FilterPleasant Prairie, WI
I worked at Amazon full-time
the company did a really good job at motivating the employees. Good organization of roles within fulfillment centers.
The hours are pretty inflexible. The management can sometimes be very stuck in their ways. Very boring work; no music!
Advice to Management
listen to employees of all ages, even if they aren't from the same socioeconomic level as you are. Sometimes management doesnt care
I have been working at Amazon (Less than a year)
there is a lot of freedom in the form of taking your scheduled 15 minute break without having to clock-in, or clock-out; the bonuses are great (during the holiday season only), there is a lot of overtime (although it is mandatory), you receive paid time off quarterly, as well as non-paid time off, the break room has multiple televisions, and even video game consoles (although it is unlikely unless you are off work and it is during another shift, that you will find the system available). If you stay 3 months, you will lose at least 15-25 lbs. If you are a productive worker, you are featured on a competitive "score-board".
The company although it asserts it cares about its employees, and not numbers -- simply cares about the numbers and you meeting quotas; you are given only four days after you start date, before you are written up for not meeting your numbers (which many who are not athletic, will find unreasonable); do not be surprised if you are written up two, or even three times in your first month. The workplace tends to be very cliquey, alike high school. You WILL get injured on the job. You Will NOT (if full time) have ample time to recover. You Will NOT have time to seek an additional job if you work anything beyond first shift. Think of weekends, and hanging out with friends, as a thing of the past. Management does its best to keep you from reporting so that there will be Zero safety incidents on their boards. This is a job for people who may not be able to get hired anywhere else. It is a great place to work if you need to pay some quick bills, yet it is not a place for those who are career minded (unless you are somehow able to get into the administrative side of the business). Very solo job. Do not expect to interact with your co-workers (or others beyond the person bringing you work) unless it is your lunch-break, or you are off work, ever. You may spend a good nine to ten hours without speaking a word to anybody, besides yourself. You will NOT be permitted to listen to music during your hard physical labor. Once again, you WILL get injured on the job (everyone does). The fulfillment centers are constantly hiring, because they cannot keep employees.
Advice to Management
See your employees as people, not numbers. Take the time to ask each of your employees how they are doing each day. Assess whether your employees are better fit for different roles, and push them towards those, so they may be successful. Working at Amazon can get very lonely (as you are the only person on your station, and generally not near friends). Introduce new employees to one another. Speak to each of your employees everyday, and make sure to encourage, and tell them when they are doing a good job.
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