Saturday, February 9, 2019

Public protest against Amazon

Insist on the highest standards of oppression to our families. I am an engineer at Amazon: 2017-present.

Bro! I am calling you Bro even if we don’t know each other. This is because both of us could work for Amazon. That means both of us suffer from fascism culture of Amazon. You might not agree with me. If you like your company and happy with your job, you are lucky. But don’t lose discretion. In 2017 I got job offer for software engineer position in Amazon and was happy like you. Nice company, nice salary, nice team members. At that time, I didn’t assume the horror hidden inside of the glossy box.

I didn’t hear about NYT article describing how Amazon persecutes employees because of their association with disabled and dying relatives. I didn’t know the Internet is full of stories of that kind. To somehow improve its reputation, Amazon manipulates public opinion on the Internet! Amazon pays to its employees for posts in social networks! Don’t believe? Google it!

My name is Oleg Churyumov. In 2017, I left a negative feedback about my manager Uwais Khan in the daily “Amazon Connect” survey. Amazon Connect team sent to me the report showing how my manager can calculate my answer. At our 1:1 meeting, Khan prohibited me to leave feedback in the system. Since then oppression started.
Khan asked me to work on weekends. Then he asked HR how to prevent me from immigration benefits (not informing me about that).

Every Amazon engineer is entitled with internal transfer opportunity. I realized this can be the only way to stay with the company and avoid oppression. I asked Khan about internal transfer to another team in NY. Khan said, I can do that as soon as my wife finds job there. My wife spent 3 months on hard search and interviews. She got a job offer in NY, signed new lease there and moved with one of our children. I informed Khan about that and he said he changed his opinion. He forced me to stay in Seattle with my second child. Khan made me single parent.

Amazon sponsored my working EB3 visa. This allowed me to apply for residency in US simultaneously with my another non-stable immigration status. I could not quit job immediately, because then I would lose application for this visa. Engineers call this “working visa slavery”. Amazon knows employees will not strike oppression. Because “at will” job contract allows immediate termination with no reason. Most of Amazon engineers are immigrants who lose immigration H1B status once they are terminated. Many IT companies provide immigration sponsorship. However, none of them is so impudent like Amazon to use this for oppression.

My 3 yo daughter has a development delay and I need to bring her to therapy. For that, I asked Khan for work from home once a week like everybody else in our team. Khan prohibited me to work from home. Moreover, he asked me to come to office at 7 am and sit there alone. All the other team members came to office at 11 am and worked from home without restrictions. And their children were not disabled.

One day my daughter became seriously sick. Violating Khan’s prohibitions, I took 2 days leave to take care of her. Khan punished me for that. He sent email listing missed work during these days as my fault.

In April of 2018 I got nice Forte performance review. Next month I complained to HR about tortures by Khan. I didn’t know, employees say on Internet that Amazon HR does not to protect employees. Amazon HR protects company from employees. HR specialist Edwin Mwango performed investigation and confirmed most of the facts I spoke about. However, Mwango said Khan didn’t violate Amazon policies. This is simply because Amazon policies do not prohibit such oppression.

Immediately after HR investigation, Khan retaliated and placed me on “pivot” (termination procedure). During the pivot, I chose “appeal” option to speak in front of independent random employees. HR responsible for appeal at pivot was Annalisa Perez. Perez prohibited me to tell about tortures and retaliation during the appeal. This proves that “pivot” is a fiction to create a visibility of justice. In fact, there is no justice in Amazon. If employee files lawsuit, Amazon says: “During the appeal at pivot another independent employees confirmed the termination. There is no bias of his manager” However, Amazon does not say that appellant is prohibited to speak about oppression at appeal. Pivot appeal is a fake.

I complained to current HRBP Andrew Berg, Khan’s supervisor Joe Resudek and even Jeff Bezos. Same month, Resudek announced Khan is promoted. Berg met with me and Khan and laughed at my words. As I expected, Bezos never responded. Amazon blocked me access to its buildings.

You can say: “What can you change? You are alone, weak and poor. Amazon is big and strong, Jeff Bezos is a billionaire.” I have an answer. Amazon is a big and fat behemoth. It is getting fatter because it has no natural enemies. It has a lot of fat but it has no strong skeleton. It is a castle made of sand. There is a huge labor turnover. Nobody works here for idea, mission or something apart from money or immigration status. Everybody pretends he shares Amazon principles.
There are weapons against behemoths. These weapons are true and civil rights. We need to remember name of our region: King County of Washington state. I am sure Martin Luther King and George Washington heard many times “You can't do that”. As well as Mahatma Gandhi.

You can say: “Ok, but what do you want?”. I have an answer. I want Bezos to stop lying about his “zero tolerance” to the oppression. Or he should start implementing this “zero tolerance”. I want Amazon to change its policies and procedures. I want every Amazon engineer and other employees who meet such oppression to know: they are not alone. One day other guy will say: “No”. And then another guy. And then another. Bezos can't hide the true behind his billions indefinitely. He can’t buy everybody with all his money.
I don't know when it happens. Maybe 1 year. Maybe more. But I have plenty of time. I will stay here until the end. It is a pleasure for me to make a small input to fight against oppression.

One Amazon employee said when her father was dying, her boss told “you are the problem” and prevented her from visiting the father. Another Amazon employee saw his unborn child died during pregnancy when he was under oppression by his manager. There are a lot of cases like that. Amazon is built on blood.

Hero of famous movie was right. When I will be 80 yo dying in warm bed I will remember tens of years I spent at work making Bezos richer. Would I exchange all these years for just one chance? One chance to stay here and tell to Bezos: “Your billions don't give you a right to kill our children”.

If you don’t agree with me or think I am an idiot that’s OK. I am glad you and your family don’t suffer. And I hope they will not. But you are welcome to come to me and talk. Ask any questions. Tell me your experience, argue and say I am not right. I will be glad to talk to you regardless of your position, provide any explanations and evidence.

Every working day I will stay in front of one of Amazon buildings in Seattle with a banner for few hours. I will do this indefinitely. If you want to locate me, text to my Facebook (Oleg Churyumov).
God bless you

As Jeff said, it is always Day 1.


Next day of protest

100 comments:

  1. I don't mean to be rude but you should really have that sign and blog looked at, you can't even speak or write proper english - you're presenting yourself like some kind of madman, it's taking away from what you're trying to tell.

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    1. Thank you for feedback man. Sorry for my English... Can't spend enough time to correct because of protests and a lot of stuff doing simultaneously. E g today I worked with laptop under umbrella during the protest. If there is something special to replace in the text - let me know and I will do

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    2. I couldn't agree more. Sorry. I can't take this seriously.

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    3. Oleg, ignore these idiots, your message is clear to any English speaker with an education above 3rd grade. Keep this post up.

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    4. Agreed. Your English is clear enough and it makes complete sense to any English speaker. Oleg is an engineer and not a native English speaker, so please climb off your high horse and stop commenting on the way this is written and concentrate on the content.

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    5. Thank you man. That is a relief for me.

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    6. Yeah - you're fine, man. It's not your fault English is not your first language. Your points come across perfectly fine. You don't sound like a mad man.

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    7. Amazon tries to make me mad but I am not mad )

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    8. This is such an obnoxious comment that misses your whole point. Please disregard it. Your message is clear and I can hear your frustration and anger regarding this situation loud and clear.

      I'm sorry you are a victim to an exploitative manager and to a company that enabled and rewarded these practices. Document everything and use it to help build your case. Hopefully your words and actions will help shed light on how unjust this situation seems for immigrant workers and AMZN one day changes their policies and culture for the better. Good luck Oleg.

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    9. How would you feel if your life was judged on your foreign grammar?

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    10. > Thank you for feedback man.
      Yeah, "Thank you, man" ofc.
      > Sorry for my English... Can't spend enough time to correct because
      I see this pattern over and over and there just are writing-mistakes because of incompetence and the ones because of "didn't have time" and they ARE distinguishable (who would have thought!)

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    11. The guy saying this:

      I don't mean to be rude but you should really have that sign and blog looked at, you can't even speak or write proper english - you're presenting yourself like some kind of madman, it's taking away from what you're trying to tell.

      is a a MOTHERFUCKER. The post is genuine and everybody understands it lest you are a shitbrain. I stand with you OLEG.

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    12. While Oleg's english may not be perfect, the meaning of the post is perfectly clear. It seems like you just don't want to understand. Are you working for Amazon?

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  2. Do you really think it's appropriate to draw a comparison between Jeff Bezos and Adolf Hitler? Doing so makes the reader question your judgment, and in turn, your credibility.

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    1. Thank you for the feedback. I got the same comment from multiple other people. Thanks to you and others, I will change.

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    2. I guess it's just part of men to try to dethrone the Alpha(s): "I wrote Jeff Bezos, but he did not reply" :-D

      I think you really need to adjust fast. As an exercise I suggest you spend a couple of years in your home-country.

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  3. @Oleg, The sign featured in the picture says to "Insist on the highest standards of oppression to our families..." This seems to imply that you are advocating for oppression when in fact you are fighting against oppression. I think that was the point the first commenter was trying to make. There are grammatical errors in the body of the text you posted but the meaning you wish to convey is clear. Certainly readers will understand that English is not your native language. I hope that helps. I hope that you and your family are able to resolve the situation. I support you.

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    1. Thank you for that. Yep.. English is not my native.. I spent 2 days painting the banner, hard to replace... But I already ordered to print then next one - about hunger strike.

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    2. It's a bit of dark humor and an inside joke, and actually makes sense to Amazon employees: "Insist on the Highest Standards" is one of Amazon's leadership principles :-)

      Oleg, I can't help but think there may be two sides to the story, but I hope you get a fair hearing and things improve for you. And especially I hope your family is reunited and your daughter well. Best.

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    3. thank you for that. Yep, I thought sarcasm about Amazon principle would be the good idea :)

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  4. Best of luck to you, Oleg.

    There was a previous employee who went on a hunger strike. I hope his situation can inform you and help.

    https://www.businessinsider.com/amazon-employee-hunger-strike-2014-11

    He went three weeks, and (I think? guessing) Amazon settled with him in some way to make the PR nightmare end.

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    1. Thank you for that! As far as I understand 3 weeks were for protest and hunger was for couple of days. I can do hunger more, but main problem is to attract media like that guy. If nobody will know, Amazon will not pay attention.

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  5. Hi Oleg!

    I just want to say thank you for doing this. This kind of protest is long overdue. I'm going to share this post with some other online communities to get some more buzz.

    If you are able, you should live stream your protests to get more engagement from people online, as well as to let locals know when you're out there so they can join.

    - Jeremy

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    1. Thank you for that Jeremy. Any support matters for me now, since I started absolutely alone. I will try my best to promote it to any social media. If media would pay attention, I would start hunger strike immediately.

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  6. I feel your pain, if one company has all the power and you have to deal with them for many facets in your life and they have a dismal reputation concerning the public, then your population is doomed.....

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    1. Thank you man. I think the oppression can affect anybody. But nobody will oppose. We should oppose more.

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  8. I don't understand people who hate their employer yet continue to work for them. You only live once, why waste the precious time like that. If you were good enough to work for Amazon, you can work pretty much anywhere. You don't have to live in Seattle or New York either.

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    1. That is correct. But since money is not crucial for a while, I invest in truth instead. I am thinking about answer to the question "What would I do if I would have a billion of dollars?". "What would I do if I would be 80 yo?" My answer is come to the square and speak out against oppression of thousands of people

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    2. But they aren't being oppressed. A job is not a right. They are being paid for a job in exchange for compensation that they agree to. People who don't agree or like the policies are free to find another job. Jeff Bezos is not evil. He might push policies to drive people hard, but as long as people are willing to do it, there is no problem. Amazon's work policies are infamous and it's the main reason I've never even considered applying for a position there.

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    3. I agree 100% nobody is forced to apply for Amazon. Nobody is forced to stay if he wants to quit. In the middle of previous century nobody forced black guys to come to "white only" cafes and restrooms. As per NYT article, nobody forced employee to stay at Amazon when her manager punished her because her father was dying.

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    4. This is the same victim-blaming mentality for people who shame abusers for not leaving their partners. 1) Sometimes you won't notice how bad it is and your managers may make you feel trapped or normalize behavior 2) NOBODY deserves this treatment. It is not the person's fault.

      Beyond the comparison, whoever wrote the above comment must have just read the first paragraph as he mentions that he is under job slavery. Imagine you have children and you take them to get a new life and within a few years after your settled in, you're still working towards that green card, your manager fires you halting progress on your workers visa. What do you tell your family?

      @oleg I recommend you stop reading these toxic comments

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  9. Amazon culture is burnout culture. I lasted 4 years, then they changed my job to being nothing but a Windows ticket monkey (I'm a Linux sysadmin.)

    The reason they prefer foreign visa applicants is because they can virtually enslave them for a decade or more, wring all of the creativity and productivity out of them, use them to suppress wages for US citizens, then throw them away before they actually have to spend money to sponsor for a green card.

    Amazon is not a company to work for if you have a real family. It is designed for young, unattached workaholics. If you work there, use it to build your resume then leave for a more reasonable place.

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  10. The dearth of definite articles, the name Oleg and a few other clues tell you he's Russian or Slavic, and you adjust your reading accordingly, like someone who has experienced something besides just their hometown, high school, and the superficial snap judgments that go with that.

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    1. You are absolutely right, I am Russian and my hometown is Novosibirsk. And the same domain contain all the information you need at Russian part of my blog.

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  11. Can you expand on "In 2017, I left a negative feedback about my manager Uwais Khan in the daily “Amazon Connect” survey...". Please provide some background about what your manager was doing wrong that you left a bad feedback. Also, I'm curious to know how he prevented you from immigration benefits.

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    1. sure. He went to HR and asked how can he prevent me from immigration benefits. Asked me not to post feedback on Amazon Connect

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    2. sorry I can't post evidence documents here due to legal reasons

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    3. Lol, that’s funny! I’m pretty sure you broke a lot of confidentiality agreements already, and you’re just scared to post that document? Are you kidding me? Seems like you just want attention, and if you really had that document, you wouldnt have hesitated a second before posting it!

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    4. Be careful with these anonymous comments (probably Amazon reputation management contractors or Amazon employees) that are egging you to be careless. Don't post any document online. Anyone can protest, particuarly employees. Ignore the detractors.

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    5. You have not broken any "confidentiality agreements" by protesting or making this post. It is a human right to protest and seek redressal or appeal to courts or government authorities. Ensure you have documentary proof of all interactions but do not post them at this stage. Do not store this proof in company laptop, emai or servers, of course. Do not post any internal documents online at this stage. When the time comes, you can place it before court or give it to a lawyer. You can also join class action suits filed by employees against Amazon.

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    6. Pretty cool calling him out behind an anonymous account. Whose to say you're not an Amazon lawyer trying to goad him into breaking his NDA?

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    7. Respectfully I replied to both support and critics. But for now I don't reply to all the critics because I found that article about manipulating social networks by Amazon. Amazon pays employees for comments in favor of the company.
      https://qz.com/1369802/amazon-is-giving-employees-50-gift-cards-to-tweet-nice-things-about-the-company/

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  12. Oleg I support you. You are not crazy and you are right about this. Software engineers must organize. Don't let the trolls and spooks get you down.

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    1. Thank you bro. I will strike until the end

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  13. Hi Oleg
    I'm sorry you are suffering. However there's always 2 sides to a story. If you want to sound credible, you have to also explain the other side. What drove you to write a negative comment about your boss. What were the problems at work before and after. Did you miss important deliverables? milestones? Are other teammates facing similar harassment or just you?

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    1. Thanks for your questions. At that time, Amazon Connect was a checkbox system, not a textbox answer. Like-Dislike instead of comment. I even didn't write anything bad there. Problems: Of course my boss may say it is all about my performance. Then I will bring my Forte performance review + a lot of letters of reference from other engineers including those from other departments working on project initiated by me + managers ready to get my application for internal transfer in Amazon at that time. Other teammates did not suffer. This is a matter of discrimination. Even if I would be the worst and lowest-qualified engineer in the world (which is not true) nobody gives a right to manager for such oppression

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    2. Thanks for the reply Oleg. And I wouldnt wish this nightmare on anyone. Really sad that you had to go through putting insane hours and being denied putting in flexible hours, taking vacations and caring for your daughter.
      Your reply, however, still doesnt answer the query about what happened between your manager and you that drove you to enter the negative feedback in Connect. Also what kind of immigrant benefits were you prevented from using?
      You talk about not being allowed to switch teams. It's bizarre that even though your manager didnt like working with you or your performance he didnt want to let go of you. Was it because you're actually a good performer or was he driven by wanting to make your life miserable.
      You mention that they have revoked your access from entering the buildings. So are you required to work remotely? If not, then have they fired you? It'll be good if you can touch upon this and also provide more background about the issues with your manager before you entered the feedback.
      Stay strong!

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    3. Sure, I can reply to all the additional questions either in public or privately. But before that can I ask your name and organisation? You can send me privately if don't want to publish

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  14. >> I asked Khan about internal transfer to another team in NY. Khan said, I can do that as soon as my wife finds job there.

    I don't understand this part. Why would Khan care about your wife finding job in NY? Why couldn't you tell him that she already did? Khan had no way to verify it.

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    1. Maybe that was my mistake. But maybe not because I was honest and that is my advantage.

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    2. Poor guy! You almost made me cry! We all support you because you’re honest and perfect, and everyone is unfairly plotting against you but you never did anything wrong! GROW UP!

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    3. this guy is a real mother fucker. fuck you shit bag

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  15. It’s not the English, it’s the story, which doesn’t make sense. It seems like Amazon was helping you immigrate, and somehow you were under a conspiracy theory... that seems too fake or exaggerated.

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  16. You are on the right track. Keep up the fight. i totally support your. i have heard from other sources too that amazon is a fascist organization, it is a tool of oppression and its only aim is nothing but to acquire profits. They do not care about any employees. Spread the news.

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    1. Looks like you didn’t do well on an interview with Amazon!

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    2. Looks like you didn’t do well on an interview with Amazon

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  17. This is not about amazon. If it was, there would be hundreds of employees protesting with you by now. This is about you, your job and your boss. We all encounter bad relationships in our life - business partners, siblings, friends, spouse, children, parents and so on. When we are in a bad relationship, we try to quit and move on , like in a divorce. Quit your boss and your job, move on. You are so fortunate to be in a country with so much opportunity and you are in a field that has so much demand now. You say money is not a problem. Make the best use of it. Go start your own company. Show your boss what you are capable of as an engineer and leader.

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    1. You sound like Oleg had a "normal" experience and that there is nothing wrong with this.

      Yes, bosses can be jerks, but this is way past the tolerable level of opression.



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    2. Amazon has the rep to be the corporate sweatshop of America. A lot of engineers I know are not considering Amazon because of this. I do agree that there isn't a point to keep protesting. Amazon is already hurting with their rep. Go work for Google.

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    3. Amazon, Google? When did the community decide that these places are the pinnacle of systems engineering? Rewarding alternatives do exist.

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    4. You clearly have no idea or understanding about work visa limitations a.k.a. "work slavery". He cannot just "quit and move on". He cannot start his own company. His family members cannot work to support the family while he is having problems or gap in employment. The condition of the H-1B work visa dictates that he can work for his current employer and current employer only. It's called "visaholder" though"slave holder" would be more appropriate. If for any reason (or without any reason, since this is "at will" employment) the employer lets you go (it doesn't even have to be termination, just a layoff), you have 10 days to find another visaholder and go through the entire formal process (which is physically impossible) - or pack your bags and leave the country.
      These are the conditions under which hundreds of thousands of people came to work in this country. Many were lucky enough to have their visaholder sponsor their green cards and they finally got rid of visa slavery limitations, but many were not. Some stay in the country illegally which creates even bigger challenges, some are forced to return to their home country. This becomes a really massive problem at the times of crisis (think 2000-2003 or 2008-2009).
      To tell you more, at the times of industry booming (dot com boom in 1998-2000 is a great example) work visas became a profitable business for work slavery traders a.k.a. bodyshops a.k.a. "consulting companies". They sponsored visas for foreign workers even though they didn't have jobs for them, then sold them on the "corp-to-corp" contract basis to companies that needed the qualified workforce. And of course what they paid to their slaves was always a fraction of what they received for reselling them as contractors. This practice is still continuing today...

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  18. didnt know Amazon has such background stories. I searched for the characters you were mentioning. Is this the guy Uwais => https://www.linkedin.com/in/uwais-khan-64a6b07/

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    1. If you need to stay anonymous make sure to logout from your LinkedIn account before you access that link or he will be notified.

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  19. I'm not surprised that this guy is from Russia. The NKVD used to do things similar to Amazon/other corporates tactics to people - "building cases" against people, gathering fake evidence and holding false trials just to create a perception of a fair process.
    Oleg is naive to waste his health on this protest but I can really feel his pain and the injustice done to him.
    I just don't get why companies choose this disgraceful way to manage out employees. It's "at will" employment, what's wrong with just "I don't trust you, we can't work together. You have 2 months to find an alternative role in the company or outside." HR could actually support him on his way out and coach him on how he can comminucate better with his manager or colleagues next time.
    Oleg - stay strong, the best way is to put this behind, learn from this experience and try to move forward in life.

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  20. I've got your back. Your specific issue has been escalated to the appropriate party. Hopefully, all you said is true and it gets fixed in your favor. Keep me informed in this thread how it goes for you. Good luck, Oleg.

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    1. Sure. I am not giving up. Next week you will see.

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  21. You realize your code reviews/wiki edits are public to amazon employees? I’m not trying to be a dick, but you have only had 5 code reviews in the past year. CRs aren’t everything but they’re a decent proxy for productivity. Why do you think your manager is inaccurate Tim his assessment that you’re ineffective?

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    1. Nice note. I took leave in July of 2018. Also you need to filter CRs from the beginning (June of 2017).
      Note from the comment above:
      Even if I would be the worst and lowest-qualified engineer in the world (which is not true) nobody gives a right to manager for such oppression.
      Please share your name also...

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  22. So five CRS from Jan 2018 to July 2018? Why were you effective during that time?

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    1. I am sorry man. Until you tell your real initials or Amazon login name I assume by default you participate in Amazon Ambassador program.
      https://www.staradvertiser.com/2018/08/27/breaking-news/amazon-pays-employees-to-post-positive-social-media-updates/
      I hope you are not. Thus you have nothing to afraid of being not Mr Anonymous. Even if your name is Uwais Khan you will not be insulted here. I am not anonymous, I am ready openly discuss and argue my point with everybody who is not fake.

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  23. I’m not revealing my name here, but I’m not in the ambassador program(do they have those for SDEs?, I thought it was just FCs). Just wanted to ask some questions. Good luck with everything man.

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    1. For privacy if you don't want to share your name - contact me on facebook or chime, I will not share you with anybody. In private call I will give you all the names of projects, references etc and give my performance to your judgement

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  24. Dude, what did you expect on the appeal if you had submitted just 5 tiny CRs and created one wiki page for the whole last year. I am sorry for your daughter but it looks like you use her in your legal fights. I am also Russian, work at Amazon, have a child with development issues, and I was in a similar situation when my ex-manager betrayed me and got promoted. But I chose not to fight although was tempted to but work hard for my family and my future.

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    1. Thank you for sharing your story. I think we have different goals. You work for your family and get another job or another team (I don't know). You are right doing this. In the current moment of my life I don't care about money and even immigration status. I am not looking for other job. You would not believe me, but I feel myself guilty if I don't say that it is not normal for Amazon warehouse guys to pie in the bottles instead of using restrooms. If you are from Russia you know better then me: people are divided there in 2 groups - silent and non-silent. Both of them are right. They just have different goals. Because in Russia there is even more oppression than in Amazon.
      Come and stay with me couple of hours at the square at cold Seattle street. You will see people approaching us and telling their stories. They tell "If you think you suffered you didn't in fact. Because you never worked at fulfillment center." This make me more confident in my strike now than in the beginning

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    2. For privacy if you don't want to share your name - contact me on facebook or chime, I will not share you with anybody. In private call I will give you all the names of projects, references etc and give my performance to your judgement

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    3. I was terrified when you told "5" number of crs. Just checked: my active work time was July 2017 - July 2018. For that "whole year" there were more than 20 crs from me. Just to emphasize. When searching put in proper date range and press checkbox "shipped". I didn't work after last july. Sorry can't search wiki pages because of slow Internet. But I believe it was not one - look for conferences in autumn of 2017 and others. Beware, we both signed NDA, don't post any projects names or contents here.

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  25. This is a horrible story. Such management behavior is not acceptable. There are few things which are not clear from the story:

    Court filings mention "work visa" being "denied". From the context it looks like it is not "work visa", but rather a permanent resident ("green card") application. You should have had some work visa to actually work for Amazon. You probably want to correct this - it looks odd.

    Comments in this blog mention H-1B slavery, the post also mentions asylum seeking. It is not clear for now, did Amazon indeed sponsor H-1B for you or you entered US using some other visa? It would be much easier to understand and relate to you if these details would be clarified

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    1. Correct, I have no H1B. Technically I even don't have asylum. Neither of applications is approved. I am out of status, pending

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  26. Deleting comments won't help you. The comment you deleted was posted on Blind.

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    1. You are welcome to re-post it here if you are not fake. I was thinking this comment harms Ms Anonymous more than me. Thank you for link to Blind. I will not ask your name. You may remain anonymous. But if you are not fake and you are really Amazon engineer or manager - just please confirm it. Then I will not remove your comment.

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    2. Honestly, your mental abilities are questionable. Given that the data were collected directly from CRs and the post on Blind was published in Amazon's chat definitely it was somebody who works at Amazon.

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    3. Ok, did you make the post or you are saying about somebody else? If it is you, please confirm you work for Amazon without tricks and hints. If you think I am not smart enough to understand it - please help me and explain clear and univocal

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  27. "I support the protest!". I have an idea to turn this into movement. 1. Identify mailing lists with highest numbers of subscribers 2. Send an email with a link to this blog post and request them to leave a comment "I support the protest" if they agree.

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    1. Thank you man. That is good idea. I was thinking about getting "I support" at Change.org

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  28. Sounds good! The Captcha on this blog can deter commenters. Send an email to internal mailing lists with a link to change.org

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    1. got it. But without captcha there will be even more bots...

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  29. I'm also an Amazon employee and I checked Uwais's tech-survey and it's quite good. Far better than my current manager.

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    1. They are sheep afraid of upsetting manager. He will get even better reviews next year as they made example out of Oleg to instill fear.

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  30. preserve happening the enjoyable be roomy , I entrance few posts upon this internet web page and i conceive that your blog is every single one glamorous and has units of great advice. Click to know more about Amazon FBA

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  31. Agree with you whole heartily and those other people saying your English is garbage can go sick an egg and take a long walk off a short pier. Lot of great things come out of Amazon but I have been witness to a lot of what you have described and shame on JB for his way of thinking and all his little minions who can stare at that barrel and think about it!! I'm an well educated individual and someone who has served my country, our country and if someone wants to come to here better themselves and their family, works hard, and tries to do right they should not be penalized for taking care of their family. The f'ing world doesnt stop because JB says so. Hope his Ex wife rakes him over the coals.
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    1. Thank you for your support. Every vote matters. I don't touch family of JB, but he should count what is his life worth. He spent more than half of his years. Now any person on his place usually thinks: what will people remember about him? Wealthiest man? Or greatest man? Or vice versa?

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  32. My husband lasted a year at Amazon. He wasn't an engineer. Bezos said don't like it here? There's the door. There's a 100 people lined up waiting to take your job. That's the culture. Sadly too many people are too scared to speak up or speak out. Many are foreigners and they don't even know or understand that there is labor laws and EEOC that can protect them. My husband is from Western Europe they don't put up with bullshit and they speak out so that's what he did. We didn't like the city of Seattle everything is way overpriced for that shithole place all because of Amazon. We left and have no regrets. Too many people like masochism I guess. Blood sweat and tears for the glory of Amazon. No thanks. Not worth it.

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    1. +1. Another problem is it is easy for Amazon machine to fight every single employee. Despite there 600 000 Amazon employees, they are separated and in fact each of them is alone. If employees would act together as a group, Amazon would give up immediately.

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