Amazon Continues Jobs Expansion Across U.S.

Amazon pickup & returns building

Chief Executive Officer Andy Jassy told Reuters that Amazon plans to hire up to 55,000 people in technology and corporate roles globally. That figure is almost equal to Facebook’s entire staffing and represents one-third of Google’s current workforce.

Jassy released this news during his first press interview after becoming Amazon’s CEO in July 2021. The company’s new bet on launching satellites into orbit, currently called Project Kuiper, is expected to generate even more opportunities.

Since the pandemic has altered or displaced numerous employment opportunities, many people are thinking about pursuing new or different jobs. The new hires will eventually represent a 20% increase in those staffing areas.

What is it like to work for Amazon?

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Amazon receives the highest scores in pay and benefits, while the lowest ones are in management and job security. 

Most people like that Amazon helps them have a clear sense of purpose with their work. They celebrate the ability to meet personal goals while offering a fair compensation package. If you’re not motivated or have some health issues, many of the jobs could be a bit problematic.

The problem with an Amazon job is that the company doesn’t always deliver a sense of belonging. That issue leads to a lack of trust within the ranks, especially since people report that they don’t receive a lot of manager-based support. 

With many jobs offering wages well above the minimum, this growth opportunity could deliver significant economic contributions in the places where jobs get offered. 

Latest Amazon expansion points to continued growth at Austin’s ‘second downtown’

With plans to lease more office space at The Domain and add 2,000 more jobs in the Austin area, Amazon’s latest announcement points to more growth in Austin’s “second downtown.”

The bustling area in north Austin is already home to hundreds of other Amazon employees in two office towers.

“They’ve got a huge presence up at the Domain already,” said Paul Thompson, Assistant Managing Editor of the Austin Business Journal.

Their latest announcement reveals plans for another 330,000 square feet, in an office currently being developed by Cousins Properties.

“So they are hoping to move into this new building in 2024,” he said. “It is currently under construction.”

There’s no indication whether the jobs will be full-time, as opposed to part-time or contract — which Thompson said was a “fair question,” given another recent announcement about the company hiring for 3,000 seasonal jobs in the Austin area.

“The kind of roles we are looking at are operations technology, retail from a business side, and Amazon Web Services. So these are kind of your more white collar-type jobs. You’d expect to see a higher salary, perhaps,” he said. “Positions that should be attractive to a lot of people. 

Now, that means you might get folks coming from California and elsewhere. I don’t think you can say with any degree of certainty there are going to be local Austinites taking those roles but they are certainly going to be competitive.”

Thompson noted that Amazon might soon be creeping up into the ranks of the largest employers in Austin, which include H-E-B, Ascension Seton, Walmart, and Dell Technologies.

The announcement also points to the massive growth happening in this part of north Austin.

“Even as you have all these other areas popping up around and really expanding exponentially, you have more housing units going up in the Domain than anywhere else,” Thompson said, pointing to a report on which census tracts saw the most people moving to different areas added over the last decade.

This month, KXAN reported on recent construction at another development, across Burnet Road from The Domain, called “Uptown ATX.” The project, developed by Brandywine Realty Trust, will feature 7 million square feet of office, residential, retail and hospitality spaces. The Austin Business Journal calls it “one of the biggest redevelopment projects in Austin’s history.”