Amazon – National Employer Recruiting Spotlight

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Working at Amazon – (From Amazon College Jobs)

At Amazon, we strive to be Earth’s most customer-centric company where people can find and discover anything they want to buy online. Amazon’s evolution from Web site to e-commerce partner to development platform is driven by the spirit of innovation that is part of our DNA. As a new college graduate, you will have multiple opportunities to innovate and solve complex technical and business problems as you join us on this growth journey.

The work environment is fast-paced and continually evolving as Amazonian’s are passionate about ownership and delivering results for the company.

We hire the brightest minds from the best universities globally and have various career opportunities available for undergraduate and advanced degree students.

If you are interested in working in an environment that will challenge you to relentlessly improve the experience for our customers, where one day will be very different from the next and where your learning never stops, Amazon has multiple work opportunities available for students with diverse academic backgrounds.

Do you thrive in a fast paced environment?  Are you innovative? Do you like to solve complex problems?  Would you seriously consider living in Seattle and working for a company that prides themselves in being the “earth’s most customer-centric company”?  Then, read on and learn about opportunities at Amazon in Seattle. 

The Amazon headquarters in Seattle is as you might expect: practical, buzzing with activity and comprised of several different buildings to make up the expansive campus.  On the particular day that members from TCU Career Services were visiting Amazon, a farmers market was set-up in the courtyard between several of their buildings—planned and hosted by Amazon as a benefit to their employees. The Starbucks in the lobby of one of the buildings was full mid-morning and proved to be a popular impromptu meeting space.

The majority of opportunities for undergraduates are in full time positions:

  • Retail Leadership
  • Amazon Services
  • Talent Acquisition
  • Account Management for Amazon Local

The Retail Leadership position might be of interest to smart, analytical, customer-obsessed and energetic undergraduates to help build a world-class shopping experience and serve as the leadership pipeline for Amazon’s rapidly growing retail business.  In this role, you may have end-to-end ownership of one of the many brands on Amazon—similar to the CEO of a mini-business.

The Amazon Services position is geared toward bright, enthusiastic, hard-working, highly analytical, and creative undergraduate candidates to help drive the growth of their 3rd party sellers’ businesses.  In this role, you would have the opportunity to develop content on Amazon.com’s category and site wide pages and drive strategies to continually improve the customer experience.

Amazon’s unique Talent Acquisition Development Program (TADP) is designed to prepare high potential undergraduates for accelerated careers in Global Talent Acquisition and Human Resources. As a participant in this high-profile program, you will develop a broad set of skills and experiences as you progress through training, focused skills development and mentoring. You will learn about the business, the talent needs and gaps and focused skills necessary for acquiring the world’s best talent for one of the world’s most customer centric companies. Candidates must be authorized to work in the U.S. without sponsorship to be eligible for this role.

Finally, there are account management and sales positions with Amazon Local with opportunities in Seattle, Dallas and Boston.

While the recruiters that we met with this summer were focused on the above programs, Amazon also offers technical opportunities and internship and full time opportunities in operations/fulfillment—see their website for additional information on these programs.

Amazon has fourteen leadership principles that permeate the company culture. If you work at Amazon, you are considered an “Amazon Leader” and Amazon expects every employee to be guided by these principles. Not only are these principles very important to their company culture but they also play an integral role in the hiring process.  The fourteen leadership principles include:

  • Customer Obsession
  • Ownership
  • Invent and Simplify
  • Are Right, A Lot
  • Hire and Develop the Best
  • Insist on the Highest Standards
  • Think Big
  • Bias for Action
  • Frugality
  • Vocally Self Critical
  • Earn Trust of Others
  • Dive Deep
  • Have Backbone; Disagree and Commit
  • Deliver results

In addition to these leadership principles, Amazon also looks for individuals who can excel in an ambiguous environment – someone who deals well with change. They want individuals who are customer focused. Amazon values employees who are autonomous, not afraid to ask questions, and roll up their sleeves. They look for “general athletes,”– people who are analytically inclined with leadership ability. Strong GPA is required. Some employees describe the work atmosphere as being similar to a consulting company– a lot of strategic thinking goes into what they do and how they do it.

Take a look at Amazon’s Career website for additional information and to apply.  Recruiting for Retail Leadership and Amazon Services occurs in the fall with Talent Acquisition and Amazon Local primarily occurring in spring.  Your career advisor can provide feedback on the best way to position your application if you feel that you are a good fit for Amazon’s qualifications and interested in any of the aforementioned opportunities. Schedule an appointment by calling 817-257-5572 for business students or 817-257-2222 for all other majors.

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