Really bad care for employees. Frugality is a main part of company's culture. But HR considers frugality as cheapness.
    2) Negative environment, bad resource management, poor communication and work-life balance is very very bad. Either be a work-dog or fall into abyss.
    3) Questionable hiring policies.
    4) Unorganized career-growth plans for employees.
    5) Office politics do affect your performance reviews.

    Advice to Senior Management1) Get some backbone.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Average experience

    Software Developer (Current Employee) Banga

    ProsOne gets to see lot of scalability issues & how to deal with that
    Amazon has huge catalog so one get to deal with bug data

    ConsMost of the work is to maintain the current services

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep a balance (new development & maintaing developed code) in the work given to developer.

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