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Ultimate Geek
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Topic # 223550 5-Oct-2017 15:10
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Saw jobs from "Amazon Web Services" posted in various places today, including Wellington and Auckland.

...and just about every city from Japan to the Hague.

(For some reason the link below works if you copy and paste, but not directly)

Here's an article about Amazon's workspace, but apparently they are trying to improve...

"Amazon's brutal workplace is an indicator of an inhumane economy"

By David Horsey / Los Angeles Times

"Is Amazon just a grueling 21st century sweatshop or the model for tomorrow's high-powered workplace? And is there any difference between the two?

The New York Times has sparked a national discussion about Amazon with a report detailing what it is like to work in the Seattle corporate offices of the behemoth online retailer.

As at many new economy enterprises, Amazon workers put in long hours -- about double the 40-hour workweek that was once standard in the American workplace.

Vacations are few. Most often the rare holiday escape merely provides a nice place to work remotely. Everyone is tethered to their cellphones so they can be reached by bosses at all hours of the day. There is a constant push to perform and produce.

If such pressures are common in high-tech workplaces, at Amazon they have been cranked up to an extreme level.

Current and former Amazon employees interviewed for the article spoke of colleagues weeping at their desks. They described the demand for frequent self-criticism and the anonymous criticisms directed at fellow workers seeking to drag them down in the eyes of managers. By design, Amazon sets impossibly high goals while monitoring and measuring every aspect of an individual’s productivity.

Those who thrive in the environment are rewarded with stocks rising in value. Those many more who burn out leave after a few years of having been compensated with only what used to be a typical middle-class salary. Those who resist sacrificing their personal lives for their work are even more quickly discarded."

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Master Geek
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  Reply # 1877951 5-Oct-2017 15:55
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I think you're confusing Amazon Web Services with Amazon the retailer. I know quite a few AWS Cloud Architects and they don't work 80 hours a week in a warehouse.

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Uber Geek
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  Reply # 1877954 5-Oct-2017 16:06
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I actually applied for that job a few months back. Didn't even get an interview which was surprising since I tick a lot of their boxes including AWS implementation for enterprise customers.

Anyway the ad has seems to be static, maybe someone forgot to take it down or they are still looking?

The working environment for the AWS team in NZ is pretty good as it's virtual with no office etc. Was rather appealing to be honest!


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  Reply # 1878090 5-Oct-2017 20:20
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Amazon Cloud Architect...hmm...


Too much hot air, and some tears....viola...clouds created.

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