As always when I return to Amazon, I discover that a few things have changed from the previous year, 2016 has been no exception. Today I updated the “About Amazon’s CamperForce” post to reflect these changes, so if you’ve been thinking about trying CamperForce and want to know more, that’s the place to go for all the details.
Note: As always, I am not a spokesperson or officially affiliated with Amazon in any way. When I write about CamperForce I’m doing so from my own experiences and the information can change at any time.
Most notably, the Indiana location is gone this year and the base pay at Haslet and Murfreesboro has (as of last week) increased from $10.75 to $11.50 per hour (shift bonuses still apply). If anyone reading this works at Campbellsville, I’d love to hear if the pay has changed there too so I can keep my article up to date.
Wednesday was my Orientation day and that process was pretty much the same as it was last year: an eight hour day with the first half dedicated to videos, a slideshow, and Q&A in a classroom-type setting and the second half dedicated to safety school. Except that there was a mixup at the turnstyles and my group sat at the entrance for over an hour waiting for everyone to get their badges so we could get in, so the day was really more like nine hours.
I hear that this year there were about 900 people who put in applications for the Haslet site but only about 150 were accepted (Haslet would love to have more, but that’s all the campsites they could get their hands on – the Racetrack campground which would be able to field about 200 campers is still bogged down in legal red tape and was not completed in time for this year. On the other hand, anyone who applied for Haslet was offered a position at Campbellsville, which is taking on some 700 campers this year, wow!
Another bit of news: all Haslet campers are going to be working weekend shifts this year (Thursday-Sunday, Friday-Monday, or Saturday-Tuesday). There’s been no word yet on if Haslet will have that $1.00 shift differential for working weekends, last year it didn’t start until early November.
And lastly, this year all Haslet campers are going into the ICQA (Inventory Control & Quality Assurance) department. Apparently Haslet was at the bottom of the barrel last year around this time for bin accuracy, but it increased by something like 65% when the campers started in ICQA. So management has decided to stick all of us in ICQA this year as once again bin accuracy numbers are really bad and we apparently do a good job of cleaning things up.
Today was my first day on the floor, and it seems like the actual ICQA job is pretty similar here to how it was last time I worked it in 2013, with one big difference that the work comes to you (ala KIVA robots) instead of you going to the work.
The organization is quite different though. As something new Haslet is trying this year, ICQA, Stow, and Pick are being treated as one unit instead of being managed separately as Support, Inbound, and Outbound. There is no centralized standup area for ICQA, instead we’re divided into teams by mod and floor (there are two Mods in Haslet, A and B, and each mod has four floors) and everybody in Stow, Pick and ICQA that works on the same mod and floor attends standup together on that floor. Every week, the teams rotate down a floor for the sake of variety. So this week, I’m training on the fourth floor. Next week, my “team” (which I assume includes all the Stow and Pick people on my floor as well as the ICQA people) will move down to the third floor and attend standup and work there.
It’ll be interesting to see how it all works out.