Difficult, rewards and additional incentives overstated, little free-time back home.
Associate (Former Employee) – Kent, WA – July 22, 2017
Life at Amazon's Fulfillment Centers are full of wonderfully different peoples' and cultures'. However, the environment is unbelievably cut-throat. The passive-aggressive drive that the employees are drawn to in order to obtain gift-cards (or other monetary incentives) is depressingly overstated. Those who get these benefits (like the top 10%) are unlikely to drop from weekly praise or obtaining of them. Those in the "lower brackets" tend to be ignored and lose incentive quickly. There is hardly any recognition for any personal improvement or accomplishment for your efforts unless you are in the top ten percent.
You enter a dead-zone of personality despite their efforts to encourage employee pep and hype because you are mindlessly accomplishing one task for hours. And you've had to look forward to that. One of the company's big assets is associate critical thinking. They want you to think critically about your process while doing this one task. But, your brain can't split, because you need to make your quota, and if you take the time to think, you won't fill it.
At breaks, you might have to walk and wait half the time you are given just to get a snack.
After work, usually you're so exhausted that all you accomplish is some sleep, then you're waking up to get back at it again.
It's hard to believe that one of the places we commonly shop online is so easily overlooked for it's inability to provide fulfilling employment in it's fulfillment centers.
You meet a lot of different people.
Long days are longer, the pace never slows, getting home is just to sleep.