Amazon.com Reviews

Updated 24 August 2014
Updated 24 August 2014
3,545 Reviews

3.3
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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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  1.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer  in  Hyderābād
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Hyderābād

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

    Pros

    - Good exposure for freshers and new joinees

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Frugality is not cheapness

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Engineer  in  Bangalore
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Engineer in Bangalore

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    1) 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 ManagementAdvice

    1) Get some backbone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Average experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  Banga
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Banga

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Most of the work is to maintain the current services

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good company expect some of the worst managers

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good employee policies, good transport facility , more learning opportunities.

    Cons

    More manager level politics and lack of team work and employee communications in the org.,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers should be look on employees future at least while there politics...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Catalog lead

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Catalog Lead  in  Chennai
    Former Employee - Catalog Lead in Chennai

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

    Pros

    Space for innovation and learning . The nature of works keeps on changing and aswell the duties which makes one alert and tuned. Never gets boring! And casuals to work is kinda cool !

    Cons

    Management pressure and lack of transparency
    By the management. Bad perfromance appraisal structures.They bother only about the outcome , not much of encouragement for process improvement ideas .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It will be better if they are transparent and fix clear targets .

    Recommends
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    management only concerned about numbers, no work-life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer  in  Hyderābād
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Hyderābād

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

    Pros

    fast paced env
    good collegues
    challenging problems

    Cons

    management only concerned about numbers
    no work-life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    come up with employee - friendly policies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazon would be a great company to work for without cheap politics at work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst  in  Hyderābād
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Hyderābād

    I worked at Amazon.com full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -Good pay
    -Smart people to work with

    Cons

    -Bad management with too many politics
    -highly difficult to move up the ladder in India unless you are able to lick your bosses ass,
    -Hopeless HR. HR and the manager together prevent people from switching teams( though the Amazon culture encourages one to gain diversified experience)
    -cheap behavior towards females by some in the senior management level

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Mixed feelings

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Support Engineer  in  Hyderābād
    Current Employee - Support Engineer in Hyderābād

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

    Pros

    Lot to learn. Great culture and startup like work environment along with benefits of a big company.

    Cons

    Too hectic and unrealistic expectations. Life will be stressful at times. In fact, I started gaining weight and losing hair after joining Amazon! Initiatives are mostly driven by business needs. Compromises are made at technical values to cater business needs. Work Hard, Harder and probably make history if you are lucky. No fun!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't rush on things. Let's take things slowly and steadily.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Amazon CS-HYD: Amazing place now turned into a high pressure environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - CSA  in  Hyderābād
    Former Employee - CSA in Hyderābād

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

    Pros

    friendly people, fun place to work.

    Cons

    Has been invaded by Indian Institute of Management (mafias, lol ) and now everyone is forced to work on projects or initiatives to even survive.

     No room for feedback, (even if you are asked, it's not heared or they just brush it aside) just do your thing( what is said) and go home - you have to be a superman to even keep up,

    People hired from IIM drones have hijacked the place and the HR team is in cahoots with them.

    Your NRR metric is an all time flop! Trust me this has left many people in Amazon to think serious about the management( Thank god!, I left the job)

    Policies are interpreted favorably towards management (sorry,'leadership') teams only, and the associates and leads are left holding the bag.

    the IIM mafias have a serious disconnect with the reality of their job -Senior managers management and are happy in their world of projects, numbers, spreadsheets and colourful graphs.

    It is now a race to show the world what you're up to without having to bother about results - just make sure your boss likes you and they'll balance the 'leadership principles' and tenets to cook stuff to make you look good.

    Expecting fairness in your review is a joke!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please stop hiring from the IIMs and major B-schools. They will do nothing good!

    Focus on employee satisfaction, fair treatment and equality.

    Focus on making your leads and managers feel empowered and please give your employees the right to decide how aggressive they want to be in their careers - its okay to want to focus on family and home and not work like you want a promotion every year - you're burning us out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good but need lot of improvements

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chennai
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chennai

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

    Pros

    Have been working for more than 3 years now. Good personal and work life balance. Some of the folks are extremely good and co-operative.

    Cons

    People management is very poor. One wrong manager, and everyone suffers.
    Internal transfers not very easy. Lack of transparency from people managers. Learning opportunities are very less. You need to focus on developing yourself on your own.
    HR is poor. They do not understand situations of employee but only listen to managers.
    No attention paid to the feedback you give.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire good managers so that employees do not suffer. If you hire a dumb and stupid manager even if he/she has years of experience it does not good to the team and organization.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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