Amazon working conditions
To me it does sound quite a demanding job. To what extent I don’t know… But why do we jump on the attack here.Posted 4 years ago
I do not know a great deal about stress disorders but I know it can effect people from all walks of life. You don’t need to be a white collar manager working long hours to get it, there seems to be a stigma about a working class person having stress issues.binnersSubscriber
And this is news? I did warehouse jobs exactly like this 20 years ago. It was exactly the same then. Amazon didn’t invent them. Minimum wage? Check. Walking miles? Check. Mind-numbing tedium. All present and correct
Sounds to me more like some middle class researcher at the BBC has just discovered that – SHOCK!!! HORROR!!!! – not everyone’s job is as cushy as his
If you want to moan about Amazon, moan about something worthwhile, like the tax they don’t pay! 🙄Posted 4 years agokhaniMember
It’s not the miles walked its…..’You have thirty five seconds to pick this parcel.. Beep..beep..beep..beep..beep.. You have forty seconds to pick this parcel..beep..beep..beep..you have failed to pick this parcel in the allotted time.. You’re manager has been informed.. Beep..beep..beep’….. For ten hours.. Working for tax avoiding arseholes..Posted 4 years ago
I’d kill someone..hockropperMember
I did this kind of job for a year at a book resller but not Amazon when I had been out of work and desperate for nearly 18 months.
It was the hardest job I’ve ever done, you’re on your feet for 8 hours 20 mins lunch break and two 10 min breaks. Up and down ladders, carrying books and totes in dirty conditions for minimum wage and no sick pay.
And because you’re not on a living wage you get topped up by the government so its subsidised . If you don’t hit your target of 600 books then you get a warning. Soul destroyingPosted 4 years agorobdobMember
He was probably shattered because he’s a desk jockey normally. Took me six months to get used to the physical side of work when I started in retail, and that was only in a decent sized record shop. My wife works for one of the big UK retailers and one of her colleagues wore a pedometer one day and it reckoned she walked 8 miles every day.
In some ways I miss retail as I could eat anything and not put weight on. Now I eat carefully and because I’m not active it’s hard not to put weight on (in an office 80% of time).
Amazon looks like a decent place to work to me! Especially as a temp job at nights.
Making someone mentally I’ll? Get a grip! I’ve heard of more people off with stress in my current job in the last year than 12 years in retail.Posted 4 years ago
It’s not the physical component that is the problem though
It’s the mental side of it.
The point I was making in the 1st post was that I would go and work in fast food outlet for a similar wage rather than do this.
11 miles is about the same as some posties.
A postie has good far better job than this, they can’t be compared.Posted 4 years ago
TBH the main issue with these jobs is the lack of security.
This was a much better, more insightful piece. Amazon rely too heavily on rotating agency staff or short-term contract staff rather than creating permanent positions.
Nevertheless, given a choice between this or call centre work in S Wales with that **** Nev, I’d be behind my little Amazon trolley in an instant. Call centre work is far more dehumanising IMO, and doesn’t use an extra 1000 calories a day.Posted 4 years ago
Making someone mentally I’ll? Get a grip! I’ve heard of more people off with stress in my current job in the last year than 12 years in retail.
This is not high street retail though is it?
My Mrs works in retail and I know it can be quite a physical job but it is also social with a lot of interaction between staff and customers, not a bleeping bar code scanner.Posted 4 years agoPigfaceMember
I know someone who works in this warehouse, he is a chippy by trade and work dried up so he went there. First 6 weeks he was broken, huge blisters on his feet, getting the worst runs etc. He stuck at it and got better runs and learnt the tricks and has now been taken on permanently as a supervisor. Turnover of staff is huge.Posted 4 years agolemonysamMember
Have you ever actually been in Maccy D’s? You think that looks nice, stress free, highly paid, and relaxing?
Yep, I’ve even worked in them – plus I’ve also done precisely this kind of warehousing job. The two aren’t even remotely, vaguely, slightly comparable. If I were to end up losing my job and not be able to find another I’d happily work in retail, including fast food, but I’d try my absolute best to avoid warehousing work.Posted 4 years agojfletchMember
Why are we subsidising Amazon’s profits when they don’t even pay tax!?
Because the economy relies on it.
Might not be right but its unavoidable in the current set up. Without the governement subsidising jobs like this then we can’t have our cheap consumer products but we also miss out on cheap essentials like food (don’t kid your self that every warehouse isn’t like this). So if we stop subsidising these jobs the cost of living goes up which means a living wage now needs to be even higher.
It might not be right but we are so far down that road.Posted 4 years agorichmtbSubscriber
I worked in retail for a good few year, mixture of roles including a bit of warehouse work during busy periods to help out.
It can be physically demanding dirty work. I don’t envy anyone who has to do it full time. There are definitely easier ways to earn minimum wagePosted 4 years ago
I’d rather that than working down a mine.
Why? 1st World Miners, whats left of them, are skilled workers who have well paid jobs, generally with a decent package, pension etc. They have a physical job, work in shitty conditions and are paid to reflect that. Some may say not paid enough, some say paid too much.
I would work down the pit before those warehouses.Posted 4 years agosomewhatslightlydazedMember
Give it 20 years and the whole process will be mechanised. Get your hand-wringing in while you can
Its proably cheaper to pay disposable staff the minimum wage than invest in the automation. But then thes staff aren’t really human are they? just economic units in a process. And when they break there are plenty of cheap replacements.
I wouldn’t like to work at a place where the company places more value in the hand held scanner than the person holding it.Posted 4 years agoinnit_garethMember
Nevertheless, given a choice between this or call centre work in S Wales with that **** Nev, I’d be behind my little Amazon trolley in an instant
I know someone who used to work for Amazon – I also know someone who works in the ‘Call Centre’ albeit in HR. The one at the call centre enjoys her job and says the boss is a real character and there is a good atmosphere at work. The one at Amazon said the opposite.Posted 4 years agomrmoMember
Sounds like a normal job in the private sector, and the stress issues of having to get to the next parcel in x number of seconds sound quite trivial.
Nothing further from the truth.
If you have a contract with notice etc. trying to compare it with agency, where they can and do fire on the spot!
As for x seconds, they will have calculated how long it takes, want a drink tough. Not sure what they do about toilet breaks, but have known places time people on that one. Too many or too long and your fired.
TBH the mileage walked isn’t really an issue, you do get used to it. Place i worked the job was walking back and forth 5-8m on the end of a steel mill for 8 hours. Concrete floor steel top cap boots what fun!Posted 4 years agoFlaperonSubscriber
I did ware-housing work for a summer. You either learn to switch your brain off and get through the day or you don’t. Minimum wage? Check. It’s not difficult, just tedious.
Grum makes an excellent point about subsidising the payroll of a tax-dodging corporate behemoth that’s putting smaller companies out of business, but all we can do is not buy from Amazon.
The “I’ve got blisters so can’t come in” bunch would be unlikely to last in any job. Wear thicker socks.Posted 4 years ago
I know someone who used to work for Amazon – I also know someone who works in the ‘Call Centre’ albeit in HR. The one at the call centre enjoys her job and says the boss is a real character and there is a good atmosphere at work. The one at Amazon said the opposite.
I certainly believe you. That was my own perspective – I’d find the call centre work soul-destroying because of the constant need for fake human interaction. I’d much prefer the anonymous picking job, however more physically demanding it was.Posted 4 years ago
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