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Behind the scenes of an Amazon warehouse



Amazon recently did the unthinkable. It invited us – what with our unblinking cameras and endless questions – for a peek inside its newest logistical lair in Lakeland, Florida.
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  1. With a building that massive, they could had at least include a Subway or a McDonalds in there so workers don't have to exit the facility to get lunch. Walmart was smaller and it manage to have both.

  2. Amazon is great makes everyones life better. Employees get way above average pay, it helps fuel 1000s of jobs for UPS, FedEx, etc. 1000s of people have created their own business by using ecommerce like Amazon, and it allows people to own products that they'd never be able to find at a local store.

  3. My cousin works there and says it’s hell. You have to rat out employees to get better pay like if someone takes a bathroom break you have to rat them out to get better pay. Also, you get a 30 minute lunch but the break room is at the other side of the warehouse so in total you only get 5 minutes to eat

  4. Amazon make billions a year but employees need to work 60 hours to make $600 with all the discount taxes ,insurance etc, . like $10/hr wtf sometimes you need to walk like 5 minutes to breakroom and 5 to comeback to your workstation and the end of the day you need to make line for inspection with metal detector come on bazos be human and pay good salaries you gonna die any day and you no gonna take nothing with you in the hell you not need money

  5. The picking department yes I said picking like cotton smh wtf. Why not call it shopping cause that what your doing for the customer. Same mind set… but anyway has the highest turnover rate I have ever seen 👀 at any job for 1 particular position. It's soo bad that they are almost hiring by the dozens weekly, year round.

    Also this is the key to business improvement over the years keep the workers fresh after you have drained the life of the previously fired or borderline quit ready employees, of all they have to give work wise. Big facts is that as an Amazon employee you are an "associate" that's it. That's your title no matter what you do besides management. Yea there are Tiers. 🙄You start as an associate Tier 1 there is no Tier 2 .skip right Tier 3 is the overseer 🤠 they do all the dirty work for the AM. but that's it for a few coins more than a Tier 1. Unless you become an AM(area manager has salary cutthroat pay).

    Pay attention to this "associate" title tho it is important reason being you can be "cross" trained. Take note whenever theres a "cross" beware cemetery, ambulances, Pope's, Jesus slain on the cross. It's not going to be good. Real facts. Simply put you will get paid the same dollar for working multiple job titles for being "cross" trained they call it job securement 😂 i.e. Picking, Packing, AFE, ICQA, Dock, Stow. It's just so they can use u more ways than one . If one department is hurting but everyone showed up in your department everyone cross trained will be sent there even if they haven't been cross trained to be, well at least the ones the tier3 and AM. Choose to be sent. Kiss ass favoritism 💩. You can get rid of them though u just have to complain/report them to HR who can be a joke at times too depending their mood or if they like u.

    All these departments and skill sets which all have their own personal quota or as they term it " rate " and if not met disciplinary actions up and including termination for the same hourly pay.

    The "associates" are the force that has made Amazon number 1 in the world bar none fuck who say different, the end. Jeff knows what I'm talking about. They are, for the most part, treated like 💩. Everyone though at Amazon is expendable Everyone except Jeff and his partners that is. I must say even the OPS managers are throwaways at times ,another key ingredient to Jeff's success. Keep everyone at each other's throats. There is no union. Of course not. How could there be???? Pending on how many years u been employed This is a company that will PAY AN EMPLOYEE TO NEVER COMEBACK AFTER IF RESIGN. It's called "the offer." 😂 company laborers/workers/slaves Is mostly run by youth anyway the slave drive part that is TO KEEP THEM YOUNG AND DUMB. Who wants smart unhappy or old slaves who do half the work they want and complain lol. If your rate is say 300 units per hour you'll get to go home early or the day off with no pay FOH 🤣

    The "future" (youth) is what the bald white guy Jeff promotes 😂 Energetic & ignorant enough to stay to keep that PRIME on TIME for merely a DIME. 🤔TOT or time off task is where the cracking of the whip really happens. Don't go to the bathroom for too 5 minutes scan to scan plus minutes long or even need to speak to HR unless on your break u both could get fired. Work related or not. 😒10hr + shifts 40- 70 work weeks depending on demand.

    I must say the culture can be downright savage at times as far as advancing and favoritism. Give ol Jeff credit, let them kill each other just make quota. As an employee you awarded stock after a fully recorded 730(crazy) days employed without leave or the leave will be subtracted and you will still have to complete your term. Originally RSU's, But if u are fired, resigned or changed occupations they vanished that same day. Even Day 729 as if they never existed if still not vested. Yea there's 401k and fair benefits health/dental/vision. There's even paid 6 week maternity leave for men. There is no pension because most employees won't last anyway.

    Not joking about the turnover rate especially in pick Dept. sky high like the stock. I have seen a person in every department there cry, literally tears and not joy. Fight too, well except the GM's and that's probably because none usually last more than a year facts. I take that back the most recent GM we had was a woman I think I saw her crying no bull 💩 All facts i state. The Fullfillment Ctr I work at has had at least 7-8 GM's in there since the doors opened 2012. Started as a temp with Integrity staffing miss the initial hotel hiring date 😂 btw Integrity is AMZN middle man. To take the heat and obligatory common decency standards of the work environment off AMZN back. Weekly pay instead of biweekly no benefits at all and the first to get laid off, fired or thrown under the bus 🚌. Points system bs. Amazons probationary outsource company on the inside… get it.

    Although they have a career choice program to help u find means of employment else where…. take heed Jeffs paying for this program mostly, use it to get something for yourself, like he did with his resources out of that garage full of books 📚 as the story is magically told ✌🏾

    PS. Oh yeah I forgot people have died at my Fullfillment Ctr and my not from violence, but from dehydration and bring overwhelming worked 🤷🏽‍♂️

  6. hello no dont work in the full time building. They fire employees daily at the full time building. For 3 mistakes you will get fired in a single day. They have a manager assigned to you to check your production rate and error rate each hour if you are below their production rate and made some errors you get a warning and its written in your records. Its usually 500 packages per hour or more and only 3 errors per day. IF YOU FAIL to meet those goals each hour you get written up for it each hour. 3 write ups and your fired so you can be fired in the same day. They have a low life fat ass manager basically harassing you each hour threatening to write you up walking around looking for you. Its their goal to write people up to get them fired. This way all the benefits they promise you wont get and they get to keep you as a temporary employee so as not to pay benefits like obamacare.
    They have so many upscale benefits that 80 percent of the employees never get. Only 20 percent of the employees will make it past 3 months at amazon. Jeff Bezo's is a sleazy phony slime ball.
    The so called manager enjoyes firing and harassing people and they get promoted for doing so. Each day a new employee is hired and a new fired. Usually they lure employees from the part time building.
    I got lured in to one of the worst positions. I knew the risks and had heard the rumors of how people were fired.
    This is the worst work places to work the managers will harass you each hour to try to get you fired. Its their goal. Doesn't matter how hard you work if you get more than 3 errors each day, your fired. It can be any position. They keep track of each error every day and if you fail below the production rate which i believe was around 500- 1000 packages per hour your also written up.
    The part time building is fine but the hours are low. The work is hard at the part time building but i promise you at the full time building you will be worked to death and fired within a month.
    Your pay check is also heavy taxed. I got 400 hundred taken off out of each pay check for taxes. They only pay bi weekly and if when u start you have to wait around a month for a pay check. Amazon has no ethics or morals. They need to be sued for harassing its employees.

  7. another word for amazon is the black market. Amazon is basically the black market where most items are stolen and sold by unknown individuals. Most products are open boxes and refurbished items sold as new or some are stolen. Jeff Bezos is a con artist.

  8. I used to work for Amazon at the LCY2 "fulfillment center". On the day I started they told me what department I was working in which involved me standing in one place counting stock all day. I tried to stick with it but I really needed a job moving around because I am hyper active because I have ADHD and when I told my team leaders that I have ADHD they accused me of complaining and one of the team leaders shouted at me. My department has walking around jobs and standing around jobs which the team leaders are supposed to share out and I told them that even one day doing a walking around job would be a big relief for me and my disability but they still accused me of complaining. I told the manager and nothing happened and I spent 5 months just standing around and it caused me to become very depressed and now I am on Antidepressants and have made a appointment for counselling.

  9. Just started n love it…. best job for people with social anxiety and just panic attacks in general. I could never do customer service or retail again!

  10. I used to work for Amazon. I was one of many people that were fired. Amazon is in serious need of reform.

  11. Amazon still have not got any better, I ordered a product on next day, it was lost in the delivery network, I was advised to cancel that order, and then re order the same product that I wanted from the same company selling it, e,g amazon. It was not good enough, so I contacted a supervisor, and in the end they gave me £10 credit to my account. However, the quality seems to be getting worse and worse recently, I have never had to send so many packages back as I am doing at the moment.

  12. i actually worked at the full time building counting. Everyday i saw items get stolen with broken packages. Employees didn't get caught because later on I found out all they had to do was slip an item into their shoe so that the electric metal detector wouldn't detect the item. The metal detector doesn't go to the floor but stops at your heal. All an employee had to do was simply swipe the item esp. if they are wearing jackets in the cold and long sleeves and than go into the bathroom and put it in their shoes and than walk out the building.
    Items i saw stole were cell phones, video games and all that was left was a broken package and various items.
    If i were to report it as stole and another counter disagreed than i would receive errors which did start to happen so didn't report anymore. As long as they walked shuffling and sliding their feet the shoe stayed below the metal detectors reach. You walk in with no metal not even a metal belt you walk out quickly with a item in your shoe without being stopped. .
    Their counters are blind counting each second because the counters have no worksheet to compare their countings to. Its impossible to count this way, every other company as inventory amount sheets to compare the counts to but since AMAZON IS MORE INTERESTED IN FIRING EMPLOYEES AND LOOKING FOR SHORT CUTS they do blind counting. So items are stolen each day.

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