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Re: Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2015, 06:02:07 PM »
It does sound grim:

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Bo Olson was one of them. He lasted less than two years in a book marketing role and said that his enduring image was watching people weep in the office, a sight other workers described as well. “You walk out of a conference room and you’ll see a grown man covering his face,” he said. “Nearly every person I worked with, I saw cry at their desk.”

I guess I'll pay some attention to finding alternate companies if they become available.  Amazon sounds like a corporate version of Buchenwald. 

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Re: Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2015, 07:00:16 PM »
Jeff Bezos is now coming out utterly disavowing this story. I *have* heard that all Amazon shipment centers are shitholes to work in.
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Re: Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace
« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2015, 03:53:29 AM »
It doesn't get any worse than this.  I hope the Amazon health plan has good mental health benefits.  Anyone who stays there would have to have a serious inferiority complex.  They'd have to get out before the cult brainwashing sets in.

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They are told to forget the “poor habits” they learned at previous jobs, one employee recalled. When they “hit the wall” from the unrelenting pace, there is only one solution: “Climb the wall,” others reported. To be the best Amazonians they can be, they should be guided by the leadership principles, 14 rules inscribed on handy laminated cards. When quizzed days later, those with perfect scores earn a virtual award proclaiming, “I’m Peculiar” — the company’s proud phrase for overturning workplace conventions.
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Re: Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace
« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2015, 05:37:53 AM »
Jeff Bezos is now coming out utterly disavowing this story.

There are two types of disavowing.
1. He is so disconnected from what is really happening under him that he honestly doesn't know that this is happening. This is the excuse that the CEO of Enron used.

2. He is so disconnected with reality that he sees the stuff happening and thinks that that is the way things need to be.

A lot of people have one set of values they espouse verbally and another set that they actually act on. Many people are not aware of this contradiction.

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Re: Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace
« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2015, 07:49:28 AM »
When things go well, it's my innovative leadership.  When things go badly, fugging economy.

Regardless, if it's like this, he's responsible.