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Also, from what I understand from Amazon seasonals, they offer nice discounts on their merchandise for their workers.

I worked at Amazon last season..in Fernley. Reno is my "home base". It is very hard work. Although Nevada doesn't have state income tax, you will pay tax to your domicile state.

Although, Amazon promised overtime and there was "mandatory overtime, I actually only had maybe eight hours of overtime during a 6 week stay. I was on the night shift which was 6:00 P.M. to 4:30 A.M. and I had a 35-45minute commute back to Sparks where my RV park was located.

I am planning to return to Fernley and interviewed several months ago. I learned all of the RV parks near Fernely were already booked and so I made reservation at the park in Sparks. I was told they were filling up fast.

It is very hard work.. with very rigid rules. Fifteen minute breaks are really five minutes...five to get to the breakroom, five to rest, and five to get back.

Joel has also signed up. I guess we are a glutton for punishment. LOL Hope to see you there.

I forgot to mention, have you checked out working at the sugar beet plants in the Dakotas? Apparently, they hire campers for three weeks in October and the pay is really, really, good.

Kim and I committed to Amazon at their Coffeyville, KS location earlier this week. We are very excited as we specially asked for the "picker" positions which, as you know, requires walking up to 15 miles a day. We have heard it is hard work, but hey, we will be getting paid to workout! We think it will be a blast! We can't wait...our start date is September 10.

I'm happy that you are both able and willing to work hard for the extra cash and are ABLE to due to your good health with the requirements they have!!! I am obviously an advocate of good health for the RV World as I know most of us are in our retirement or early retirement years and want to spend many more on-the-road healthy!

Good Luck and Congratulations!

Howard, have you looked into Gate Guarding? Only thing is, someone MUST be awake all the time, traffic can be slow or insane. Logging in people and checking them out is all it consists of. YOu make money and save money all in one fell swoop. All utilities are furnished, as well as a dusty or muddy site.

We met working at Amazon in Coffeyville last year and are planning to go back this fall. We're debating on the sugar beet harvest since we are already in ND. Our perception of Amazon is that the work isn't really that hard -- you just have to be on your feet the entire time. And for someone like me who's never worked in a "factory" like environment, punching a clock was an entirely new experience. I kept forgetting to punch in/out for the first couple of weeks. Besides the money, the nice part about Amazon is meeting other great folks.

Howard and Linda,

We are also going to be "first timers" at Amazon but are going to be near your old hometown in Campbellsville Ky. Sure you guys don't want to come back this way? Would be great meeting up again.

Phil and Rudee

Hi Howard and Linda,
Our first workamping job was amazon.com in Fernley. If you'd like a blow-by-blow of our impressions, you can check out http://travelbug-susan.blogspot.com/2011/10/first-day-of-october-30-2011.html and read the related posts for Nov. & Dec.

Be prepared for COLD!!!

Susan & Bob A. (Erma & Ted)

P.S. Currently we are gate guards in south Texas in the spring heat. Talk about going from the freezer to the fire!

You've pretty much got the gist of it. Judy and I worked at the Campbellsville facility last year. Over all we felt that Amazon is a good employer. The work is hard and they know it so they try to make the environment enjoyable. While we were there they provided a "thank you" meal and a "Thanksgiving" meal. Also, there were lunch break bingo games where we could win a Kindle Fire (I won a $25 gift certificate to Kroger's). There were other department competitions and when department goals were met they handed out gift certificates to other local businesses, restaurants, etc.. On top of all of that, you and Linda are younger than us old folks, so you should do just fine.

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