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Amazon Refutes Bruising Report on Workplace

Monday, August 17, 2015

Recently New York Times writers Jodi Kantor and David Streitfeld shed some light on retail giant Amazon’s recruitment, training, and management strategies, and the picture they painted was not kind. The report stated that the company expects employees to work long hours, forgo time off, and eschew family to complete their work. In short, unlike many corporate leaders of today, Amazon prides itself on its cutthroat environment, where employees are rewarded for harsh competition rather than collaboration. However, company founder Jeff Bezos did not agree with the journalists’ harsh interpretation of the company’s practices. In a letter issued to employees, Bezos wrote, “The article . . . claims that our intentional approach is to create a soulless, dystopian workplace where no fun is had and no laughter heard . . . I don’t recognize this Amazon and I very much hope you don’t, either. More broadly, I don’t think any company adopting the approach portrayed could survive, much less thrive, in today’s highly competitive tech hiring market.” 

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