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Does Amazon Hire Felons?

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Amazon is becoming a giant of giants in the online retail space. They have many different types of jobs from working at fulfilment centers to customer service. There has been a lot of misconceptions and misinformation posted online about whether Amazon hires felons or not, here is the facts.

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Does Amazon Hire Felons?

 

The first thing that you need to keep in mind is that Amazon uses a lot of people that are work for staffing agencies. Many of the available Amazon positions can be found through the staffing agency Integrity Staffing Solutions, you can view specific job openings here from Integrity Staffing.

Amazon also uses a number of other job agencies including:

 

First Hand Information

We were contacted by one of our readers to let us know the following:

I was a direct hire at Amazon (phx) in September. I have a felony possession (mj) from 2011 and few assorted misdemeanors/duis along the way (no theft or fraud). It’s January and I’m still working at Amazon. If you want to work at Amazon, have your name in the hat well before their hiring frenzy (sept-oct) for peak season (nov-dec). Check the status of your application often and renew/resubmit as often as necessary to keep current.

Those online tests that they require you to take are your foot in the door. I’m guessing but I think the length of time it takes you to finish is factored into any scoring. But again, that’s just a guess. Give all the right answers and they’ll hound you to come work for them. Be consistent with your answers. The questions are the same 10-15, reworded and asked over and over and over throughout the test. You won’t know your score but if you did well, you get an offer automatically when you finish the last test. If not, suck it up and try again in a few months.

 

Staffing Agencies and Amazon

In the past none of these staffing companies would hire anyone with a criminal background, let alone a felony. In 2012 Integrity Staffing was sued by a man that was denied employment by Integrity over a long ago felony conviction. The lawsuit did not make it to trial but was settled out of court. Integrity was forced to change their blanket policy of “we don’t hire felons.”

“Pursuant to the settlement agreement, Integrity Staffing Solutions has reaffirmed its policy of providing equal employment opportunity for people with past criminal convictions, and has agreed to change its employment advertisements and job applications to comply with its policy. Integrity Staffing Solutions also has further reemphasized to supervisors and personnel engaged in the hiring process the importance of and appropriate review of a job applicants with criminal convictions”.

Source: Law Center Of Philadelphia

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The lawsuit forced these staffing agencies to make more sensible decisions about people with criminal backgrounds. This does not mean that they will hire every felon that applies or walks in the door! A number factors will be considered when you apply for an Amazon job through a staffing agency.

  • Time since conviction/release
  • Specifics of conviction
  • How well you interview
  • The hiring manager’s personal views

Help For Felons can confirm that some felons have been hired to work in Amazon warehouses as order selectors/pickers through Staff Management – SMX. Any information that you may be reading online in regards to questions like “does amazon hire felons” that was published prior to early 2012 is most likely incorrect. That is because the lawsuit was not settled until 1/5/2012, you can read the full press release here.

 

Direct Hire With Amazon

It is unclear at this time if it is possible to get a direct hire from Amazon if you are a felon. Our advice is to simply apply with one of the staffing agencies listed above in order to get your foot in the door rather than applying directly to Amazon.

59 thoughts on “Does Amazon Hire Felons?

  1. I was a direct hire at Amazon (phx) in September. I have a felony possession (mj) from 2011 and few assorted misdemeanors/duis along the way (no theft or fraud). It’s January and I’m still working at Amazon.

    Business is extremely slow right now and I hear that will continue through the spring, pick up in the summer, and drop off again early fall until November. If you want to work at Amazon, have your name in the hat well before their hiring frenzy (sept-oct) for peak season (nov-dec). Check the status of your application often and renew/resubmit as often as necessary to keep current.

    Those online tests that they require you to take are your foot in the door. I’m guessing but I think the length of time it takes you to finish is fsctored into any scoring. But again, that’s just a guess. Give all the right answers and they’ll hound you to come work for them. Be consistent with your answers. The questions are the same 10-15, reworded and asked over and over and over throughout the test. You won’t know your score but if you did well, you get an offer automatically when you finish the last test. If not, suck it up and try again in a few months.

    Amazon employees are a veritable cornucopia of square pegs that will never fit in those round holes. Everybody has a story. Everybody is a little off center. Everybody wants to work and works hard. Well, most of us, anyway.

    Home Depot will hire felons (I was hired) but nothing violent (offer was retracted for an M1 Threats conviction) which corporate HR dictates.

    Lowes mimicks HD.

    Good luck!

  2. Hi my name is Darron I’m supposed to go the the Amazon office in Chattanooga for a drug test and background check it will show that I have two felonys one thrift by taken and one non dwelling bugery charge both 5 years ago I haven’t been charged for anything seince then will amazon hire me?

  3. I had my orientation Thursday and the guy said I would start working that Sunday. I went in Sunday and didn’t see my id on the table,so I talked to the lady and she said it was stated that I had a delayed response what does that mean?

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