This sounds great for Baltimore City, over 1,000 full-time jobs coming into Baltimore City as a result of Amazon.com opening a 1 million square foot fulfillment center in southeast Baltimore. These benefits sounds awesome:
Amazon fulfillment center jobs pay on average 30 percent more than traditional retail jobs and that doesn’t even include the stock grants that full-time employees receive. Amazon employees receive comprehensive benefits, including healthcare starting on day one, 401(k) and company stock awards. Amazon also offers full-time employees innovative programs like Career Choice, where the company will pre-pay up to 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. Since the program’s launch last summer, employees are pursuing degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology, to name a few.
Here's Amazon.com's official statement on coming to Baltimore:
“We are proud to be bringing more than 1,000 full-time jobs with great wages and benefits to Baltimore,” said Mike Roth, Amazon’s vice president of North America operations. “These are full-time jobs that offer company stock awards, 401(k) and programs like Career Choice where Amazon will pre-pay the cost of tuition for employees to go back to school. We are grateful to the state and local elected officials who supported Amazon coming to Maryland and we look forward to being a part of the community.”
And here's Governor O'Malley's and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's official statements:
"I'm thrilled that Amazon is joining our community of businesses that surround the Port of Baltimore. Companies are taking note of the investments we're making in transportation infrastructure and workforce development, and they're creating jobs here," said Governor Martin O'Malley. "We know Amazon's decision was based on a solid business plan, and we look forward to working with them as they continue to expand here in Maryland."
“I am excited that Amazon will open a fulfillment center in Baltimore City. The fulfillment center means more than 1,000 full-time jobs with benefits for the city,” said Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. “As Mayor, I have made growing Baltimore City’s economy a major priority. The fulfillment center presents a unique industrial development opportunity due to its location to the Port of Baltimore, as well as, its access to the city and interstate highway system. I am proud of the City's efforts, working in partnership with the State, Duke Realty and Amazon to bring this fulfillment center and jobs to Baltimore City.”
According to The Baltimore Sun article, it's likely that this fulfillment center will allow Amazon.com to offer same-day delivery and grocery delivery in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan region and that most of the jobs that Amazon.com offers pay $11.50-$12.50 an hour with supervisors earning more, however the pay rate doesn't include the stock grants that full-time employees of Amazon receive.
Edited by KSweeley, 22 October 2013 - 10:05 PM.