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.