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Managing Your Career

Amazon.com

Be prepared to work: entry-level hires average 50 hours a week, one of the longest work weeks in the ranking.

Getting Started

Applicants & New Hires

Recruited on 21 undergrad campuses in 2008-09.
Made job offers on 20 undergrad campuses.

Applicants for entry-level jobs

    2009: NA (to date)

    2008: NA

    2007: NA

Entry-level hiring

Is your entry-level hiring complete for 2009? No

New hires in:

2009: 135 (to date)

2008: 165

2007: 113

Entry-level hires who were undergrad interns

2009: 50% (to date)

2008: 32%

2007: 42%

Most important characteristics for new hires:

1 Analytical Skills

2 Communication Skills

3 Problem-Solving Skills

2008 entry-level hires came from the following majors:

2% Business and Economics

86% Computer Science

7% Engineering

0% Liberal Arts

3% Math

2% Science

0% Pre-Law/Criminal Justice

0% Hospitality/Hotel & Restaurant Management

0% Design

0% Undeclared

0% Other

...and are:

12% Female

NA Minorities

NA African American

NA Hispanic American

NA Asian American

NA Other

Salary & Benefits

Salary & Benefits

Entry-level hires since Jan. 1, 2009 (to date)

Average base salary:
$75,000 and above

Average base salary includes some non entry-level employees? No

The average salary of $75,000 and above is for engineering. For business, the average is $55,000 - $59,000.

Base Salary Detail:

0% earn less than $35,000

0% earn $35,000 to $39,999

0% earn $40,000 to $44,999

0% earn $45,000 to $49,999

0% earn $50,000 to $54,999

10% earn $55,000 to $59,999

0% earn $60,000 to $64,999

0% earn $65,000 to $69,999

0% earn $70,000 to $74,999

90% earn $75,000 and above

Bonuses, Overtime & Perks

100% received signing bonuses

Average signing bonus: $25,000

0% received performance bonuses in their first year

Average performance bonus, 2008: NA

Overtime Eligibility:

0% of 2008 entry-level hires eligible for overtime

100% of 2008 entry-level hires not eligible for overtime

Educational Benefits:

Reimburse employees for education expenses? No

Do employees become eligible immediately? NA

Maximum annual education reimbursement: NA

Full grad school sponsorship for jr. level employees? No

Partial grad school sponsorship for jr. level employees? No

Time Off

The organization has a Paid Time Off (PTO) Bank: No

Maximum PTO days after one year:

Maximum PTO days after five years:

Maximum PTO days after 10 years:

Maximum annual vacation days after one year: 15

Maximum annual vacation days after five years: 15

Maximum annual vacation days after 10 years: 20

Annual paid holidays: 6

Annual paid floating holidays/religious observances: 0

Annual paid sick/personal days: 6

Health Benefits

Do entry-level hires have access to health plan? Yes

Employees pay part of the cost? Yes

Does health plan provide dental coverage? Yes

Extra charge for dental coverage? Yes

Does health plan provide vision coverage? Yes

Extra charge for vision coverage? Yes

Are same sex partners permitted as dependents? Yes

Pension and Profit-sharing

Do entry-level hires have access to 401(k)? Yes

Max. employer match as a percentage of salary: 2.0%

Min. percentage of salary employee must set aside to receive max. employer match: 4.0%

All matching contributions are invested in Amazon.com common stock.

Are entry-level hires eligible for employer-funded pension? No

Are entry-level hires eligible for profit-sharing program? No

Other Benefits

Is flex time an option for entry-level hires? Yes

Does company match employee charitable gifts? No

Does company pay relocation expenses? Yes

Relocation expense limits? $7,500 maximum

Other benefits include:

Employees Discounts

Transportation Benefits

Other

Employees also receive a discount on Amazon.com.

Moving On Up

Work Environment

Average entry-level work week: 50 hours

Does average vary by business unit, department? Yes

10% work in open work stations

90% work in cubicles

0% work in shared offices

0% work in private offices

0% have no employer-supplied work space

Dress code includes:

Casual

Does the organization sponsor employee volunteer opportunities? Yes

Does organization have fitness facilities on site? Facilities not available

Training Programs

Formal orientation program: Yes

Program length: 1 days

Orientation includes the following:

Computer Training

Tour of Facilities

Benefits Overview

Average spent on training, per new hire, in 2008: NA

Formal management development program for entry-level employees that is rotational and at least one year in length:
No -

Average length of this program: NA weeks

Typical raise after completion:

Formal management development program for entry-level employees that is rotational and less than one year in length:
No -

Average length of this program: NA weeks

Typical raise after completion:

Formal mentorship programs for entry-level hires? Yes

Mentorship participation rate is 60%

Required training days (excl. formal leadership programs): 3

Getting Ahead

Three-year retention rate: NA

Five-year retention rate: NA

How are raises determined?

Individual Performance

Company Performance

Are most entry-level hires eligible for their first raise in less than a year? No

How are promotions determined?

Individual Performance

Are most entry-level hires eligible for their first promotion in less than a year? Yes

Evaluations

Is the frequency of evaluations more than once per year? Yes

Most important performance measures for entry-level hires:

1 Analytical Skills

2 Intelligence

3 Productivity/Efficiency

Min. tenure required for job change/transfer: 12 months

Long-Term Prospects

Does position of vice president exist at this organization? Yes

If not, is there a comparable title?

Employees who hold VP or similar title: 102

Employees with VP or similar title who have 20+ years seniority: NA

Age of youngest employee with VP or similar title: NA

Seniority of youngest employee with VP or similar title: NA years

Amazon has not been in existence for twenty years.

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