If you have a felony and are looking for a job, consider applying with one of the biggest employers in the US today – Amazon!
That’s right, Amazon does hire felons! With a conviction, your best bet is to get a job at one of hundreds of Amazon’s warehouses, which are located all across the states.
Find out how much Amazon pays its warehouse employees, what the job requirements are, background check, etc.
UPDATE – In October 2018, Amazon has announced that a new company-wide minimum pay is $15/hr, but they are reducing employees’ stock options benefits, to compensate for increased payroll. Still, company says that their warehouse employees will be earning more overall.
Can a felon work at an Amazon fulfillment center?
Currently, there are over 200 associate level positions across various Amazon warehouse fulfillment centers around the US. Apply here.
Overall, Amazon’s employment policy does not discriminate against individuals with felony convictions. However, your chances of getting hired will depend on the following factors:
– Type of conviction. If you have been charged with any type of violent crimes, sex related crimes, theft and drug related crimes you will most likely not be hired. Still, we strongly encourage you to apply regardless of what your crime is, because by applying to as many positions as possible you increase your chances of eventually getting hired.
– How long you have had this record. Many states don’t allow employers to access records that are over 7 years old. Moreover, on the application itself, you will be asked if you have been convicted on a felony in the past 7 years. This means that if your charges are older than that, you have a greater chance of being hired.
– Your previous work experience and how good your resume is.
– Your level of transparency regarding the conviction. This is a really key factor that can determine your chances of employments. All felons that report about getting a job at an Amazon fulfillment center, share that they have been very forthcoming and honest about their criminal past. They volunteer and fully disclose all information both on the application and during the interview process. If you try to hide anything, you will not be offered a job.
– Whether or not the hiring manager that interviews you takes a liking to you and is willing to give you a chance.
What is an average salary for an associate at an Amazon warehouse?
Overall, the average reported pay rate for a fulfillment center associate starts at a minimum of $15 per hour for day shifts. For night shifts and overtime, you can get payed $16-17 per hour, depending on the center’s location.
Keep in mind that salaries will vary locally depending on where the center is located. Some states and cities have a higher standard of living (more expensive rent prices, food, gas, etc) and therefore average salaries there will be higher compared to less wealthy places.
In addition to a good salary, Amazon offers a great perk: tuition assistance. This means that you can be studying to earn a professional degree and Amazon will help you pay for some of its cost.
Amazon has various types of warehouses: order fullfillment centers, sortation centers, delivery stations, Prime Now Locations, College Campus Pick Up Points. Associates working in these different centers need to do different types of tasks.
These are general guidelines to give you an idea of what type of work you would need to perform as an associate at a fulfillment center. Every position and particular center may have additional requirements that you will find out about during your interview.
– Have a High School Diploma or equivalent
– Be at least 18 years old
– Read and take direction in English
– Able to lift up to 49 pounds with or without reasonable accommodation
– Able to stand/walk for up to 8 hours
– Willing and able to frequently push, pull, squat, bend, and reach
– Continuously climb and descend stairs safely (applies to sites with stairs)
– Willing and able to operate carts, dollies, hand trucks and other moving equipment to move large quantities of merchandise
Other preferred requirements include, but are not limited to:
– Possess a professional demeanor
– Be an effective verbal communicator
– Have basic ability to navigate the Internet, email and instant messenger tools
– Ability to complete multiple tasks simultaneously
– Willingness to work in fast paced team oriented environment
If you are applying for a back-end position, you will not be asked to worked with customers. You will be dealing with packages, and moving equipment. However, if you are applying for a front-end position, such as a clerk at a Campus Pick-up point, you will also need to deal with customers. For a felon this job may be harder to get, especially depending on the nature of your conviction.
Does Amazon do a criminal background check and drug testing?
Yes, the company always does both for all of its prospective job applicants. After you have successfully passed your initial interview, you will be asked to agree to criminal background check. Once you pass it, the drug test is the last stage of the selection process. If you pass it, you will be offered employment.
Keep in mind that it may take 10-14 days for your background check results to come back and be processed. You will be notified via email whether or not you have successfully passed the background check.
Then, you will be asked without notice to come in a do a drug test. Some centers ask for a mouth swab, and others ask for a urine sample. Keep in mind that its best to stay away from any drugs, including weed for at least two weeks prior to your potential drug test, because the active ingredients in those drugs, such as the THC in weed stay in your system for many days.
Moreover, Amazon reserves the right to administer random drug testing on the job. If the test comes back positive, your employment will most likely be terminated.
What is the best time to apply?
Amazon always has some warehouse positions open. However, they create many more seasonal jobs around the times of the holidays: September, October, November, December. It may be easier to get your foot in the door as a seasonal employee. If you do a good job, you have greater chances of being asked to stay in a part-time or full time permanent position.