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Does Amazon Hire Felons?

The answer is yes, Amazon does hire felons. Your eligibility for employment will depend on the type of felony and time since you have fulfilled your sentence. Amazon is one of America’s largest employers and many felons seeking jobs ask the question, does Amazon hire felons?

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The first thing that you need to keep in mind is that Amazon uses a lot of people that 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:

Direct Hire for Amazon

In addition to Amazon hiring from staffing and temp agencies they do hire directly for several different types of positions.

  • Fulfillment Centers – These are warehouse jobs. Picking, packing and loading packages.
  • Virtual positions – Most of these work from home jobs are over the phone customer service jobs
UPDATE: As of 09/04/17 we have learned that Amazon’s application is asking if you have been convicted of a felony within the last seven (7) years. This is for direct hire positions.

First Hand Information

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

“I was a direct hire at Amazon (Phoenix, AZ) in September. I have a felony possession (mj) from 2011 and few assorted misdemeanors/DUI’s 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

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.

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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.

Update: We have received several first hand accounts of felons being hired directly by Amazon.

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