Monday, October 14, 2019

Insist on the highest standards of death. Modified Amazon leadership principle.

We always remember the major Amazon leadership principle: Insist on the Highest Standards with the major Amazon management slogan:
Leaders have relentlessly high standards — many people may think these standards are unreasonably high. Leaders are continually raising the bar ...

Now we can call this principle "Insist on the Highest Standards of death". That is similar to "Insist on the Highest Standards of Oppression".

BuzzFeed reports abnormal level of deaths as a result of Amazon pushing it's drivers and contractors. Drivers are forced to deliver as fast as they can, so they drive too fast and kill pedestrians:

Valdimar Gray was delivering packages for Amazon at the height of the pre-Christmas rush when his three-ton van barreled into an 84-year-old grandmother, crushing her diaphragm, shattering several ribs, and fracturing her skull...
the company’s drivers worked under relentless demands to deliver hundreds of packages each shift ... — at the direction of dispatchers who often compel them to skip meals, bathroom breaks, and any other form of rest, discouraging them from going home until the very last box is delivered...
[And the most outrageous is:]
the e-commerce giant refused to accept any responsibility...
Meanwhile, drivers delivering Amazon packages have been involved in more than 60 serious crashes, including at least 10 that have resulted in fatalities. Numerous contractors have been found by the Labor Department to have underpaid or otherwise exploited workers, federal records show.

Drivers are prevented from taking bathroom breaks? Sounds familiar! Amazon fulfilment center workers have the same problem! Coincidence?

Amazon even found a way how to make software engineers pee in the bottle! Engineer is free use a restroom. However the white collar employee cannot enter the restroom like others if he commits his first amendment rights (protesting):

Meanwhile, Amazon CEO Mr Bezos acquires hundreds of the most expensive real estate objects. E. g. he has multiple houses, luxurious apartment in NY, takes a rest at the Florida resorts etc.

Bezos owns 300,000 acres in the Texas state etc. Btw Texas is the same state where many Amazon workers became disabled as a result of inhuman working conditions.

Insist on the highest standards of injuring and killing employees and pedestrians to make Bezos richer...

Friday, October 4, 2019

Coaching plan - another Amazon trick to cheat employees

Every Amazon engineer and manager knows about the fake Amazon performance improvement programs: "pivot" and "pip" (Performance Improvement Plan). Pivot is a fake procedure because an employee is prohibited to speak during the appeal about violations of the law. Performance improvement plan is also not fair because performance is assessed by the same manager (who placed an engineer on the pip).

However not everybody know about Amazon's top gun: "coaching plan". Some people say it is also called "development plan", some people say both terms are the same. We will call this coaching plan hereby.

This is one of the most powerful Amazon's weapons to get rid of an employee. The secret of the weapon is that the weapon is secret itself. An employee can be placed on the coaching plan without any notification, without any knowledge about it.

In fact, Amazon places a lot of employees on the coaching plan to cover future legal risks. Say the employee gets a nice yearly performance review ("Forte") and works well. However, one day he/she decides to complain about harassment by Amazon manager. The manager retaliates and unfairly terminates the employee via pip/pivot. The employee sues. In the lawsuit, Amazon says: "look, he is a low-performer. He was on the coaching plan since the first month of his work. He was terminated for the low performance".

This is a big surprise for the employee because he didn't know about that before the lawsuit. Amazon secretly built a case against him to cover legal risks. This is another reason to update our demand to change Amazon policies.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Tips, trick and techniques of Amazon HR: how to terminate disabled employee

Amazon is the high-tech company famous for its innovations. Funny thing is the most of the Amazon top technology was purchased (not developed) by Amazon. However the company still has in-house innovations. The most used innovation is the system allowing to screw its own employees with the fake HR.

Some employees complain about the toxic culture because they realize it is not normal. It is not normal that the company oppress families of employees, not only employees themselves. Obviously, the employer than intends to retaliate and terminate complainant in any unlawful and unfair manner. Even if the employee is disabled and on a leave.

Here is the trick innovated by the company to terminate a disabled employee on medical leave. Simple and genius.

To extend his leave, the employee needs to provide medical documentation to the employer on a regular basis. If the employer is Amazon, it is interested to set up impossible requirements for medical documentation. So then HR could say: you did not comply with our requirements, we terminate you.

How to set up impossible requirements? Should the employer ask to comply with some strict 1000 pages standard? Or to make 20 PhDs sign the document? Nope. Everything is much simpler and funny.

Amazon HR asks the employee to provide in the medical documentation evidence that he is disabled and not disabled at the same time. Yep. I should be disabled and not disabled. Only then HR can extend my leave. (Or I should stop to complain and protest).

HR says: should provide prove of the disability and date of the return to work. It goes without saying, if the employee is disabled he cannot return to work. If the employee is able to return to work, he does not need a leave.

This is another reason to ask Amazon to change its fake policies.

Monday, September 30, 2019

What to expect if you apply for a job at Amazon: confidentiality agreement

Recently I found an interesting article that highlights the nature of Amazon culture. Amazon sues its own employees.

The article is of 2014, seems like long time ago. However believe me: for now situation in Amazon only became worse. That was the reason why I filed a lawsuit and complaint to law enforcement agency. Amazon still intends to restrict fair competition by its unfair agreements.

Software engineers, "elite" among employees, are the most valuable, unique and highly paid workforce. Companies fight for the reputation to attract engineers. Employers increase benefits, insurance, working conditions. Google converted its office space to a resort to make it the most attractive place for employees. That's how 21st century companies compete at the labor market.

But there is one company that is not like everybody else. Instead of increasing perks for employees, the company persecute employees. Instead of protecting its own employees, the company sues them. Instead of providing medical help, the company makes employees disabled. Guess what is the name of this unique company? Hint: Major mass media call it "colony of hell".

Amazon? No! Again Amazon! What did they do this time?

The engineer found that toxic culture of Amazon is not for him. Then he decided to apply for a normal company - Google. And Amazon sued him! Most engineers don't want to work for Amazon. And if the employer can't attract people by fair means, it decides to persecute and sue! "If you run away from out slavery system, we will persecute you"

Amazon alleged, its engineer violated the non-competition agreement (prohibiting to work for competitor). As usual, Amazon intends to violate the law, because the colony of hell can't do business in fair way complying with the legal system. Trick is in some states (like California) such agreement is not enforceable by law. The real goal of Amazon is to make employee sign unfair document and make him feel fear of violation.

Many college graduates still apply for Amazon even knowing that this is one of the worst employers. They just have no other choice, have no work experience, trying to get their first line in resume. They think, they can sustain with toxic culture for a year or so, get experience and then run away to normal company.

But there are serious risks of such approach. By applying for a job at Amazon, a person can make his life worse forever (not only for the time of employment). Amazon can sue employee to prevent him find job at a normal company (even warehouse workers). Office and warehouse employees often become disabled till the end of the life as a result of working for Amazon, and the company often provides them no benefits. Children of Amazon employees die, parents prevented to treat them.

I do not discourage anybody to work for Amazon. If a person have no other choice, probably Amazon is a good fit for him/her. But everyone should familiarise himself with all the consequences before taking a decision.

What is the top secret technology Amazon zealously tries to hide? What secret should be kept by every employee under the confidentiality agreement? Unique algorithm of multi flow processing? Cloud server technology not known before? Nope.

The most important technology of Amazon is its toxic culture. Amazon innovated automated systems to track its own warehouse employees. Amazon innovated fake HR structure allowing to persecute employees with impunity. Amazon innovated toxic culture.

Amazon forces employees to sign confidentiality agreement for one certain goal. It is not to prevent theft of code. It is to prevent distribution of information about colony of hell.

In the middle of the XX century Hewlett Packard established basis for caring about employees. HP engineers could play volleyball at work, had flexible working schedule, got free lunches. Later other companies of Silicon Valley followed this practice.

In the XXI century, Amazon established basis for toxic employment culture. Nobody wants to follow this example. Less and less people want to work for Amazon. When engineer at Google is terminated, his manager walks him to the cafe and pays for his drink. When engineer at Amazon protests against toxic culture, his manager harasses him with hate speech and HR covers the manager.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Daily Beast publication: Amazon pivot for software engineers, my complaint, comments of practicing attorneys

Chinese software engineers say: There are three things I can watch forever: fire, water, Amazon fake pivot program.

Daily Beast today interviewed Amazon software engineers, practicing attorneys and one guy who likes to protest:

Link to article

It goes without saying Amazon Pivot is a pure fake:

Practicing attorneys agree Pivot is fake:

I assume Amazon attorneys will say Pivot is not fake. Well it is expected. Because Amazon pays to its attorneys around $1000 an hour. While Amazon warehouse workers are paid $15 an hour.

Crazy guy who likes to protest also believes Pivot is fake:

Last year first was Bloomberg. The media described how new Amazon program made life of employees even worse.

Link to article

And of course I can't forget crazy protesting guy explaining pivot with bad English:

After all of that Amazon responded to Daily Beast the company wanted to mitigate conflict with crazy guy:

As usual, Amazon commits mockery by its official response. Here is why:

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Finally they did it... Amazon terminated me. And asked me to keep everything in secret.

Is it good or bad news when I am kicked out of Mordor?

No Performance Improvement Plan, no Pivot. No "failed to meet expectations". No appeal.
The last known thing about my performance is nice Forte review of the last year.
In violation of its own policies, Amazon terminated me avoiding any reasonable procedure.
They terminated me during the medical leave.

Today HRs Joel Wilson and Mary-Michelle Brown informed me that they were not kitting threatening me before.

Mary-Michelle reminded:
You have executed a Confidentiality, Noncompetition and Invention Assignment Agreement with the Company. You are reminded that certain provisions of the agreement survive the termination of your employment with the Company and remain in full force and effect.

Amazon again reminds me that I signed agreement to keep crimes of Amazon in secret.

I refuse.

Friday, July 19, 2019

New trick from all and abused Amazon: threat of termination during the leave

I assumed Amazon exhausted all the means of retaliation yet. However I erred.
Amazon Leave team is an independent HR team responsible for evaluating of employees medical documents, granting and extending the leave etc. I was on leave since August of 2018. Every month the team extended my leave.

In June of 2019, I informed Joel Wilson from the Amazon leave team, that I filled charges against Amazon for discrimination, retaliation and violation of unionizing laws. Right on the next month (July) Wilson let me know that my "leave of absence will not be extended" and I am "subject to attendance discipline, up to and including termination, for being away from work without authorization."

Coincidence? If we ask Wilson, he will respond that he is not satisfied with leave documents from my doctor: "it failed to outline your expected period of disability, and did not provide objective documentation of incapacity, restrictions or limitations."

Even if Wilson would be right, there are still questions. Why did Wilson extended my leave during the whole year until I informed him that I filed charges against Amazon? Once I said to Wilson about charges against Amazon, the leave was "magically" terminated.

It goes without saying, Amazon is overwhelmed with toxic culture of retaliation. But there is one more reason for termination. Amazon uses an opportunity to terminate me for "non-attendance" after the leave to prevent from very important activity. If I don't return to work, I can't send working emails and complaints. E. g. last time I sent complaint via the working email, my email was immediately locked.