A TikToker sparked a viral conversation about the churn-and-burn nature of human resources and employee turnover at Amazon after she discussed how short-season she was hired for at the giant online retailer.
In a viral video, user Brianna Widgeon (@_alittlebitextra) says she didn’t even get to actually work for Amazon in her new role. Instead, she says, she spent the entire week training alongside two other employees, who were also asked to turn in their badges and vests at the end of the week.
“Want to hear about the shortest seasonal spot you’ve ever heard of?” She starts the clip.
According to her TikTok, Widgeon said she received the job offer on a Wednesday, was asked to start on Monday, and was done by Friday.
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“I started this Monday,” Widgeon says. “Oh, um, it’s Friday and we just had to turn in our badges and vests because they’re done with us for the peak, for the season. So they literally hired three new people and we were there for a week. We didn’t even work because we all trained all week.”
Several branches have reported on the high employee turnover at Amazon. In October 2022, “leaked documents” reportedly suggested the rate of workers leaving the company was double the industry standard at a staggering 150%. The story was first brought to light by Engadget, but a response from Amazon was also published in Forbes.
According to Forbes, Engadget’s results painted a “bleak” outlook for Amazon employees. Several workers at the trillion-dollar company have also posted their grievances on social media, along with those who also work for other delivery services. It’s not uncommon for workers to be sent home when there aren’t enough packages to process, or asked to voluntarily take time off. That means that depending on how many packages you ship in a day or what market you work in, being an Amazon delivery man isn’t the most stable of jobs.
Amazon eventually called Engadget’s story “misleading” in the statement it shared with Forbes: “That means they are certainly early designs that have not been adequately refined or reviewed, let alone completed.” Basing articles on unverified documents—without knowing when they were written, whether they were validated or later corrected—can be misleading, as is the case with the Engadget article.”
While there were many TikTokers in the comments section of Bri’s video stating that they are currently employed at Amazon or have had experience with the retailer, they still seemed shocked that she was only brought in to complete the training.
“This happened to me in the summer of 2020. I only had the job for a week. I didn’t have time to do anything wrong,” wrote one user.
“Good sir. This is insane. So who oversees all the staff for the season lol?” said another.
“What was the most expensive part of training to just let you go,” added a third.
Some speculated that they wanted to get their workouts out of the way, and did so to call them back for possible quick fill-in days down the line once their workouts were complete.
However, Widgeon did mention in the comments that she wasn’t technically even done with all of the training, but that luckily she had another position at the company to return to when she was asked to give up her vest and name tag.
In an email exchange with the Daily Dot, Widgeon said she was “grateful” for the opportunity and enjoying her current position as a ship’s clerk at Amazon. She wrote the following statement:
“I’ve been a full-time employee at Amazon since May and I like my job. I work as a PG in the ship dock. I have applied for recruitment to become a Seasonal SSA. I started training for this on Monday two weeks ago. We completed the training part within two days. We shadowed the permanent SSAs for the rest of the week. On Thursday we all had a meeting and were told we would be sent back to our original roles. So they didn’t fire us and we finished training. We just thought we’d stay there for more than a week. I’m totally fine with it now and grateful for the opportunity to learn something new!’
The Daily Dot has emailed Amazon for further comment.
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*Initial publication: December 1, 2022 at 5:40 p.m. CST
Jack Alban is a freelance journalist for the Daily Dot, covering trending human interest/social media stories and real people’s reactions to them. He always tries to incorporate evidence-based studies, current events, and relevant facts to those stories to create your not-so-average viral post.
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