Recently I had a conversation with a friend that was new to Washington and was conflicted about choosing his first job in Washington. He had been offered to either work at Fred Meyer or at an Amazon sorting warehouse. Ultimately he chose to pursue the Amazon job because the wages and the benefits were better than what Fred Meyer offered. To start, the hourly pay was better at Amazon beating Fred Meyer’s hourly pay by 3 dollars. On top of that Amazon offered him a bonus of 1000 dollars after the 12th week working with Amazon. The benefits at Amazon and Fred Meyer were relatively the same, but he liked the benefit of receiving restricted stock units from Amazon once he became eligible for that. There were also other little stuff that Amazon offered that made him accept the Amazon job, like compensation for buying work shoes and any other necessary gear and their point system that allows you to buy food at the warehouse without needing pay from your own money. I think ultimately Amazon gave him a better first impression when it came to compensation. Being a big company that is fairly involved with employee satisfaction and needs, I think it is hard to not be attracted to Amazon. I think that compensation is big factor in retention and attracting employees, but when a company has both good compensation and employee care and involvement it is really hard to beat.