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Amazon Employees Contend With 110 Degree Heat In Allentown, Penn. Warehouse

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Post by Guest on Wed Sep 21, 2011 8:35 am

Some workers at Amazon.com’s Allentown, Pennsylvania warehouse are reportedly willing to contend with working at a brutal pace in dizzying heat so long as it means having a job.

Only one out of 20 Allentown-based current or former Amazon employees interviewed by The Morning Call reported that the online retailer was a good place to work. During summer heat waves Amazon had paramedics on standby to treat any employees who couldn’t stand the heat, the paper reported. But many workers pushed through difficult working conditions after seeing what happened to other employees who didn’t meet expectations — they were fired and escorted out of the warehouse.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/20/amazon-allentown_n_971851.html?ref=unemployment

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Post by PamelaJo on Wed Sep 21, 2011 12:38 pm

I live near the Amazon warehouse and actually applied there for a job (online, through a local news website). Did not hear back from them and now I am glad I did not. My parents subscribe to the Allentown Morning Call and I read the entire article, which was nearly 5 full pages in length. Terrible conditions. Terrible employer. Back in the days when I could afford it, I shopped on Amazon.com. I will never purchase another item from their website again. Their lack of humanity is appalling!

This is the problem in the work force today...those companies which are hiring know that the job market it terrible, so they can handle employees disrespectfully, even abusively, and the employees will take the abuse for as long as they can stand it. Apparently, with Amazon, until they physically collapse! So many are so very desperate for jobs and a means to survive that this sort of treatment is tolerated. The average American worker can't help but feel hopeless. My fear is that the cycle of abuse will soon be considered the norm. It's frightening. The future continues to look quite dim. This is the United States of America? All so very, very sad.
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Post by TOO OLD TO HIRE IN PA on Wed Sep 21, 2011 2:10 pm

PamelaJo wrote:I live near the Amazon warehouse and actually applied there for a job (online, through a local news website). Did not hear back from them and now I am glad I did not. My parents subscribe to the Allentown Morning Call and I read the entire article, which was nearly 5 full pages in length. Terrible conditions. Terrible employer. Back in the days when I could afford it, I shopped on Amazon.com. I will never purchase another item from their website again. Their lack of humanity is appalling!

This is the problem in the work force today...those companies which are hiring know that the job market it terrible, so they can handle employees disrespectfully, even abusively, and the employees will take the abuse for as long as they can stand it. Apparently, with Amazon, until they physically collapse! So many are so very desperate for jobs and a means to survive that this sort of treatment is tolerated. The average American worker can't help but feel hopeless. My fear is that the cycle of abuse will soon be considered the norm. It's frightening. The future continues to look quite dim. This is the United States of America? All so very, very sad.

Thanks for posting this. My husband was thinking of applying at one point and we researched it online. Same bad reviews. The internet is a good source to research companies and/or jobs you are interested in. You get employee reviews and other good information. Will not be buying from Amazon again. Sometimes I really wonder if you are getting a brand new item or something used. I also totally agree with you that companies are taking advantage of people. Even if you were unemployed and lucky enough to find another, you may wish you never got the job in retrospect because of the stress.

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