‘Amazon was a prison,’ says former worker

“To online shoppers, Amazon has become an indispensable part of their lives,” Jason Del Rey reports for Re/code. “To some former employees and business partners, a deal with Amazon is a threat to their livelihoods.”

“In a documentary called Amazon Rising, which premiered Sunday evening and will re-air on Monday night, CNBC exposed a darker side to Amazon’s business practices,” Del Rey reports. “While CNBC found warehouse employees who were thankful for the pay and benefits that come with a job at an Amazon fulfillment center, several spoke out about against the unrelenting pace of work and unreasonable expectations that take a physical and mental toll on employees. ‘I felt like Amazon was a prison,’ one former female worker said in the documentary. She and others interviewed reported tough working conditions that include being timed on just about any action imaginable, from bathroom breaks to packing boxes to picking products off of shelves.”

Full article – with a clip from the documentary of two former Amazon execs dishing on what it’s like to work for Amazon’s tiny little man, Jeff Bezos – here.

MacDailyNews Take: Well, now, there’s a ringing workplace endorsement.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Arline M.” for the heads up.]

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  1. If you work for Amazon, you work for an assembly line company. That’s what you do, and that’s why I don’t work for an assembly line company.

  2. I read this report recently, that ranked each tech company’s performance on workers rights etc. in their organisation and supply chain.

    Nokia was first, with an overall score of B+, Apple was close behind with a B+ as well. Samsung scored a B, and one of the worst companies was Amazon (Kindle manufacturing) who scored a D in each catagory except one, in which they got an F. That was workers rights.

    Click to access Electronics-Industry-Trends-Report-Australia.pdf

  3. Amazon bought Kiva Systems which uses little robots that pick up shelves in warehouses, and deliver the shelves to the person who is packing the boxes. (If you haven’t seen it, it was on an episode of 60 minutes and can be found on Youtube) . . . which means that Amazon workers who are in earlier versions of Amazon warehouses, where they literally walk miles every day picking up boxes, may have their job replaced by robots sooner or later.

  4. There was a documentary about amazon on tv in the UK a while back and boy was it an eye opener.

    The company is literally a concentration camp. So many employees suffering from stress.

    Amazon makes the sweat shops in chin and India look like a holiday camp.

    Just another reason to buy local!

  5. Here’s a bit of interesting justice in the air:

    Amazon tells FTC: If you want to fine us for kids’ in-app cash blowouts, we’ll see you in court
    Don’t tar us with Apple’s brush says Bezos & Co

    Amazon has said it won’t acquiesce to the Federal Trade Commission’s plans to punish it for not preventing kids from running up in-app purchases on mummy and daddy’s credit card.

    The FTC is seeking a punitive fine from Amazon, similar to the one levied on Apple. The agency says Amazon wasn’t quick enough to crack down on unauthorized purchasing by children within applications running on its Android-based tablets and smartphones. Such purchases are usually extra weapons, map packs and similar gumble for games, and naturally Amazon takes a cut.

    Please proceed Amazon. I’m reserving a front row seat for the show.

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