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Let the employees pick which departments they want to work. Give them an opportunity from time of hire to put in for certain positions, if they are already filled, fine, but I was just put somewhere and not asked if I work better or would like to move around rather than just stand there.

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Training is non existent and very disorganized place. They tell you to do one thing and then someone else comes along and tells you to do something else. Was constantly told its a new facility and they have a lot of different personality types that transferred. Meaning everyone wants you to do the job their way. On the second night that's when they bring up your numbers and that you have to keep up or you are out the door. Was told by the person training that they only care about numbers not the people, we are expendable. That's all it took for me I QUIT.....

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You have to get lucky with a schedule that offers work/life balance or keep negotiating for one which will lead to you getting what you want (rarely) or a suggestion to leave (most of the time)

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They don't pay incentives to people who constantly hit above rate doesn't motivate you to give 110% I could hit rate in my sleep literally

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Amazon doesn't have a promotion culture at all. If you ask about promotion you are told it is up to the employee to make the case, Amazon rewards self-promotion not merit. Leadership and HR just can't be bothered with employee development or retention, they would rather hire from outside, it's much easier for leadership to get someone from outside than to promote from inside. Entry level employees can be promoted but sr. tech and especially managers are NEVER EVER promoted from inside. One can move from manager to sr. manager or director only by leaving the company and returning after a year or two. Amazon HR denies this is true but quietly they will admit that this happens all the time.

Amazon really has no bias for promoting the company is focused on hiring but never on promotion. If you stick around, work hard and deliver results you will hit a salary cap early in your career and then and never get promoted or make more money. Everybody knows there is zero incentive for leadership to promote from within and frankly promotion is so difficult to accomplish leadership can't be bothered with it. It takes only 4-5 hours of interviews for a new VP to get hired at Amazon but to get promoted to any role takes years of self-promotion and months of documentation creation and review. One must justify every single project and every single decision they have ever made in a document to be reviewed by a panel of people who won't even know the candidate personally, managers cannot promote their staff and the manager's recommendation means essentially nothing,. The bias of the promotion panels is to reject the promotion on the slightest thing. One must specify in the promotion document exactly why the candidate shouldn't be promoted, the panel will discuss this portion at great length and will ignore any details about the candidates accomplishments. Amazon seems to want to move people out and not promote from within but the reason for this is unclear and a quick search will show that Amazon has thousands of openings but none of them will be filled via promotion from within.

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I believe for basic warehouse positions there are no interviews

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Work is evenly paced, sometimes faster than usual.

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The sky is the limit. Amazon is so much bigger than people realize. The online retail sector is still in it's infancy, and Amazon is in the best position to capitalize on this. The recent talk of Amazon being a "monopoly " is absurd. This company benifts everybody in cost, convenience, and overall customer experience.

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I found a much better job that is less physically demanding and has competent managers.

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I applied for the Full Time Fulfillment Associate position for the new facility that is opening in Sacramento, CA. I applied about a month ago, received my contingent offer after applying the next day. Went in for the orientation/drug test about a week later. A week after the drug test I received an email stating I passed it. A month later after I applied and I am still awaiting a start date.

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