Posts tagged amazon
Raising the bar?
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Before I ever took a position at an Amazon fulfillment center, I made sure to do my research. That’s right. I read the reviews, I watched the videos, and knew exactly what I was getting into. I figured most of them were just exaggerated versions of the truth and still went into my position optimistically anyways. I tried my best to take everything with a grain of salt. I have learned after a year of working there that all the negative reviews are partially true, if not completely true. I really hope that changes. When it does, I would consider going back.

Even after discovering such horrible things. I decided to take the job anyways, because I was going to the gym a lot, and wanted to lose some weight to shoot the “Be my Queen” video. I also wanted to see if I could live up to the challenge of surviving more than 90 days. Needless to say, I met my goals. I am now in the works of shooting that video, and I survived 4 times longer than what I expected to. Somewhere down the line, I actually became a fan of Amazon’s products, and I am a pretty happy customer. I actually enjoy getting those packages delivered to my doorstep. I just think it’s a shame on what people have to go through to make it all happen.

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Anyways, I was well aware that I would be under paid, over worked, and I would probably not be very pleased working there. Well.. I was right. Yeah, even after they decided to “raise the bar” on wages. I felt like it was an insult to us as employees. Especially considering they raised the rates, and took away key benefits to “make up” for this change. This place is no picnic. Many of the people working there are new, and nobody has any idea what’s truly going on. For a while, I even lied to myself and told myself I was happy. The truth is, I am very disappointed. I wanted to enjoy my position(s) there. I just couldn’t. They made that pretty impossible.

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Listen.. I am not trying to bash the place, or make people not do business with them. That’s not my goal. I was proud to be a part of something big. However, I think it’s fair to raise awareness that companies out there should NOT be allowed to treat employees like shit. They take over achievers, and make them feel like they are worthless. Then call it “culture.” If that’s where the American culture of the employee is headed, then we really need to change directions. I guess they don’t think we remember how proud our grandparents were to work for companies that treated them well. I guess I have hope that someday before I retire, I will be able to say that very same thing. I want to be able to work for a company (even if it’s my own) that ensures it’s employees are happy, and taken care of. At 33 years old. I haven’t seen it yet. I have been hustling for a long time, and I feel like I am never getting ahead.

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The question you have to ask yourself is. Who could be happy working there? Well, perhaps someone who just graduated high school. I think this would be a great entry-level job for someone young, and energetic. However, I didn’t see room for advancement, and they won’t either. So is it really that great? My answer is NO. I would say that this is a great job for athletes. However, it’s also a great way for them to get injured. My point is, unless they make some serious changes, these positions should just be handed over to robots.

On a positive note. One good thing did happen from working there. I lost a healthy amount of weight. I re-gained my soul. I bounced back from a lot of negative shit in my life. I feel like I just graduated boot camp. I also have a lot of fun shit to say on my podcast because of my experience. As far as employment goes. I will be taking my business elsewhere. Oops gotta go.. A package just arrived. Yeah, it’s from Amazon. By the way, I am still a happy customer. So no feelings hurt.





Wow...

People always tell me.. “Wow, you must have quite a resume” and my response is.. Yeah, I sure do. In this blog, I want to expose my resume to the world. To show you what you’re up against.

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Is he full of himself? Yeah, of course. Like I always say, “If you were me, you would be too.” After all, just read it (if you can) the one thing you WONT find is someone who is full of shit. Which is what most resume’s are to begin with so.. Honesty is the best policy.

Dont mind the black lines, I crossed out some personal info so my super fans can’t track me down and knock on my door every 10 minutes. Yeah, it’s happened before.

So.. Why am I busting out the resume anyways? Well, if you haven’t heard the “crown cast” then I want to confirm the rumor that I (along with most of Europe) walked out on Amazon and their inhuman practices. Don’t worry, you still have time to on cyber Monday.

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Unless of course, you like to endure torture, and agony. I am not that big of a fan of being ripped off, written up, and scammed to death. I decided to take my business elsewhere. Don’t worry Amazon. I am still a happy customer, and Alexa user. I even still run ADS on my website. I guess you could say I am just not a fan of the culture.

So who’s going to be the lucky company to hire me? Well.. I am eyeing up some really great companies.. So I went out of my way to enhance the resume, and be an incredible asset to a better organization. I am expecting plenty of calls, and offers because I know what I am worth. I just want to make sure I land something more in sync with my own culture and beliefs this time. I will not be in a hurry, because my brand is sustainable enough to pay the rent, and the bills.

This ship has sailed. I just want to say goodbye to some of my co-workers, and friends suffering at the FC. I will miss you and I encourage you to reach out to me on FB, LinkedIn, and anywhere else you find King Craig James. I will welcome you with open arms. I hope we meet again, and if not. Just know that my fight is over. I am no longer interested in being subjected to the FC and it’s tyranny.



Road to nowhere
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After a year of working for Amazon. I am highly skilled in 3 major departments. AFE, PICK, and STOW. That’s basically the entire “warehouse” process. Stowing inbound orders, picking them for customers, and packing and sending them to trucks. I have experience that even (multiple peak) veterans would envy. I have learned a lot. I am thankful for my experience. However, I am still doing the same bullshit that a day one would be doing. Let’s face it. I am going nowhere fast.

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I still remember how excited I was on orientation day. They made it seem like opportunity was quick, abundant, and available. What? Water spidering? Ambassador? Amnesty? No thanks. I have applied for the positions that interested me. However, they I’ve been sitting “under review” for months, and I don’t think anyone out there’s reviewing shit.. So my question is this. I guess that home path leads directly back home. I am not interested in Tier 1, and I am barely interested in Tier 3. I am starting to sense a dead end route here. Anyone out there feeling like me? Speak up. After all, I love all the comments, quotes, and feedback.. It makes my day.

A year probably doesn’t seem like long for some of you. However, to me.. I feel like it’s an eternity. Especially knowing what I can accomplish almost overnight.. Like the infamous “crown cast” This wear and tear on my body is literally consuming my soul. The same soul I put into my music, my family, my dog, my friends, and my business. I am sure many of you are just fine being a tier one. Perhaps it’s just a “stepping stone” to you. I would think a company as big, and growing as fast as Amazon is… There would be more than just a stepping stone available. Oh? Am I supposed to “career choice” it? Because, the last time I checked.. Amazon almost promotes you to leave the company with that. I never went to school, but I am starting to feel a little over qualified for anything out there. I feel like I am not the only one. Especially knowing how intelligent some of my coworkers are.

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Maybe I should join an away team right? So the only way to move up is to move away? I don’t know something seems wrong with the culture. I am getting bored with it. I need a sign from someone that things are going to take me somewhere or this fucking ship is going to sail. End of story. After all, I am the captain of my own ship. My own ship is sailing pretty fucking smoothly. So just a note to self.. A public one.. Before you let somebody drain your life, heart, and soul.. Just make sure that the cause is actually worth it. Right now, I don’t feel like it’s worth a damn thing. I am on a road to nowhere.





Fried Day
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Want to know what a typical Friday is like for me? Well.. I spent the whole week getting the living shit beat out of me at work.. I can barely move. My hands are so sore that I can barely type this very article. I am about to take roughly 1000 mg of acetaminophen just so I can walk. It’s no wonder that I am very excited that it’s Friday. Are you feeling like me? Shame on you. Don’t feel bad thought. I chose this all on my own. haha.

Well.. There’s one more thing to be excited about. The weekend. What does that mean for you? The radio show. Yeah, more episodes are on the way. I know many of you out there don’t exactly understand the “culture” of Amazon. So, I like to take precious moments of my time to really fill you in on what we go through. My last article should definitely give you a taste on the kind of venting we do on a typical workday. I hope you enjoyed it. Am I over it? Of course. Life goes on, and there’s much more nonsense headed my way. I am sure of it.

There are not a whole lot of things in life worth being mad about. Sometimes you just gotta take that moment to say “Go float yourself” and vent. We are entering our peak season so I am sure there is much more of that to come. Sometimes we all wonder why we are Amazonians. I guess that we all truly feel like we are making history. We have a greater sense of accomplishment being there. Honestly, I have no idea why we keep showing up. We just do. That’s what makes us.. US. Do I still NOT care? Of course. I am KCJ. If you were me, you wouldn’t either.

So many of you out there have been asking me about my clothing. Why am I always decked out in King Craig James merchandise? Why are other people wearing my stuff? What’s with the crown? I know it’s hard for people (who don’t know me) to believe this, but I am the owner of this fine brand. I have a lot of stuff with my name on it. From time to time, I show up to work in it. Which means I get to hear your opinions, comments, and snide remarks. That’s what I call.. Impact. Am I asking YOU about what you’re wearing? Well.. Probably not. So.. Thanks for your interest. I don’t mean to be a dick when you ask about it, but you got a phone. Go do your research before you ask me, or my people a million questions.

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Anyways.. Since you’re going to keep asking anyways.. Before I head to work, I conduct, and run a business. I don’t always have time to change my outfit.. So yeah, get over it.

So you’re answer is YES. I am the one recording the music in stores. I am Mr. King Craig James. Now before you make your case for Elvis, Michael Jackson, or any other Kings out there. Just do a google search on me. You will be pleased to find that I live up to my name.

So please, no more questions. Use that little device you constantly stare at. It’s full of answers.




Personally Branded

In my last article I talked about how Amazon has changed my life. In this article. I want to talk about how my business fills in the gaps of everything materialistically missing. Perhaps.. How it could change your life as well. Are you personally branded?

Music, Media, and Custom merchandise have always been.. and will always be the driving force behind King Craig James. In fact, everything I DONT order from Amazon.. I record, design, create, or 3d print. Which brings me back to why I have decided to bring this very website back online.

Many of my associates, friends, and fans often see me sporting one of two brands.. My amazon stuff, or my King Craig James stuff.. The Amazon stuff resembles trophies I have earned from work.. However, everything KCJ was created right in my own store. I consider them trophies I earned from my sales. Yeah, I take a portion of my sales and order my own products to celebrate. Lately.. I will admit my sales have been slow.. but expect some new stuff on me, and my friends in no time.

I think the biggest misconceptions people have with my brand are one of two things.. If they don’t know me.. They probably think that I have lost my mind. If they heard of my music.. Perhaps my “musical” ego has gone to my head. However, you’re both wrong. Although, it’s understandable considering “King Craig James” is embroidered on most of my stuff.

The truth is.. People never stop to think about who it is, why its there, or how to find it.. People rarely realize that I designed it myself… They don’t understand that I truly believe in my brand, like my stuff, and promote it whenever, and wherever I can. Music.. That’s only a small portion of what I do now days. So yeah, I wear my brand with pride. You would too.. If it was yours. So if you come across a hater.. Have them “google me” and let them know what its all about. Stay tuned and ill update you about my future music in the next article.