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    Working at Amazon

    Anyone here have any first or second hand experience working for Amazon? I'm considering their Onsite Medical Representative position after I retire from the Army.

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    Hi...
    People that I hear talk about working at the Amazon warehouse here in South central Pennsylvania say it's a great place to work if you want to make $15 an hour with a crappy schedule and poor benefits.
    Frankly...I wouldn't get out of bed for $15 an hour but then I' m retired and don't want or need a job.

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    If the money is right, go for it. If you don't like it look for another job. It's always easier to find another when you don't need too.
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    I just read somewhere last week that one of the warehouses had an employee go down with a heart attack and nobody noticed for 20 mins yet when that same employee put an item into a wrong bin he was corrected by management in seconds. I know they are all high tech with all their cameras , robots and AI but thats strictly to improve employee performance not employee safety and satisfaction i guess. Lets call it iWhip ....... now get back to work, nothing to see here.

    I guess what I'm trying to say is that I dont think Amazon is trying to make their employees happy and I dont think I'm not the only one.

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    My son in law just quit there. He was a counter, look in bin # x count the items present, enter in computer. He had a quota of transactions per hour with a maximum # of mistakes per day. Hated it. Finally transferred to the receiving dock position he origionally wanted. After a few weeks started going home every day with back pain. The annual raises are minimal. Benefits so so. Now works in shipping/receiving at Barbazon theatrical lighting co. Where my daughter works. They are moving next month to within 2 miles of work. Happier now.
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    My son worked there at the Hazleton Pa warehouse. After Christmas all a sudden just before his 90 day probation was up. He had all these '' performance'' issues. In other words they were cutting people loose to avoid benefits. Even though when hired everyone was told they would stay on after the holidays.
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    I've never worked at Amazon, so my assumptions and speculations are based only on my own experiences. It seems that some companies really go out of their way to attract and retain good people, for one reason or another, and others focus hard on the bottom dollar and go through a lot of people.

    I recently went from one end of the spectrum to the other without even moving. The company I've worked for for many, many years bought another company, and moved a large part of their U.S. operations into the other company. Company A has great benefits and pay, works hard to compete with high-tech and petrochemical for good people. Company B (now owned wholly by company A) has the poorest benefits in the industry and competes with Walmart (as far as who they hire). It's been tough, and a lot of good people have quit. Turnover has skyrocketed. This company is all about pinching that very last penny to maximize profits for the almighty shareholder.

    I don't know what Amazon's employee turnover rate is, but I suspect it's pretty high. That says a lot about what kind of company they are and how they value their employees. Employee loyalty isn't what it used to be, and company loyalty to it's employees seems to be non-existent nowadays. I know an awful lot of twenty and thirty year guys in my company who are spitting mad, feel completely betrayed by the company they've given most of their working life to.

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    Most companies today have no loyalty to their employees
    They are all about the bottom line...profits rule above all else no matter who gets hurt in the process.
    Saw it where I worked... fortunately, I was in a position to retire when they started playing their games with me when I returned to work after my last health issue.
    Thee is no loyalty in today's business world...no integrity...sad, but true.

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    Have old friend that worked for Amazon and he said it was the worst place he ever worked. When I first meet he he worked in a bottling plant plant cleaning returned bottles. Think of the the garbage and crud in the bottles and the heat from the steam cleaner. So I would guess it’s bad amazon.

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    Im willing to bet like a lot of new companies and or techs they are solely ran by bean counters and it strictly the bottom line. No real loyalty towards employees or to company, This seldom promotes a good work environment. It takes a lot more than just the paycheck to be secure and happy in a job or new position.

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    do you have at least a LPN license?
    if so, look into a medical supervisor position with a plasma donation center. Good money, a lot want some percent of part time nurses. you are screening applicant donors. Easy work, no real exam.( listen to heart and visual) mostly paperwork. and it really isnt a supervisory position. (I managed center for 11 yrs. always struggled to keep good nurses)

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    One of the neighbor's kids is 'Prime' delivery driver for Amazon. Hasn't been on the street for long but says, compared to working in the distribution center, it's not too bad. He's only 19, though, and Amazon is his first real employer if you don't count a couple fast food joints. He's not planning on making a career of Amazon, either...taking votech courses at night in 'collision repair' at local community college.

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    I would make sure that what you have would be medical only, or 70% of the time. I would not want to be hired as a medical person and find I am filling orders til someone goes down.
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