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Software Development Engineer

January 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

Amazing place to work. I work at Amazon Web Services and the scale at which we operate is mind blowing.

What I wish was different

Probably more fun at work.

Advice

I would say, do what you love. Early in your career, compensation is not important. The work you do, how much you learn everyday sets your path for your life.
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Software Development Engineer

January 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

I like the transparency at various levels and across various departments. Amazon works on so many technologies and there is always something new to learn every single day. The company encourages its employees to pursue different career tracks.

What I wish was different

On-site benefits are below par compared to other tech giants.

Advice

Prepare well for the interview. Every company has its own style and looks for different things. One size does not fit all. Do your research on Glassdoor and learn more about the company's interview format. Talk to your recruiter if you have any doubt. They want to help you get hired. It makes their life easy if you ask for advice, follow it, and nail the job interview! Good luck!
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Software Development Engineering Intern

June - August 2018 • Palo Alto, CA

What I liked

The work was very interesting, and I was able to learn a lot by working on the codebase alongside other engineers, building applications and systems which are still being used. I learned a lot about product design, code architecture, and industry practices. The people were also really nice and helpful -- every engineer and manager was willing to lend a helping hand when I needed it.

What I wish was different

The location wasn't great, but I think that has more to do with personal preference because I did not have a car and I'm also used to being in a city where I can get around using the subway. Additionally I think the team was too recently created to have carved out defined projects or roles for interns. I think we all dealt with the ambiguity as well as we could have, but it would be better to intern on a slightly more established team.

Advice

Take charge! They were very big about interns setting up meetings and making their voice heard. I would set up meetings with managers, engineers, other interns to drive forward my project goals and dealing with the ambiguity head on instead of waiting for others to clear it up for me. I think that kind of initiative not only helped me get much more out of my internship, but came across to the members of my team in showing that I cared and wanted to make a meaningful impact.
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Software Development Engineer Intern

May - August 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

I had a great team and great project, there were lots of oppurtunities to develop my skills.

What I wish was different

Advice

I had a great expereince, but many other interns didn't. There were over 4000 interns in Seattle alone, your team placement has a huge impact on your expereince.
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Data Analyst Intern

June - August 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

I enjoyed being able to be at a company that is working in so many different industries. I was empowered by having my own project and continually challenges by my managers and co-workers. I felt like I was valuable to my team and gained real applicable work experience.

What I wish was different

Advice

Be prepared to work hard and continually advocate for youself. Amazon won't hold your hand, but that gives you the best insight into what it is like to be a full-time employee.
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Packaging Engineering Intern

May - December 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

Amazing opportunity, you really learn a lot in a short time period. Because of the principles of amazon it is an amazing place for an intern to thrive and demonstrate their skills for future job offers.

What I wish was different

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Software Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Boston, MA

What I liked

The team and the internal culture. Everyone was super supportive and helpful.

What I wish was different

I wish the pacing had been better; I spent a lot of time in the beginning designing and not enough getting started writing code. That was a personal problem, though.

Advice

Be open and willing to take criticism to grow from. The most important thing Amazon looks for is the potential to grow.
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Campus Associate

May 2018 • Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

The ability to interact face-to-face with Amazon customers, something that literally no other type of Amazon workers have the luxury to do. Understanding the business model they use for the pick-up points was also interesting.

What I wish was different

Pushing interactions that are not genuine between employees and customers is quite annoying and frustrating at times.

Advice

Take every opportunity to accept mistakes and build on them, as well as going above and beyond the normal clocking in, going through the motions and clocking out.
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Software Development Engineer

May 2018 • Phoenix, AZ

What I liked

Incredible job and opportunity.

What I wish was different

Advice

Seek out big internships in far away cities.
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SDE intern

May - August 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

It was a great experience as a CS major as I was able to work in a industry and get used to agile development and see how working as a whole group worked.

What I wish was different

The program was great. Only wish I had participated in more events

Advice

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Software Development Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • New York City, NY

What I liked

Enjoyed the tools, and internal resources available to build and manage production level code

What I wish was different

I wish the mentoring and the support would have been better from my team

Advice

Over all it felt somewhat intense, and not the most conducive to fostering a learning environment. Employee benefits are okay.
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Warehouse Associate

May - July 2018 • Indianapolis, IN

What I liked

I liked that they had such flexible hours and paid weekly

What I wish was different

Better working conditions

Advice

It is not for everyone. It requires a lot of walking during long shifts, but the paycheck is work it.
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Software Engineer Intern

May - August 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

I got to learn a lot about writing extensible, clean code in the industry, and how to test it properly, which is not something taught in school much.

What I wish was different

Advice

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SDE Intern

May - August 2018 • Tempe, AZ

What I liked

The people were amazing

What I wish was different

More opportunities to see the other sides of Amazon - especially in Seattle.

Advice

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Customer Service Associate

June 2019 • Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu

What I liked

The work environment, My colleagues and just the satisfaction of helping others as much as I can

What I wish was different

Some customers are frustrated and angry which is understandable but I wish they understand the fact that we are trying our level best to help them out and we are not the reason for their anger

Advice

No job is simple every job has its complications
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Area Manager

May - July 2018 • Hebron, KY

What I liked

The role as an area manger is to run an efficient shift and delegate your associates accordingly. As an intern, without the experience of managing a shift, my role was more project based. It was a great opportunity to develop my management skills and analytical skills. Professional development was a high priority of the 10 week program. I really liked the team I worked with. I believe that makes and breaks a lot of internship experiences across all companies.

What I wish was different

The only thing I wish was different was the lack of effort of bringing other interns from the surrounding fulfillment centers and putting on an event or two for all of us to get to know each other better.

Advice

Take advantage of the other side of the fulfillment center. As an inbound intern, I did not spend much time at all in the outbound process, but thats half of the whole job. I didn't necessarily need to master the outbound process as I did the inbound process, but getting familiar with the second half of the warehouse would have stretched my knowledge more.
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Software Engineering Intern

June - September 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

The people.

What I wish was different

Advice

Study and put yourself out there.
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Advertising Sales Intern

June - September 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

Learning about the advertising industry.

What I wish was different

Getting an offer.

Advice

Be as proactive as possible. Don’t be intimidated by the ambiguity. Take the initiative, it’s the number one thing they’ll be judging you on. Max prepare for the stand and deliver, it’s the number two thing they’ll judge you on.
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Software Development Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

I enjoyed living somewhere new, meeting new people with similar interests as me, and exploring my future career.

What I wish was different

I wish the recruitment and interview process had gone smoother. At the end of my interview process, I was told I did not get the internship, so I looked at my other options. Then, a few weeks later, I was told that an Amazon internship spot had opened up. I heard from my fellow interns that quite a few had similar experiences.

Advice

Don't be afraid to try new things.
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Sortation Associate

June 2018 • Hebron, KY

What I liked

Flexible work schedule

What I wish was different

I wish they allowed us to listen to music or podcasts while we worked

Advice

If you're dedicated, there are plenty of opportunities for advancement
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