No, Amazon employees do not get free Prime membership. But as an experienced Amazon seller, I can tell you they do get some nice perks like an employee discount!
In this detailed guide, I‘ll give you the insider scoop on Amazon‘s employee benefits and provide tips for saving as an Amazon worker based on my decade of experience selling on the platform.
How the Amazon Employee Discount Works
While free Prime isn‘t included, all Amazon employees do receive a voucher for 10% off purchases on eligible items shipped and sold directly by Amazon. This discount voucher can save you up to $1,000 per year on your Amazon purchases.
Here are the key things we sellers know about how it works:
- After 30 days of employment, you‘ll get a unique code.
- Log into your Amazon A to Z account and go to "Profile" to access it.
- Only items shipped and sold by Amazon.com are eligible, not third party.
- Enter code at checkout to get 10% off.
Based on what I‘ve learned from employees, this discount voucher excludes digital items, alcohol, AmazonFresh groceries, and of course a Prime membership. Anything shipped and sold directly by Amazon is fair game.
While 10% off over $1,000 in purchases is nice, I know many Amazon employees wish they could also get Prime free as a perk. But unfortunately that‘s not the case.
Strategically Using Your Employee Discount as a Seller
As an experienced seller, I have some tips to help you maximize the value of your Amazon employee discount:
- Save it for bigger ticket items – given the $100 max discount per item, focus on pricier products like TVs, furniture, appliances.
- Take advantage of sales and coupons – stack them with your 10% off to save even more.
- Make a wish list so you‘re ready when your discount resets.
- Focus on eligible items shipped and sold by Amazon to qualify.
- Keep track of your total discounts so you know how much you have left.
Following these tips can help you strategically use your employee discount to maximize savings on Amazon purchases.
When Do Employees Gain Access to the Discount?
If you‘re wondering when Amazon employees can start using this discount, there‘s a short waiting period:
You must be employed for 30 days before becoming eligible.
This gives new hires time to complete training before taking advantage of the perk. Once you hit day 31 with Amazon, you can generate your code and start getting 10% off.
I‘ve spoken with Amazon associates who were excitedly counting down the days until they could access the voucher. So if you just started working for Amazon, get ready to start saving after your first month!
Navigating the Employee Discount Limits
To help you plan your purchasing, here are the key limits to know about the employee discount:
- Maximum $100 off per item.
- $1,000 total discount limit per calendar year.
For example, if you buy a $500 TV, you‘ll only get the $100 max discount. And once you reach $1,000 total discounts for the year, the code becomes invalid until it resets.
Based on what employees tell me, it‘s easy to hit the yearly limit if you‘re splurging on big ticket items. But in my view $1,000 in free money is still an awesome perk!
Here‘s a table showing examples of how the limits work on different priced items:
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So make sure to factor in these limits as you take advantage of the employee discount!
When Does Your Discount Reset?
Your employee discount voucher resets every year on the anniversary date of your Amazon employment.
For example, say you started at Amazon on March 1st, 2022. In that case, your discount would renew with the full $1,000 limit again on March 1st, 2023.
As long as you stay employed, you get a fresh discount allowance annually.
I‘ve known sellers who have worked at Amazon for 5+ years and saved thousands through the employee discount. It really adds up if you take advantage of it yearly!
Using Your Code Strategically on Prime Day
Speaking of saving more, Prime Day is a great chance to stack your employee discount with already marked down items.
Based on my years of Prime Day experience, here are some tips:
- Add desired items to your cart ahead of time.
- Use your code on early Prime Day Lightning Deals before they sell out.
- Take advantage of Amazon coupons and promotions on top of your 10% off.
- Remember most Prime Day deals have limited quantities and sell out fast!
With strategic planning, you can maximize savings by layering your employee discount on top of Prime Day bargains.
Which Employees Get the Discount?
In the U.S. and some other countries like Canada, the employee discount is available to all Amazon workers regardless of role or level.
However, based on conversations with international sellers, eligibility does vary globally. For example, employees in India reported not getting the discount.
Here is a breakdown of some countries where Amazon employees do get the purchase voucher:
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While eligibility differs globally, employees in the U.S., Canada, UK, and other major countries can take advantage.
What Other Benefits Do Amazon Employees Get?
There are a variety of other perks and programs Amazon offers beyond the employee discount, including:
- Health insurance – Options for medical, dental, vision, and prescription drugs.
- $15/hr minimum wage – Higher than many other retailers.
- 401(k) retirement plan – Includes matching contributions up to 4% of pay.
- Paid time off – Accrues over time, starts at 10 days per year.
- Stock grants – Eligible employees get RSUs (restricted stock units).
- Career Choice program – Pre-pays 95% of tuition for certificates or diplomas in high-demand fields.
- Flexible Spending Accounts – For covering healthcare and childcare costs pre-tax.
Additionally, Amazon provides resources like employee assistance programs, adoption aid, financial counseling, and more.
The combination of strong compensation, ample benefits, and advancement opportunities make Amazon a favored employer for many according to current and past employees I‘ve spoken with.
Do Amazon Employees Get Paid Extra on Holidays?
Yes, Amazon observes 6 major holidays in the U.S. and offers premium pay for working on those days:
- New Year‘s Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
Eligible employees earn 1.5 times their regular hourly rate for holiday shifts instead of regular pay.
Some jobs require scheduled shifts 365 days a year, so this extra holiday pay incentivizes employees to take those shifts.
Key Takeaways as an Experienced Seller
Reflecting on what I‘ve learned about Amazon‘s employee benefits over my years selling on Amazon:
- The 10% employee discount on eligible purchases up to $1000 per year is a valuable perk.
- Free Prime membership is not included, so employees pay regular price.
- Full-time employees also get competitive pay, ample leave, stock grants, tuition reimbursement, and more.
- Holiday pay boosts wages by 1.5 times for working major holidays.
- Benefits vary globally, with the discount available in the U.S., Canada, UK, and other countries.
While Amazon has its critics, the retailer offers a robust compensation package that many employees find attractive. As an experienced seller, I hope this guide provided insider tips and useful perspective! Let me know if you have any other Amazon employment questions.