Batch Packer (Former Employee), Lexington, KY – July 11, 2014
I usually had to be up by 5am to be there at 6:30am, traffic was always bad. I learned basics on how to scan and arrange items. The management was alright if you could find them and we weren't allowed to really converse with the co-workers apart from our breaks, although that suited me fine, but overall the co-workers were nice. The hardest part was – more... probably standing for so long and getting up super early however I really didn't mind after awhile. The most enjoyable part was the work, sending off the orders wondering who it was for and imagining scenes of when the package arrives and I am sure that sounds very silly but it was my favorite part and kept me going all day. – less
Strong fast moving company with many ups but a few big downs.
Area Manager (Former Employee), Carlisle, PA – December 15, 2014
Pros: compensation, stocks, and benefits
I support nearly every move that was made at the Amazon sites where I worked for 4 years. Daily I would motivate teams, hit production goals, and find ways to eliminate waste through process improvements. The one downside is that there is a high dose of micromanagement by the building leaders, and having backbone is preached but not well responded to – more... by members of authority. My peers were great, and Amazon typically hires great managers. The hardest part about the job is managing stress and being told to complete conflicting goals. "Make the work better" but you can't change that process. "Try something" but don't do that that won't work. "Your team is not performing like the other shifts" but they have only been hired for 2 days. All in all it is a great place to work for a few years. Go in to it knowing what it is. There is little chance for a life 3 months of the year, you will work long hours every day, and you will be on your feed all day for 12 hours 4 days a week. – less
Kindle Mayday support phase 1 (Current Employee), Kennewick, WA – December 15, 2014
Pros: longer break time, and coffee avaliable all the time
Cons: not alowed to be at desk off the clock
Clock in five minutes early. Sign into my computer, read emails and alerts until fifteen after. Then take calls assisting and educating customers about Amazon policy. Also taking Mayday calls for kindle support. Management and co-workers worked as a team to make sure that each customer received consistent service. The hardest part of the job was to – more... remember key words for searching for answers in the reference guides. That skill was achieved with time. The most enjoyable part of the job was the spirit days where we would dress up like something silly and eating yummy food, for example Seahawks gear day and grilled cheese and soup day. – less
The job posted is NOT what you will be doing. You will not be troubleshooting or repairing any equipment. You will be doing mostly administrative reports, graphs, redundant reports that no one actually looks at. It is a thankless job that constantly keeps getting more and more added on to all the time...while your pay stays the same or you get an slap – more... in the face insult raise. Amazon has the Walmart of Data Centers out there. They buy 5 to 7 year old junk and then they blame their employees when the equipment fails. Has to be someone's fault. You will be the lowest form of life and an escape goat for the incompitent managers and thier God complexes. Don't say you haven't been warned. 12.5 hour shifts, good luck on getting a break to eat. Unless your despite for a job, keep looking. – less
ASSOCIATE (Former Employee), Indianapolis, IN – December 14, 2014
Cons: short breaks, high quotas, disgruntled employees
Worked in Indianapolis for 2 years, knew every area of the job very well, but was never considered for any promotional opportunities despite self-initiative. If I were to recommend anything to person considering an Amazon warehouse, it would be be prepared for plenty of walking, bending, reaching, and squatting, which will wear on you slowly but surely. – more... Invest in good shoes. – less
Temp Warehouse Worker (Former Employee), Phoenix, AZ – December 13, 2014
Pros: 3 breaks, free prize entry, good work hours, overtime if needed, great staff and managers.
While working in the packing department for over 7 years seasonally I've met so many wonderful people. This job will keep you on your feet and keep you alert at all times. This is really the place to work and meet friends from all types of backgrounds. The hardest part is mostly the quotas if your are not fast with your hands. Management is their to – more... provide you with both positive and negative feedback on job performance and will help you really succeed. Yes we do warm up exercises to make sure you don't hurt yourself during your shift and we provide training classes for all the departments to make sure you know the basics of the job you will be doing. Safety here is really number one which is why they are strict on policies involving walkways, running and other things you shouldn't do in the workplace. – less
Warehouse associate (Current Employee), Buckeye, AZ – December 13, 2014
Pros: good health insurance
Cons: the constant changing of managers
A typical day would consist of usually picking orders I've learned flexibility is the key to success. Management changes so often you rarely have time to get to know them. My co-workers are a great bunch of hard working people. The hardest part of the job is when changes are made to policy and not communicated. The most enjoyable part of the job is – more... payday and meeting good people. – less
Order Picker (Current Employee), Spartanburg, SC – December 13, 2014
Pros: decent pay
Cons: breaks are short. only actually get 10 minutes for break, and 25 for lunch because of the 2.5 minute walk times each way.
in a typical day i would normally be picking orders to ship to customers. management is good to its employees. some of the coworkers on order pickers shouldn't really be on one. there is not really a hard part about the job, except being on your feet for 10 or more hours a day.
Quick and fast working environment with high expectations.
Warehouse Associate (Former Employee), West Columbia, SC – December 12, 2014
Pros: paid time and bonuses
Cons: short breaks and long hours
You were expected to keep up with your work performance on a daily regardless if you prep for you assignment or not. I mostly learned if I am having a issue with my working environment that I such report to my manager quickly and make sure the problem is completely resolved. I never had any problems with working environment when it came to my co-workers. – more... The hardest about working at Amazon is that you absolutely had to stay above and beyond at every second no matter what because the smallest mistake first time or not could cost you your job just that quick. The most enjoyable was getting to see all my hardwork being paid off at the end of it. – less