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photo-making-history1Today my carpool buddies and I worked ten hours instead of eleven and we got out while it was still light (most of the driving to and from work happens in the dark, see picture at left) so I thought I should snag a picture of the outside of the Haslet warehouse while I had the chance. The days keep getting shorter and I might not get this opportunity again, haha.

The motto at the Amazon fulfillment centers is “Work hard, have fun, make history”. It’s plastered over the turnstiles to get into the warehouse and in other highly visible locations. Anyone employed here will see where the ‘work hard’ part comes in immediately. The ‘have fun’ part is keeping the right attitude, making friends with your co-workers, and letting the annoying little stuff slide over you.

The ‘make history’ part has always been the most elusive piece of the quote. You hear on news reports when Amazon has a record breaking season or when some new service rolls out, but in the warehouse it’s all business as usual. But today I can say I might finally have been a part of a history-making event. The Receive department was on track at lunchtime to break the record for most units received in any Amazon warehouse worldwide in one shift. I won’t learn if we did it or not until I go back to work on Saturday, but it felt momentous to me out on the floor either way. Before anyone asks, I’m not sure if I’m allowed to post what the record is, it might be a non-disclosure thing, I’ll look into it.

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Tomorrow is another rain day so I’ll be doing chores and catching up on everything neglected during the long work week. Friday however looks nice and I’m making plans to get outside and see some stuff, so expect a post about that next!

 

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Becky

At IO I teach people how to ditch the status quo and travel full-time before retirement, and share stories of my adventures (and misadventures) to inspire future nomads and armchair travelers alike. Included at no additional charge: seizing your dreams, living boldly, and making a difference.

12 Comments

  1. Brian Van Travels on November 8, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    Hi Becky,
    Long time follower, first time commenting. I am doing camperforce in campbellsville. First year. I appreciate all of your reviews of Amazon over the last years. It helped me make the decision to give it a try. I am picking and I really like it. Ive always had jobs with long hours on my feet so its not much of an adjustment for me. They did raise base pay to $10.75 here too! Anyway thanks for all of your great posts.
    -Brian



    • Becky on November 9, 2015 at 6:17 pm

      Hello Brian, glad you’ve found IO helpful and are enjoying picking, that’s one of the jobs I’ve never tried. And thanks for sharing the pay change, I’ll update the main CamperForce post when the opportunity arises!



  2. Rob on November 5, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    When I hear ‘receiving’ I think of 53′ cans full of things. Stacking the things on a pallet and shrink wrapping it. Not my idea of fun…



    • Becky on November 6, 2015 at 8:24 am

      There is a job in receiving like that Rob, but it’s not what I do. I’m either on the line, emptying the contents of boxes into totes which then get sent off to stow, or I’m in prep bagging bottles of liquids or bubble wrapping fragile things, or I’m a water spider, getting supplies for the folks in stow and on the line. A person could be a line loader, drive PIT, unloading the truck, making pallets, wrapping pallets, operating the elevator, problem solving…. there are many jobs in receive. I’ll write more soon.



  3. Terri on November 5, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    You’ll have to let us know if it’s really true, and you made history! Sounds pretty insanely busy, but I’m sure that helps the days to go faster.

    I’ve got a couple questions – have they raised the starting rate of pay for you guys this year? How do you like this warehouse in comparison to last year or the years past? And also, I know you are great at budgeting. What kind of things do you eat? I’m trying to really monitor my food or grocery budget going forward, since my pay is so much lower. Just curious!



    • Becky on November 6, 2015 at 8:21 am

      Base pay is $10.75 at all the sites this year except Cambellsville ($10.25) which is a slight boost from last year, but before that CamperForce pay hadn’t gone up in three years. Because I work Saturday and Sunday I get a $1.00 per hour differential pay for those two days. I’ll be writing more about my experience at Haslet soon, it’s comparable to the other locations – CamperForce is less organized here but then it is the first year.

      I make lunch meat or PB&J sandwiches for lunches, have frozen microwaveable dinners after work (just not enough time). I keep breakfast bars, salad makings, fruit or yogurt of some sort, trail mix, and some sort of dessert on hand as well. Maybe I’ll write a post about that someday.



  4. Twiddledees on November 5, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Welcome to Texas Becky!!! I hope the Boyd RV Park has a safe place for you to ride out the storm. This is just typical Texas weather. Wait til we have snow, that should be interesting for you. An inch of snow can shut down the whole metroplex.



    • Becky on November 6, 2015 at 8:15 am

      From what I’ve heard ice is more common than snow which as a northerner I think of as a much bigger threat. Guess we’ll just have to see how the winter plays out Twiddle, I’m hoping it’ll hold off until Amazon gets out. 😉



  5. Dwayne on November 5, 2015 at 8:49 am

    You know how UPS have their “UPS Brown”, which is a copyrighted color, and Home Depot has orange, etc. So far every warehouse that I have seen of Amazon has that same color pattern.



    • Becky on November 6, 2015 at 8:14 am

      Huh, never thought of it before Dwayne but it could be.



  6. Angela on November 5, 2015 at 7:43 am

    I guess that gold/brown BMW is entitled to park wherever they want. lol

    Good to hear from you! I often think about how you must be busting your hump over there but what a great feeling of accomplishment when you’re done w/ a season and get that bonus and can leave with a nice chunk of change in your pocket.

    Thanks for the update! 🙂



    • Becky on November 6, 2015 at 8:13 am

      Yeah it’s been busy that’s for sure Angela. I’ll be happy when it’s done and I can relax. 🙂



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