Breaking news: entry-level jobs suck

These photos of on an Amazon fulfillment center claims that it’s a soulless experience.

The main job in town used to be working in a coal mine.

Workers at Rugeley spend their days wandering the massive warehouse, either squirreling away incoming products, pulling orders down from shelves, or packing them up for shipment. In each of these activities, the workers’ motions are not driven by the engine of human judgment or expertise but rather by the massive engine of Amazon’s exquisitely complex fulfillment mechanism: a computer that both tracks and commands every worker’s movements throughout the day.

Oh my god – this sounds WONDERFUL! No tough decision-making and a robot tells you what to do? Sounds like a vacation.1

The jobs in the Rugeley fulfillment center are almost always temporary positions handed out by agencies on zero-hour contracts. Nothing is guaranteed, and a fulfillment associate’s job can completely disappear between one day and the next.

What do you expect? There’s no critical thinking required.

Read the comments. People chime in and offer a reality-check, like what it’s actually like to work in an Amazon center in Nevada and how it compares to working in other factory jobs.

I get the feeling that nobody involved in this article has ever worked an entry-level job. Washing dishes in a hot restaurant kitchen during the summer? Stuffing envelopes in an office? Two things that sound worse than what’s going on here and also offer little in upward mobility.

…Look at these photos – this place is CLEAAAAN.


  1. Or a robot apocalypse.