Amazon scamming people out of referral bonuses?

Airbnb Wiwgdydbwi
Jul 21, 2018 25 Comments

A friend referred me to Amazon Music, a few days later they reached out, and after interviewing I received an offer (yay!). The day after I got the offer call, I received a form email saying they weren't going to move forward after the referral to Amazon Music. A few hours later I received a call getting the compensation numbers from them. I hadn't applied in anyway other than having a friend submit my resume for a referral. Was this a mistake or is Amazon really scamming people?

Does Amazon have a referral bonus? I suppose the outcome of this doesn't matter if they don't offer that.

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  • New / Eng
    Maxwell101

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    Maxwell101more
    Why would Someone want to go from Airbnb to Amazon
    Jul 21, 2018 11
    • Tinder / Eng
      meowimacat

      Tinder Eng

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      Im a cat! Meow 🐈
      meowimacatmore
      It makes daily life a lot easier, so it is significant even if it doesn't impact career that much.
      There are also other companies that have work just as interesting as Amazon and have better perks, I imagine that's why a lot of people don't wanna work for Amazon especially in bay
      Jul 21, 2018
    • Indeed / Eng Baldbilly
      Kicking ass so much they can’t keep their site up on the one holiday they created for themselves.
      Jul 21, 2018
    • Tinder / Eng
      meowimacat

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      🤣
      Jul 21, 2018
    • Amazon Hdmana
      Speak Tinder and Indeed 😂 #FML
      Jul 21, 2018
    • Tinder / Eng
      meowimacat

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      I actually don't work at tinder anymore, this is my old account
      Jul 21, 2018
  • Amazon / Product
    Jroekskdh

    Amazon Product

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    Jroekskdhmore
    I had that happen once when referring a friend. Have your friend reach out to the recruiter for the role. They can fix it.
    Jul 21, 2018 0
  • Oracle Excalibr
    Not sure if this happened in your case, but here's what I know also happens:

    The first person to submit a resume gets the referral. I know some recruiters would validate your email and submit your resume that THEY create from your public profile to companies where you might apply. That need not trigger an interview call. Later, if you apply or if someone refers you using the same email address, the recruiter gets the referral bonus and you may not even know it! Guard your email address and clarify this early in the process if someone has referred you.
    Jul 21, 2018 1
    • Airbnb Wiwgdydbwi
      OP
      I don't think this is the issue as I got a confirmation from Amazon about my friend's referral when they reached out. Thanks for the info though! I wouldn't want that to happen in other situations.
      Jul 21, 2018
  • Amazon / Other
    Cru

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    Doomed. Need a career reboot. Uber rescinded my offer. Previously wasted a lot of time and effort at Alexa voice shopping.
    Crumore
    Scamming or simply the process slipping through the cracks. Fix it with the recruiter after you accept and finalize joining date.
    Jul 21, 2018 0
  • Salesforce / Eng
    Cron1

    Salesforce Eng

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    Cron1more
    I was scammed more than once like this in Microsoft

    I would submit a referral, the candidate will get a call, gets and accepts the offer. Then the HR tells me that it wasn't my referral but the candidate was already found by some head hunter
    Jul 21, 2018 0
  • Amazon gDVc56
    There is a referral bonus for your friend. However yes it looks like they may have tried to scam your friend out of the referral bonus... If the recruiter contacted you BEFORE your friend referred you in the system, then your friend would have gotten an email saying that you are already in the loop etc and thus not eligible for referral. Otherwise, if your friend referred you first, you would have gotten an email saying that you were referred to a position at Amazon etc. And if under referral you did not make it then you would get the rejection email.
    Jul 21, 2018 1
    • Airbnb Wiwgdydbwi
      OP
      I got the email saying I was referred by my friend and they only contacted me after that. If I decide to accept the offer I'll make sure to try and get him credit.

      Thanks for the info!
      Jul 21, 2018
  • Amazon wnxK34
    What kind of bonus are you referring to? The referrer gets a bonus if you accept your offer but as far as I know the actual referee doesn't
    Jul 21, 2018 1
    • Airbnb Wiwgdydbwi
      OP
      I'm talking about the bonus that would go to my friend if I accepted the offer since he referred me.
      Jul 21, 2018
  • Indeed / Eng Baldbilly
    If your friend works there just have him talk to his manager and their manager and so on until it’s fixed
    Jul 21, 2018 0
  • Amazon gDVc56
    Yeah definitely have them fix it, also take note that the referral bonus only takes place if you successfully survives Amazon for 6 months or more :)
    Jul 21, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Product
    Jroekskdh

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    Jroekskdhmore
    I had that happen once when referring a friend. Have your friend reach out to the recruiter for the role. They can fix it.
    Jul 21, 2018 0
  • Twitter PictureNew
    sounds like HR system mistake
    Jul 21, 2018 0