An employee recently left Amazon after the company required him to return to its US office. The employee was also required to give up $200,000 in company stock (equivalent to approximately Rs. 1.6 crore) as part of the decision.
The individual worked as a software developer for the e-commerce behemoth for over three years. In June, the former employee was asked to relocate to the Seattle office.
The decision caught the employee completely off guard, and he saw it as a violation of the company’s initial commitment to allow remote work. Following the decision, the employee attempted to negotiate and even presented a $150,000 estimate for relocating his family and livestock. The company, however, did not respond.
Conversations arose amid increasing company pressure regarding the notion that employees working from home may be less productive, despite the lack of supporting data. He also revealed that he eventually resigned, forfeiting $203,000 in unvested stock.
The ex-Amazon employee is now working at a company with another ex-Amazon employee. He stated that his current position pays a comparable salary to his previous one, but they clearly cannot compete with Amazon’s stock options.
In response to the situation, the company stated that it had been consistently telling employees to come to the office for at least three days a week beginning in May. Furthermore, as part of this transition, a small percentage of the workforce has been asked to relocate in order to work alongside their teams.