Quit Amazon and new workplace 100x better

Jun 25, 2018 14 Comments

This may not be all Amazon but just my specific team.
I worked at Amazon for 3 years 4 months and 5 days.
I started off as L5 pathways manager mba grad and ended as an L7 senior operations manager.
First of all, every amazon warehouse I worked at was violating multiple labor laws but the poor(literally) associates never had the education to understand their rights.
All we worried about was rate rate rate. I worked front half days Sun-Wed 10hrs a day but had to report on Thur and Sat because my ops mgr said that's the only way to get promoted. I was like okay sure. Pay was good (140) but I felt every decision the senior leadership at site and the regional level was detrimental for the workers. We fucked over every department that was a voice of reason(HR, finance, procurement) and made everyone slog be it a snow day or a 120f day. we had no facilities for workers and the canteen/cafeteria was a mess.
Whenever an associate didn't meet their absurdly impossible target we wrote them up.
But the problems didn't stop there....
I was told by everyone in senior management that the associates are uneducated and that's what they deserve, you need to be stern(insist on the highest standards) and fire a few associates so that your seniors notice you and give you that senior ops position.
Fearing my visa and all I agreed and toted their line.
Days turned to months and years and i was turning into this ruthless monster....
Anyway one day I had enough the general manager jokingly advocated that the associates wear diapers to reduce pee breaks in the 9am and I had enough. My next stock vest was a couple of mos away but couldn't take anymore. I started applying for jobs and got one in 2 weeks. I work for a non-profit now as a ops lead and moved on h1b receipt notice as I couldn't take anymore.
Been 3 months in the new job and I'm very happy!
We work as a central logistics team for a food bank and ensure the food sent to the food banks is fresh. It is a new challenge but I'm way happier than I was at amazon.
I'm sorry I'm venting out this much but today was the first Monday in a while when I realized I don't really hate mondays I just hated my job.

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TOP 14 Comments
  • LinkedIn Others
    Write this to “face of amazon” website, everyone should know.
    Jun 25, 2018 0
  • Microsoft Wxyz123567
    Congratulations! Happiness is what’s most important!
    Jun 25, 2018 0
  • New / Other
    Google Translate isn't great with Chinese, OP. 😂
    Jun 25, 2018 2
    • Fuck amazon was already taken homie so i decided a new language
      Jun 25, 2018
    • New / Other
      It's actually saying "fucking/damn Bezos," not "fuck" the verb :)
      Jun 25, 2018
  • I did my undergrad in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech and my MBA from MIT Sloan and worked at another manufacturing company prior to my MBA studies
    Jun 25, 2018 2
    • Oscar / Eng
      tc/gtfo

      Oscar Eng

      BIO
      Hi. I am real and I am pretty friendly. Just here for some happiness.
      tc/gtfomore
      Now this is not hard for Amazon to track down. But who gives a fuck! Amz should treat their warehouse guys nice too.
      Jun 25, 2018
    • Idgaf now been 3 mos I quit!
      Jun 25, 2018
  • Uber Youoipto
    I’m happy that you found a happier place now.
    Jun 25, 2018 1
  • Amazon / Mgmt
    NVVn51

    Amazon Mgmt

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    NVVn51more
    This definitely needs to go out in the media. There were articles about how cruelly the associates were treated and I took it to the social responsibility team- and you know what they said - nothing. They made a straight face. They treat their corp employees the same way. Oh boy, such a terrible company to give your time to.
    Jun 26, 2018 0
  • Amazon Grosswad
    Hehe my team at amazon is 100x worse. My manager tracks my time of water breaks and using the restroom. If I take more than 5 water breaks in a day , he will say that I do not have “bias for action “
    Dec 30, 2018 1
    • Amazon WallaceSLA
      Why not have a water bottle? Simple solution
      Mar 12
  • Capital One / Other Starmie
    Thanks for sharing!
    Jul 23, 2018 0