Thursday, May 9, 2019

Amazon knows how turn employee's life to a nightmare

Amazon did its best to create a lot of problems for me for the last couple of weeks. The more problems I have the more time I spend to resolve them. The more time I spend on problems, the less time I spend on protests. Amazon is smart. I was overwhelmed with problems and didn't have time to protest more and share the updates.

Amazon attempted to get access to my medical records. Then, they informed me that they are not going to continue my leave. That means automatic termination:
- if I return to work, I am terminated via fake "pivot";
- if I do not return to work, I am terminated for the failure to return to work.

Termination is especially bad for me because my working visa application with USCIS will be cancelled. I will not be deported immediately, but if I will not get other immigration status, the deportation is the worst perspective. Since Amazon is very smart, they found how to harm me hereby also.

Amazon retaliated my protests and attempts for unionizing when I sent email to other employees. The company locked my laptop, locked access to the working network and working email. The working email was used in particular to maintain conversation with the working visa team from Amazon. Then, this team was not able to contact me with urgent matters of application because Amazon locked my email. And the visa status was jeopardized.

Fortunately, finally the visa team reached me over my private email. However this seems to be the result of luck. Overall it shows the demeanor and the culture of retaliation in the company.

Thus, the best advice for everyone who applies for a job or works for Amazon is: apply for another company if you have a chance to do so because of the following:
- Other company will not retaliate against you in the most outrageous ways.
- Other company will not jeopardize life of your children just to retaliate your complaint
- Other company will not jeopardize your immigration status just for retaliation
- Other company will not tolerate suicides of its employees

Last week I did protest in NY and my friend helped me with video taping. Thanks a lot to him. But due to some technical problems the videos are not available yet. As soon as I get them, new fun with security of Amazon building will be available on YouTube. Looking forward for new protests in Seattle soon.



10 comments:

  1. Well, in the worst case with the visa you can always get Canadian residence permit with your family...it's a great country; work and business culture I think are better in Canada than here. By the way, I see you have background in finance and trading algos... What do you think of current algo trading business perspectives? I have purely technical background but starting to mess around with quant trading - it's a lot of fun.

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    1. A lot of fun and a lot of work... Hope to hold the current residence...

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    2. With all the big Wall street quant shops trading now - not an easy task... "big whales" everywhere now. I wonder if human trading can still exist 10 years from now.

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    3. I haven't worked for Wall Street/big finance firms. I was in pure tech but only recently got interest in quant trading (I day trade, but not a lot). Not aiming to work for them: rather want to do something of my own, backtesting for now.

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    4. Well it is always good to try something new

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  2. Would not ever want to work for Wall Street (as corporate employee) anyway (I had opportunities). Freedom is worth more than any money.

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    1. That is true. We can sacrifice freedom for lovely work. But work at Amazon is never lovely.

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    2. For me, being an employee is not likely to become lovely, from my extensive experience (and one of people I know). There're good companies out there but spending time on finding them would waste lot of time...and once one had tasted freedom it's not possible to be content with giving it up (I don't/won't have family to support, though...this is a big factor). Amazon seems to be just the top of the ugly pyramid of vicious business and work culture of late stage US capitalism...it grew on the soil created for it by our society quietly tolerating these abuses done by numerous other companies for a long time, and it became a powerful monstrosity (no companies should be allowed to get that big/powerful, it applies to others)...anti-trust law violations all over the place.

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    3. Well, by "lovely" I mean to love the job. Regardless of whether it is full time job, volunteering, entrepreneurship etc. That's why people volunteer for free - because they love their work, they love to make others happy. And I saw that in some other companies with full time jobs. Amazon is not about that

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