Amazon offers employees $7000 to quit, but if they take it they can never come back

  • 23/05/2018

Amazon has been seriously testing the loyalty of its employees, giving staff an offer of US$5000 (NZ$7228) if they quit their job.

But it comes with a catch - anyone who takes the offer can never return, reports.

It's given to every full time associate at Amazon's warehouses and was brought in after Amazon acquired shoe company Zappos in 2009.

Originally Zappos offered US$1000 to its employees, but Amazon upped the amount and now sends an email to staff once a year titled "Please Don't Take This Offer".

The offer is designed to weed out disengaged and disloyal workers that in the opinion of Amazon are not worth keeping.

Company CEO Jeff Bezos backs the offer, explaining his reasoning behind it in a 2014 letter to shareholders.

"We hope they don't take the offer; we want them to stay," he wrote.

"Why do we make this offer? The goal is to encourage folks to take a moment and think about what they really want.

"In the long-run, an employee staying somewhere they don't want to be isn't healthy for the employee or the company."

To Bezos, who has a US$130.2 billion (NZ$188b) net worth, $5000 may not seem like too much, but to the employees at his fulfilment centres it may leave a sour taste in the mouth.

Protests and stories of poor working conditions in the fulfilment centres have plagued the company. Many employees have said they're paid little for their work and not offered much by way of benefits.

That must make $5000 sound very inviting, even if it means never coming back.