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Parcel Truck Driver

June - August 2019 • Richmond, CA

What I liked

I enjoyed they pay of course but I also liked exploring places I never been in the Bay Area such as Sonoma, American Canyon, and Fairfax. You’re kind of your own boss out on the road by yourself. Some of the neighborhoods are beautiful and because they’re away from the hustle and bustle of urban metropolitan areas there’s more wildlife. I could see and hear lots of red tail hawks, turkeys roaming the front yards of people’s homes while they were away working and goats grazing on a hill behind the apex of a cul-de-sac. I also saw cougar tracks for the first time. There’s some magnificent views in the wine country. I saw homes that rivaled some in St. Francis Woods with awe inspiring views of the vineyards they overlooked.

What I wish was different

I wish I could have worked an earlier shift. When the sun goes down in places like Moraga the neighborhood becomes extremely dark and it’s hard to see some addresses. You can’t identify the the critters in the grass and brush either, only hear them. Its creepy. I also wish that people who have dogs would lock them up if they’re expecting a package.

Advice

My advice to anyone that wants to deliver for Amazon is if hired is: 1 get a good night’s rest, 2 eat something light and energizing before your shift, 3 keep your water in a Hydro-Flask or similar aluminum water bottle, in the summer you might need more than 42 oz I recommend 64 oz for a shift. Number 4 pack snacks and a lunch to save time and money because you only get 30 minutes to eat and it’s timed by your delivery device. Number 5, keep a hat and sunglasses, 6 pack a sweater, it can be blazing hot during the day but night substantially cooler, 7 comfortable shoes with good soles, you will put in over 10,000 steps a day easily. Number 8 watch for dogs when entering gates and fenced off properties, I almost got bitten twice, 9 Take your time and observe all angles when navigating in tight places. A couple of guys hired after me returned to the warehouse missing the rear windows of their van because they reversed into low hanging branches. The last bit of advice I have is to bring your own Bluetooth speaker for music. Only a handful of the vans have Bluetooth or auxiliary ports for your phone. If you don’t like the radio pack a portable speaker too.
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Shopper

March 2020 • Lake Grove, NY

What I liked

flexibility in scheduling options

What I wish was different

appreciation for employees and benefits. The scheduling system is really annoying to work with unless you have gold status

Advice

get gold status so you can schedule your shifts 2 weeks in advance instead of 3 days in advance.
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Software Developer Intern

June - September 2020 • Columbus, OH

What I liked

I liked the close knit team and ability to make real software that positively impacted people.

What I wish was different

I wish that it hadn’t been virtual. I wish that perhaps there had been a bit more direction.

Advice

I would say that you get out what you put in. If you put pride into your work and make good design choices and write well-tested code, you will get a lot out of it.
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Amazon Shopper

May 2019 • Washington, DC

What I liked

It's an easy to do job that requires little to no real experience. I can set my own schedule within the flexible parameters of the job. The evenly paced environment makes for maneuverability. I've made several friends that i enjoy seeing when I clock in. I can freely move between store locations that are open to availability.

What I wish was different

A more stable work schedule, without having to compete with coworkers for availability for hours. A pay increase for part time employees. More concrete communication between the Corporate management and the workforce at specific times. More space to effectively work.

Advice

Prepare for competition between coworkers. Prepare for incredibly intense workouts depending on the layout of the store and the number and type of items per order. Prepare for clashes between coworkers, managers, delivery drivers, and most Whole Foods employees. Always learn the atmosphere of each specific store. Always pay attention to the time, when hours drop at 6:17 they will immediately be taken if you're not quick enough. Always worry about the job first, and keep an air of ambivalence. Always get to know your manager.
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Amazon Shopper

July - August 2019 • Venice, CA

What I liked

Flexible hours, able to pick on shifts. Great team and management.

What I wish was different

The availability of the shifts. Not a lot of slots open.

Advice

Try to get as many shifts as possible.
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Warehouse worker

May - August 2019 • San Diego, CA

What I liked

The money and the flexibility. I also met a lot of cool people and coworkers.

What I wish was different

I wish the work wasn’t as strenuous but overall it was a good experience.

Advice

Rack up as much Overtime as possible and take advantage of the flexibility they have.
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FC Associate

October 2019 - August 2020 • West Valley City, UT

What I liked

The pay

What I wish was different

I could have kept my job

Advice

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Amazon associate

May - July 2021 • Thornton, CO

What I liked

The pt

What I wish was different

The bureaucracy and labor tracking

Advice

Get sign on bonus
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Software Development Engineering Intern

May - August 2020 • Detroit, MI

What I liked

My team at Amazon was extremely welcoming and willing to help me in any way they possibly could. As a result, I learned a lot about the company and software engineering. I also enjoyed my project as I felt it was truly meaningful. It had real world implications and was ultimately launched into production.

What I wish was different

Due to Covid19, the internship was remote, and while I still virtually met with team members daily, I think I would have enjoyed meeting them in person and working in an office setting.

Advice

If you are an SDE, take your time at the beginning of your internship to learn about the different internal development tools before you start your project. It will pay dividends when you actually start implementing and testing your code. And of course, don't hesitate to ask questions.
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Amazon team member

April - August 2020 • Gresham, OR

What I liked

The pay was very nice

What I wish was different

Hours

Advice

Takes getting used to physical
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Amazon

May - August 2020 • Dedham, MA

What I liked

What I wish was different

I wish Amazon had been a more caring and ethical company.

Advice

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Fulfillment Associate

April - August 2020 • Teterboro, NJ

What I liked

Decent pay and consistent work

What I wish was different

Hot environment, very repetitive, no utilization of skill

Advice

If need to make money, this is a good short term job
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Associate

July 2019 • South San Francisco, CA

What I liked

The people - friendly and helpful

What I wish was different

The work load...

Advice

Come physically and mentally prepared.
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Amazon Prime Shopper

April 2020 • Upper Arlington, OH

What I liked

flexible hours

What I wish was different

more supervisor assistance

Advice

sign up for shifts quickly
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Warehouse

July - August 2019 • Sacramento, CA

What I liked

The pay. You don't need a resume at all. As long as you are at least 18, pass the drug test and graduated HS then they will accept you.

What I wish was different

That they had air conditioning and a better system when it came to packaging

Advice

I advice people to make sure they can stand for 10+ hours consistently for 4-5 days before applying to the job. Get comfortable shoes, bring food.
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Amazon assoiate

May 2020 • Fairfax, VA

What I liked

I am able to work independently to accomplish my task.

What I wish was different

There was more interaction with corporate for changes that are made.

Advice

I would advise that you are motivated and have a strategic recover schedule so you don’t burnout.
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Flex Driver

June - August 2019 • Chandler, AZ

What I liked

That I could pick the days that worked for me to work

What I wish was different

I wish there was an easier way to get bids for students that are only working during the summe

Advice

Wake up early to get a bid or try to get bids for upcoming days when they drop them on Friday nights.
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Team manager

June 2016 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

The flexibility to complete the work was more than I could expect.

What I wish was different

I wish they had less focus on metrics and reports and more focus on people leadership and engagement

Advice

Don’t settle for the current state of a position, you don’t have to have a manager title to be a leader of your peers and make change.
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Team Member

June - August 2019 • Las Vegas, NV

What I liked

The company really cares about the employees! Offering water, ice cream, and fun treats every day, for FREE!

What I wish was different

Amazon hires anyone who can pass the assessment online. This results in a mix of people. I wish some of people would be more understanding and work harder.

Advice

Amazon is an amazing company, but not for the frail. It was a lot of heavy lifting, but overall it was very much worth it!
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Amazon Warehouse Employee

June - August 2019 • Portland, OR

What I liked

Very physical and fun, a great work environment with friendly people.

What I wish was different

I wish more hours would have been available.

Advice

Make sure to follow safety procedures.
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