The final question from my exit interview with Amazon.
If you were the CEO, what 3 things would you change about the company?
- Bring back customer centricism for both external AND internal customers.
- Set higher ethical standards for how leadership treats/interacts with employees. If a manager ignores the premise of any basic leadership 101 book, that person has no business being a people manager.
- Start hiring people who are a right fit for the company. We have gotten to the point – particularly with middle-management decision makers – of hiring people based on their degrees and certifications, not ultimately on whether they will easily internalize being an Amazonian. We wouldn’t have to have Amazon “boot camps” if we did better hiring.
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This is also taken from my exit interview. Again, this is solely my opinion based on my experience with the company for the past 12 years.
Would you recommend employment at the company to a friend?
Not only would I NOT recommend the company to a friend, I have some advice to current employees. Quit. You deserve better than this. And if you have a life situation where you can’t quit, UNIONIZE.
Still of Sally Field in “Norma Rae” – Twentieth Century Fox Corporation, 1979, directed by Martin Ritt.
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When I put in my notice on October 20, 2014, it was actually something that was a few months in the planning…sorta.
The company I work for changed sometime within the past four to six years. I have some ideas on why it changed, and I’ll explore those in another post. For now, I’ll just say that I was growing increasingly uncomfortable with the direction we were headed, particularly in regards to the working atmosphere.
In May, my husband and I began discussing plans to relocate to Chicago. Being in Chicago would put us closer to my family and his sister’s family. We even set a timeline – once our daughter finished her first year of school in June 2015, we would move.
Then things at work got astronomically worse. The bad environment that I had observed in other parts of the company came to rest directly on my shoulders in the form of a new boss. It was not just an issue of having a bad boss, it was an issue of having the worst employee interactions I have ever had in my entire professional career, both with this company and other companies – and I used to work for Wal-Mart, which is known for treating employees badly.
Although we had planned for me to leave the company next year, my experiences over the past six months, my interactions with one person in particular, are what influenced me to make the decision to leave right now, at this point in time.
For those who know me personally, I have never left a job without having stable employment waiting for me at the end. This time it was different. After reading a particular e-mail, I walked into my boss’s office and gave notice. I couldn’t wait until I found other employment – it wasn’t about ending a job, it was about saving myself. My doctors have even documented improvement in my conditions since I gave notice, further proof that quitting without a “plan” is sometimes the healthiest way you can take care of yourself.
I don’t regret the decision one bit.
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