Some Amazon workers are upset that they received $10-$25 turkey vouchers while new hires have been offered bonuses of up to $3,000. The company started offering the bonuses several weeks ago as a way to keep its ranks high during the holiday shopping season.
- Social media posts showed some longtime workers lamenting their Butterball-branded vouchers when compared to the bonuses, and Jeff Bezos' immense wealth.
- “If one worker gets a turkey and another worker gets $3,000, it’s the ultimate insult,” said compensation expert Fred Whittlesey, a former Amazon employee.
- The amount of the bonuses varies by location: $1,500 in much of the country; $2,000 in Maryland and Massachusetts; $3,000 in parts of California.
- Experts speculate that the company could be facing a worker shortage as people are concerned about COVID-19 risk. Amazon has hired at least 250,000 workers this year and offered perks, such as $2 hourly pay raises, to keep operations running smoothly.
- It also plans to spend an overall $10B or more on COVID prevention efforts this year at warehouses.