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Anonymous shared this review of Amazon, United States on Jun 8th, 2020
"Would rather have more flex time- working from home has been okay"
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon, United States on May 8th, 2020
"be prepared to work physically demanding hours in a fast paced environment on your feet at all times, teamwork is a must, and you must be able to lift at least 50 lbs"
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon, United Kingdom on May 8th, 2020
"Within engineering teams, there is a widespread culture of on-call, and high workloads which makes work-life balance challenging. Many teams have 24-hour on call and no policies for accommodating family, parenting or personal needs - it's an individual, case-by-case basis. There can be a tendency to downlevel people during the hiring process, which can lead to women being less senior than comparable male peers."
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon, United States on Mar 23rd, 2020
"Only work here if you're okay with being put to work in a high stress environment that rarely updates problems that cause it to be hard to do the job right. You MUST be very assertive to even be heard; rarely will it ever actually change anything. "
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon, United States on Feb 11th, 2020
"Very dependent on the team you join. In my experience as a woman of color: expect to be talked over, overlooked, under leveled and underpaid. This is the kind of place that talks a big game about diversity but with only white male leadership."
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon, United States on Feb 6th, 2020
"They do not value employees time or well being. This is beyond a boys club and they promote their favorite boys first."
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon, United States on Jan 21st, 2020
"They claim to be a diverse company, but it is diverse to a point. They will promote the worst people for the position and tend to promote their friends over qualified people. HR only listens to one side of the story and passes judgment before they know the facts. You could get fired just because someone doesn't like you and they believe them because they are friends with HR or the manager."
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon, United States on Jan 15th, 2020
"Some teams are much more inclusive than others. If you do end up on a male-dominated team, just keep in mind that you can transfer internally fairly easily, and inclusivity should be something to consider when making your next move."
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon, United States on Jan 3rd, 2020
"I've had a good experience as a female leader at Amazon. My team actively focuses on hiring and promoting females and un-represented minorities (leaders review metrics regularly in this area). Maternity benefits are great and the Seattle offices have nursing rooms in each building on campus. Work/life balance is fine- you create your own environment and set boundaries. Now over 5 years in, I feel tenured and know my role well. My first couple of years were rough, though. Amazon is a unique environment and you need to have a thick skin. You will have to adapt to the writing culture, meeting culture, and fast-paced environment. There isn't a lot of help with on-boarding ...it's sink or swim. I'm also not a fan of VPs tearing down people in meetings, swearing, and creating lots of churn to feel important. With that said, you learn quickly on what's expected and if you adapt well, you'll go far. "
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon, United States on Nov 24th, 2019
"Very strict attendance policies and they make changes too often; you are destined to be thrown into a fire here "
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon, United States on Oct 14th, 2019
"It depends greatly which manager you are under, but there is a growing culture in some groups of flexibility, including working remotely as needed or having flexible hours around family or personal needs. This should be brought to their attention early. I would also say this flexibility is more for senior positions, but could be applied to others depending on role and responsibilities."
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon, United States on Sep 24th, 2019
"Hard work, like a robot. Must use Unpayed Time Off or your paid time off to cover sick days as they offer none. If you exceed your UTO you can and will be fired."
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon, United States on Sep 9th, 2019
"I have flexibility on my team, but I've spoken to countless women at Amazon who do not. So again, it is (unfortunately) very difficult to give a review that will be helpful because it varies so greatly. I encourage applicants to ask very direct questions of the manager about things like WFH policies. From a corporate level, there is no official policy for WFH or job flexibility. Most teams do not give much flexibility if any at all. Many still require on call for new parents. "
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon, United States on Aug 15th, 2019
"Okay job but a lot of thirsty men work here."
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon, United States on Aug 12th, 2019
"Not a warm fuzzy culture but if you get your work done, you'll be recognized"
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon, United States on Aug 7th, 2019
"The company was founded by an engineer and logic and data are important. If you enjoy data, are a logical thinker, can write well (no PowerPoints, MSWord written reports), and are okay with the flywheel principles of offering wide selection of products, at lowest prices, for convenient/fast delivery -- Amazon may be a good fit for you."
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon, United States on Jul 26th, 2019
"Crazy hight project workload, very stressful work environment, unhappy people. "
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon, United States on Jul 24th, 2019
"Amazon is a place where you get out what you put in. It can be hard to compete in a male dominated tech industry especially when women have families or other obligations based on gender norms. There are communities of women working to try to change it, but in 5 years I have worked in on 2 teams that had women in executive leadership positions. Most women in leadership don't seem to be on the Amazon tech side. (more so in AWS). "
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon, United States on Jul 3rd, 2019
"Unless you like lifting 50 plus pounds over and over for 10 hours straight, skip this place. "
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon, United States on Jun 7th, 2019
"Only care about customers not employees. No work life balance. "
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon, United States on Jun 3rd, 2019
"No. Why would I Want another woman to be treated bad."
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon, United States on May 29th, 2019
"As someone who has worked at Amazon for the past 5 years i have seen only a handful of women in leadership roles. This company is constantly hiring new college graduates and cycling through them at an astonishing rate, but few are women. I was told from an operations manager that I must not have aspirations of advancing due to being on the "mommy track". Please keep in mind my male coworkers also have children and have not received the same feedback. "
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon on Mar 15th, 2019
"Great place to work. i really enjoyed my time there."
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon on Feb 18th, 2019
"Everything depends on the team. I have been fortunate to work on teams where women were strongly represented in leadership positions (all the way through the VP-levels); however, I have heard that more IT/AWS type teams are more heavily male-dominated. Note that all SVPs (except HR) are men at Amazon."
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon on Jan 31st, 2019
"Negotiate strongly at the offer stage - getting better compensation or promotion to next level is very hard once you are in"
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon on Jan 28th, 2019
"Pick your team wisely - work life balance and culture differ based on the leadership within your team "
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon on Jan 22nd, 2019
"Expect to work hard and be exhausted, but the benefits are fantastic!"
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon on Jan 21st, 2019
"It’s very easy to get sucked into working at all hours. It’s also very possible that if you aren’t willing to tip the work life balance scales more in favor of work than life that your coworkers will get promoted faster than you. To a certain extent, Amazon performance assessment policies do encourage competition, so this is something to keep in mind and be prepared for. "
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon on Jan 16th, 2019
"Progression is slow. You need to aim for the highest possible role that your qualifications will permit you to rather than playing it safe. If you are rejected you can always re-apply another time using the feedback you receive."
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon on Dec 22nd, 2018
"You need to set your own boundaries for work/life balance. The company will take every ounce of your time if you let it."
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon on Nov 23rd, 2018
"You have to work here, applications are a little bit difficult but when you'll be in it would be much more easy."
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon on Nov 6th, 2018
"Amazon has the best compensation that I have found. And they also do a lot of their promoting from within. If you can find a way to view your home office as a job site and treat it like this, it is a wonderful option for women at all levels."
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon on Nov 1st, 2018
"If you can define your north star, this company offers many options."
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon on Oct 3rd, 2018
"While the benefits for medical and leave are good, the work - life balance is not. A lot of overtime and long 10 to 12 hour days, six days a week. schedule change on short notice.limited PTO and limited advancement."
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon on Sep 17th, 2018
"Hours for customer service agents are long and not very desirable. You will be working when the call volume is the highest which is in the mornings and mid to late evenings. One weekend day is required in everyone’s schedule. "
"Be prepared to work double your male counterparts at senior levels just to stay employed/tough slog to get promoted. "
"one thing is to make sure to define what you need to be happy, successful while interviewing your future boss/team. If you set expectations of what you are willing to do, it will help ensure that you are on the same page with your team. "
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon on Aug 13th, 2018
"It’s tough, but the quality of the people you work with and the kind of work you get to do sometimes makes it worth it."
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon on Aug 9th, 2018
"It is more progressive but not as progressive as competing tech companies"
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon on Jul 30th, 2018
"Maternity leave isn't good for pregnant women. They have pregnant employees working full time hours doing warehouse labor while pregnant women worry about making rates."
"Overall there are good benefits, but the culture differs from department to department. "
"You need to know what you are worth and have your boundaries set before you start. Be open about what is working and what is not working. The beautiful thing about Amazon is the mobility inside the company--if you find your team is not working for you, find one that will. "
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon on Jul 16th, 2018
"Great place to work - truly - but not for the faint-of-heart. There is a Genuine desire to engage diversity. Militant feminism is not required, but backbone and willingness to be comfortable in self-advocating is needed and expected. "
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon on Jun 21st, 2018
"Choose wisely groups they are not all the same cultures/people"
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon on Jun 11th, 2018
"Be ready to do your share of the work in the warehouse"
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon on Apr 20th, 2018
"no growth and salary hike for agents in this company"
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon on Apr 9th, 2018
"Join all of our women centered affinity groups and evangelize a culture that promotes diversity and coaches against unconscious bias."
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon on Apr 6th, 2018
"Be confident in your ability to handle and navigate workplace politics. Be adaptable to change. Speak up early and loudly, otherwise risk being walked on and/or left behind. If you feel as though you're being bullied by your boss, look for another team or another job as soon as possible because HR rarely stands by those being bullied."
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon on Mar 21st, 2018
"Beware of the stress-level and backhanded expectations. People are encouraged to give unsolicited feedback to people's managers."
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon on Feb 23rd, 2018
"Lots of opportunities, lots of women in key leadership positions, lots of integrity of workplace culture. Pay is low for everyone at the low paid positions, it is nothing pesonal or gemder specific."
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon on Feb 9th, 2018
"Your leader makes a big difference in your experience at this company."
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon on Jan 17th, 2018
"The company is slowly making a lot of systemic changes when it comes to diversity and inclusion. The review process, however, is very closed door and based heavily on manager input and managers are still primarily male."
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon on Jan 9th, 2018
"Amazon really means it when they want you to take care of their customers. You are given free reign to do just that."
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon on Jan 6th, 2018
"You should go out of your way to be connected and know people. That matters more then merit ans performance."
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon on Jan 2nd, 2018
"There is a lot of variation by team, so be direct in vetting the team you are interviewing with."
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon on Nov 17th, 2017
"You will learn to tolerate being treated like a second-class citizen. Your management will tell you that gender bias doesn’t exist. Honestly, everything about the large tech companies from interview to employment is just hazing masquerading as normalcy. It’s no different here. There’s an obsession with hiring the best of the best. Put 10 socially inept “best” on a team, and you get most teams at Microsoft, Google and Amazon. If the teams were more diverse they would be smarter. It’ll be years before that sinks in. "
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon on Nov 10th, 2017
"As above, I don't think this employer is biased against women I think it's more biased against people who are introverted and want to be rewarded based on skills rather than connections. As a woman, you have to be a strong character who will stand out against both men and women in order to do well."
"Company perks are lacking but maternity leave is great, very corporate"
"Be very judicious in what team you seek out, do your research, and be prepared to stand up and have a voice."
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon on Sep 24th, 2017
"It's not a terrible place to work. The people are smart and the pay is great but you can burn yourself out due to overwork."
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon on Sep 4th, 2017
"Well I won't just speak for women. However, I can say in general those who have children or other jobs this may not work. It's not all it's cracked up to be with balancing time between your kids and work."
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon on Aug 8th, 2017
"There is a strong male tech culture which can be draining, especially in meetings.. "
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon on Jul 22nd, 2017
"You have to be willing to work hard but everyone has equal opportunity to succeed and facetime isn't required."
"Very hard labor but doable. Wear good shoes and stretch at beginning of shift it helps"
"Good company and maternity benefits. But for some reason not so many woman software engineer that have children."
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon on Jun 10th, 2017
"You need to be able to stand up for yourself, be willing to call out men for repeating your ideas, speak up at the table, figure out what you need to take a stand on and what you need to let slide, and be ready to work hard. Carefully vet the group you are going to and the manager and skip manager."
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon on Jun 7th, 2017
"Try to do your job and stay out of the politics."
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon on May 1st, 2017
"Don't work here. Men tend to gang up on women who want to collaborate or share praise It is seen as weak and they use wo.en as scapegoats."
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon on Apr 23rd, 2017
"Talk to people inside and make sure you're in a team where they value flexiblity and aren't obsessed with sky-high targets"
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon on Apr 5th, 2017
"If you want to have a baby, great! The maternity leave is awesome (paid for five months). If you already have a family, or once you get back from leave, good luck! Don't expect any special treatment; your hours and travel won't change."
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon on Mar 14th, 2017
"Has come a long way and continues to improve on maternity, job shares and promoting women"
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon on Feb 19th, 2017
"Amazon has managers, so if you find a good one stick with him or her. Generally the company rewards leaders for business results even if they are not good people managers/leaders."
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon on Feb 16th, 2017
"Find a mentor and find allies. We misuse a leadership principle (Earns Trust) as a crutch for calling women "demanding", "bitchy". we are aggressive not assertive. "
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon on Feb 9th, 2017
"Dont do it if you want a family; work-life balance is poor "
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon on Feb 4th, 2017
"Be prepared to experience some low key, classic misogyny: getting interrputed by men, having to fight a little harder to be taken seriously, etc. If you can handle that, you will learn a lot. Also be prepared to be discouraged that there are virtually no women in director-level positions or above."
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon on Jan 27th, 2017
"You have to have incredibly thick skin to work at Amazon. The environment is very stressful, the hours are long and demanding, especially during the last 4 months of the year due to the holiday shopping season which affects most of the company. The culture is not a friendly one, often times when you ask for help you will not receive it then you will get bad feedback for not being able to complete something that you never received training on."
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon on Dec 7th, 2016
"You have to be very aggressive and protect your boundaries to spend time with your family. This will likely limit your ability to move up though."
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon on Nov 28th, 2016
"Consider another employer unless you are willing to sacrifice work over family -there is little respect for family time off /a double standard for women at Amazon. It's a super hard environment in general but tougher if you are in senior roles and balancing a family. Be prepared to work 60 hour weeks. "
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon on Jul 18th, 2016
"My team was great but there were very few women in leadership positions."
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon on Jul 17th, 2016
"proceed with caution, they will low ball you on the initial offer"
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon on Jul 16th, 2016
"My team was great but there were very few women in leadership positions."
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon on May 18th, 2016
"Evaluate the team and the manager. If there is a team of only single male employees and the woman is a mother, then the challenges and schedules will be different. Choosing a team is just as important as an employeer choosing and employee. "
Anonymous shared this review of Amazon on May 12th, 2016
"Have an impact on team to ensure managers will notice"
"Very fast paced. Requires high sense of ownership. Benefits are standard, not many other perks."
"It really depends on your manager. The company as a whole does a terrible job promoting diversity etc. Compared to other prospective employers in the area, it has the worst maternity leave policy (and no paternity leave policy). The fact that there is 0 paid paternity leave is particularly unfair - how comfortable are you in taking maternity leave, if somene else who has kids get none? My direct manager was amazing, so I had a pretty good experience there, but my boss' boss was from Turkey, and had a very traditional eastern-european approach to childcare (stay at home mom, travel a lot father) and therefore wasn't very supportive to my career. Whenever he came to my area, he spent the entire time talking to another developer (also turkish) in turkish. Amazon is such a mixed bag. As a company, they don't focus at all on any of the things more enlightened companies at least try to focus on (parental leave, diversity and inclusion, work life balance), but depending on your direct manager or your peers, things can be really good there. Or really bad. Also worth noting, there is only 1 nursing room per building (although its pretty nice). During my year of nursing, I was able to get into the nursing room exactly 2 times. There were around 20 lactating mothers in the entire building, each taking 30 minutes or so to do their thing, it was pretty much impossible. All the meeting rooms/offices have transparent doors. I had to bring a sheet, kick my manager out of his office, and hang it up on his door, and pump in there. Terrible."
"Be prepared to bet treated as sub-par and to fight for every win. I worked there for just over 2 years and being run over by under experienced and dehumanizing males, it made it difficult to "do the right thing" on a daily basis. If you "disagree and commit" you are a stark raving bi_-_ and if you don't stand firm you don't have "backbone"."
"Spent 3 years at Amazon on AWS EC2. I left due to discrimination by my manager, which made my last 1.5 years pretty awful. Lots of being judged differently to others for the same work, got shouted at, told I was whining when I asked for more responsibility. I understand that there are bad managers everywhere, but my poor review comes from the way in which my complaints were handled by senior management. When I first spoke to my skip level manager about how I was being treated, he spoke a lot about how gender discrimination was still a big problem in the tech industry, but did nothing more with my complaint. When I took it to HR, we had a dispute resolution session. I waited more than 6 months for the results. When they came, it was that he had acted inappropriately. The repercussions? He was suggested to do a course about being a better manager if it became available in his location (in the intervening 6 months he'd changed teams and locations). No mention of bias. No mention of any larger problem. Since I left, 3/4 other women in the office of 250 (we were remote) have left citing similar issues. I'd put it down to culture in a remote office, but the senior members were from Seattle (and so was my awful manager). I learnt a lot of things while there, great operational experience, but man, I took a beating too."
"I worked at Amazon only as an intern. Interesting projects to work on, but not a very friendly culture for women."
"Amazon is largely male-dominated, and so at times, it can definitely feel isolating being one of the few women in the office (only 12% are women in my organization). Also, from my experience, team events can often gear towards male interests, and I feel that the upper management does not see supporting diversity in tech as a priority. There has been many times when a letter to the upper management regarding better environment for women employees goes unheard. As well, (unsurprisingly) it is not uncommon to see unconscious bias in the office and insensitive comments coming from male coworkers. The good thing is, there is a very large and supportive community for women in engineering, where such topics are discussed. Employees also have the chance to attend many events, like the Grace Hopper Conference. It is just that, oftentimes, it can feel like mostly everyone who cares are women. And so we don't see improvements to the workplace as quickly as other companies."
"make sure you find a good manager"
"I've loved my job, but I see how hard it can be working at Amazon as a woman and as a regular person with kids. Boundaries are important, but Amazon likes to recruit people who want to be successful more then they want to have good boundaries, so it can really drain people."
"Being a technology company, employees and managers are naturally men-heavy. Given how smart the employees are, it's surprising there isn't more structural support for (new) moms. For starters, they need to catch up on giving more generous maternity (and paternity) leave. They should also take tips from moms and turn them into standard expectations/ policies: returning/ starting with part-time work after maternity leave, having a new mom mentor, etc."
"Hard work with few benefits. Great for the childless or people who can do the hours- there's no explicit boys club. But work/life balance is hard and could hold you back. Maternity benefits very poor for industry (no paternity leave at all). No daycare benefits, 1 year wait lists."
"It is hard work but very rewarding"
"May not have the best work/life balance if trying to raise a family. Depends on your role."
"I see women at Amazon from front desk associates to Senior VPs (although there are far more men in high ranking roles than women over all, at least half of the senior leaders I support are women). Amazon is making leaps and bounds to increase diversity, especially in terms of adding female leaders to the tech work place. There are multiple teams dedicated to the recruitment of female employees and Amazon has set its goals high in terms of diverse hiring goals for the next few years. My work life balance has been wonderful so far (about 8 hours a day MAX) and I am constantly reading and partaking in in-depth discussions on the quality of life for women here in our Women @ Amazon affinity group and how to grow and improve. Amazon has even incorporated bias training into their interviewing practices so that every Hiring Manager and Interviewer considers subconscious biases they may have coming into the interview (an example would be women coming across as "abrasive" in an interview where as a man would come across as showing backbone) I would highly recommend the company to anyone, regardless of gender and feel women have the just as much opportunity for professional growth as men."
"You work very hard. Work is very rewarding. Very male dominated and not comfortable with different leadership styles."
"I think women get a fair shake with this company, I have seen many women rise through the ranks into management positions."
"Male dominated both day-to-day and on the leadership front, but they're making some effort for change. They could definitely do more, but it's a bit of a funnel problem with the industry as a whole. There are women support groups and some genuine diversity initiatives. I think more can be done for childcare and maternity for sure."
"Some groups are extremely male-dominated, but the experience of actually working with them can vary tremendously. Other than me, my last group consisted of 11 men and 1 woman (who was hired into an entry-level position). Every new hire was a white, straight, man between 28-35...exactly like the director. Very disappointing. My group now is the same gender mix, but very different vibe. Everyone has a voice and the dialogue is very open."
"This is a totally data driven business, mostly men in charge, you MUST be a strong woman with a confident personality to do well here. You adhere to the leadership tenants, reach beyond your role, network like crazy, and find mentors. It is possible to move up quickly here, especially if you are hired right out of school."
"I have worked here for almost 3 years and there are a lot of women here. The women that are the highest level are over HR and Learning. Normal "female" roles. Since I work in the Facilities department, it has been somewhat difficult being a woman. Just yesterday one of the techs made a disparaging remark about what I could possibly know about a subject that is dear to me. It is nice that we have a room available for nursing mothers, and the leave offered is great. However, moving up does not seem to be offered very easily to women. In fact, I have been more relegated to a typical "female" role since I have been physically relocated to the locale of the male "leaders" of the FC. Will you go fetch lunch, and is there fresh coffee. wow..."
"I've worked here for 2 years in engineering, and there are primarily men. The higher up you go the fewer and fewer women. And while the company talks the talk about focusing on diversity, within orgs and management it's not discussed. When bringing it up with a manager there's lip service but no understanding; and more importantly no action to make changes."
"I have been at this company for 4.5 years. Finding the right team is important. Finding a team with interesting work, growth opportunities, and a supportive environment can be very difficult though. Especially if you work in digital products (ie Android and devices). A lot of the service and website teams tend to have better work-life balance, especially the teams that have been around longer. There are plenty of orgs where almost all of the employees (50+) are younger men and there might be one woman. Of those people, very few (if any) know how to be an ally to women. On the other hand, some orgs are almost 30% women. The more interesting projects can be very competitive and require you to put in 10+ hours a day, but most managers allow you to be flexible with those hours if needed (ie only work nights or work from home). On some teams, I have noticed that people complain more about women who use flexible hours and don't care that men do it, but that probably happens everywhere. Some managers will call employees on the double standard, some will ignore the feedback, and others might use it as a negative point against you (I have seen all of these scenarios). Teams that are mostly younger employees tend to be the ones that work ridiculous hours (it is also where you will most likely find brogrammer culture), I would recommend avoiding them if possible. Amazon has the concept of the "fungible" engineer, which means they will put 5 newer SDEs on a high priority project with no experience in the technology and expect something production-worthy in 8-12 weeks. After the deadline, almost everyone leaves, there will be no documentation and a team of mostly new people with one senior person will be created to 'fix' it. Stay away from these teams if you value your time. If you survive it is great, but if you fail, it is easy to become a scape goat. Voicing complaints can be hard without being labelled "whiney" or having little "bias for action" or worse, having people vehemently disagree that there is a problem and disregarding your experience. While the company recently revamped their SDE job level criteria to make promotion less mysterious, a lot of management still treat those criteria it as "up to interpretation" and will either be very vague about what they are looking for or treat certain criteria as more important than others. Having clear promotion conversations with your manager is a must, and in some cases you might realize that you need to switch teams. I would recommend having this sort of conversation before even committing to a team."
"Especially in AWS teams there can be a more cutthroat environment that tends to implicitly favor men over women. I would recommend a team in Retail unless you explicitly want that kind of environment."
"I been with the company 3 years. I have anxiety and when i was on the brink of an attack i went down to amcare. When i got there i was sent back to my department because it wasnt work related and at this time i was pregnant. I had an attack and was sent home but all could've been avoided because i just needed to sit down and breathe. I was taking out of work in January and stayed out until april due to the company giving me the run around about my return. I had my child in May and didnt return until August not because of doctor request the company again gave me the run around about returning. If you use all you personal, vacation and upt and there is an emergency or you have to be out of work for any reason other then for yourself you are up for termination if a personal leave is not requested which is unpaid. You can have a sick child take them to the doctor and have a excuse present it will not be accepted as they dont accept doctor excuses of any kind."
"The company in general has more men than women, however, I do believe women are treated fairly, at least from my experience so far."
"I've worked here for 9 years - left twice and returned. I appreciate being part of a company that innovates & is on the leading edge in so many areas. The work is scrappy and is endless - which is why its important to set boundaries & stick to them. There are many ways you can make an impact & take on special projects, but it can be difficult to prioritize with daily/weekly demands. I enjoyed being surrounded by smart people that take ownership. Flat leadership structure means lots of lateral moves, and not many upward promotions - which is something that takes getting used to."
"I've worked here for 2.5 years, and you need to pick your team selectively. I previously worked on an all-male team and feel I was treated differently. However, I rotated to a new team with mostly female leadership and now have a completely different experience. Since the company has grown quickly, the experience truly depends on your immediate team and does vary widely."
"I worked here for over 4 years and had good and bad experience. I think the way that promotions are done (you have to initiate your own promotion), the fact that reviews are stack ranked and the overall culture of aggressiveness was a deterrent to my success and enjoyment. It is heavily male dominated; I think only about 10% of the tech side is women. However, I know that there are efforts in place to change the way promotions are done, to create a training course on how to be an ally, to improve the way reviews are handled so to avoid unconscious bias. When I worked there, I felt like there were people that cared but upper management wasn't bought into making changes but it sounds like maybe they are now."
"I have always been an assertive woman. I am independent and, as a single mom, don't beat around the bush. I was told that I "had a tone" during my reviews. I was told to be more respectful of the senior members of the team. I was one of the only women in my department and between the push-up contests and "beer friday" I never felt at home there. They finally added more women to the team, but they were not allies. It was everyone for themselves there. I wouldn't work there again if you paid me a million dollars."
"im a single mother of a six yr old, yes amazon is 10 hrs but only 4 days, i get 3 days to be with my kid! They treat men and woman the same no matter your race and even offer us classes like nursing or cdl at no cost to us because they care about our future. As far as holidays go, your entering a business that sells Online... people like your family members want there items they ordered so people like us work holidays to get the product to them. This yr amazon gave us christmas off and delayed time so we could enjoy thanksgiving. They also give as plenty of pt,upt and vaca, it is our responsibility to use it wisely and we get it every other week and upt every 3 monthes cant beat that."
"There are no woman in the upper echelons of management. There is a lack of overall diversity of thought. Only very aggressive Type A personalities are valued."
"This is a very driver driver company. You have to be focused and aggressive and speak up."
"I have worked for Amazon for over 3 years, and it took me those 3 years to get a promotion. It is no different then men, my position (Process Assistant) and the associates get treated equally gender wise. There are definitely more male managers than female managers, no doubt. From my experience all races, genders, etc are treated equally."
"I m worked here 9 month and there are a lot of woman working here, but the rules and the ambient is no god. All my parent leave before to 6 months it is too much. You have to work 10 hours for day o night don't matter your cant not take your cell phone with your the cell phone leave in the car so is something happen in home your don't know nothing. We have two brakes about 15 minutes and 30 minutes lunch some monhts like july and December your cant not take vacations and you have to work 55 hours it is 11 hours for day 5 days a weeks. Is too much and I m tired but I need work :("
"flexible schedule but long hours"
"I have worked here 3 years and although there are many women who work here, most behave as they are still in high school or never were part of sorority. They find validation of self worth by being catty rather than supporting other women."
"It really depends on your department and your boss. I've moved a couple times, and am happy now, but it takes a while to find the right fit."
"I transferred from a department that was highly male-dominated and did okay there. Since I was one of the old-timers there, I was well respected and no one would unreasonably question any input I provided. It really is a mixed bag here at Amazon. Sometimes you are lucky to join a fantastic team with stellar management. Other times, you are expected to grind away for 16 hours a day on projects and other work with no acknowledgement for your hard work. Something isn't right with the overall model though if there is such high turnover and you're considered and old-timer if you last over a year (I've been here longer than that though). I wouldn't recommend this company as much to moms who really want to concentrate on their families unless you are hired under a director who has young children as well and can relate."
"I worked here for 5 years. The pre-kids years were ok because I could work long hours, moved around and got good opportunities/experience, and I felt like I was learning. Once I had kids my priorities shifted, I set boundaries and decided not to put in long hours anymore. Even though I was working more efficiently and getting the same amount of work done, I think this caused my career to stagnate. I was viewed as someone who was not on a promotion path, and was not challenged/learning anymore. Management is male-dominated (Jeff Bezos has zero female direct reports) and maternity leave is bare minimum required by law. Turnover is high, particularly among women, especially women having kids."
"That you have to work twice as hard to get anywhere"
"I've worked here for 3 years and have gotten a lot of opportunity; however, there is very much a "bro" culture at Amazon and women have to jump through many more hurdles than men do to get promotions or noticed at work. Also, there is very much a "gotcha" culture where making someone look bad in front of others is encouraged and a sign of "intelligence"."
"My personal experience has been bad. I have slogged and my bosses have recognized my dedication and ownership but they think all women are here to follow orders. Having an opinion and disagreeing puts you in a bad place .They are still in 18th century"
"I've worked here for 3 years and there are a lot of women working here, but predominantly in support roles. Generally I believe they are treated fairly but management is male-dominated and not diverse, which makes it tougher for women to "network" with them. Mid-level women don't seem to advance because of these subtle issues. Also, while maternity leave is generous here I think women are judged harshly by some colleagues and managers for taking the full time."
"I have worked here for almost 2 years. I have worked for two managers, both male, but both very equitable to both genders. I have 3 kids (the youngest is now 5) and have always had the flexibility to take care of the kids if they are sick, or even leave work for school events. In addition, my team and my organization have clear and well-defined initiatives to make sure we have better gender equality. (despite the fact that in technology the bias is usually male.) I realize that Amazon is a very large company, but there really are great managers, organizations and divisions to work for there. I put my children & family first, but have never had to choose while working at Amazon. The culture is changing there and I wish more people would give it a chance."
"Focus on the leadership principles and building those skills, especially Disagree and Commit/Have Backbone"
"Like any other company, it has its warts. But there is plenty of opportunity too. It has the reputation of being a sweatshop, but that is sometimes self-imposed. People who set boundaries early seem to be able to stick to them."
"I've been here for over 3 years, and in most parts of the company, it is an old boys' club. Women in tech roles struggle to be heard or seen. That said, if you find an org that has women in senior leadership, it is a lot more balanced. Bring your thick skin."
"I started here when my kids were in grade school. The flex time works well to be able to pick them up and do after school activities. I can also work from when I need to. My immediate team is about 1/2 women and I see people getting treated fairly. But I think it depends on your group and wouldn't say that is true for all of Amazon."
"there are some woman who get treated the right way but i'm sure that is just so they have someone on their side in a law suit.if you were to walk in there and take a look all you would see is young people in high paying positions and they don't need experience they are mostly men.age discrimination is a very big issue here."
"It is a "boys club" type of company. One woman has recently made it in the top management and this info made it in the news, though the news failed to mention she was the only woman, and the first to make it there. In most meetings, I am one of only two-three women out of 20 people in the room. All positions above my level are men only. You don't get above my level if you don't work 12 hours days constantly."
"There are far fewer women in the tech orgs than the non-tech (retail) orgs. You can do well, but it's hard to balance family and work when almost no one around you is a primary caregiver for children (and thus are able to work late at a moment's notice or over the weekend). You come across as inefficient if you don't do the same."
"Be prepared for no structure at all, the company is hugely innovative but it is literally survival of the fittest. You will have to be extremely assertive and no one will be there to help you navigate."
"If you don't understand, ask questions."
"I have been here only a year, but I see equality between men and women and think they are generous in your paid time off, vacation time and unpaid time off..There are probably more men managers then women (70/30)but I believe everyone gets a fair shake.."
"I would have told myself to keep looking for other employment opportunities. Working at Amazon was stressful on my body, and as an older woman putting a lot of pressure on my joints is not a good thing. I brought this issue up to my manager and they had no empathy, and could not/would not assist in placing me in a position that would alleviate the pressure and stress. I would not recommend this job/company to any other female...ever."
"I would advise myself to keep an updated resume, and continuously look for other employment that would respect my hard work and dedication, instead of seeing me and other workers as a simply numbers towards that bottom line."
"Keep your head down and take your time learning personalities to fully understand the people you are working with in order to be as successful as possible. Taking the time to learn this, instead of jumping in and showing all of your cards too early, will help learn which people to network with and which ones to simply work along side."
"Not a company for anyone with children. Work/life balance does not exist."
"I would utilize the Learn Before Doing opportunity vs. just jumping in. I jumped in too quick. They really get that you are learning your first year their way of doing business."
"You own your career. Self-advocate. This is true in probably any company."
"If you can't adapt to the culture, you likely will not make it"
"To set good boundaries. You are your own advocate for a good work-life balance"
"It's a great place to work with really smart people. I love working here but am definitely 1 of 50 when it comes to gender. But on the plus side it makes my diversity of thought even more essential."
"Do as much as you can to be involved in special projects no matter how new you are. Be close with your manager as they control your destiny. Take making great hiring decisions as early as you can. Deliver Results."
"Be prepared to get in shape and regardless of how hard you work it will never be enough."
"If you are shorter than 5'5" don't apply to returns department. They are not accommodating for height issues. Nor are they accommodating for health/handicap issues."
"Definitely work onsite - dig in and don't be afraid to ask questions and introduce yourself to everyone."
"You are on your feet 10+ hours a day. Breaks are not great. Place makes you feel like a slave. They say you get 2 15 minute break but given a ten minute breaks because they want you to use the use the other 5 minutes to walk to and from your station and break room. which is ridiculous because not only that five minutes "walk" should not be taken out of your right to have your full 15 minutes break, it takes more than 5 to and from the break room some people because it depends on where you are stationed at in the warehouse"
"Don't let them stress you. Work hard and you will get ahead"
"Get along with everyone..."
"Every team is different. Each woman I talk to has some very different experiences. If you're in a tech role, it's still a predominately male dominated world. There are more and more women's events starting to be organized within the company."
"I've worked here for almost 3 years. I stay because they pay well and the work I do is both exciting and challenging. I do find that there is a lot of younger, male energy and I'm constantly finding ways to be successful and alter my techniques to be <more> effective and have my voice heard."
"Racially bias, wages not equal, labor intensive, strenous work no paid sick days"
"Rapid growth, opportunity depends on organization so it's important to find a good team/manager that provides strong support."
"Male dominated - women there are supposed to adapt to doing the things the way men do vs being valued for their perspective."
"There aren't any women in the senior leadership team. Roles that are overwhelming male (engineers) are often valued more than retail roles such as vendor managers, buyers, or program managers. Promotions are heavily weighted on vague leadership principles which tends to favor the Ol' Boy network. There is an active women@amazon elist where discussions of gender inequality are discussed. However, there seems to be very little done at the leadership level about the gender and racial disparities. Amazon is one of the few tech companies that won't release detailed breakdowns of male/female job titles and salaries, and there is a reason for that."
"THis is an amazing place to work. I have worked here for almost a year and i am still excited about work as the first day i started working for Amazon. Everyone is always friendly and if ou have a concern and go to management they handle it asap I love working for this company and it has alot of perks that go with working there as well get a job there you wont regret it"
"I'm able to balance the workload by taking a job that is below my ability. I get paid well enough but know I could be doing more somewhere else. Look at the gender of execs and the board -- all men. Nuff said."
"It is tech. Most big tech companies have a lack of women in executive (or other roles). Not to excuse it, but also not to single it out."
"I took Maternity Leaves 2 times. Both time I felt forced to come back immediately after 8 weeks of paid leave otherwise. Work/Life Balance doesn't exist. Find a good boss who understands your situation is a key but this company moves very quickly and frequent reorgs make it hard to stick to one boss you like and finally found."
"It's a very cut-throat environment that doesn't have a lot of benefits. I've seen many men and women alike put in their all, and get thanked with a raise as small as 1%. The good ones are lucky to get a raise of 4%. This is a company for people who just love working hard for the sake of working hard. There is very little personal development or return on good work. You really have to fight, kick, and scream for any promotions/raises."
"Its hard work for the money! Good benifits but low pay."
"Seems there's no paid maternity leave or child care, and the top levels seem uninterested in considering either until enough women quit over it. I hope that's not true but I heard it from multiple sources."
"Great place to start off your career."