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09-22-2011 03:58 AM

Topic tags/keywords: amazoncom

Ok, we’re all pretty much shoppers. But how many of us know what it is like to work in one of their warehouses? This is a long read and if it is even 1/10th true, it’s pretty harsh.

Allentown Morning Call Article


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#1 posted 09-22-2011 05:47 PM

I worked in a Sears warehouse on college summer. When school started back up, my grades were never so good. I didn’t ever want to be back in that warehouse, although the pallet movers were pretty cool;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 09-24-2011 04:57 AM

I read a lengthy article a few days ago on Yahoo news about one of Amazon’s warehouses. The report was basically about employees who claimed they were suffering heat stroke conditions while working in a 102 degree warehouse for twelve bucks an hour.
I am sorry if I find that funny. I spent a good portion of my working life working for a company where inside temperatures commonly climbed above 120 degree. No, I did NOT type that wrong, 120 degrees. Now, it was the early 90s, but we were glad to work in those temperatures at $6 an hour. I don’t remember one single person there ever suffering heat stroke either. I do remember a few puking their guts out for eating the wrong thing while on break.
I’m not saying that it’s for everyone. We commonly had people in that plant start work and quit before even completing a full day. The ones of us who handled it though had good jobs for the times. We started at $6 an hour. After a month, we got a raise. If we done our job well, we got raises at least once a year until you reached the cutoff point. The benefits were good.
Oh, what was the cutoff point?
That’s funny. When I left that company, I was working for the top pay available from there at the time, $12 an hour, the exact amount that was a source of complaint in the Amazon article I read.
I have worked in other warehouses too. None of them were ever cool in the summer. None of them paid well compared to other standards for the times. I was glad to do the work though. I often tell my kids though about some of the work I done though. I use it as examples of why they should get an education.


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#3 posted 09-25-2011 12:47 AM

My dad was a machinist that worked in 100+ degree temps sometimes, he said what really sucked was when he had to do some welding it was often 120 in the welding booth. The welding helmets and leather safety gear didnt help too much either.

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#4 posted 09-25-2011 01:54 AM

Check out your online jobs boards…

In my area there $8 to $8.50 Sweat shops…

One place had the nerve to ask 2 to 4 year degree preferred…

-- Rick

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#5 posted 09-25-2011 02:07 AM

Uh, the typical factory is not air conditioned and these conditions aren’t unusual. I think maybe the type of person that goes to work in an Amazon warehouse is a little different than the ones in most factories and simply isn’t conditioned to it . . . or is looking for a reason to stir the pot or sue.

The woodworking plant I used to manage was not air conditioned. I researched the productivity gains of air conditioned plants and I made a plea to the owner to look into it. He did for a short while and then forgot about it. Now I have my 5,000 sf air conditioned shop and his people are all still sweating their butts off.

-- I'm the Woodsman . . . the four-wheelin', tree-farmin', custom-furniture-makin' descendant of Olaf "The Woodcutter" Ingjaldsson.

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#6 posted 09-25-2011 02:11 AM

Reagan, Greenspan and the Rs are winning the war on the middle class. They have a poison pill to destroy the post office in the works now. I can only conclude these b@$t@rd$ love to make other people miserable. I truly regret ever being in that party ;-((

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 09-25-2011 05:31 PM

The USPS loses billions of dollars each year under the current business model. The six day delivery schedule needed to go a LONG time ago. Door-to-door delivery needed to go too. Centralized cluster boxes make more sense, particularly in rural areas.
Its a “private” company that is bogged down with unsustainable government mandates. No company in existence could survive under those conditions.

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#8 posted 09-26-2011 10:51 PM

There are lots of really touh jobs in miserable conditions.
The Amazon position sounds typical – I work in lighting – 800,000 square feet and they are running furnaces melting sand to make glass – 12 hour shifts 4-3 schedule. Can’t really condition the area of the furnaces -so there are cooled booths and “operator cooling” ducts to the main work stations.

but really: How different is this than being a Roofer in Dallas or Houston shingling or tarring a roof in July?

Maybe work road crew tarring the cracks and potholes on the interstate; or be the garbage hauler carrying the overfilled cans to the truck and on and on and on.

I think the person that wrote the article finally had to take a “real job” and found out work is tough.

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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