Santa needs elves for the holiday season. So does Amazon.
We're not sure how good the North Pole's pay and benefits are, or if there are any job opportunities. But the internet sales giant Amazon is definitely hiring, including in Minnesota.
The company said in a news release early Thursday it's adding 120,000 seasonal jobs across its fulfillment, sortation and service centers this year. The jobs are available in 27 states.
In Minnesota specifically, an Amazon spokesperson told GoMN they'll be hiring more than 1,000 seasonal employees (Update: The spokesperson later followed up to say the number is actually "dozens," not more than a thousand) at the fulfillment and sortation center in Shakopee.
Note that all of these jobs require lots of standing, lifting and walking. They're physical, fast-paced, and according to reviews on Glass Door for the Shakopee center, require people who are naturally self-motivated. They all require you to be at least 18 years old and have a high school degree or equivalent. Also, you need to be able to communicate in English.
Amazon also touts that thousands of employees who started as seasonal last year ended up staying on full-time, and the company expects the same to happen this year.
Open jobs at the Shakopee center include full-and-part-time "fulfillment associates," as well as a seasonal "sortation" associate.
They all start from $13 to $13.50 an hour generally, but can go up to $15 an hour for full-time, and $16 an hour for part-time, Amazon says.
One part-time job is 10-hour shifts, on both Saturday and Sunday. That comes with health care after 90 days, and paid time off plus a few other benefits.
The other is "reduced time," and is Thursday-Friday-Saturday overnights. But you get immediate health care benefits, a 401k, holiday pay, paid time off, etc.
Full-time gets all those benefits as well, just at full-time hours.
Also worth noting is it can get hot if you happen to keep working there in warm weather. The job listing warns temperatures in there vary from 60-90 degrees, and sometimes go higher.
Amazon warehouse jobs have been criticized
The company's warehouse practices have been criticized in the past.
Back in 2011, workers across the country complained about how hot it was in the massive warehouses, the Seattle Times reported.
Bloomberg earlier this year detailed how Amazon works to prevent theft, which came across to some as blatantly scaring people.
And Gizmodo is asking people to submit their "horror stories" from working at an Amazon warehouse.