Did anybody read the book?

Whole Foods was purchased by Amazon and now Whole Foods employees are miserable.  They run around a top speed, crying, and hating life.

“I wake up in the middle of the night from nightmares,” an anonymous staffer told Business Insider, which spoke to 27 current and former workers. “The stress has created such a tense working environment. Seeing someone cry at work is becoming normal.”

Did anybody expect anything different?

Did anybody read the famous New York Times article about Amazon.

SEATTLE — On Monday mornings, fresh recruits line up for an orientation intended to catapult them into Amazon’s singular way of working.

They are told to forget the “poor habits” they learned at previous jobs, one employee recalled. When they “hit the wall” from the unrelenting pace, there is only one solution: “Climb the wall,” others reported. To be the best Amazonians they can be, they should be guided by the leadership principles, 14 rules inscribed on handy laminated cards. When quizzed days later, those with perfect scores earn a virtual award proclaiming, “I’m Peculiar” — the company’s proud phrase for overturning workplace conventions.

At Amazon, workers are encouraged to tear apart one another’s ideas in meetings, toil long and late (emails arrive past midnight, followed by text messages asking why they were not answered), and held to standards that the company boasts are “unreasonably high.” The internal phone directory instructs colleagues on how to send secret feedback to one another’s bosses. Employees say it is frequently used to sabotage others. (The tool offers sample texts, including this: “I felt concerned about his inflexibility and openly complaining about minor tasks.”)

  Working Amazon employees until they broke down was the norm.

Bo Olson was one of them. He lasted less than two years in a book marketing role and said that his enduring image was watching people weep in the office, a sight other workers described as well. “You walk out of a conference room and you’ll see a grown man covering his face,” he said. “Nearly every person I worked with, I saw cry at their desk.”

If Bezos can break the soul of a programmer making over $100K per year, what can he do to somebody making $12/hour?

Jeff Bezos is a known hard-ass bastard, and a terrible boss and perhaps human being as well.

How did people not see this coming?

The question is, will Whole Foods survive?

Is Bezos’ way of running a company possible in brick and mortar retail?  I don’t think so.  You can only push some kid doing an hourly job so far before he quits.

You can tell me “kids these days don’t know what hard work is” but is a job you do part time after school worth the stress of going home and crying because your boss berates you in front of all the other employees as a motivational tool?

(That’s a real thing by the way, Bezos would get an employee up in front of all his or her coworkers and insult them – calling them stupid – until they broke down in tears.  This became part of Amazon culture where management is encouraged to insult, shame, and fire employees publicly.)

I doubt it.

5 Replies to “Did anybody read the book?”

  1. Ahahahahahahahaha…(wheeze, wheeze) Ahahahahahahahaahhahahahahahahahahahaa (cough, wheeze) Ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahaha (faints from not being able to breath from laughing.)

    Seriously. Those pretentious people at Whole Foods meet Bezos the Mega-Assbuttsphincterhole.

    Zero fornications given.

    And my bitter soul is still laughing, at those who work for Bezos wherever they are.




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  2. I worked at an Amazon warehouse. It only lasted six weeks. They expect quite a lot from you and they hire complete sociopaths as the managers. And I didn’t deal with things like that but I saw it.They literally have employees; managers, whatever you want to call them and their job is to literally ride around on an adult tricycle and fire people for no reason. They actually had a quota of people to fire. I can’t even make that up. What really stuck out in my mind though was one of the guys that I was working with his mother died that day and they wouldn’t let him leave unless he provided a copy of the death certificate. I can’t remember what he said but it was loud and angry and he obviously quit. Also they had pickers that went on Machines that took them four stories high. However in the summer that roof would make the top of the building So hot people would routinely get heatstroke. They would be taken off the floor, Lead to a medical area attached to the building but unable to get in the main building. And if they didn’t have to go the hospital we’re promptly fired.

    I will never buy anything at Amazon. Seeing their boxes actually makes me upset. They treat their workers more like a commodity then actual people. Like Walmart but worse.




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