A look inside one of Amazon’s robotic fulfillment centers
Amazon is hiring 1,000 new workers — both full-time and part-time — at its new fulfillment center in Opa-locka.
Employees will help pick, pack and ship orders. Applicants can set appointments or apply online at Amazon.com/MiamiJobs.
The company’s focus on efficiency and quick delivery turnarounds, while lauded by consumers, has been blamed for working conditions employees call “grueling.” Employees have told various news outlets their actions during the workday are closely monitored and they’re held to a brisk work standard.
“Pickers” at fulfillment centers like the one soon to appear in Opa-locka are given a handheld scanning device that counts the length of time between scans. If that time stretches too long, or pickers don’t meet their quota of scans per hour, employees told Business Insider a manager will check on them. Too much “time off task” leads to penalty points that can end up with a worker getting fired.
Last week, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders urged his supporters to join forces against Amazon and spoke out against the company’s alleged poor working conditions. Amazon called the allegations “inaccurate and misleading.”
There are thousands of reviews for fulfillment center positions posted on Indeed.com with an average rating of 3.6 out of 5 stars.