Romeoville, Illinois — Lyndon French/NYTimes
❝ Brandon Williams arrived at an Amazon fulfillment center here, about an hour outside of Chicago, around 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, one of thousands across the country who turned up for the company’s first Jobs Day. While he appeared to wilt slightly during the five hours he waited before an M.C. summoned him for a tour, his enthusiasm did not wane.
“What’s not great about a company that keeps building?” he said, seated in a huge tent the company erected in the parking lot as a kind of makeshift waiting room.
❝ The event was a vivid illustration of the ascendance of Amazon, the online retail company that, to a far greater extent than others in the tech industry, has a seemingly insatiable need for human labor to fuel its explosive growth.
Like other tech giants, Amazon is recruiting thousands of people with engineering and business degrees for high-paying jobs. But the vast majority of Amazon’s hiring is for what the company calls its “fulfillment network” — the armies of people who pick and pack orders in warehouses and unload and drive delivery trucks, and who take home considerably smaller incomes.
❝ The event on Wednesday, held at a dozen locations including Romeoville, Ill., was intended to help fill 50,000 of those lower-paying positions, 40,000 of them full-time jobs.
Those high-low distinctions did not seem to bother the attendees of the jobs fair, many of them united in the conviction that Amazon represented untapped opportunity — that a foot in the door could lead to a career of better-compensated, more satisfying work, whether in fulfillment, I.T., marketing or even fashion.
RTFA for extended analysis and detail. I admit I find this interesting for two reasons: the first is history – now that I’m a retired geezer even though my brain still thinks I’m 26. Over the years, I could always find a job in logistics. Let me pick up and move anywhere in the country – or abroad – and get a job that had at least decent pay and opportunity to move up.
The second is still operative. Though retired and enjoying the superlative benefits of SSA and Medicare as governed by thoughtful and caring politicians in Washington, DC – there’s always the risk of catastrophic illness screwing up the plan. In the US, that means finding some sort of part-time gig to supplement what I’ve already paid for in dollar$ and sweat equity from a life of mostly full employment.
Remember, I’m white and reasonably well-educated.
Given that disaster I hope to avoid, I’d probably seek work as a CSR, customer service representative, utilizing our home-based computing capacity to plug into a system like Amazon or any one of a number of other endeavors that utilize service employees to implement problem-solving. If need be.
I’d rather be outdoors, walking, enjoying everything that is lifestyle in northern New Mexico.
Oh yeah – anyone expect the Hypocrite-in-Chief to claim credit for Amazon’s growth? Don’t know why Trump hates Jeff Bezos; but, I imagine he’d rather not acknowledge Amazon’s continued success.