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Amazon

Associate

August 2019 • Milford, MA

What I liked

Decent pay for a job that did not require much experience.

What I wish was different

Very physically demanding, and random changes made by the corporate team caused a variety of issues for the workers who were on the floor. High turnover rate of new employees made it difficult to find anyone who had been there long enough to know the answers to problems.

Advice

Memorize the various menus and shortcuts in the package scanning system in order to make your life easier and your scanning speed much faster. Open the package bags as soon as you start your shift so that you are not behind when the conveyor belt starts. If you're feeling overwhelmed, just keep working through your aisle until you have cleared away some space and then move to another overfilled aisle, which will make it so that no aisle looks as though it is falling apart and overflowing.
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Rotational Summer Intern

June - August 2019 • Crest Hill, IL

What I liked

Being on my feet all day and working with other college students

What I wish was different

Advice

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Wholefoods shopper

April 2019 • Edgewater, NJ

What I liked

Get to choose your schedule, flexible, have to work atleast once a month.

What I wish was different

Personal training rather than just watching videos.

Advice

Try to learn the store
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Delivery driver

July - September 2019 • San Jose, CA

What I liked

Flexibility, wage, full time and opportunity for over time

What I wish was different

Advice

Make sure you’re fit, drink enough water and prepare to work hard!
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Delivery Driver

June - August 2019 • Amherst, NH

What I liked

Great hours, fun experience, awesome pay.

What I wish was different

More opportunities to switch shifts with co-workers.

Advice

Find a system that works well for you.
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SDE Intern

June - September 2019 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

I liked the fast-paced environment of Amazon and the feeling of being apart of something important. Additionally, my internship was pretty self-contained, so I was able to ideate and implement my own project with the help of my mentor and team. This internship pushed me pretty hard and challenged me in ways that I would never have experienced otherwise in school.

What I wish was different

I wish I had more say in choosing which team at Amazon I was placed into, because I was not asked about my preference before my placement. Amazon is also very big and I wished there were more activities to make the interns feel really included. Lastly, my mentor was not the most present and was not as available as I wished he was.

Advice

It sounds cliche, but you'll get out of it what you'll put into it. Take initiative and speak to your manager and mentor frankly, don't be afraid to ask questions, and try your best.
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SDE Intern

June - August 2019 • Santa Cruz, CA

What I liked

I loved the fast paced environment and the independence I was given to change the codebase

What I wish was different

I wish my location had been different, Santa Cruz is pretty small and a little isolating.

Advice

Don't be nervous, the onboarding process will bring you fully up to speed on how to work in industry!
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Associate

May - September 2019 • San Jose, CA

What I liked

Amazon is a great place to work!

What I wish was different

Nothing really!

Advice

Patience is really important at this job.
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Software Development Engineer Intern

June - September 2019 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

Good pay, impactful project

What I wish was different

More perks, such as free food

Advice

Don't let yourself get overwhelmed by everything you have to learn. Take things one step at a time.
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Software Development Engineering Intern

June - September 2019 • San Francisco, CA

What I liked

Amazon does a great job of integrating their interns as part of the company even for the short time that they are there! From Day 1, I felt like a true part of my team and an "Amazonian". The work I put in was valued among my team and organization. Amazon thrives off of feedback, and as an intern it can be hard to have the courage to point out things that you feel need improvement, but the environment at this company does not make it feel that way. It was enriching to work at a company that is having such a strong impact on the world today, with so many customer facing products that affect millions of people around the world. Not only were my technical skills challenged, but so were my business skills (communication, collaboration, etc.) Getting to improve both skill-sets while surrounded by some of the most intelligent individuals I have met made for a fully rounded internship experience here at Amazon.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Whole Foods Shopper

March 2019 • San Francisco, CA

What I liked

Extremely flexible hours (only need to work 1 shift per month), occasional pay surges, calm and relaxed atmosphere

What I wish was different

Make us more connected with the Whole Foods locations we work at. It seems like all the Whole Foods team members hate us for no valid reason.

Advice

Good luck getting shifts.
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SDE intern

May - August 2019 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

Relaxed office, flexible work schedule, great team.

What I wish was different

I found the offices kinda boring compared to some other tech company offices

Advice

Be proactive and ask questions (although not too many questions)
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Sortation Associate

July 2019 • Akron, OH

What I liked

I still work there. I like getting work done and getting paid for it.

What I wish was different

Nothing that I can come up with that won't have the possibility to be remedied on the future.

Advice

Having one jobs gives you the experience to know what you need to do in life and just about how to do it.
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Software Development Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

My team in particular was a group of witty, hard-working individuals who were very knowledgeable and busy, but still took time out of their day to help me when I needed them. We also went out for lunch every day. The team really makes the experience in my opinion. Also the pay was as high as a full-time so that's cool.

What I wish was different

I encountered a few issues with permissions at Amazon, but that was mostly team-specific due to a way that their pipeline was configured. Otherwise, I'd wish that I was on a different team, application-wise, not people-wise. By that I mean I wish I could've been on more new, up-and-coming technologies (even though I still loved my team).

Advice

Get to know your team and you will find your place at Amazon. And never think you are the smartest guy in the room. Also, remember that there is always room for improvement and to absorb people's advice and criticism.
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Software Engineering Intern

June - September 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

Great team

What I wish was different

Wish it was more technically challenging

Advice

Impactful internship
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Software Engineering Intern

May - December 2018 • Boston, MA

What I liked

Just about everything about the job! In fact, my issues were with the Intern Program managers rather than anything in the software department. My hours were really flexible, I felt that my project was rewarding, I got a lot of help from my managers and mentors, and I feel extremely grateful for the opportunity.

What I wish was different

I guess I wish the Boston location were bigger. I think I chose Seattle, but I was relocated to Boston. I enjoyed the city very much! But I wish Boston had more affinity groups / held more events.

Advice

Don't be afraid because they teach a lot of things on the job! You don't have to come in as an experienced software engineer. I would say the most important skill I learned was how to read someone else's code. Second to that is Git and command line.
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Software Development Engineering Intern

June - August 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

Fast-paced environment, you will learn a lot

What I wish was different

Team placement can be hit or miss, but I have heard that is the case with any software company.

Advice

Identify what you want out of your experience and work at it.
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Area Manager Intern

June - August 2018 • Sacramento, CA

What I liked

Great manager I was heavily involved with day to day operations No day was the same

What I wish was different

I wish it had been longer than 10 weeks but I had a great time and great support system

Advice

Say yes to everything, get your hands dirty, and be ready to work long hours.
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Software Development Engineering Intern

June - September 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

Lots of cool projects to work on. My mentor was awesome and helpful. I never had any issues with asking him really noob questions. My manager and team made me feel like they wanted me to succeed. Also, I learn how to write good quality code. Most importantly, I learned how to take ownership of a product that matters. From design to implementation to upkeep, my project was a great experience and impacted the org.

What I wish was different

I wish that there were more people I could relate too. I felt that the interns I met came from the typical background of having parents in tech.

Advice

Personal projects aren’t the same as work experience! Work holds you to a higher standard and more advanced workflow.
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Area Manager

May - July 2017 • Chattanooga, TN

What I liked

They really rolled out the red carpet and were extremely accommodating taking care of all arrangements. The experience was invaluable and I made a few friends along the way.

What I wish was different

I wish the internship had been longer. I would have like more time to spend on my project.

Advice

Be willing to take the chance and get out of your comfort zone. It was intimidating at first but I am so glad I took the chance.
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