questionscan you tell me if woot! employees are treated…


No, they can't tell you. That would be bad.

In addition, yes, I think I've seen evidence that some of the team are treated this way (at least those in Seattle). I'm not sure, but I suspect that the deals team in TX is protected from this, by distance at least.


I don't know anyone who likes their job. Face it, work sucks.
I returned to work Wednesday after a 10 day vacation at the beach. Returning to work is absolutely the worst day of the year. My boss hates me (I get no respect), no one does my work while I'm gone, I am piled up to the rafters.
All my vacation did was highlight how much my life sucks the other 355 days of the year. Leave and go elsewhere, you say? I think it's like this everywhere. I might as well work at Amazon.
Counting the days till retirement (14+ years) or waiting on a winning lottery ticket, whichever comes first.


If you work for a large company, and you're not in a senior position, chances are you are treated badly. The companies that treat their employees of all levels well, are the exception, not the rule. Not everyone can be google. I've been treated like garbage for hte past 7 years at my job. with the economy the way it is, companies/managers/CEO's etc... know they can treat you however they want, since finding another job is hard, and there is always someone waiting in line for your job.


I think that most people are treated badly at work these days. Sadly things like this have become the norm.


can only speak for myself, but i think i get treated better than i warrant most of the time.
they take good care of me here.
but i've always been of a mindset that burnout is not the fault of an employer.

not sure what that "perks" thing is about, either - it's definitely not accurate.
matter of fact, i'd say there are a few questionable bits & pieces in the article.
but! i'm sure it was thoroughly researched and wholly unbiased.


I have worked for myself for the last 23 years or so. I make very little $$ and it can get scary/challenging at times, but I get to recreate when I want (every powder day in the winter, many camping & paddling trips in the summer) and live where I want. I will never again have to kiss anyone's ass on a daily basis for a paycheck. I will never again have to wear a suit & tie for a job. Most people work hard all their lives & try to save a little for retirement, hoping they will still be able to do the things they put off on the way. I made the decision to live life on a daily basis many years ago. As long as I have a roof over my head, food to eat, and a beautiful locale to inhabit, I am ahead of at least 95% of the world's population. Screw the $$, I will work until the day I die and do not want to live beyond my usefulness.


@hot72chev: Or you can start your own business. That's what I did because, yes, jobs suck :-(


"The snacks in the vending machine cost money"

"No free cafeteria" and "Amazon pays all but $40 of their $220 parking pass each month".

I really don't see anything out of the norm there. At least there is an on-site cafeteria and vending machines. I wouldn't expect any company with good business sense to give their employees free food.

I feel like that portion of the write-up is sensationalizing because it's Amazon and we should hate big businesses.

I don't agree with the way they treat their employees, but there is no reason to demonize the rational portion of their business practices when there is so much wrong with the other parts of it.


I agree with @capguncowboy, this article is heinously biased and sensationalized. I have several friends that currently work for Amazon and several more coworkers who left Amazon to work for my company. No question, it's not the easiest place to work, but this article is BS.

"Even the vending machines at the office cost money." WTF? Where exactly does this author work? And because Google has a free cafeteria, Amazon is a bitchfest because they don't?

Not to mention this article farcically blends the warehouse employee group with the white collar IT crew. And completely ignores all the rest of the jobs - i.e. accounting, buying, sales, marketing, legal, etc. This article would have you believe a poor holiday worker in the Tennessee warehouse is having to answer Jeff Bezos's emails daily. I've asked - no one I know at Amz HQ has even met Bezos.

Could have been an eye opening article about a tough industry. Instead is a tabloid quality BS slamfest to generate clicks and ad revenue.


I also am a little suspicious of the article as well. Is Amazon a great, perfect company? No. But some of the stuff, like the criticism of the guy's laugh and the comments about the vending machine seem just straight up silly.

As a side note, being a curious individual, I decided to go to youtube and type in Jeff Bezos laugh. Not only did the thing auto fill with the phrase "Jeff Bezos Laughs Freakishly Loud on John Stewart" but there was also a video uploaded here: same day as the article was published that just is about the guy's laugh. It almost seems like grudge piece in places. Again, not saying this guy is a great humanitarian or anything, just something I happened to notice.


@hot72chev: 14 months for me! I love the work, I get to help people less fortunate than myself. But my local government employer, never stellar at employee satisfaction, has taken some actions over the past year that have destroyed the morale of most employees. About 25% of the staff in our department quit, and since they have warehoused us in cramped, marginal workspace we aren't replacing lost staff, so our already unhappy surviving employees are carrying the extra work. My five person team is down to three, I had to take on my bosses' workload when he quit and another team member had to take on a second desks' duties as well. Even worse, the City Manager (in charge of employees) is retiring and rumor is that they'll be hiring a former mayor for the job. He was just awful to the employees here and at his last workplace (a multi-million dollar company which just went out of business). I'd retire now if I could, but I am 14 months short of the minimum retirement age.


I may get in trouble for this but here goes...

Using the vending machines in the office DOES cost me money.


@slydon: We have to pay as well, but canned cokes are only 50¢.

Work is what you make of it. There may be things that you would change if you could, but over all it is about attitude. Another thing to realize is, you can always find another job. However, I have found (most of the time) it is just like moving to another area to get away from your problems. YOU are still there, so are your problems.

I have had jobs where I didn't agree with my boss, or had a personality clash with an employee or supervisor, but so what? That is life. I like what I do, and disagree with my boss all the time at my current job. You are not going to agree with everything or get along with everyone. When you go home, you leave it behind. After all, it is just work (a means to an end) and not a life commitment.

As far as Amazon, it probably isn't any better or worse than most companies. We have all seen or heard horror stories about jobs, and some do indeed exist but the author is not credible.


@pyxientx: There is a very nice water chiller in the kitchen that I much prefer using, it's very cold and very clean and very tasty and doesn't give me diabetes. But we also have BOTTLES in our vending machine.

Also there's a corn dog maker in the writer's room. And about 600 tents.


@slydon: Water is good, corn dogs...not so much. I like the tents, though. Now, if they were the price of other vending items. :)


It's very possible as an acquisition, we have been sheltered from some of that stuff- like, I have never feared being fired or been blatantly insulted by anyone, but overall I think that article stinks of sour grapes.


How many employers pay for their employees' transportation and food, unless traveling is part of their job? Mine doesn't, and I wouldn't expect them to. I save a little by using a transit spending account, which takes the money for my bus pass and Metro card out of my pre-tax pay, but that's it.

Parking? HA. If someone brings their car into the city, they're on their own.


The true question is, what is the norm for other companies in the same field? Sure it you compare them to Google, Amazon loses hard but what about compared to Overstock or anything like that? If people in the industry get bus fare and Amazon refuses because they want people to work late hours, then the slam on them is right. However, if no one pays bus fare, then there is less of an argument. Let's see some comparisons before we count or discount the article.


@wisenekt & @curli76 they actually do pay for a bus pass, which is another reason why I thought that article was weird. Completely free and unlimited! I was able to get rid of my car, even. People who do park in downtown get a pretty significant refund on their parking (and discounts in Amazon owned parking garages), which seems fairly unique to downtown Seattle companies (but maybe I'm wrong).