Inside The Lives Of Amazon.com Warehouse Employees: Long Hours, Long...

Dec 14, 2009 | Posted by: Rip | Full story: voices.allthingsd.com

What goes on behind the scenes at a giant online retailer like Amazon.com ? A job posting for openings at Amazon.com's largest "fulfillment center" in Coffeyville, Kansas offers a glimpse into the working lives of Amazon employees in charge of filling holiday orders at the online seller's offline warehouses.

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Stone Kaiser

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Dr Vakas shut down the only money making small business left is Chillal's Quick Stop next to Lukers old store.
goober

Coffeyville, KS

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Jan 5, 2011
 
Kronk wrote:
<quoted text> I am not proposing a free ride but at least business offers something in exchange for tax breaks unlike the growing masses of the non self sufficient that gather outside the post office at the 1st of each month. I was saying tax the companies that are not locally owned a bit more than those that are locally owned (the small ones that you mentioned that are hurting for example). I would have no issue with seeing them get a break - say perhaps a no tax year for em!
well said, they should get a break
a future employee

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Union Man wrote:
If the work at Amazon is tough.Then why not vote a Union in.Then the workers will have a voice in their workplace ! Keep it secret and pass the word around.Find a union that will "Back You Up".Like Teamsters.It can be done.DON'T LET CORPORATE AMERICA PUSH YOU AROUND FOR THE SAKE OF WALL-STREET !!!!! STICK TOGETHER !!!!!
I say if the work at Amazon is tough , just quit! They are not holding a gun to your head to stay. People now are just too lazy to work anywhere, and too stupid to do anything but sit on there fat ass! Work is hard , that's why they call it "work" instead of "relaxation" This is what is wrong with this country. Why don't you lazy cry-babies just get a job, and if you can't do it , JUST QUIT !!!
hum

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I work for amazon in Indy and it is the worst job I have ever had. They write you up for anything,they lie to you and on you. You are no longer a person but just another body for them to mistreat.I need this job and they know this that is why they get away with what they do.It's sad that it is the way that it is but what can you do except write your frustrations out on line and hope that the right person reads it. We are trying to get a union, we have been told that if it goes through that amazon will relocate and leave us jobless.We'll see, we'll see.
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Sep 16, 2011
 
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I work for amazon in Indy and it is the worst job I have ever had. They write you up for anything,they lie to you and on you. You are no longer a person but just another body for them to mistreat.I need this job and they know this that is why they get away with what they do.It's sad that it is the way that it is but what can you do except write your frustrations out on line and hope that the right person reads it. We are trying to get a union, we have been told that if it goes through that amazon will relocate and leave us jobless.We'll see, we'll see.
you work for amazon in Indy??? Where is that located in Indy?
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#46
Oct 14, 2011
 
Exactly!!!!!!
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Read through almost all of the comments. History seems to repeat itself. Workers come and go and the sweatshop remains.
janet

Coffeyville, KS

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#48
Jan 6, 2012
 
My understaning they are moving to Oklahome City?
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Amazon wont let a union in. They told us that if we tried to get a union in there, that they would just pull up stakes and leave town. I say good riddance (sp)
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I had a classmate who is a full-time rver and work campers. He and his wife came to Coffeyville this fall to work at Amazon and he said they won't be back. He said the work was terribly hard and being on your feet for such long hours was difficult. He is 70. I agree it would be a hard place to work. My husband worked there 2 times during the pre-Christmas season. The first time wasn't bad, but then they changed to Staff Management and they treated him like he was in kindergarten ([probably liked the fact that he had a college degree and was working in such a menial job) anyway, he didn't stay the full season that time. He said Staff Management were really rude to the employees.
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Jan 22, 2012
 
canyousaydust wrote:
Worked at Amazon too...during the "Christmas" rush in shipping (Wrapping) it was great...but after that it is boring and on the days it was busy...you didn't know what area you would be assigned, I was a picker but ended up in shipping or ???? plant, can't think of the name to save my life,(which sucked). And the area manager's at that time, treated people like crap...they would share the info on the big bonus they were getting off the sweat of the rest of us..real assholes.
i think its either crist or crisp plant...i just got home couple hours ago and cant remember lmao
desuhu

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Jan 22, 2012
 
Kelly J wrote:
If the cities and county would end the tax breaks on businesses and collect from them they would stop raising our taxes as much giving us a break where we can spend a little more around town.
I would like to know when they started this practice of granting tax concessions to get a business to come to your area? Some of them get tax breaks for 10 years. It's ridiculous. And most of the time, they don't even do what they say they will do. I.e., Cessna saying they would eventually have 1000 people working there. Don't think they has happened. It's being said that Coffeyville is getting ready to ascess Southwire some kind of tax, and they told them if they do, they will shut it down. Isn't that nice?

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#53
Mar 23, 2012
 
I would never work at the fulfillment center for Amazon. I prefer to make extra money by selling on Amazon. It's a pretty good gig.

Here's an interesting article for us Amazon and eBay sellers. It tells you some specific steps in order to increase your eBay and Amazon sales:
http://goarticles.com/article/How-to-Make-Mor...
In the Know

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Mar 26, 2012
 
desuhu wrote:
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I would like to know when they started this practice of granting tax concessions to get a business to come to your area? Some of them get tax breaks for 10 years. It's ridiculous. And most of the time, they don't even do what they say they will do. I.e., Cessna saying they would eventually have 1000 people working there. Don't think they has happened. It's being said that Coffeyville is getting ready to ascess Southwire some kind of tax, and they told them if they do, they will shut it down. Isn't that nice?
It's been a lot longer than Amazon has been around. the building they are in was built due to tax concessions in the 70's. So was Cessna in Independence. Yes Cessna had over 1000 people working there. Thei particular tax break was actually scaled to the number of people working there. When they dropped below 1000 they lost part of their breaks.
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#55
Mar 26, 2012
 
When the tax abatement was being considered Amazon told us they would over time hire 700 employees. They only maybe do that at Christmas, and most of them are non-everything temp employees through Give-em-the-staff Management.
Crying

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Sometimes when I go to work, they expect me to work! Sometimes when I go poop for 20 or so minutes at a time they get mad. It's just not fair!

Work should be easy. I should be able to make my own rules about how, and why I'm paid. And I want to make my own hours! I'm a 23 year old baby, who's worked 7 different jobs since I was 18, because I can't get my shit together and I'll never amount to anything. I just want to do drugs, live with my mom, complain about the police, and get food stamps. Why is that so fucking hard to do these days?
In the Know

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Mar 27, 2012
 
know wrote:
When the tax abatement was being considered Amazon told us they would over time hire 700 employees. They only maybe do that at Christmas, and most of them are non-everything temp employees through Give-em-the-staff Management.
During non peak tinms they have between 650 and 850 employees. During peak they have close to 2000. They have done everything they promised for the abatement.
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Crying wrote:
Sometimes when I go to work, they expect me to work! Sometimes when I go poop for 20 or so minutes at a time they get mad. It's just not fair!
Work should be easy. I should be able to make my own rules about how, and why I'm paid. And I want to make my own hours! I'm a 23 year old baby, who's worked 7 different jobs since I was 18, because I can't get my shit together and I'll never amount to anything. I just want to do drugs, live with my mom, complain about the police, and get food stamps. Why is that so fucking hard to do these days?
HAHA. That sadly is the additude of most of todays 20 somethings. Its sad that people will bitch about what I would say is a fairly easy job that offers the best starting wages around these parts.and that dr dipshitwhatshisfuckinface is talkin his union bullshit stick it to the man..damn hippies cut ur hair take a bath and develop a work ethic and lay off the refer that'll make a diffrence not a union
Hank Dresner

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Jul 27, 2012
 
Union Man wrote:
If the work at Amazon is tough.Then why not vote a Union in.Then the workers will have a voice in their workplace ! Keep it secret and pass the word around.Find a union that will "Back You Up".Like Teamsters.It can be done.DON'T LET CORPORATE AMERICA PUSH YOU AROUND FOR THE SAKE OF WALL-STREET !!!!! STICK TOGETHER !!!!!
You put a Union in there and watch them move out. Unions are the root cause of the Manufacturing decline in the Northeast. Companies closed their doors and moved out of the Northeast to non-union friendly states in the South. They also collect Union Dues out of your paycheck to support the Union Leader fat cats. your dues are supporting their high life living.
Buck Naked

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Jul 27, 2012
 
Kronk wrote:
<quoted text> Ok I like this. Good point. Well half of it anyway. How about taking it further and letting us all keep more of our money? Including the businesses so they will want to come and stay here and employ more folks?? I mean look where the high individual taxes you have mentioned has got for us. Nothing of any value. Fancy stadium thats used a dozen times a year and 18 holes of golf used by a fraction of the population and crappy streets to get there on. Time for all govt to spend the money they already get more wisely, not time to give them more to misuse and steel dont ya think. Hey here is another thought - perhaps we should tax non-locally owned places like amazon a low but fair tax and give locally owned small businesses a greater tax break to encourage them to spend more on upgrading and expanding their businesses and potentially hire more folks. This way our money would also stay in the area and not get shipped off to Seattle or Bentonville. Just a thought. What do you think?
Seems as if you are talking to yourself. Im not sure why most dont realize you have to make it inviting for companies to stay here and yes the more employment oportunities the more companies will compete to get the best workers meaning better wages. If I was opening a business I would look for the best deal and so would all the people crying more taxes till the companies are all gone. Its about $$$ but you need to think further ahead than next payday.

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