If you’re looking for a new job, Amazon is in the middle of a massive hiring spree!
The e-commerce giant announced in January that it plans to create more than 100,000 full-time, full-benefit jobs in the United States by mid-2018.
Many of these jobs will be in new Amazon fulfillment centers that are popping up nationwide.
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What it’s like to work at an Amazon warehouse
One of those 850,000 square-foot fulfillment centers is located in Jefferson, Georgia, where Amazon is creating 1,000 jobs to better serve customers in the region.
But what exactly can people expect when they work at one of these warehouses? Here’s what you should know!
1. Full-time hours
Amazon says most of the jobs at its fulfillment centers are full-time, though seasonal positions may be available around the holidays when business really picks up.
Amazon is customer-centric, so associates should be open to working flexible shifts and overtime if needed.
2. Fast-paced environment
To get all of those Amazon Prime orders to customers on time, associates will need to work efficiently.
Think about what happens at the warehouse: After a customer places an order, an Amazon employee pulls it from a shelf, packs it and sends it on its way ASAP.
Workers must be able to lift up to 49 pounds and stand or walk for up to 12 hours.
3. Relaxed dress code
Amazon has a casual work environment company-wide, so nobody is wearing a suit or tie. In fulfillment centers, there may be some limitations for safety reasons, but it’s basically Casual Friday every day.
Something else to consider is that the temperature in the warehouse varies between 60 and 90 degrees.
4. Pay and benefits
Now, let’s talk about the money! A full-time warehouse associate in Jefferson, Georgia, will earn $11 to $11.50 an hour, according to Amazon’s jobs site.
Although pay varies by location, these are the benefits for full-time workers:
• Health care benefits, starting day 1
• 401(k) with company match
• Holiday and overtime pay
• Paid time off
• Employee discount
Amazon also offers a unique program called Career Choice that will pre-pay 95% of tuition and fees for employees to earn degrees in high-demand fields.
Some college and technical classes are taught inside fulfillment centers to make them more convenient.
5. High school diploma required
The Career Choice program will help employees with college costs, but you’ll need a high school diploma or GED to get your foot in the door at Amazon. Associates must also be 18 or older.
Remote jobs are also available!
If working in a warehouse isn’t for you, Amazon is hiring for plenty of other positions — including remote jobs.
There has been a lot of interest recently in Amazon’s work-from-home customer service position, the pay for which starts at between $10 and $11 an hour.