Monday 20th August 2018

Amazon tops LinkedIn’s list of top companies despite reports about employee welfare

Jason Smith
by on 21st March 2018

LinkedIn has released its annual list of top companies and Amazon has emerged in pole position in the U.S., with Alphabet, Google’s parent company, in second place.

Amazon took position at the top of the list despite high profile reports suggesting its warehouse employees are subject to timed bathroom breaks and in some cases resort to camping outside fulfillment centers to make it to work on time.

The list is released each year and seeks to leverage LinkedIn’s sizable database of 546 million professionals to determine where employees most want to work.

While Amazon is top among U.S. professionals, the other winners include PwC Australia (Australia), Itau Unibanco (Brazil), TD (Canada), LVMH (France), McKinsey & Company (Germany), Directi (India) and ASOS.com (the UK).

To calculate the rankings LinkedIn relies on a number of metrics including reach, engagement, job interest and new hire staying power. It seeks to identify the popularity of a brand and its content, the interest its job postings receive and how long it retains new employees.

In a post on its website, Daniel Roth, LinkedIn’s Editor in Chief, goes into some more details about some of the top ranked companies.

In the case of Amazon, Daniel Roth highlights the ongoing deliberations about the location of Amazon’s second headquarters as well as its recent acquisition of Whole Foods.

For Alphabet, he highlights some of the perks of working for the company, including free espresso bars, bouldering walls and indoor fire pits.

While the list prioritizes some of the more glamorous aspects of working for a large internet organization as a professional, it’s arguably short on detail about the negatives.

Amazon in particular has come under criticism over a range of issues relating to the welfare of its employees.

For example, a report by The Courier in Scotland highlighted some Amazon warehouse workers have resorted to camping outside the company’s fulfilment centre in Fife.

It also states that some agency workers work 60 hours per week for the internet giant and for little more than minimum wage.

Amazon responded to the report, stating “The safety and wellbeing of our permanent and temporary associates is our number one priority.”

A report by The Mirror also suggests that Amazon warehouse workers in Essex are tasked with fulfilling 300 items per hour and that ambulances have even been called to the scene after workers collapsed from the strain.