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Hard but fun working place

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Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Chattanooga, TN
Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Chattanooga, TN

I worked at Amazon.com full-time (more than an year)

Pros

Easy job, good pay, tons of opportunity for overtime

Cons

not much chance to move up in the company unless your military experienced.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Don't throw the book at people if they have one bad week and let people move up if they are qualified.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    People are treated as a commodity

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    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Chattanooga, TN
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Chattanooga, TN

    I have been working at Amazon.com full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are a few at Chattanooga who are right for their position. Some are in HR and some are managers. They take an interest in feedback and communicate well.

    Cons

    Hired in one department but trained in others. All departments, inbound, stow, pick, sort, pack are judged by rate. In pick for example associates are to pick 100 items per hour in a 10 hour shift, in a 3 story pick area larger than a football field, regardless of the ridiculous pick path that is given to associates.
    The density of a pick path can very dramatically. If you make your 1000 items per shift you are left alone but fall below the 1000 per shift and be ready for punishment. Averages over several weeks are used to rate employees performance but be ready for verbal and written warnings if you don't meet their arbitrary goals.
    Managers say things will average out but that is not based on the reality of an actual associate. If you exceed rate per hour for months and months and then management changes things which causes your rate to drop you are pounced on. All that matters is rate at the expense of associates.
    Amazon has lost a lot of good people just because of the harassment by management and the physically brutal expectations of walking for 10 to 15 miles, or standing for 10 hours as a packer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop software to save associates from the brutality of walking 10 to 20 miles per shift. Stepping into another's shoes is a simple concept. We all understand it. But, how often do managers proactively practice it? Management needs to take on the jobs of their employees for one day to see what it is like. Don't just work for an hour or so - do the 10 hours.
    Next time you implement a change see what can you do to understand the associates point of view? Don't underestimate the intelligence of your associates or the power of stepping in their shoes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Challenging and rewarding

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Amazon.com as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great people, good pay, awesome location, one of the best internships around, a fun relaxed atmosphere

    Cons

    Long work days sometimes and a bit stressful working with some of the slower veterans of the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Firing people for being slow and not working well with others is a courtesy to other workers and benefits the company in the long run.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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