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Amazon Seasonal Sortation Associate

June - August 2019 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

good pay, pretty low mental effort!

What I wish was different

the hours were a little rough and sometimes it was boring

Advice

the four-hour shifts at amazon warehouses are a lot more manageable than the 8-hour ones, because you often do the same task for an entire shift. The experience is also very dependent on the culture of the warehouse you're at, I had a good warehouse so it was pretty fun!
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Software Development Engineer Intern

May - August 2019 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

I had a great and supportive team, I got to own my whole project, there were some solid intern events, Seattle is amazing for the summer

What I wish was different

A bit difficult to get accustomed to developing with their massive codebase, hard to meet and stay in touch with other interns because there were so many of us, your experience is very dependent on your mentor/manager

Advice

Make sure your expectations are clear with your manager, delivering results is more important than anything else!
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Associate

June - August 2019 • Sterling, VA

What I liked

I liked working in the warehouse, delivering packages by driving company vans, and working with the Amazon Team.

What I wish was different

I wish I had more experience with logistics and operations because I want to be a potential leader/manager.

Advice

Develop your interpersonal skills, sales, organizational skills, and time management.
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Operations Finance Intern

June - August 2019 • Dallas, TX

What I liked

Great company, challenging culture

What I wish was different

Better manager, better project

Advice

It is definitely an operations type role, not finance
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Software Development Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • Madison, WI

What I liked

Freedom, not a lot of oversight and control over the design and implementation of the project I was working on

What I wish was different

Advice

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SWE Intern

July - September 2019 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

I liked my mentor a lot. He helped me through the learning process and made my experience worthwhile.

What I wish was different

I wish that the environment was a little more social, I had a hard time meeting any other interns in my time at Amazon.

Advice

Things are super team dependent, but definitely try to meet people and just get to know things around your team and Amazon in general.
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Software Development Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

I really liked the exposure I received to such a huge company like Amazon. It was really impressive to me how there were so many employees yet every software engineer worked in teams of 5-10 people. Overall, the exposure and knowledge I gained from the experience was priceless.

What I wish was different

I wish that I had been given more support from my team prior to beginning the internship. The on-boarding experience was long and there was so much to digest in so little time. I wish I could have come more prepared, having maybe reviewed the project or been aware of what sorts of tasks I would be asked to do. That would have really put my time there to better use.

Advice

I would say that there are a lot of people out there who do not like these big tech companies, but at the end of the day, working at one (even just for a summer) is the best way to know if you like it or not. It's a glimpse into a completely different world, especially at companies like Amazon, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, etc. It is 100% worth the work, experience, connections, and knowledge gained, and it comes with a very competitive salary. Although I did not get a return offer, a majority of interns are asked to return full-time!
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Data Analyst

May 2019 • Tempe, AZ

What I liked

I loved the experience of working at a large corporate office, the work environment is very vibrant and rookie-friendly, also the people that work at Amazon are nice too. I'm really impressed and like the principles that Amazon follows to deliver unmatched customer satisfaction. The functionality, communication and teamwork here are outstanding and superb, a lot of things are performance based which I like a lot and motivates me to work harder. I absolutely love their leniency in dress code, where you can come to work wearing casual clothes (work appropriate) and feel just as comfortable as at home. The employee engagement at Amazon is very versatile and fun, on weekdays, they'd bring in food trucks around lunch time, how awesome is that?! Last, but not least, the 10% off selected Prime products.......

What I wish was different

I wish I had prepared myself better in school and done a better job at networking, I was a bit timid when I started working at Amazon. Also, I wish I could have learned more about the entire Amazon operations on the job.

Advice

Most importantly, abide to the corporate policy and not run into any HR issues. Network and build a good relationship with your supervisors and co-workers on both a professional and personal level. Just meet as many people as you can, because you never know when that reference is going to come in handy one day; people at Amazon are really cool anyway, despite of career-related purposes.
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Financial Analyst Intern

May - August 2019 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

1. Working with a group of smart and hard working individuals. 2. Challenging and impactful work even though the company is large. 3. Honest coworkers who offer constructive and unfiltered advice. 4. Learning about a company in the news from the inside. 5. Friendly and cooperative intern class.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Software Development Engineering Intern

June - August 2019 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

I liked the independence of the job. It was also fun to experience a 9-5.

What I wish was different

I wish I was put on a different team or a different project.

Advice

Use it as a learning opportunity.
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Human Resource Assistant Intern

June - August 2019 • Joliet, IL

What I liked

I liked how much they covered. They paid my housing, car rental, and flights.

What I wish was different

I wish it was a more fun experience.

Advice

Know what you are getting into and it's a lot of figuring things out on your own.
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Software Development Engineering Intern

June - September 2019 • Denver, CO

What I liked

Lots of resources and support, great team culture

What I wish was different

More clarity on relocation/housing

Advice

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Software Development Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • Boston, MA

What I liked

I like the location and the people who were on my team.

What I wish was different

There were some areas of my work that were extremely confusing at times. There were places where a bit more structure and guidance would have been helpful. Also my mentor was not always the best advocate for me.

Advice

Make sure to thoroughly document your progress and when presenting be sure to set expectations about what you are sharing and be clear and concise when explaining your work.
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Software Developer Engineer Intern

May - August 2019 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

- Everyone was super friendly - You get an opportunity to work with the best engineers in the field - Pay, including benefits such as the housing stipend and transportation reimbursement, is very good for an internship - Seattle is an amazing city! - The work was interesting and challenging - Lots of free food :) (though this is not typical from Amazon teams) - Team outings every so often, like laser tag or whitewater rafting - Amazon is the biggest company in Seattle, so you definitely feel like you're a part of the city. There are Amazon buildings everywhere. - Leadership principles are great and really help to make good decisions for the customers and company as a whole, even when it is difficult - Dogs in the office! - Extremely flexible schedule

What I wish was different

- Some teammates are less capable than you would expect at such a large company - Amazon's "be frugal" principle is taken to the extreme in unnecessary areas. In-building lunches are expensive, and the coffee is subpar. Not a huge deal, just a minor annoyance (especially in comparison to other big tech companies)

Advice

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Sortation Associate

October 2017 • Miami, FL

What I liked

Decent pay. Benefits.

What I wish was different

Quality of people.

Advice

Stay in school.
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Flex

June - September 2019 • San Leandro, CA

What I liked

Amazon is place where you clear your mind and just focus on work. You do not have to think of outside forces that may drive your day at work because each day is same as the last

What I wish was different

Higher pay depending on the position you are place in

Advice

Don’t hurt your back. Posture matters
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Software Engineering Intern

June - September 2019 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

Amazon has some really excellent software engineers and it was a privilege to work with them, I learned a lot. The company has a reputation as a sweat shop but it's not well deserved in my opinion; I didn't work too much and my team didn't either.

What I wish was different

There weren't too many intern events or opportunities to meet other interns.

Advice

Amazon has a lot of internal tools that are difficult to learn. Try to get familiar with using them as fast as possible, I wasted a lot of time working through issues related to poor knowledge of those tools. Also go to the tech talks, they're usually pretty interesting.
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Software Development Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • Sunnyvale, CA

What I liked

Great project to work on and brilliant people to work with!

What I wish was different

Would like to have worked on other projects with the team during the time there.

Advice

Be ready to hit the ground running and keep running throughout the experience.
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Delivery Associate

May - August 2019 • King of Prussia, PA

What I liked

Good pay, good benefits, friendly coworkers

What I wish was different

Better software for drivers

Advice

Expect the unexpected, be cautious, be kind to everyone
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Software Development Engineer Intern

May - August 2019 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

The culture was terrific, I really enjoyed going to work every day. The team that I was on was wonderful to work with and full of very smart individuals. Seattle was nice, good weather and the city was fun to explore.

What I wish was different

Advice

Just have fun, don't stress too much and enjoy your work.
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