Earlier in 2020, Amazon announced its plans to expand nationwide and create over 100,000 new jobs. The merchandising giant is establishing new headquarters in several cities across the United States and, although Houston was not selected as a location, Amazon has still projected the production of nearly 3,000 new jobs in the Houston area by building a new warehouse specialized for robotic equipment on the Southwest side of the city. Keep reading…
New Houston Amazon Jobs
About Houston Amazon Jobs
Amazon already has multiple warehouses and fulfillment centers within the city limits, each of which employs roughly 1,500 people, not including delivery drivers. In addition to the warehouse and distribution side of Amazon, Houston does have a role to play in the technological and innovation side of the enterprise as well. The Houston branch specifically is oriented toward developing Amazon-branded gadgets, like Alexa, that are connected to the internet and perform a variety of convenience functions as well as managing Amazon’s website services that sell and manage internet domains for other businesses.
Available Jobs and Compensation
Amazon spans a wide variety of jobs available to a wide variety of career paths and experience levels. Its upper-level technology positions referred to by the company as “architects” typically require an advanced engineering or software development degree and over ten years of software development experience for leadership roles. Even lower-level software engineering positions require approximately 5 years of experience at a minimum. These positions make an average of $200,000 annually but are rarer in Houston than larger Amazon tech hubs like Dallas. Managerial positions make just under $50,000 annually, not including annual bonuses that tend to be based on managerial prowess and a warehouse’s overall efficiency. These jobs manage broader warehouse and distribution operations and typically require management experience to qualify. At lower-level positions that do not require any qualifications beyond a high school diploma, Amazon starts employees as a base wage of $15 hourly except for delivery drivers that start at $16 hourly and require a commercial driver’s license. While comparatively low when one considers the six-figure salaries of software engineers, these wages are still over double the Texas minimum wage of $7.25 hourly.
Reviews and Feedback
Employee reviews of the company at all levels commend Amazon’s benefit packages for full-time employees, although there are definite perks to having an upper-level position versus one that pays an hourly wage. Reviews from software engineers and other technologically or management-oriented positions have overwhelmingly positive perspectives of the company. Waged workers express some distaste for the long hours required of them for comparatively low wages and a sometimes-oppressive culture of productivity that derives from management. Still, they acknowledge that Amazon pays a lot better than other positions with similar qualifications and are generally appreciative of that.