Target: Jeff Bezos, CEO, Amazon.com, Inc.
Goal: Stop fostering an abusive, overly stressful working environment.
Amazon has a history of fostering an abusive workplace. Its sweltering warehouses have been called into question in the past. Now the New York Times has revealed another Amazon abuse: fostering an abusive environment for its corporate employees.
Part of this abuse stems from Amazon’s peer-review policy, where employees are given free rein to tear apart other employee ideas. Former Amazon employees confirmed with the Times that many employees used this to their advantage in an effort to make their coworkers look bad.
Amazon has also received heat for its insistence that employees put work first and their families second. The retail giant makes no apology for demanding its employees work long hours, well into the night away from their loved ones. In fact, the Times reported that if employees do not answer emails immediately, even when received after midnight, they are text messaged with a demand for an answer. Apparently, Amazon has forgotten that federal laws were put in place to protect employees from this type of treatment.
The company holds its employees to “unreasonably high” standards—Amazon’s words. In fact, the company boasts about these standards, as if abusing your employees is something everyone should be proud of. One former employee reported that he saw nearly every employee cry at his or her desk at one time or another and the company strives to turn its employees into “Amabots.” What a sadistic man Bezos is to demean and deface human beings in such a manner.
Demand Jeff Bezos change his inhumane corporate policies and stop shopping at Amazon until he does. Nobody should be abused by fellow employees, reduced to tears in a professional setting, and demeaned to robot status.
Dear Mr. Bezos,
I have no doubt that New York Times’ recent article on your employee abuse is true. Your company has a history of abusing its employees and having zero moral compass. What I find utterly amazing is that you believe you are above labor law, and apparently everyone else as well.
Yes, you have an extremely successful business; yes, you have changed the retail marketplace with your innovation; yes, you have employed numerous out-of-work people. This in no way gives you the right to abuse your employees and foster an abusive work environment.
We know you’re a bully; you bullied your way into the marketplace and shrewdly took it over with questionable practices. Everyone knows you’ve attempted to monopolize publishing with your questionable actions to drive traditional publishing houses into the ground with mob-style chokeholds. You, Mr. Bezos, are slime, and so is your organization.
Contrary to your apparent way of thinking, abuse does not foster a successful and cohesive environment. Stop abusing your employees. I will not only have my say with this letter but also with my retail dollars. Any company that so openly and proudly abuses its employees will never have my business.
[Your Name Here]
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