Holiday season is getting closer and closer. Porches everywhere will soon be covered with delivery boxes—and Amazon isn’t waiting to do something about it. The company announced today it plans to hire 6,500 new employees in North Texas alone, and that’s just part of its nation push to hire 150,000 for full-time, seasonal, and part-time roles.
On average, employees can earn more than $19 per hour based on position and location, Amazon says. Jobs range “from packing and picking to sorting and shipping” and are available for people from all backgrounds and experience levels.
Signing bonuses of up to $3K—and the chance of a ‘long-term career’
It’s no secret that we’re in a tight labor market—trends like the Great Resignation and “quiet quitting” making today’s workers choosy about where they earn a paycheck. In response, Amazon is offering sign-on bonuses ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 in select locations.
And when this season’s “Ho Ho Ho” is gone-gone-gone, it’s saying seasonal jobs could become “long-term careers.”
“Whether someone is looking for some extra money for a few months or a long-term career, the holidays are a great time for people to join Amazon, and many of our seasonal employees return year-after-year or transition into full-time roles,” John Felton, Amazon’s SVP of worldwide operations, said in a statement.
“Those who choose to stay with us will find a lot of opportunities to grow their careers, whether they take advantage of our free college tuition programs or seek out promotions across our network,” Felton added. “This year alone, more than 20,000 front-line employees received promotions.”
One seasonal Texas worker became a regional director
Bri Taylor, who was originally hired by Amazon to help over the holidays, is now a regional director for the company from her post in Katy, Texas.
“Having started my Amazon career as a seasonal hourly employee, I can say from first-hand experience that even seasonal roles can be a springboard into a lifetime career with Amazon,” Tye said in the statement. “Now I have the honor of serving as regional director of operations overseeing five of our largest fulfillment centers across Texas.”
Texas is one of the states with the most open Amazon positions
As it seeks workers across the U.S., Amazon noted that Texas is one of the states with the most available positions. Others include California, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, and Washington.
If an employee moves from part-time seasonal work to regular full-time job status, lots of things kick in—including health, vision, and dental insurance from day one; a 401(k) with 50% company matching; up to 20 weeks of paid leave for birthing parents and six weeks of parental leave; and a free mental health benefit offering services and support for employees, their families, and their households.
In September 2021, we wrote about Amazon’s plan to invest $1.2 billion in education and skills training for its workforce by 2025—including full college tuition available to 750,000 U.S. operations employees.
So that next box you see on your doorstep may be more than a box. It may have just been touched by someone making the first step in what could out to be a life-changing endeavor.
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