Inside The Lives Of Amazon.com Warehouse Employees: Long Hours, Long...

Dec 14, 2009 | Posted by: Rip | Full story: voices.allthingsd.com

What goes on behind the scenes at a giant online retailer like Amazon.com ? A job posting for openings at Amazon.com's largest "fulfillment center" in Coffeyville, Kansas offers a glimpse into the working lives of Amazon employees in charge of filling holiday orders at the online seller's offline warehouses.

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Bohan

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Would you go back to work at a place that treated you like Shit. less than an employee number and less than a human.??? It's not a good place of business in our town I would go back. after 5 years of hard work out of my life there with them. it's still a sweat shop & slave driving place to work for. A real let down for todays job Market. What has been done to improve the place since then??? NOTHING !! just a bad memory left behind in my life to think about.
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Would you go back to work at a place that treated you like Shit. less than an employee number and less than a human.??? It's not a good place of business in our town I would go back. after 5 years of hard work out of my life there with them. it's still a sweat shop & slave driving place to work for. A real let down for todays job Market. What has been done to improve the place since then??? NOTHING !! just a bad memory left behind in my life to think about.
I knew several people that use to go to Amazon during this time every year to make extra money for Christmas. It was a second job for them and they enjoyed the money. But because of the environment and treatment of the employees they no longer are interested in working for them during Christmas. And I know a few college kids that had talked about how you could make extra money out there but it isn't worth the trouble.
I think Amazon is going to find it hard to keep employees if they don't clean it up out there. People are becoming less and less interested in working for them because of the way they treat people and the work environment is so bad. Even in such a bad economy people are going to look anyway else first, Amazon will end up being the last choice to even look for many people. It's NOT a way to get the best employees. They look for better employers with better work environments. Seems they are wanting the best but not creating a work environment to attract the them. They are shooting themselves in the foot as it is now.
Coffeyville Resident

Coffeyville, KS

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Amazon won't clean up there act they will just run more buses in more towns to bring workers to them. The City of Coffeyville Pays Amazon so much per quarter for the number that they employ...even if they aren't from Coffeyville...Talk about messed up. That is why only big business can survive in Cville, they know how to take advantage of Stupid City Managers. Wake up people.

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Coffeyville, KS

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Of course, Amazon does not bus in people anymore and contrary to what people may be saying, it is not that bad. They are good to their people but you cant make everyone happy. They are a large company with a lot of employees. Yes there are things they could do different that might make it a more pleasant work experience but I have worked in much worse.

Since: Oct 09

Wichita, KS

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I worked there when they first opened, I was there three years. The work is hard because you are on you feet ALL the time. Other than that they were good to work for. I left for another job in my field, and more money. I would work for Amazon again if I needed a job. There are worse places and worse bosses.
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Worked at Amazon too...during the "Christmas" rush in shipping (Wrapping) it was great...but after that it is boring and on the days it was busy...you didn't know what area you would be assigned, I was a picker but ended up in shipping or ???? plant, can't think of the name to save my life,(which sucked). And the area manager's at that time, treated people like crap...they would share the info on the big bonus they were getting off the sweat of the rest of us..real assholes.
current employee

Coffeyville, KS

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Im working there right now thru staff management and its really not that bad...most of the admin and management is very nice..the pay for what most people do there is pretty good and the overtime bonuses this year are also pretty good...think about how crazy it is during the times most people are working there, during peak...of course everyone is on edge and a little rude sometimes...there are several goals and numbers that have to be made. Its a stressful job, some people just cant do stress or fast paced work.
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I think u guys should just be happy to have a job lots a ppl dnt!

Since: Nov 09

Independence, KS

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i tried my hand at being a picking machine at amazon a few years ago. it was interesting only to see what people were buying to read; other than that it was a pretty loathsome experience. The managers though, in my experience, were nice; even as they escorted me to the door for not moving fast enough. so, if you're cut out for that sort of work, it might be an good place to make some extra bucks.
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I worked at Amazon years back&heres what I have to say about Amazon.com , you hire in for a Job , pays good but then the holidays are hell , stressful ,hot-no A.C. you clock in & never know when you are going to come out to go home, the only job I have ever had where they were more Chief& not enough warriors, That place brings out the worst in people, but it does pay good!!!They tell the temps you work hard & don`t miss work & we will keep you after the rush---Christmas, don`t beleive them maybe a few will make it but very few& you work your butt off for what ???escort to the door after the rush, low blow you know where the door is, why the excort,The pay isn`t that good for what you have to go thru I know been there & done that& it isn`t worth what they put you thru, Workers Be Aware!!!
old lady works there

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its a sweat shop with new rules weekly to get rid of old sick and employees injured at work many ladies have hurt their arms shoulders hands if they need a rotorycuff or carpaltunnel repair they are fired for some made-up safety violation never offered medical help.record profits no raise sorry bastard that owns the place claims to be for his workers then he got filthy rich and turned into scrooge
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If the work at Amazon is tough.Then why not vote a Union in.Then the workers will have a voice in their workplace ! Keep it secret and pass the word around.Find a union that will "Back You Up".Like Teamsters.It can be done.DON'T LET CORPORATE AMERICA PUSH YOU AROUND FOR THE SAKE OF WALL-STREET !!!!! STICK TOGETHER !!!!!
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They need to get rid of staff management. All these so called job centers that "get you a job" make money off of you. What happened to applying ourselves and getting that extra money?
Older gal

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Oct 10, 2010
 
I was instrumental in getting a small union once here in the ville. It was NOT easy. Many workers were intimidated. Eventually, near the end of the contract, the workers who got it in, were fired or eventually moved on. 1 weak link and the union collapses. But it was wonderful whle we had it!
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It's funny I have read these comments, I just finished working for Amazon and I heard all the gripes while I was there, To me it wasn't that bad. I enjoyed working for Amazon, it is hard work- taking in account that they are the biggest online retailers and the Christmas holidays are stressful there, but I have had far worse jobs than this. The management was friendly and helpful, the job was tough, but it was actually fun. If you could get use to being on your feet for ten hours and being under the gun to get the work acomplished it wasn't that bad. I would definitely work for Amazon again. I along with another group of temp employees were let go today which I knew was coming I just didn't expect it this soon. I only question that I was let go this soon over other employees they kept who don't want to work and whos quotas had to be worse than mine. I was a temp through Integrity staffing and my only gripe was that they could have provided a little warning that this was going to happen, they just let us go so abruptly, I left a half full cart with my scanner and no incomplete form and it makes it look like I just abandon my job. I don't want Amazon to think I just walked out, I would like to work with them again. So the problem I have if any is with the way Integrity staffing handled this.
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I worked through staff management in Crisplant a few years back (during the Christmas rush). I'm epileptic and while my condition is mostly controlled through medication and diet so that I lead a pretty normal life, occasionally I have what's called a 'breakthrough' seizure. I was completely up front with the company when I applied for the job.

I had a seizure in the bathroom one night & when I came to, I tried to find help. Being in a postictal state (confused, exhausted, paranoid, etc.) made that difficult. I knew where my boyfriend was and found him and he escorted me to med-corp, where they alerted my superiors to my location and situation.

Without any questions or any information further than what I was able to relate to my b/f and the med-corp staff, both my boyfriend and I were terminated for job abandonment.

FU*K Amazon.
goober

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Jan 2, 2011
 
is it true that amamzon might be leaving coffeyville in the spring...i understand that their tax status with the city runs out...i understand that is when the run out.
a single mamma

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I worked through staff management in Crisplant a few years back (during the Christmas rush). I'm epileptic and while my condition is mostly controlled through medication and diet so that I lead a pretty normal life, occasionally I have what's called a 'breakthrough' seizure. I was completely up front with the company when I applied for the job.
I had a seizure in the bathroom one night & when I came to, I tried to find help. Being in a postictal state (confused, exhausted, paranoid, etc.) made that difficult. I knew where my boyfriend was and found him and he escorted me to med-corp, where they alerted my superiors to my location and situation.
Without any questions or any information further than what I was able to relate to my b/f and the med-corp staff, both my boyfriend and I were terminated for job abandonment.
FU*K Amazon.
wow now that is messed up!!!!
goober

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Jan 2, 2011
 
they want tax free status.. if they do not get it they fold up their tent and move on to somewhere else. i understand that their tax free status runs out this spring... so probably good bye to amazon
Amazon Insider

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goober wrote:
they want tax free status.. if they do not get it they fold up their tent and move on to somewhere else. i understand that their tax free status runs out this spring... so probably good bye to amazon
This is in fact true. City is trying to keep this hush hush but basically if they do not come to the table with what Amazon is expecting, then Amazon is ready to relocate the Coffeyville facility to central Iowa. There will be no Amazon in Coffeyville this time next year if the zero tax deal is not struck.

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