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Updated January 9, 2018
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  1. "World Class Company"

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent people to work with.
    Fast paced.

    Cons

    Training can be a bit more focused.


  2. "Felt like I was lied to"

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    Former Employee - Seasonal Sort Employee in Brownstown, MI
    Former Employee - Seasonal Sort Employee in Brownstown, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Amazon part-time

    Pros

    Flexible hrs , good for Lazy people

    Cons

    Was promised 90 days of employment only worked 60 and then they let u go without any warning.

    Advice to Management

    Don’t lie about the time frame of work

  3. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Sort Associate in Brownstown, MI
    Current Employee - Sort Associate in Brownstown, MI
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible and easy to learn

    Cons

    sometimes you have to stay over an hour, however I wouldn't look at that as con if you are looking for extra income


  4. "Seasonal Fulfillment Associate"

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    Former Employee - Seasonal Fulfillment Associate in Brownstown, MI
    Former Employee - Seasonal Fulfillment Associate in Brownstown, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay rate that starts at 12.25/hr

    Cons

    The managerment sucks and they say it’s only 4hour shifts but on your first day of work you’ll learn that you can flex up or down an hour.
    Only get 15min break each but they start rushing you back to work after 10mins and wrote people up if they’re just 1min late.


  5. "Amazing place to work - Incredible talent and exciting growth"

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    Current Employee - Principal Solution Architect - Tech Leader in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Principal Solution Architect - Tech Leader in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to learn and grow and improve your skills. The culture is amazing. You are free to provide feedback to anyone in an attempt to continuously improve our client facing skills and deliverables. You are free to fail as well.

    Cons

    Immature enterprise client knowledge, but this is changing as we hire more talented industry experts.

    Advice to Management

    Don't compromise the Amazon culture just to meet hiring goals. If we can't maintain the top talent, then we should not hire.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Account Executive"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Amazon full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The compensation and benefits are very competitive.

    Cons

    - frugality is taken to the extreme, only 2 weeks vacation, parking takes a year or more to get, zero perks (not even free Prime), no fitness allowance, poor 401k
    - your peers will stab you in the back, your manager will blame you for their errors, you can't trust anyone
    - people who throw others under the bus and take credit for other people's work get promoted

    Advice to Management

    Take a hard look at the culture the senior manager is creating in the Detroit market. Very Toxic.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Sorter"

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    Current Employee - Package Sorter in Brownstown, MI
    Current Employee - Package Sorter in Brownstown, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Amazon part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fast pace, nice environment

    Cons

    During slow season you aren't guaranteed all 20 hours.

    Advice to Management

    Stop offering time off until you know you don't need everyone.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "If You're Looking For a Challenge Look No Further"

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    Current Employee - Onsite Medical Representative in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Onsite Medical Representative in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay bump compared to EMS (you will also likely receive a hiring bonus and a RSU award), full benefits which begin on day one, lots of opportunities for professional development provided you're willing to take on safety responsibilities outside of administering first aid (not mandatory but if you want to climb that's the next rung), 4 on/3 off schedule of 10 hour days divided into front half (Sun-Wed) or back half (Wed-Sat), fun coworkers, lots of autonomy.

    If you're burnt out on working EMS, have gotten over wanting grizzly trauma cases, and don't mind working in an office setting this is a great job for you. If not you will likely be bored. You will be required to have your state EMS license or your National Registry certification (a recent update) but understand that you will not actually be working as an EMT, and Amcare (the name of Amazon's in-house first aid program) is not a licensed LSA. You will be treating people at the first aid level as defined by OSHA (which is very limiting compared to the road but more than adequate for the typical cases you'll be treating onsite). You will also have a lot of autonomy and there will likely be times when it's just you on your own running the show. When you're not needed in the office you'll be expected to walk around on the operations floor and interact with other employees to help drive the safety culture of the building. If you're self-motivated, a quick learner, and can complete tasks without someone standing over your shoulder constantly you'll be just fine. If you're the type that tends to procrastinate until the last minute you'll find yourself in over your head very quickly.

    Cons

    The type of building you're in will dictate the staffing model. In some cases staffing can be barely adequate or inadequate to perform the essential job functions of a department which results in longer hours, irregular schedules, and stressed out employees as they try to fill the gaps and keep up with the workload. Internally, Amazon is a very chaotic place to work. The company is growing and changing so quickly that it's hard to keep up on all of the changes constantly coming down the pike. Ask 3 different people how something should be done and you're likely to get at least 4 different answers. Culture is very building, and even department, dependent and as a result can range from great to unbearable depending on your manager. One universal constant at Amazon though is trial by fire. You can count on your onboarding experience to be akin to trying to drink from a fire hose. If you're a quick learner you'll be fine though. It really helps if you're computer savvy.

    Strictly speaking from a medical standpoint there's nowhere to actually advance as an Onsite Medical Representative unless you want to get into actual occupational health and safety work. Most either remain in the position and become more involved in helping steer the Amcare program or move into the Safety Specialist position which has nothing to do with medical treatment and focuses entirely on addressing safety and regulatory compliance issues within the workplace because it both pays more and has a lot of room for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Formalize the onboarding process and don't allow it to be rushed. Do a better job of communicating important information necessary to perform a job instead of relying on "tribal knowledge" passed down from one person to the next which may or may not be accurate.


  9. "Sort"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brownstown, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brownstown, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fun place to work and learn

    Cons

    Some employees don't need to work they they are lazy and management let it spade alot.


  10. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Manager in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amazon full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, fast paced environment. Good people. You have to make your own mark abd work hard. Lots of opportunities to move up!

    Cons

    Lot of work, especially prime day. You might have to work different shifts. You have to keep your eye on the prize!!!

    Advice to Management

    Keep the focus on the people


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