Amazon Cell Phone Reimbursement

Mar 17 27 Comments

About to join Amazon. As one of the perks, I was told that employees are reimbursed up to $50 monthly in cellphone reimbursement. How exactly does this work ?

1) I am on a T-Mobile family plan with few other people. The bill generated is not straight forward and we have to divide the total to get each member's share. How do they check the amount to be reimbursed ?

2) Also, If I decide to buy a new phone in my plan, can that be included as well?

Any Inputs are greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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TOP 27 Comments
  • Facebook public2
    Never seen Amazon and perks in the same sentence before. The yearly holiday party does come with two free drink tickets, I guess that is a perk!
    Mar 17 6
    • Facebook public2
      Really? Why? It was fun saw a couple of good acts.
      Mar 17
    • Amazon / Eng n0v
      I think it just got too big and too crowded. Summer picnic also cancelled. There's now a summer concert to replace both. But you're limited to one guest, so I guess you'll need to choose your favorite child.
      Mar 17
    • Facebook public2
      Bummer
      Mar 17
    • Amazon / Eng
      BeffJezos!

      Amazon Eng

      BIO
      Lost in the software world gluing APIs and classes together. Wanted to innovate; now just want my stocks to vest. :/
      BeffJezos!more
      Have stopped seeing "Facebook" and "passion for the product" in the same sentence too :P
      Mar 19
    • Facebook public2
      Where did you stop seeing that? Most people choose a company solely on their passion for product. Only a handful of mee grads on blind are solely focused on TC until they learn better.
      Mar 19
  • Amazon boobsrtak
    You can submit $50/mo for phone with the bill (is doubt anyone scrutinized it much), but it’s a manual process and a huge pain and so hardly anyone bothers to take advantage of it.
    Mar 17 6
    • Amazon boobsrtak
      what’s the thing? so what?
      Mar 17
    • OP
      So I would submit the total bill and let them figure out my share ?
      Mar 17
    • Amazon boobsrtak
      no one is going to look at the bill or even care. just submit for 50 bucks.
      Mar 17
    • OP
      Gotcha! Thanks
      Mar 17
    • VMware tOHf01
      I used to do that every 3 month.
      Mar 17
  • Amazon / Eng n0v
    Up to $50 a month of *business* use can be expensed. Checking work emails, pager, and business phone calls count as business use. If your expense amount is under $25, you don't need a receipt. Otherwise, you must submit an invoice to be approved. Your manager is the primary person who would approve, though there is a team in India which does audits.
    Mar 17 2
    • OP
      Thanks! And the team in India does the Auditing of Business calls etc ?
      Mar 17
    • Amazon / Eng n0v
      Of expense reports. I haven't seen them go into much depth, but maybe they do if something gets flagged.
      Mar 17
  • Amazon tsukemen
    I’ve been on my parents family plan for 2.5 years since joining amzn.

    My mom pays bill.

    I have submitted expense every month since joining, so far netting $1500
    Mar 17 0
  • Amazon JesozB
    Sorry mate there is no perks like that. If you are in London then you can very optionally be given a company phone but that is more of an exception than a rule. If I were you I will get the person who is making this promise to you to give it in an email.
    Mar 17 3
    • Amazon Amzn100
      The person making the promise is literally reciting one of the most basic elements of the US Expense policy: $50 per month in cellphone reimbursement. There’s nothing to ask for in writing and no one-off promises being made, as this is how it is for all US employees who use their phone for work.
      Mar 17
    • Amazon JesozB
      Ah so we differ from US in another aspect then! Thanks for clarifying :)
      Mar 17
    • New / Eng
      Sqrtof-1

      New Eng

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      Amazon, Facebook, Google
      Sqrtof-1more
      You are given a phone in Dublin. Not sure about personal phone though
      Mar 18
  • Apple gtUh6$
    This is news. Is this the end of an era of frugality?
    Mar 17 2
    • Twitch ~-~
      It is much more frugal to have your employees submit an expense report each month for the use of their personal device than handing out work phones to everyone. Also most don’t even bother to submit the expense.
      Mar 17
    • Amazon Usernahme
      Lol no. Because submitting that expense report is a pain the ass. I never do it. I wish I did because I'm leaving money on the table
      Mar 17
  • Amazon Smoothies
    1) I am not sure they do a thorough check but include the bill and try to be honest. The cap is $50 nonetheless.

    2) This is not part of the policy but you may be able to get away with it.

    I do this every month and have been doing it since I joined in 2015.
    Mar 18 0
  • Amazon zonian1
    I'm in a similar TMobile family plan... My bill is ~$350 every month, all I do is submit a screenshot of my online account ... the guideline States it will have to show your name or the phone number
    Mar 17 0