Why is Amazon recruiting so poor?!

WeWork wecantwork
Nov 8 31 Comments

I have interviewed at Amazon about 2-3 times so far. The first was in 2017 and twice this year so far. One time at Audible and other at AWS.

All the three times, recruiters would just not communicate well, i don't understand what is the issue with their recruiting. Once, the recruiter messed up big time with scheduling and called me at a time that was not decided or listed in my options. We literally decided to chat on a Monday 2pm and he calls me on a Tuesday 4pm. This other time, recruiter reached out to me over LinkedIn and asked for my availability. I responded within 3 hours of her inmail and she didnt respond after that. I followed up 3 times every other week but she didnt reply even once.

Recently, another Amazon recruiter reached out to me over LinkedIn. I provided my availability, we chat for 15 mins and he sounds super uninterested. He tells me he will get back in 2-3 days but never replied after that.

Has anyone else been through bad experiences with Amazon recruiting? Whats up Amazon? Why so unprofessional and rude?

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  • LinkedIn
    zxcvbnms

    LinkedIn

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    Supply and demand my friend!
    Nov 8 8
    • IBM Trunk
      Okay but demand > supply. This just sounds like terrible recruiters.
      Nov 8
    • WeWork wecantwork
      OP
      Well in most of these cases the recruiters reached out to me. I didn't go after them!
      Nov 8
    • IBM Trunk
      That's my point, you're the supply so you should be better treated LOL
      Nov 8
    • LinkedIn
      zxcvbnms

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      @migentle I never said I'd do this. I am mere offering an explanation of why Amazon would do this. They know despite their crazy wlb, wierdly structured payouts, poor candidate treatment "enough" people are queuing up to apply. They are not gonna do more than what is just enough for them.
      Nov 8
    • LinkedIn
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      @wecantwork you were reached by a sourcers. Their only role is to get people in the pipeline and keep queue nonempty. They don't (afaik) for the most part care about how full the queue is
      Nov 8
  • I’ve had recruiters at many big companies show their inability to understand times.

    “Sure, any time between noon and 4 on either Monday or Wednesday works this week!”
    ‘Okay, will call you at 9am Thursday :)’
    Nov 8 1
  • Indeed derder
    Amazon recruiting is a mess because they mass hire and mass PIP. So their hiring bar is not competitive. Amazon recruiters basically have too much on their plate due to those mass hire and PIP. I don’t get the logic behind this. Was with Amazon before and got sick of this and left.
    Nov 8 1
    • New DaPC48
      Tell me more about this mass hire and mass PIP.
      Nov 8
  • Capital One / Finance Rexxar
    I wouldn’t call “them reaching out to you and ignoring you” interviewing
    Nov 8 2
    • WeWork wecantwork
      OP
      Well i have interviewed until 3rd round in some cases. Just poor poor recruiting all throughout. But now, i just dont feel like replying to the recruiters anymore. They are rude and very unprofessional.
      Nov 8
    • Capital One / Finance Rexxar
      A recruiter is a sales person, if you’re not their target then you’re nothing to them. It’s very agitating at times.
      Nov 8
  • New QRjI61
    Amazon recruiter is the new Florida man!
    Nov 8 0
  • Amazon Allan23
    An amazon recruiter once called me at 2am ... it was 10am for her ...
    Nov 8 1
  • Snapchat bombom
    No offense but has someone tried to interview at Microsoft and compared to Amazon?
    Nov 8 0
  • IBM Trunk
    They should have different tiers of recruiters. For example, if you're from FAANG or other well known tech company, you get a better recruiter. Lower tiers obviously get the recruiters that ghost.
    Nov 8 3
    • GoPro arcm85
      FAANG entitlement?
      Nov 8
    • IBM Trunk
      Yeah, basically. You would think a recruiter might be a bit more attentive with an applicant from FAANG versus "ma and pa xyz".
      Nov 8
    • GoPro arcm85
      Lol.... no words for u
      Nov 8
  • DealerSocket ronaldo7!
    I was asked to come onsite on Nov 18 I said I can either come before or after, I'll be out of country during for couple of weeks around that time, recruiter is literally ignoring me 🤷🏻‍♂️
    Nov 8 2
    • WeWork wecantwork
      OP
      Thats annoying!
      Nov 8
    • Amazon 🍌nutmufnz
      Your scheduling issues should go through the Recruiting Coordinator not the Recruiter.
      Nov 8
  • Avanade / Consultant gitPullAll
    Yeah it’s pretty bad. Applied online, got an email to schedule a phone screen. Scheduled it, passed the phone screen. Got an email telling to list my expected total comp, whether I’m interviewing with others, and 5 dates I can do for an on-site. Took them 3 weeks to respond with an on-site date. But before that, i emailed the recruiter for a quick call about the on-site interview and no reply at all. Next couple of days I get a call from someone in Georgia at a random time. It’s the recruiting coordinator so I guess the person who reached out has no other purpose. In the call she asked what my expected comp was and whether I was interviewing with others, so she wasn’t BCC in the email I guess. Just yesterday I got confirmation about my on-site for next Friday and a call to actually discuss the interview day. In the middle of it all I got a linked in message saying there are SDE roles open in a list of locations. I’m thinking “I’m in the process for Seattle but can you hook me up with NY” but of course no reply. Just got an email today asking me to do an online assessment followed by a “Sorry sent that by accident”. Lastly, the link to the role changed when they confirmed the on-site date. It was supposed to be for the Alexa team, now it’s the Fashion team?
    Nov 8 0
  • Amazon 🍌nutmufnz
    We suck because pay and management suck.

    In all honesty it's first come first serve. I can reach out to 100 people, I can expect around 40 to 60 replies, and the first 20 to get back to me get interviews. The remaining respondents sit in my standby pool. It's cold but recruiting is a numbers game.

    I joined to help people change their lives and better the company but after a while you realize I dont have enough time in a day to talk to hundreds of candidates who hit me up for roles all over the company.

    I currently have over 200 unread linked in messages, 100 unread emails, and probably another 300 unread recruiter inmails. Maybe I suck at managing my time but I'm surpassing my productivity goals and really dont have the passion to talk to everyone else.

    Welcome to the mind of a burnt out recruiter.
    Nov 8 0
  • GoPro arcm85
    Amazon recruiting and prolly Apple/Starbucks next have been the least favorite experience. An Amazon recruiter reached out to me once asking if I was interested in 3 roles. Asked me to apply and set up time to speak to two HM, but she never followed thru. Ghosted me for a full wk, and said she was busy and would get on it. Then she fully ghosted me after that. She was the one who reached out to me (hard to believe all 3 roles were filled or closed). On another time (separate interview) I had to schedule an on-site, and the coordinator had 2 wks to send my application package to set up travel and itinerary/interview panel. I was radio silence until the day before I needed to travel to Seattle. I had no idea for the longest time if it was going to happen or if I needed to take pto.

    Apple/Starbucks is pretty similar but just slow as molasses to respond and you following up means nothing to them.
    Nov 8 0
  • IBM Trunk
    Is this "mass PIP" affecting SDE and SA roles too?
    Nov 8 0

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