Amazon Rehire blacklist

Google qDJU47
May 7 27 Comments

I left Amazon several years ago after having a really bad manager. Never had a PIP or anything (at least never communicated to me).

Surprise, surprise: a recruiter reaches out to me after many many years about a senior position and guess what? They can't move forward after speaking to HR leaders.

After being a manager at other places, it is almost unheard of to have someone leaving flagged as "not regrettable" and prevent someone being rehired. This only happens for a serious HR violation or some bad perf problem.

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TOP 27 Comments
  • Amazon Benny Lava
    Amazon's motive is to hire fast, fire fast, and keep the hidden gem. They are not trying to develop a team that's stable.

    This is the main reason they need to get out of Seattle and Bay Area, because sooner or later they will run out of fresh meat.

    So everything make sense now, right?
    May 7 2
    • Google qDJU47
      OP
      It does. And that explains the continuous phone calls I got over the weekends to work on something "by Monday".
      May 7
    • Verizon Media ex-yahoo
      I feel motivated by your story. You're at Google, after (hideously) stamped as "not regrettable" at Amazon. The Mgr at Amazon are not certainly not good.
      May 7
  • Amazon Troll Food
    The "you can always come back after one year" is BS afterall. They were just lying to reduce the resistance to appeal the pivot and pip.
    May 7 0
  • eBay Appyrew
    I also had similar experience.. I left Amazon after getting meets expectation rating under a bad manager and there are around 10+ recruiters approaching me after few years. I decided to pursue with one of them and after clearing the on-site, I heard that my profile is being marked as "ineligible to re hire"and they can't move forward with an offer.. WTF
    May 7 3
    • Google mksee
      LOL and this happened has after the on-site?? You'd think they'd check first...
      May 7
    • Google qDJU47
      OP
      Wow, that really sucks! How come they didn't check that before wasting time with interviews?
      May 7
    • Apple letzchat
      That’s how high tech slavery works
      May 7
  • Google mksee
    I hope it's not common. I'm considering going back too, just got pinged by an Amazon recruiter who is recruiting for SDE3. I'm an L4 at Google currently and it would be an upgrade to go back to Amazon with a level bump.
    May 7 4
    • Google qDJU47
      OP
      Don't go back. There are so many good companies out there.
      May 7
    • Facebook deleteFB
      Which companies are good out there?
      May 7
    • Google qDJU47
      OP
      I stand corrected. Better companies.
      May 7
    • Facebook deleteFB
      😀
      May 7
  • Google MigBuscles
    Why do you wanna go back anyways?
    May 7 4
    • Google qDJU47
      OP
      Very unlikely I'd consider going back given the horrible experience I had. I shouldn't be, but can't help finding it shocking to see this kind of behavior on the company's part.
      May 7
    • Google MigBuscles
      I think Amazon alumni recruiters actively reach out to people who were not blacklisted.

      I get emails every 6 months. Not from recruiter but alumni recruiter.
      May 7
    • Uber ueue
      Unfortunately that doesn't answer his question
      May 7
    • Google MigBuscles
      @Uber
      Trying to practice for Uber customer support position. Guess I'm doin well.
      May 7
  • Intel AUOH65
    Anyone know how much say Amazon HR has in hiring decisions?

    Does "do not rehire" mean the hiring manager cannot hire the person even if they wanted to? Or is it more of a recommendation not to rehire?
    Jun 22 3
    • Amazon Benny Lava
      You need a VP to override the decision, which means very unlikely
      Jun 30
    • Intel AUOH65
      Am I correct to assume most VPs will generally say no?
      Jun 30
    • Amazon Benny Lava
      If VP override then the guy screw up it is on the vp
      Jul 1
  • Comcast ichiban
    I rejected an offer from Amazon a few years ago because it was an absolute lowball. Basically paid less than my job then, and the pitch was “come to seattle, save the state tax”

    Now I’m dead to all their recruiters. No more calls, applications to other (higher level) positions go unanswered.
    May 7 3
    • Google qDJU47
      OP
      Wow, this is just dumb on their part. Missing out on talent out of spite?
      May 7
    • New 666 666
      It just tells that they got plenty of candidates to choose from. Why would you spend time on people who do not embrace LPs and decline low balls?
      May 7
    • Amazon Troll Food
      You won't save the state tax. Your after tax income would be the same between Seattle and bay area.
      May 7
  • Verizon Media ex-yahoo
    To avoid running out of good people, re-hire eligibility records of at least decade old ex-employees can be purged.
    May 7 0