Many people may believe that working for Amazon would be an amazing experience. However, according to a New York Times report, this might actually be a traumatic job for many individuals.
The New York Times claimed that Amazon workers are actually encouraged to criticize their co-workers’ ideas in meeting, as well as to give feedback, secretly, to the company’s bosses.
Moreover, the investigation, which was based on interviews with around 100 former and current workers, claimed that the company expected employees to achieve “unreasonable high” standards.
Among them was answering requests immediately as received, regardless of the time of the day. Some workers claimed that the company instructed them to sabotage each other. Among the shocking statements made by workers was also the fact that human resources directors at the company refused to offer them understanding when going through very difficult moments, such as suffering from a severe condition, a miscarriage or a personal crisis.
Workers claimed that Amazon did not offer them time to recover, but, instead evaluated them unfairly. One interviewed worker alleged that all that the people he worked with cried at their desks. Amazon aimed to extract the most from its employees, to secure its strong position on the market.
A company recruiter explained the harsh conditions at Amazon through the fact that the big company has some strict goals and expects a certain type of performance from its workers. “This is a company that strives to do really big, innovative, groundbreaking things, and those things aren’t easy,” Amazon’s top recruiter claimed. “When you’re shooting for the moon, the nature of the work is really challenging. For some people it doesn’t work.”
Following the release of this report, the chief executive officer of the company, Jeff Bezos, asked all employees to report to the human resources department of the company any practices similar with the ones exposed by the New York Times. “The article goes further than reporting isolated anecdotes. It claims that our intentional approach is to create a soulless, dystopian workplace where no fun is had and no laughter heard,” the CEO went on to add in his statement. “Again, I don’t recognize this Amazon and I very much hope you don’t, either.”