Amazon’s frontline employees will be receiving over $500 million in “Thank You” bonuses, according to an announcement made yesterday by the senior vice president of worldwide operations, Dave Clark.
These bonuses come after Amazon ended their original compensation package for frontline employees back in May. The original compensation package that included a $2 increase in hourly wages and double overtime.
The “Thank You” bonuses will be given to the employees that were with Amazon through the month of June.
The $500 million will be distributed differently for different positions. Full-time Amazon employees, Whole Foods Market employees and drivers can expect a bonus of $500; part-time employees, Whole Foods Market employees and drivers can expect a bonus of $250; front-line Amazon and Whole Foods Market leaders can expect a bonus of $1,000; delivery service partner owners can expect a bonus of $3,000; and Amazon Flex drivers can expect a bonus of $150.
The news of this bonus received mixed reactions on social media, as some people felt as if there should have been a larger bonus, while others felt that reinstating the previous compensation package of a $2 hourly wage increase and double overtime would be a better sign of gratitude.