Tough to stay motivated at Amazon, a company which profits based on exploitation and now threatens its employees

Jan 2 27 Comments

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/jan/02/amazon-threatened-fire-employees-speaking-out-climate-change-workers-say

For a long time, Amazon refused to publish anything related to its carbon footprint and make any substantial goals related to it. Only as a result of internal employee activism did Amazon make public announcements - in fact, they did this literally the day before the Sept 20 climate strike (have contacts internally who have confirmed that there was internal pressure to make headway directly as a result)

Now, Amazon threatens some of its employees who call the company out for not taking responsibility of its long term impact on the environment.

If you're thinking about joining Amazon, I'd think twice. This is just a cherry on top of the poor culture/WLB on many teams, mediocre benefits, and frupidity that many of us have seen. As well as knowledge that the retail business thrives on making employees work laborous 10 hour shifts that are detrimental to their long term health, instead of hiring more people or throttling their shipping speed to accomodate for people's wellbeing

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TOP 27 Comments
  • Expedia Group reverified
    Speaking publicly against your employer is not a career booster. No news here.
    Jan 2 1
    • Indeed Pk3KVF3LfD
      And some people have souls and care about more than just TC.
      Jan 2
  • Intel hkll
    A company discouraged employees from PR stunts that make them look bad? Shocking.
    Jan 2 0
  • Oracle yTTs4p
    That’s standard practice for any company. You can’t say things to public or media positioning you as a company representative.

    Do whatever you want on your own time. But you can’t do that saying things as company spokesperson.

    There’s nothing new here other than yellow journalism
    Jan 2 4
    • Amazon hermit
      Hmmmm..that makes sense. However, I think if you are talking to the press about your company's policies, you have to explicitly mention that those views are your own and not the company's or ask them to quote you anonymously or provide the info off record.

      Even if they didn't intend to give their views as Amazon employees, for all sakes and purposes - that is how it was presented and that is a strict no as per company policies.
      Jan 2
    • Indeed Pk3KVF3LfD
      One of the (among many) reasons I went go back :)
      Jan 2
  • ClubCorp m0e
    OP just mad he's been PIP'd because he cant cut it at amazon
    Jan 2 4
    • ClubCorp dav<
      Nice one, find me on Chime @gg898
      Jan 3
    • Ok they cash me outside. How bout that?
      Jan 3
  • Amazon BlindIy
    Have backbone; disagree and LE
    Jan 2 0
  • Amazon puNoq61
    Well... this is the most upfront and brutally capitalistic company out there. It’s the second coming of MSFT in the 90’s as far as how aggressive it is in all domains it touches. I think at this point people ought to understand that before joining.

    Main selling point IMO is the opportunity for growth - it’s essentially boundless. You can choose to do the work 3-4 grades above you here, and that opportunity alone is priceless. It does come at the expense of some of your sanity through
    Jan 2 0
  • Amazon / Eng charlesk
    I'm surprised that while these articles point out what's supposedly negative about amazon, how come no one ever mentioned amazon planning to go carbon neutral by 2040 : https://www.google.com/amp/s/mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKBN1W41ZV, it's really for a company at this scale to go zero from 100 in a short time and also yes it's a policy within amazon and not to mention part of your orientation that you should never assume a public face for the company as we have assigned Representatives to do that, have a concern ? Share it with your leadership. Also speaking of climate change, let's begin at home - reduce emission, recycling, going vegetarian will go a looong way !
    Jan 2 2
    • Amazon BlindIy
      20yrs isn’t exactly a short period of time for a 25yo company...
      Jan 2
    • Amazon roeokqo
      OP
      If you read my post you would read that they announced this directly after employee activists announced their climate walkout :)
      Jan 2
  • Amazon zVjh74
    For sure there are good and bad teams here, as at any company. Overall we invent at scale and focus on the customer better than pretty much any large company out there. Come join us!
    Jan 2 0
  • SEI Investments Paasoon
    Every company in the world has policies about speaking Ill of them publically why is this an issue?
    Jan 2 0
  • Microsoft FFSake
    I thought the free bananas meme should make you think twice before joining
    Jan 2 1

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