Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Amazon warehouse employee: Amazon steals our time

Posted By on Wed, Apr 30, 2014 at 3:57 PM


Construction on Amazon's huge warehouse in Ruskin, Fla., is chugging along almost as fast as a SunRail train. To put the size of the space in perspective, the warehouse will be about 10 times as large as a typical Home Depot. With eight separate break rooms throughout the facility, the warehouse is designed to maximize employees' time off the clock. They estimate that it should take no more than two minutes to get from work station to break room.

Hopefully, this thoughtful design will eliminate complaints similar to those from an anonymous warehouse worker at Amazon's Jeffersonville, Ind., facility. The anonymous employee shared the story of his time at Amazon on Gawker earlier today. Below are some snippets from the article, detailing employee time-thieving on the part of Amazon:

Our two fifteen minute breaks include our travel time, so I've had breaks that barely last five minutes.

Our lunches are required to be 30 minutes long. When we clock out, we have to be clocked out for a full 30 minutes. If we try to clock in even one minute early, the time clock will display an error message telling us how many minutes we have remaining on our lunch break.

The complaints aren't limited to Amazon's time-keeping policies, but also their hiring processes. In the story, the anonymous warehouse worker also details the process which they were hired , through a temp agency. This is probably the most disturbing part, since the worker was hired for one date, but then pushed off for three weeks, as Amazon has a habit of over-hiring through the temp agencies that they use. The reasoning? They'd rather be "in a position of having workers and not needing them, rather than needing and not having them." Seems like a shitty way to treat people who are desperate for a job, but doesn't seem so far off from the treatment most of the mega-conglomerates in Florida offer as benefits packages. Your convenience is our pleasure, on the cheap.

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