Our employees are the driving force of our community initiatives, small business support and diversity, equity and inclusion programmes. They embody Amazon’s 16 leadership principles and work to make Amazon the world’s best employer.
Amazon values all of our employees and strives to be earth’s best employer by creating opportunities, progression, benefits, culture and safety for everyone who works here. Here we’ve rounded up the top ten reasons why Amazon is a great place to work.
Exciting Career Paths
A wide variety of careers are available at Amazon. Data scientists, fashion innovators or community outreach managers are all pathways available to Amazon employees. Our focus on progression and continual learning allows employees to propel their careers forward – we’ve provided funding for 2,300 Amazon employees in 2022 to gain new skills and qualifications, as part of our Career Choice programme.
Whatever background, qualifications, or aspirations you might have, Amazon offers opportunities. We put you in prime position to train and gain new skills, you get paid while you learn and there can be rewards for making bold career moves at Amazon.
Amazon’s benefits for employees begin on day one, offering a range of support for employees and eligible family members. These include private medical insurance and, after one year’s tenure, Amazon will pre-pay 95% of tuition fees for employees undertaking courses in high-demand fields.
Amazon also offers competitive wages, with pay for operational roles starting at a minimum of £11.45 per hour in the London area and £10.50 per hour in other parts of the UK.
A diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace
We are a company of builders who bring varying backgrounds, characteristics, ideas, and points of view to inventing on behalf of our customers.
A welcoming and inclusive culture is cultivated through 13 employee-led affinity groups with local ‘chapters’ across the world. This includes Glamazon, Amazon’s LGBTQ+ affinity group which was named as one of the top 10 global LGBTQ+ networks in the Global Diversity List 2021 and leads our annual Pride celebrations at Amazon. Other affinity groups include Women@Amazon and the Black Employee Network who all lead celebrations, events, education and mentoring sessions throughout the year including for Black History Month and International Women’s Day.
Safety is prioritised at every point when working at Amazon. Cutting-edge technology is used to protect employees at Amazon sites that have been designed with safety as a priority. We employ 6,200 safety professionals globally (including Amazon’s Health, Safety and Environment Technician Apprentices) and have spent $13.5 billion worldwide, since March 2020, on keeping our employees safe across all of our sites.
Amazon also launched a European Operations Innovation Lab which is designed to enhance the employee experience through the development of advanced technologies that support safer ways of working.
Employees are empowered to support their local communities
Amazon employees bring the same innovation and energy to their communities and cities as they do to their work every day. Through employee-led initiatives, Amazon supports millions of people through community programmes, including donations and hands-on support where it’s needed.
Amazon employees have organised charity kilt-walks and product donations to support communities and bring charitable work closer to Amazon, enabling employees to see and understand the everyday impact they have locally.
Read more about our volunteer Sustainability Ambassadors making a difference in the community.
Amazon are committed to creating more opportunities
Choosing to work at Amazon can be the beginning of a fulfilling career. Amazon is committed to increasing social mobility and creating diverse and inclusive workplaces in the UK. At Amazon there are countless individuals who have built successful careers here when they thought certain paths were closed off to them.
In 2022, Amazon also offered 1,000 new full-time apprenticeship roles in 25 different schemes and created thousands of permanent jobs across the UK. More than half of fulfilment centre hires were previously out of work or joining directly from education – Amazon also provides Corporate Military Internships to military service leavers looking to start a career in eCommerce. The Career Choice programme builds on this by offering all eligible employees a grant that covers 95% of tuition fees for relevant qualifications acquired while working for Amazon.
Unique culture that breeds invention
At the forefront of Amazon is customer-centric innovation, driven by a team of leaders and innovators that pursue excellence.
Our Leadership Principles define our culture, helping us relentlessly pursue our mission of being Earth’s most customer-centric company, striving to be Earth’s best employer, and safest place to work.
Sustainability as a priority
In 2019, Amazon co-founded The Climate Pledge, and is committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2040 across all operations. This will be achieved with a roll-out of 100,000 custom electric-delivery vehicles by 2030 and by moving to renewable energy for all operations by 2025 – Amazon is already the largest corporate buyer of renewable energy globally.
Sustainability extends to all elements of Amazon’s operations, and we have taken action to reduce packaging waste where possible. This year Amazon switched from single-use plastic delivery bags to recyclable paper bags and cardboard envelopes in the UK for orders shipped from Amazon’s fulfilment centres. In 2021, Amazon used zero emission vehicles to deliver more than 45 million packages to customers in the UK, including more than 1,000 electric vans, cargo bikes, e-scooters, and walkers.
Support for national charities and international causes
Employees are at the heart of Amazon’s support for local charities across the UK, and its international aid efforts around the world.
Our #AmazonGoesGold campaign celebrated its fifth year raising awareness for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and other ground breaking research into paediatric cancer. Our charity partnerships also include Magic Breakfast, Barnardo’s, British Red Cross and In Kind Direct, with many more charities supported through schemes like our employee-nominated COVID-19 Relief Grants.
Internationally, Amazon has supported humanitarian relief in Ukraine, contributing cybersecurity assistance, medical supplies and $35 million in total support, and worked closely with Care4Calais to support Afghan refugees resettling in the UK.
Amazon’s national impact across the UK
Since 2010, we’ve made direct investments in our UK operations of more than £43bn and now employ more than 75,000 people in the UK.
Amazon also empowers many entrepreneurs and SMEs with tools, knowledge and skills in the UK – sellers had created over 250,000 jobs in the UK and to support their businesses online.
Amazon services are also making significant investments in the UK. Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced investment of more than £1.8 billion over the next two years to build and operate data centres in the UK to meet the growing needs of our customers and to help strengthen the UK’s digital infrastructure, while Prime Video has invested more than £1 billion in TV, movies, and live sport since 2018. Amazon is committed to investing in the UK’s world leading production and creative industries, through a growing number of UK Originals, a £10 million commitment to training and skills schemes, and by taking a long-term lease at Shepperton Studios in Surrey, England.
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