Thousands of people showed up Wednesday for a chance to pack and ship products to Amazon customers, as the e-commerce company held prime job fairs at nearly a dozen U.S. warehouses.
Amazon said it received “a record-breaking 20,000 applications” and hired thousands of people on the spot, and will hire more in the coming days. That number represented fewer than half of the 50,000 people it had said it planned to hire.
Most of the jobs are full-time positions in packing, sorting and shipping and will count toward Amazon’s previously announced goal of adding 100,000 full-time workers by the middle of next year.
Although the wages offered will make it hard for some to make ends meet, many of the candidates were excited by the prospect of health insurance and other benefits, as well as advancement opportunities.
In Kenosha, Wisconsin, hundreds lines up outside of Amazon’s fulfillment center, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. Amazon employees in orange shirts kept the long line of applicants occupied with snow cones and raffle tickets for Amazon-branded gear. Once registered, applicants could conduct interviews with recruiters. Pay for full-time jobs at Amazon’s fulfillment center in Kenosha ranges from $12.25 to $13.25, the company’s website says. Part-time positions start at $11.75 per hour.
The job-seekers, who included college students and parents, said they were drawn to Amazon for the pay, flexible hours, benefits and the company’s upward trajectory.