Amazon Maternity and Paternity Leave Policies
Amazon offers 20 weeks of paid maternity leave, 0 weeks of unpaid maternity leave, 12 weeks of paid paternity leave and 8 weeks of unpaid paternity leave. This information is based on anonymous tips submitted by employees.
Tips & Comments
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Technology: Consumer Internet Maternity and Paternity Leave
How many weeks of paid maternity, unpaid maternity, paid paternity and unpaid paternity leave do employers in the Technology: Consumer Internet industry offer?
Maternity Leaves Taken at Amazon
- Lady Norge Girl 8 weeks paid 0 weeks unpaid
- Lady Juniper 12 weeks paid 4 weeks unpaid
- Lady sammygirl 0 weeks paid 12 weeks unpaid
- Lady I 13 weeks paid 4 weeks unpaid
- Lady Redhead 0 weeks paid 12 weeks unpaid
- Lady sde 8 weeks paid 16 weeks unpaid
- Lady R88 8 weeks paid 12 weeks unpaid
- Lady Amalthea 8 weeks paid 12 weeks unpaid
- Lady mom0f3100914 6 weeks paid 40 weeks unpaid
- Lady anon255 8 weeks paid 12 weeks unpaid
- Lady camelbak 8 weeks paid 12 weeks unpaid
- Lady anon527 8 weeks paid 4 weeks unpaid
- Lady BabiesMom 8 weeks paid 4 weeks unpaid
- anon1582 8 weeks paid 4 weeks unpaid
Amazon Maternity Leave Comments
- "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." - Lady anon263
- "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." - Lady Norge Girl
- "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." - Lady I
- "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." - Lady Amalthea
- "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." - Lady Ariadne
- "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." - Lady anon255
- "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." - Lady camelbak
- "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." - Lady BabiesMom
- "Maternity often means "mommy track". I was told that having kids would "remove me from being considered" a high achiever. " - anon1582
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