Amazon.com received praise from President Obama on Tuesday for its ambitious effort to hire 5,000 workers at distribution centers across the country.
The e-commerce giant announced its hiring spree Monday that will grow its U.S. based fulfillment team– the crew responsible for picking, packing and shipping customer orders– by 25 percent in order to “meet growing customer demand.”
The announcement came right before President Obama visited one of the distribution centers in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Tuesday, where he spoke about creating jobs for the middle class and lowering the employment rate. According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, he praised Amazon saying, it “is a great example of what’s possible” and “the kind of approach that we need from America’s businesses.”
The Seattle-based company currently employs over 20,000 full-time employees and says that median pay inside these fulfillment centers is 30 percent higher than typical retail stores. In the statement, Amazon says it wants to help its employees succeed by offering programs like Career Choice, where they’ll pay up to 95 percent of eligible employees’ tuition.
The company will also add 2,000 jobs in customer service in either full-time, part-time or seasonal capacities.