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Updated 19 Jul 2019

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos
Jeff Bezos
18073 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good & Challenging work environment(in 1462 reviews)

  • "You learn a lot; Fast paced; Low bureaucracy; High scale to deliver big things(in 1315 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work/life balance - this is not the place to work if you're expecting a strict 9-to-5 schedule(in 2837 reviews)

  • "Long hours of standing at workstation(in 1528 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1905)

    "You Get What You Put In"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time

    Pros

    Really smart people, a lot of opportunity for growth, always encouraged to be innovative, think big, and create something new. Competitive salary and benefits with other major tech companies. 100% self motivating work environment. No dress code and 4 legged friends are welcome.

    Cons

    You have to be self motivated. NO ONE will hold your hand and tell you that you're doing a great job. If you need constant affirmations from management, this company isn't for you.

    Advice to Management

    More on-boarding training before new employees are thrown in the fire. The first couple of weeks can be very confusing on where to find the information you need that pertains to your job.

    Amazon2016-01-11
  2. Helpful (1719)

    "Exciting Work, Abusive Culture"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Jeff Bezos and his "S-Team" are brilliant and continue to make great decisions for long-term growth. You work with smart people, you work on exciting projects, you are pushed to your limits...which can be rewarding when you accomplish great things. The diversity of the potential work and innovation can be very alluring. I've often called Amazon my "Sexy Mistress...she's emotionally abusive, but she's so sexy that...

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    Cons

    The management process is abusive, and I'm currently a manager. I've seen too much "behind the wall" and hate how our individual performers can be treated. You are forced to ride people and stack rank employees...I've been forced to give good employees bad overall ratings because of politics and stack ranking.

    Advice to Management

    Don't pretend that the recent NY Times article was all about "isolated incidents". The culture IS abusive and it WILL backfire once stock value starts to drop. I'm an 8 year veteran and I no longer recommend former peers to interview with Amazon.

    Amazon2016-02-21
  3. Helpful (729)

    "An Amazing Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've been at Amazon for a month now, and I've seen none of the horror stories being communicated to the public, although Amazon is a large enough company that I'm sure there are good pockets and bad pockets. Everyone here is really smart, and wants to succeed both personally, and as a company. People collaborate and help each other, focus on data, and truly focus on the customer. Every company I've ever worked for talks...

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    Cons

    No cons, so far - seriously. Like I said, I'm sure Amazon has some bad pockets in it here and there, but this is an amazing job, an amazing opportunity, and the biggest thing I have to complain about is that it's a little chilly in our building. I can live with that. Does Amazon demand high quality, measurable results? Yes! Is it hard work? Yes! Is it rewarding? Yes! So I'm not calling that a 'con'. Work/life balance...

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    Amazon2018-02-23
  4. Helpful (1335)

    "Can be amazing for some people, horrible for others"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazon is doing lot's of cool stuff...but lots of boring stuff too. There are really well run teams...and very badly run teams. The experience for software managers and engineers is all over the board, from really run low operational load teams to teams where people burn out after a year. - Amazon is built, quite deliberately, to be Darwinian. You can generally expect that anyone who's been here for more than 2...

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    Cons

    - You're responsible for your own career progression and finding the places and teams that are doing the stuff you want to do. No one is going to take you by the hand and help you with that. - Amazon is built, quite deliberately, to be Darwinian. The strong survive and the weak perish (metaphorically speaking) and the 'bar' is constantly increasing. The level of performance that would have been acceptable five years...

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    Advice to Management

    Stack ranking is a horrible practice since it's rife with favoritism. It's also not Amazonian in that it's not data based (arbitrarily designating a certain percentage of employees that must be put on performance management isn't a data driven criterion) and it's not frugal (effectively forcing an individual out of the company in one division who would make the grade in another is either retaining someone who doesn't...

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    Amazon2013-12-17
  5. Helpful (275)

    "Amazing company and the most driven and smartest of the people"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - You can learn a lot very quickly in a very short time - Surrounded with nothing but incredibly smart and driven individuals. - Compensation is well beyond my expectations, and more than suitable. - Exciting projects all across the company that keep you interested and focused. - Amazon is changing the world

    Cons

    - Can be overwhelming, very steep learning curve - Can be difficult to keep up if you are not self motivated

    Amazon2018-12-03
  6. Helpful (503)

    "We are now in a world where we are condescended to by our inferiors"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Amazon full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    This company gets A list performance from C list employees. The culture is quick and hard charging. You are always working in relevant and meaningful projects.

    Cons

    Maybe because the company recruits C listers who have neither merit (intelligence, strategic vision) nor pedigree (academic or professional accomplishments), most of those who become successful do so in treacherous, low cunning ways. Imagine the Lannisters in Game of Thrones attacking the Starks in Game of Thrones; or Rawls and Burrell attacking McNulty and Daniels in The Wire; or Barrow and O'Brien attacking Mr Bates...

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    Advice to Management

    Bezos you bought the Washington Post and hired Jay Carney to be your PR head. There is nothing I can write here that you would deign listen to, because you are a hack. You must be mad that Expedia beat you to the punch and hired Chelsea Clinton to serve on their board of directors. For those grasping Weasels that have squirmed and back stabbed your way to success, you know who you are. You won't care what is written...

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    Amazon2017-03-23
  7. Helpful (302)

    "Warehouse associate, full time for over two years"

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    Former Employee - Tier I Warehouse Associate in Carlisle, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great starting pay and the ability to get raises very quickly. Full training in all areas are offered and if your willing to work hard and sweat everyday for 10 hours a day, 4 days a week, then this is the job for you. The 4 day weeks go by quick, it can be exhausting so proper rest and a healthy lifestyle will help you stay strong within this company. Beat benefits as well once you are a hired on as a full time employee.

    Cons

    After 3 years of working with the company you "cap out" at $15.75, meaning you can no longer make any more money than that as a tier 1 associate. Your expected to want to move up in the company and that is the only way to make a better hourly wage, by advancing into management and operations management positions if there are any openings.

    Amazon2017-05-15
  8. Helpful (3)

    "Best place to work but have problemas as any other company"

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    Current Employee - Solutions Architect 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's one of the few companies that you can create something new or fix something that is not working properly and be recognized by this. It's not the company that your manager just say: This is not your task, go talk with the owner to fix this or just route issues to someone else. We really feel that we are builders and we can work in a flexible and innovative environment

    Cons

    As any company we have bad managers or those guys that are just smart enough to cheat the hiring process and get hired. As Amazon grows more and more people from other companies like Oracle, IBM, Microsoft try to get hired at Amazon and this brings the good people and the bad people. Sorry, we are not perfect and those bad people get hired too.

    Advice to Management

    The messaging from Jeff Bezos 20 years ago is still valid and the culture it not something that you can bend as adapt to your view. It's something to keep at the core and not be "interpreted". It's time to get back to the roots and review some people that got hired if they are really following the leadership principles and have the cultural behavior or if they are just bending the LP's to their own view.

    Amazon2019-07-11
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent people, tough work environment"

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    Former Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You'd work with some of the finest people who bring a combination of intelligence, sharpness, and hands-on, rolled-up sleeves culture. You will learn every day and develop leadership skills that are top of the world.

    Cons

    Work environment is extremely tough and there is no work-life balance. Also, more emphasis is given on short-term execution goals, compared to strategic level, longer term problem solving. Salary structure forces even top executives to sell stocks to maintain lifestyle.

    Advice to Management

    To attract and retain senior leaders, consider changing the salary structure.

    Amazon2019-07-17
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Best company!"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've had 4 different managers since I've been with Amazon and all of them have been so supportive of my growth and development. You are treated like an adult here, and I have never been micromanaged. Everyone works hard at Amazon, and it is a very fast-paced environment with a lot of constant changes. Although we work hard, we have a lot of fun. At Amazon, you are encouraged to own your own development, and you can take...

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    Cons

    Nobody will hold your hand through onboarding and training, so you need to take initiative and be comfortable dealing with ambiguity.

    Amazon2019-07-16
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