This is a mixed bag. Temperatures so high that there are ambulances standing by is an extreme precautionary and IS symptomatic of a very real health problem. Standing, bending, stooping, lifting, twisting non stop for ten hours with only two 10 minute breaks (five more for travel to and from your work area) is not long enough, but meets the minimum state law for break periods. If the law was five minutes, you can believe that's all you'd get. The routine work is hard physically. Yes, they provide thousands of jobs, but the turn over is probably higher than any other industry, so a job is short lived in terms of longevity. The pay is not exceptional and the "point" system is VERY, very constrained. Even if you work there for years and all of a sudden you have issues where you need to call in for a multi day illness, you face loss of your job if you don't save your personal time to cover emergencies. Yet, you get only an hour and a half or so per pay period. And the performance "rates" are gruelling. The rate varies depending on your work area, but even if you meet or exceed rate, you'd better be like 120 or more % to that rate or you will be challenged to do even more without any monetary gain for breaking your neck for doing better than rate. If this company applied the obsessive "customer experience" equally to the employee experience, it would be a great place to work. If it were unionized, things would improve considerably. Saftey, health, pay, work standards and leave benefits are paramount to job satisfaction and performance...and nothing will change until employees, health officials and legislators start to speak out. It's the right thing to do.
I found a job in a totally unrelated industry in a sales capacity after being in management for 20 years.I knew no one in this company that had a part in hiring me. I got the job on my own merits.It does happen....
I suppose it's time to re-invent ones self....Onward and Upward!
American workers have NO rights. WHat a shame you do not know it.
American workers have no rights on the job. Please look this up. When you do find this out....you'll be rudely awakened. If you think you are entitled to a lunch break after so many hours....think again. Gotta go to bathroom....sorry, Mr. Employer does NOT have give a bathroom break either. Again.....please look this up before replying to this comment. People need to be informed of these things.
"claiming that they've been fired for failing to keep up with the relentless pace required to fill orders at its U.S. warehouses"So? They're your employer. They set the standard. If you can't keep up, you won't get to work there. This is not news.