This past week, the New York Times published an article about how Amazon treated employees, “Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace”. The article outlined the bad management and tough ‘rules’ Amazon supposedly pushed upon their employees.
According to the article, “At Amazon, workers are encouraged to tear apart one another’s ideas in meetings, toil long and late (emails arrive past midnight, followed by text messages asking why they were not answered), and held to standards that the company boasts are ‘unreasonably high.’” According to Susan Harker, an Amazon employee, “This is a company that strives to do really big, innovative, groundbreaking things, and those aren’t easy. When you’re shooting for the moon, the nature of the work is really challenging. For some people it doesn’t work.” The Amazon CEO then responded to the NYT article. Jeff Bezos, said in an e-mail to his employees that, “The article doesn’t describe the Amazon I now or the caring Amazonians I work with every day.” He continued saying, “if you know of any stories like those reported… You can… email me directly at email@example.com.” Finally, Jeff Bezos said, “I strongly believe that anyone working in a company that really is like the one described in the NYT would be crazy to stay. I know I would leave such a company.”
Overall, the NYT article about Amazon’s work culture raised thoughts about how they really treat their employees. The full NYT article can be read here: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/16/technology/inside-amazon-wrestling-big-ideas-in-a-bruising-workplace.html?ref=topics&_r=0.