Working At Amazon Sounds Like A Real Buncha Laughs.

Postby Scotty on Sun 16/Aug/15 8:13am

“You walk out of a conference room and you’ll see a grown man covering his face,” he said. “Nearly every person I worked with, I saw cry at their desk.”


If this becomes the norm, humanity is so completely, utterly FUCKED! Jeff Bezos is a psycho, a rich one at that, but still a psycho.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/16/techn ... .html?_r=0
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Re: Working At Amazon Sounds Like A Real Buncha Laughs.

Postby Slim on Sun 16/Aug/15 8:36am

Fuck that.

Any mofo from work that texts me at midnight better be at the strippers or needing to be bailed!
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Re: Working At Amazon Sounds Like A Real Buncha Laughs.

Postby slidecontrol on Sun 16/Aug/15 8:48am

Slim wrote:Fuck that.

Any mofo from work that texts me at midnight better be at the strippers or needing to be bailed!


agreed, if someone isn't dead, someone is going to be. :hmmm:
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Re: Working At Amazon Sounds Like A Real Buncha Laughs.

Postby Farm on Sun 16/Aug/15 10:05am

Doesn't seem too dissimilar to the average U.S. Multinational.
I reckon that feedback/back stabbing app will end up in every company in the next couple of years.
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Re: Working At Amazon Sounds Like A Real Buncha Laughs.

Postby Wobbler on Sun 16/Aug/15 1:51pm

This whole section is obscene

A woman who had thyroid cancer was given a low performance rating after she returned from treatment. She says her manager explained that while she was out, her peers were accomplishing a great deal. Another employee who miscarried twins left for a business trip the day after she had surgery. “I’m sorry, the work is still going to need to get done,” she said her boss told her. “From where you are in life, trying to start a family, I don’t know if this is the right place for you.”

A woman who had breast cancer was told that she was put on a “performance improvement plan” — Amazon code for “you’re in danger of being fired” — because “difficulties” in her “personal life” had interfered with fulfilling her work goals. Their accounts echoed others from workers who had suffered health crises and felt they had also been judged harshly instead of being given time to recover.

A former human resources executive said she was required to put a woman who had recently returned after undergoing serious surgery, and another who had just had a stillborn child, on performance improvement plans, accounts that were corroborated by a co-worker still at Amazon. “What kind of company do we want to be?” the executive recalled asking her bosses.

The mother of the stillborn child soon left Amazon. “I had just experienced the most devastating event in my life,” the woman recalled via email, only to be told her performance would be monitored “to make sure my focus stayed on my job.”


:angry: :(
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Re: Working At Amazon Sounds Like A Real Buncha Laughs.

Postby NickCW on Sun 16/Aug/15 2:13pm

The whole article really pisses me off, won't be using them in future
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Re: Working At Amazon Sounds Like A Real Buncha Laughs.

Postby Scotty on Sun 16/Aug/15 2:48pm

Farm wrote:Doesn't seem too dissimilar to the average U.S. Multinational.
I reckon that feedback/back stabbing app will end up in every company in the next couple of years.

Conventional management and leadership thinking says no.

Amazon are nuts, a lot of other multinationals have said as much.
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Re: Working At Amazon Sounds Like A Real Buncha Laughs.

Postby znomit on Sun 16/Aug/15 2:56pm

Wow, they are up there with Hell pizza.
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Re: Working At Amazon Sounds Like A Real Buncha Laughs.

Postby Wobbler on Sun 16/Aug/15 3:09pm

NickCW wrote:The whole article really pisses me off, won't be using them in future


I'm looking for alternatives to some outstanding orders from them. What a bunch of utter cunzors.
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Re: Working At Amazon Sounds Like A Real Buncha Laughs.

Postby Scotty on Sun 16/Aug/15 9:24pm

I think I'll avoid them in the future too... :huh:
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Re: Working At Amazon Sounds Like A Real Buncha Laughs.

Postby Dougal on Sun 16/Aug/15 10:00pm

How productive are sleep deprived and scared staff?
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Re: Working At Amazon Sounds Like A Real Buncha Laughs.

Postby znomit on Sun 16/Aug/15 10:07pm

Dougal wrote:How productive are sleep deprived and scared staff?


Pretty good for a few years, then they burn out so you get new ones.
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Re: Working At Amazon Sounds Like A Real Buncha Laughs.

Postby Scotty on Mon 17/Aug/15 10:15am

...and then there's stuff like this: http://i.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital ... -heartbeat
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Re: Working At Amazon Sounds Like A Real Buncha Laughs.

Postby Simonius_Titius on Mon 17/Aug/15 10:38am

znomit wrote:
Dougal wrote:How productive are sleep deprived and scared staff?


Pretty good for a few years, then they burn out so you get new ones.


Yep, I remember the CEO or owner of a highly "successful" NZ IT company explicitly boasting of having that strategy.
I've worked in a culture where having an actual life outside of work was not exactly a dirty secret, just something you didn't talk about. The inflexibilty with hours and holidays seemed unnecessary, I wondered if it was actively designed to prevent people developing a life.
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Re: Working At Amazon Sounds Like A Real Buncha Laughs.

Postby Dougal on Mon 17/Aug/15 11:08am

Some companies treat staff like an asset and look after them. Others treat them like consumables.

Oh look, printer is out of toner, better order some more.
Oh look, the purchasing department is running low on staff, better order some more.
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