Could Amazon be the worst online retailer to work for?

The online retailer Amazon is well known for its ability to get even the most absurd items delivered to your doorstep within 24 hours, but there’s also a darker side to the e-com giant which the modern day shopper might not be fully aware of.

Unfortunately low pay, high expectations, and dismal working conditions are probably not that uncommon within this area of the industry, but the working culture and practices within the company if true, leave a lot to be desired.

It was only this time last year that Amazon was forced to remove from its employee’s contract a controversial clause prohibiting workers from going to a company that ‘directly or indirectly’ competed with Amazon for a year and a half after their tenure.

In August of last year, the New York Times published stories of sick employees being unfairly edged out, and a woman pressured to return to work soon after a miscarriage.

The latest revelation comes from a report by Bloomberg which says Amazon now use video screens in some of its warehouses showing how employees accused of stealing were caught and fired, with the words “arrested” and “terminated”  superimposed.

If you start to dig, the water only gets murkier, and the impression of Amazon soon becomes that of a high school bully, implementing scare tactics at every possible turn in order to stay on top.

Whilst Amazon obviously does a lot right with a reported net income of 596 million US dollars in 2015, details which have emerged regarding the retailer’s less than savoury nature towards its employees might make you think twice before making your next Amazon order.

15th March 2016