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"Not So Glamorous"

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Former Employee - Area Manager in Fernley, NV
Former Employee - Area Manager in Fernley, NV
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Decent pay, decent benefits. You can move up in the ranks if you are willing to throw people under the bus and use buzz words such as green-belt, six-sigma, standard deviation even though you don't really understand them completely.

Cons

Company motivates employees with fear and pressure. Senior management pressures associates and managers to just get the job done without offering any help or guidence. This is because the system is broken and they don't have the answers either. But instead of realizing this, they will throw you under the bus any chance they get because they fear for their reputation.

Because the business model of Amazon includes very tight margins on their products, the company tries to save money everywhere; as a result, the facilities are run like sweat shops and associates are treated like slaves. In addition, equipment is very rickety and often creates safety hazards for workers.

While the pay is decent, as a manager you will end up working so much overtime that your salary will be comparable to an hourly associate's (again, part of the business plan to cut costs). The retention rate for Area Managers is ridiculous--something like 2-3 months. And the reason they like to hire military is because they know veterans are likely to put up with more crap than their civilian coutnerparts. My guess is if they didn't hire military, the retention rate would be right at about 1 week.

Don't be fooled by the name Amazon and the appeal that it seems to carry because it is an "innovative" dot com company. Instead, think "Online Walmart" who is actually one of their biggest (if not biggest) competitors.

Advice to Management

There's really no hope. My advice would be to get a new job if you believe in karma or would like to have a clear conscience.

Other Employee Reviews for Amazon

  1. "Great opportunity if you're hardworking"

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst Intern in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst Intern in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Lots of responsibility
    -Good pay for an internship
    -A great chance at career advancement within Amazon
    -Internship is well wortht the stress

    Cons

    -Difficult to obtain access to managers
    -Amazon does not hold your hand, you will simply have to figure most things out
    -Will feel extremely overwhelming in the beginning

    Advice to Management

    More training for interns, but keep up the challenging atmosphere. Also please hire a more diverse pool of finance interns; right now it feels homogenous!


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Needs less ex-military and more business professionals"

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    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Hazleton, PA
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Hazleton, PA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you work hard they will reward you, the pay is very good for warehouse work and promotions are there if you work hard and play the politics right.

    Cons

    They tend to hire under-qualified ex military personnel into management. They also required a BA/BS degree but do not care what it is in. So you end up with people who went to college for physical fitness in a management position they should never of been allowed into.

    Advice to Management

    Dont treat your employees like amazon is the army. Hiring ex-military is good, just make sure they went to school for something business related.

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