Even before “Transparent” was nominated for all those Emmys, gushing reviews help put Amazon’s young video streaming service on the map. Well. they have it just as hard. Writers Jodi Kantor and David Streitfeld spoke to 100 current or former Amazon employees, and discovered a data-driven cutthroat workculture where ruthless efficiency is the only mantra and concepts like “social cohesion” are considered weaknesses.
1. “Nearly every person I worked with, I saw cry at their desk”, said Bo Olson That’s unacceptable. One former human resources employee referred to this system as “purposeful Darwinism”, and employees who have fully accepted and internalized the Amazonian way are proudly referred to as “Amabots”.
An employee who underperforms can expect to be managed out as the yearly ranking of employees gets rid of those who are at the bottom of the pile. While Google and Facebook motivate workers with gyms, meals and benefits, Amazon, the Times says, “offers no pretense that catering to employees is a priority”, instead insisting on maximum performance all the time, eroding work-life boundaries, and encouraging its “Amabots” to harshly criticise themselves and each other for their shortcomings.
Oh and don’t get sick, workers who miss time are usually goners.
Bezos, who is worth an estimated $50bn, told the newspaper he was very excited about Clarkson’s move, but did not confirm if he had met him or his fellow presenters or how much they were being paid. (NYSE:WMT), as the most valuable retailer in the United States.
Read the full account over at the New York Times. Jeff Bezos himself has his own level at company – positioned at the top. Many others, along with Ms. Willet, described feeling sabotaged by negative comments from unidentified colleagues with whom they could not argue. The company’s winners dream up innovations that they roll out to a quarter-billion customers and accrue small fortunes in soaring stock. Of course, that was just some but it shows that not all is bad and that a percentage of them actually like it. Several female employees said they felt pushed out of the company after creating work schedules around childcare, tending to ill relatives, or even recovering from cancer, miscarriages, and other health concerns. Answering emails sent past midnight, working at nights and weekends and attending conference calls during holidays are considered a normal part of the work culture at Amazon, the report said.