“Amazon runs like a giant startup. If the description of Amazon’s culture makes you cringe, startup life is most definitely NOT for you. And that doesn’t mean that it’s brutal, necessarily, but wait, yes it does, sometimes. Businesses don’t just start themselves.”
- Rita J. King, co-director at Science House
The other part of it is Amazon pushing that startup ethos to the extreme. The descriptions of 80-hour weeks, midnight emails and workers put on “performance watch” after being distracted by a cancer diagnosis or the death of a parent are chilling. LinkedIn Influencer Rita J. King, co-director at Science House, mapped Amazon’s corporate culture
(and confirmed with her own source the bias against cancer patients.) Its three main traits: “obsessed with the customer, speed to market and data.” That’s the kind of corporate culture that’s second to none at getting things done, but rarely warm and fuzzy.
Or is it? Amazon employee Nick Ciubotariu takes the investigation apart paragraph by paragraph
: “The Amazon described in this article may have existed, in the past. Certainly, I’ve heard others refer to “how things used to be” but it is definitely not the Amazon of today.”
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos wrote a memo to employees
, encouraging them to read the article and report such cases to HR and to him. But, he added: “The article doesn’t describe the Amazon I know or the caring Amazonians I work with every day."