In case no one knows this about me, I'm gainfully employed at an Amazon warehouse. The only thing I can say about this is, well, it pays the bills. I've been there for over five years, and I will be honest and tell you that I am seeking another opportunity. However, I'm not seeking just any opportunity. I'm seeking the right opportunity.
The pros to working at an Amazon warehouse are the benefits. They are among the best in the world for any employee. Also, because I'm a tenured employee, I get away with what many of you wouldn't really get away with at other jobs. Example: I can show up to work a little late and get away with it, just as long as I don't use up all of my PTO or UPT (unpaid time) hours. If you're looking to have a career there, there are advancement opportunities galore. Yes, it's easy to move up. However, I'm not looking to move up anytime soon, and I've been asked dozens of times.
There are also cons.
The cons include lack of work/life balance (especially during the holidays), the pay is still relatively low, and managers have little-to-no control over their own schedules. If you're looking to move up, your bosses get to tell you when and where to work, and you can't do much about it. As for work/life balance, everyone works mandatory overtime with very little rest. From Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve, say goodbye to a lot of the free time you have. While the overtime pay is good, you don't really get to enjoy it as much. They will cancel your vacation if not booked early enough.
Oh, there's more.
You're also treated like robots if you're under management. If you're new, you get it a little worse once you've passed the learning curve. Your time is monitored, and your bathroom breaks are monitored. Everyone is allowed 5 minutes away from their stations (in departments that monitor time), but after those five minutes are up, time away from stations is being tracked. They force you to learn other departments without you having to choose, and sometimes you're stuck there. You learn two or three different paths, but you still make the same as anyone with only one path.
And the pay?
You barely make ends meet if you're not upper management. The money just is not enough.
In my own personal experience, I've experienced both good and bad. I won't go into all the details, but I will tell you this job is the most stressful job I've had. It's so stressful that I actually got vertigo. The vertigo was a bit of a wake-up call for me. It's time to move on from Amazon. For those who don't know what vertigo is, stress is just one of the things can trigger this condition. For me, it was mostly stress and limited sleep. You feel like the room is spinning around you when you have this condition. I won't go into further detail over what vertigo is.
Did I go to a doctor, you might ask? The answer is no. I don't have time to go see a doctor, but as if this post, I am actually feeling better. I just need to take better care of myself moving forward, and find a way to get more sleep. I'm hoping that this nightmare will end soon. It's really affecting everything I do.
Getting back to the job at hand, you don't have to be a brain surgeon to guess that I'm not happy there. The biggest reason is because it's just too stressful for me. The pay is what it is, but I'd like to make more. Even this isn't the main factor for me. It's the stress that comes with the job, the workload, and the schedule. The worst part is that it's completely out of my control. The only thing stopping me from quitting right now is the fact that I am simply choosing to work this overtime and use some of the money to keep building my platform.
As for my platform, I admit I haven't been able to put in as much time as I would've liked, but I assure you it's not because I was being lazy. I haven't had the opportunity. I would have thoughts on how I could make the platform better, and I would even brainstorm at work, but having the chance to do anything with my platform is what was lacking. I haven't done much since October. I'm hoping for more opportunities moving forward.
Lastly, I really need to figure out how to get more customers. It would help.
Until next time, God bless.
The Freedom Runner