Sucks that Amazon has no perks

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arb1980

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Jul 14, 2017 48 Comments

No free food or soft drinks. And worst of all, they only pay for coach for work flights, even international.

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  • Adobe anonamoose
    you'll probably be better off in the long run not getting free food and sodas.
    Jul 14, 2017 2
    • Cerner vPKu61
      Yes. A free fully-equipped onsite gym is far better to health and productivity. I can't imagine the second half of the workday without spending my lunch break under a barbell.
      Jul 14, 2017
    • Lucid Software dungeoneer
      Yeah, I've put on some weight with two fully-stocked kitchens and regular catered lunches. I don't eat them anymore since I'm trying to lose weight. It's not as great of a perk as it sounds for an office worker.
      Jul 14, 2017
  • Amazon yourMother
    No Free food, no free snacks should be complaints from homeless people, not someone who earns 6 figures
    Jul 14, 2017 1
    • Cerner vPKu61
      And I have always believed it's a relatively inexpensive way to keep people on campus working longer.
      Jul 14, 2017
  • Cyence Osceola
    Which would you prefer... a place that has a proven business model that continues to grow or a small startup that has an unproven solution but all the free snacks, Coconut waters and gourmet coffee you can consume. Both opportunities exist.... what is your risk appetite?
    Jul 14, 2017 2
    • Barracuda / Eng Big Datum
      you can find a place that has both...
      Jul 14, 2017
    • Microsoft Ghcd11
      Yes, Google
      Jul 14, 2017
  • Cerner vPKu61
    Is that expected in Silicon valley?

    Such things are nearly unheard of here in the Midwest. I'm happy to have a great on-campus cafeteria with reasonable prices and break room coffee that isn't just foldgers.
    Jul 14, 2017 1
    • Cisco / Eng
      gprotein

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      gproteinmore
      It's pretty common
      Jul 14, 2017
  • Amazon pmpm
    Yeah but how much more are your RSUs worth now as opposed to when you started
    Jul 14, 2017 0
  • Comcast / Product dj2dirk41
    Yeah I'd take a gym over free snacks. Also I'll take the extra 10k salary over a few few candy bars
    Jul 14, 2017 8
    • Amazon / Other
      arb1980

      Amazon Other

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      Hours are good though.
      Jul 14, 2017
    • Comcast / Product dj2dirk41
      I feel that I'm in the same position. I've maxed out my potential here and want to get out of philadelphia back to the roots of the Bay Area. Any advise on applying to Amazon?
      Jul 14, 2017
    • Facebook / Eng instandidl
      People move from the Bay Area to Philadelphia? How did you decide on that?

      People move from the coast to the flyover states?
      Jul 14, 2017
    • Comcast / Product dj2dirk41
      Lol went to school in Philadelphia landed an internship in the city and was making too much money to not stay with the company. But I'm ready to move on so Im thinking of going up to New York or back to the Bay Area
      Jul 14, 2017
    • PTC / Eng
      IndianAudi

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      ^dude too much money and in philly? Hook me up please!! @dj2dirk41
      Jul 25, 2017
  • Lol you were bitching about having to live in Seattle and now about Coach flights? OP, get a therapist and move your bougee ass outta here.
    Jul 14, 2017 0
  • Microsoft TmiP32
    Am I the only one who has to fly coach on all my international flights? It's not easy to qualify for an upgrade here at MSFT.
    Jul 14, 2017 11
    • Microsoft TmiP32
      You can get the flights you want, but can't upgrade to another class without approval of sr management or if you fly internationally several times a year.
      Jul 14, 2017
    • Amazon TVbB32
      Business class can is often quadruple or more the cost of coach. It just doesn't seem to be a cost effective business decision to offer it to every employee. A trip that might have been $3000 in expenses now becomes $10000, and for many trips that people take, it's hard to argue that they are actually able to add $10000 in value that they couldn't have added without taking the trip.
      Jul 14, 2017
    • Google / Eng redpoll
      Comfort can make the difference between an employee deciding to take a trip or not. Do you want to encourage or discourage travel?
      Jul 18, 2017
    • Amazon / Other
      MAGA16

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      I work at Amazon and have met with people who traveled to the Seattle office from Europe and Asia, and they all complained about the discomfort of flying coach. Amazon treats employees like dog shit.
      Jul 18, 2017
    • Facebook / Eng instandidl
      @TVbB32 the business class can save an entire shitty, unproductive day. Which is probably worth a few thousand.

      I'm not sure how you got from $3k to $10k. Maybe flying from New York to Asia on business class will cost $7k more..... But from the west coast.... Asia is pretty close and European flights might go from $1k to $4 or $5k.
      Jul 18, 2017
  • Amazon IGjP54
    I get free drinks/snacks. Just gotta be in the right org. Every VP/Sr mgr has money they can spend on employees it's just whether they want to or not. Find a better VP?
    Jul 14, 2017 0
  • LinkedIn Microsoft
    Don't you get free bananas?
    Jul 15, 2017 1
  • eBay / Eng ejvfij
    Oh yeah, we're not going anywhere.
    Jul 14, 2017 0
  • BCG hellboi
    Why do people complain about working at Amazon but never move out of there ????
    Jul 19, 2017 4
    • Amazon / Other
      MAGA16

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      MAGA16more
      Most people at Amazon don't have better options and are stuck. Very few are happy.
      Jul 19, 2017
    • BCG hellboi
      @maga16 - are you telling me Seattle has a shortage of good jobs ? Common man there are really a lot of opportunities out there. Well paying ones too.

      I really don't understand why more people are not moving out if they don't like it.
      Jul 19, 2017
    • Amazon / Other
      MAGA16

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      MAGA16more
      Difference between good jobs and jobs you would leave Amazon for, before all your shares vest. I know a lot of people who feel stuck at the firm.
      Jul 19, 2017
    • BCG hellboi
      There are companies that compensate you for the shares you would loose. Take my word for it. Just give it a try and hit up some of the top tech firms and get them to make an offer. You will see what I am talking about.

      Message me directly of you need more info
      Jul 19, 2017
  • Microsoft BuggerOff
    I'd take the gym and the free snacks and a good pay.
    Jul 14, 2017 0
  • eBay / Eng ejvfij
    Come to ebay. We have free breakfast.
    Jul 14, 2017 2
    • Barracuda / Eng Big Datum
      Much less prospect to the company though...
      Jul 14, 2017
    • Verathon / Ops
      crabmaster

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      crabmastermore
      lol is eBay even in business anymore?
      Jul 16, 2017
  • Internet Brands / Product Ibbyliever
    Of the perks I've had in the past and valued, on-site gym would be the highest, followed by reimbursement for personal and career improvement education and books. I consider econ plus seats and in-flight wifi for business travel to be a requirement, especially for long haul flights. It's not a perk if I'm supposed to be able to land and perform a full day's work, AND keep up with work at the home office. However, I second the above comments on business class. On international flights, the fare increase can be up to 10x. Not worth the opportunity cost. Even our execs fly coach.

    The only company I know of that offers business class travel regularly to those below senior management is Google. Even then, you need to be level 7 or higher. (I've heard level 6ers might be getting better travel allowances now?)
    Jul 15, 2017 0
  • Droplit, Inc. / Eng v10
    I align with this. Also snacks establish a sense of a caring community. Just make sure they're healthy ;)
    https://www.nczonline.net/blog/2012/06/12/the-care-and-feeding-of-software-engineers-or-why-engineers-are-grumpy/
    Jul 14, 2017 0

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