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Parcel Truck Driver

June - August 2019 • Richmond, CA

What I liked

I enjoyed they pay of course but I also liked exploring places I never been in the Bay Area such as Sonoma, American Canyon, and Fairfax. You’re kind of your own boss out on the road by yourself. Some of the neighborhoods are beautiful and because they’re away from the hustle and bustle of urban metropolitan areas there’s more wildlife. I could see and hear lots of red tail hawks, turkeys roaming the front yards of people’s homes while they were away working and goats grazing on a hill behind the apex of a cul-de-sac. I also saw cougar tracks for the first time. There’s some magnificent views in the wine country. I saw homes that rivaled some in St. Francis Woods with awe inspiring views of the vineyards they overlooked.

What I wish was different

I wish I could have worked an earlier shift. When the sun goes down in places like Moraga the neighborhood becomes extremely dark and it’s hard to see some addresses. You can’t identify the the critters in the grass and brush either, only hear them. Its creepy. I also wish that people who have dogs would lock them up if they’re expecting a package.

Advice

My advice to anyone that wants to deliver for Amazon is if hired is: 1 get a good night’s rest, 2 eat something light and energizing before your shift, 3 keep your water in a Hydro-Flask or similar aluminum water bottle, in the summer you might need more than 42 oz I recommend 64 oz for a shift. Number 4 pack snacks and a lunch to save time and money because you only get 30 minutes to eat and it’s timed by your delivery device. Number 5, keep a hat and sunglasses, 6 pack a sweater, it can be blazing hot during the day but night substantially cooler, 7 comfortable shoes with good soles, you will put in over 10,000 steps a day easily. Number 8 watch for dogs when entering gates and fenced off properties, I almost got bitten twice, 9 Take your time and observe all angles when navigating in tight places. A couple of guys hired after me returned to the warehouse missing the rear windows of their van because they reversed into low hanging branches. The last bit of advice I have is to bring your own Bluetooth speaker for music. Only a handful of the vans have Bluetooth or auxiliary ports for your phone. If you don’t like the radio pack a portable speaker too.
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Amazon Delivery Driver

July - August 2019 • Portland, OR

What I liked

Fast pace job that paid well.

What I wish was different

I wish it wasnt in Portland so I could have worked there longer.

Advice

Make sure to work well with others.
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Business Analyst Intern

June - August 2019 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

I loved living in Seattle - it's a great city. Coming to Amazon, I loved being able to go to many different tech talks in different buildings. I really felt involved in the company community via the different groups and participating in beta-testing.

What I wish was different

I wish I was able to experience different ongoing projects, rather than focusing on one project.

Advice

Make sure to put yourself out there in your internship. Form those connections and develop your network.
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Warehouse Stocker

June - August 2019 • Kenosha, WI

What I liked

Good pay, flexible hours, lots of overtime.

What I wish was different

CLoser to home, more managerial training.

Advice

Find something you really want to do and then do it.
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Warehouse Clerk

May - August 2019 • Richmond, VA

What I liked

The pay, the team

What I wish was different

The hours of work

Advice

Its heavy lifting
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Sales Intern

June - August 2019 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

Rapidly moving environment, exciting innovation all around you, and great cohort of intern peers. Excellent two week bootcamp with World class speakers and phenomenal training. So many resources at your fingertips and an incredible network if you leverage it.

What I wish was different

More interaction with management, at times it was difficult to know if I was doing a good job because it is a very "self-sufficient" style culture.

Advice

Soak it all in! Learn as much as you can and experience the new city to the maximum. After long work days, it can be hard to go be social or explore new areas, but it will be worth it! :) Meet as many people as possible and always be looking for a mentor.
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amazon employee

June - August 2019 • Troutdale, OR

What I liked

the pay

What I wish was different

no social interaction

Advice

amazon treats their employees terribly.
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Whole Foods shopper

May 2019 • Rochester, MI

What I liked

Very flexible job. You are allowed to choose your own hours and cancel shifts 24 hours ahead of time with no questions asked. Must work only 4 hours a month minimum. Pay can be raised at any time and while the hours are capped to 25 hours in any 7 day rolling period, we do raise our hour cap frequently if needed. The job is simple as well. If you can grocery shop, you are already qualified for this job.

What I wish was different

Our work area can be a tad unsafe sometimes. We work around people coming in and doing their normal grocery shopping, so we must be on alert at all times. We do have a standard of 60 items per hour, so we must be quick on our feet. Plus our staging areas for orders can be a bit hectic if many people are in our small room. The size of the room is just a problem for my location though. The other locations have much bigger rooms.

Advice

This job is incredible for students with a heavy course load and not much time to work. Since you only need to work one 4 hour shift a month, it is easy to take most of a month off to study while still keeping your job.
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Delivery driver

February - July 2019 • Englewood, CO

What I liked

I liked the customer interaction. Customers were very excited and happy to receive their deliveries

What I wish was different

I wish accountability had been different, as many other employees would not fulfill their duties.

Advice

Make sure whomever you work for has accountability measures to ensure you’re fairly compensated.
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Software Development Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • Herndon, VA

What I liked

Met a lot of cool and incredibly smart people, and learned way more than I ever expected over the course of three short months.

What I wish was different

I had to commute about 2 hours each day because I decided to live at home, I wish I had found something a little closer to my job site.

Advice

Don't feel too pressured, ask for help, and you'll figure stuff out eventually, even if nothing makes sense at first.
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Prime now shopper

July 2019 • Rocky River, OH

What I liked

Flexible.

What I wish was different

Shifts are hard to get.

Advice

Always try your best and give whatever job you have 100%
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Associate

October 2018 - August 2019 • San Bernardino, CA

What I liked

Flexibility hours

What I wish was different

Point schedule

Advice

Great job
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Warehouse teamworker

July - August 2019 • Turlock, CA

What I liked

It was a friendly environment. Everyone got along and there were rarely any disputes.

What I wish was different

For work to be a little bit more lenient. Some days were easy but others could be tiring.

Advice

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Warehouse

October 2019 • San Bernardino, CA

What I liked

Many hours

What I wish was different

More consistent time schedule

Advice

Networking is very important
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Sortation Center Associate

June - September 2019 • Pilesgrove Township, NJ

What I liked

Good pay Easy hours

What I wish was different

More flexibility with picking initial hours

Advice

Patience, they eventually train you to work better positions
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Delivery

July 2019 • Walker, MI

What I liked

Not using my own car

What I wish was different

More consistent hours

Advice

Like driving
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Inbound Area Manager

May - July 2019 • Murfreesboro, TN

What I liked

Constantly challenging in a good way. Everyday brought a different challenge that required teamwork between managers to overcome and find a solution. I was actively involved with the day-to-day operations and lead an area in the inbound department with around 80 associates. I learned more in these 10 weeks than any class could teach me. Also, this experience gave me real world examples for concepts learned in my supply chain classes. I highly recommend this internship to anybody in a business/engineering major.

What I wish was different

I wish the internship duration was longer and got more than one project.

Advice

You will have a lot of information thrown at you in such a short amount of time. Be prepared for that but don't feel overwhelmed. Try to become an expert in your individual department but still try to learn the other departments in either inbound or outbound. This will help with your project and being able to speak on it will look good on you from higher management.
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Working in Warehouse

August 2017 • Irvine, CA

What I liked

Simple tasks to do and most of the managers were great.

What I wish was different

More protection for the feet since we worked and stood on concrete for many long hours

Advice

Understand that you might be very tired
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Delivery

March 2019 • Carlsbad, CA

What I liked

What I wish was different

I wish I would have gone to school instead

Advice

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Amazon Employee

July - August 2019 • New York City, NY

What I liked

I enjoyed the companionship that came along with the other employees and employers. They were very welcoming, helpful, and friendly.

What I wish was different

I wish I had gotten the job earlier as it would have been more advantageous for me to work there longer.

Advice

To listen to the rules and employers. By providing assistance they will make sure you are equally as respected.
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