In an effort to provide a balanced view here are the pros and cons of working in your average Amazon warehouse.
Definite room for advancement - even from an entry level starting as a temp, the sky is almost the limit depending upon your education and motivation. With as little as a High School diploma it is possible to advance from tier 1 associate (base level), to tier 3 (supervisory level) and possibly tier 4 (area manager).
Excellent benefits - health care for yourself and family, Amazon even recognizes domestic partnership. Stock options for all employees, 401k, and flexible available time off.
Tuition reimbursement - Work there for a year and you are eligible for tuition reimbursement. 2 year degree, 96% of cost including books on many degree options. Some technical classes available on site such as CDL training.
Long and sometimes unpredictable shifts. 10+ hours during peak season, and mandatory overtime can be called on 24 hours notice at any time
The higher up you advance, the more difficult the work/life balance becomes. As with all job advancement, more responsibility, more money, more hours. Schedule and expectations are very demanding even at a level 3 and increase exponentially as you advance. Employees are expected to "work up a level".
Fast pace = fast changes. From rotating management quarterly, to rotating business standard practices. Changes happen quickly and are not often rolled out in a comprehensive way.
Strict adherence to standardizations in situations – more... that are impossible to standardize. Facilities with large differences between levels of automation and available technology are expected to all follow same operational standards that are not always in the best interests of individual site needs.
All and all, it is a great place to get your feet wet and learn a lot if you are just out of college or even high school. But turnover is high. Learn what you can and move on to bigger and better things! – less