When Amazon started accepting new applicants for its employee development program in December, many thought it would be a big win for the company and its workforce.
That was until it was revealed the program was a way to funnel hundreds of thousands of newly hired developers to companies that could pay them less.
The hiring practices of Amazon and other companies like it are a big part of why the tech industry is struggling to get more talent in the trenches.
Amazon, Google, Facebook, and other tech giants have long relied on employee development programs to fill positions they’re reluctant to fill.
Employees who work for those companies are often told that they’ll get a $100,000 salary, or a $50,000 raise, and will receive a job offer after a year.
But the employee development models Amazon is using to bring in these new hires are much more flexible than what’s typical for big companies, according to interviews with more than a dozen current and former Amazon employees.
“Amazon was one of the first companies that had employee development, so I’m a huge believer in the concept,” said an unnamed software engineer who has worked at Amazon for more than three years.
“It’s definitely a big deal for us.”
The employee development model is also a way for Amazon to attract more tech talent, according, according the interviews, “to the extent that you can hire the people who are going to be able to do more.”
Amazon has been experimenting with the employee-development model for a while.
It started out in 2009, when Amazon hired a small group of programmers to develop the search engine in order to help it grow quickly.
“There’s a bunch of different things that are happening with Amazon right now, and there’s no one thing that is going to make them the best company,” said Ben Gelfond, a former Amazon software engineer and current partner at the venture capital firm Union Square Ventures.
Gelfod said he believes that employee development is “probably the biggest thing that’s going to get us into the long run.”
But, he added, “I think it’s probably the biggest mistake.”
Gelfon also said that Amazon has the right idea when it comes to employee development.
He said that “it’s important for companies to understand that employees don’t make it.”
Amazon employees who are hired to work on software that isn’t used in Amazon’s products get a pay cut to work at a different company.
They’re not paid on top of what they would be paid in the company that hired them.
They get their full benefits, but they have to work longer hours than they would in a comparable position at a competitor.
Gefond said that the employees in this model are not always rewarded.
In one case, he said, a team of about a dozen employees who worked on a database server that Amazon sells received a pay increase of $200,000, but only $2,000 of that went to them, according in an email.
In another instance, the employees who did work on a cloud computing project that Amazon makes were rewarded $150,000 for their work, but were told that their company would have to pay them more than $3,000 per hour, Gelfont said.
The people who work in this kind of model have been paid $30,000 in salary for working on a project that wasn’t used on Amazon’s hardware or software.
Galfond said Amazon’s employee development plan is “not the best.”
“The best way to get a new hire is to hire a developer and they should be working on your product,” he said.
“That doesn’t work with employee development.”
“It creates a problem because the new employee can’t take advantage of it.”
The program Amazon used to recruit new developers has been controversial.
The company has long had a reputation for being secretive, and it’s been accused of manipulating the employee selection process in order get new hires hired.
Employees have accused Amazon of trying to “take advantage” of them by creating a system in which they get their salary and benefits in addition to the salaries and benefits of the other employees in the organization.
In a blog post on Wednesday, Amazon said it is working to change its employee selection practices.
“We are changing the way we select and hire our developers,” it wrote.
A number of other tech companies have come under fire for similar practices. “
If you believe we have a process that does not align with your company’s business objectives and is unfair to employees, we will be transparent about it.”
A number of other tech companies have come under fire for similar practices.
Last year, the U.S. Labor Department fined Google $7.7 million for using a company’s employee-admissions process to help attract developers to its new self-driving car project.
In June, Google was fined $5 million by the Justice Department after admitting that it misled