Amazon To Ensure On-Time Holiday Deliveries With Addition of 100K Seasonal Workers

Amazon said it recently hired 25,000 regular, full-time employees in advance of the holiday shopping season, which it anticipates to be another super busy one. So busy, in fact, that it's creating more than 100,000 seasonal positions across its U.S. network of fulfillment and sorting centers to ensure it can keep up with demand.

The online shopping portal currently employs more than 90,000 full-time workers. They're spread out across more than 50 fulfillment centers and sortation facilities in the country. At any given time in the year, Amazon says some 90 percent of its associates in the U.S. are full-time workers, all of which receive benefits like healthcare, 401(k) with 50 percent match, stock, and bonuses.

Amazon Fulfillment Center

"Following last year’s holiday season, tens of thousands of seasonal employees found regular, full-time roles with Amazon. We’re excited to grow our team by finding great talent through our seasonal hiring efforts in addition to creating new full-time jobs that offer comprehensive benefits starting on day one," said Mike Roth, Amazon's vice president of North America operations.

One of the perks of working at Amazon full-time is a program called Career Choice. Through this program, Amazon pre-pays 95 percent of tuition for courses related to "in-demand fields," and that's regardless of whether the skills apply to a career at Amazon.

On the flip side, Amazon has been criticized in various reports of stressful working conditions. One of the more recent pieces is an investigative article in The New York Times that appeared online two months ago. The article described Amazon as a "bruising workplace" where it's not uncommon to see employees "weep in the office."

On Monday of this week, Amazon's senior VP for Global Corporate Affairs, Jay Carney, offered a retort in a blog post titled, "What The New York Times Didn't Tell You."

According to Carney, one of the sources for the article, an ex-employee named Bo Olson, only briefly worked at Amazon because he resigned "after an investigation revealed he had attempted to defraud vendors and conceal it by falsifying business records."

In addition to calling into question the credibility of contributors to the piece, he also disputes several reported anecdotes.

In any event, if you want to apply to be a seasonal fulfillment associate at Amazon, head here to get started.