Jeff Bezos tweets about first job at McDonalds as 1994 Amazon job ad goes viral


Amazon founder and billionaire Jeff Bezos referred to his first job at McDonalds on Sunday, days after a job posting he posted in 1994 for the ‘first job’ at the tech company became viral.

Mr Bezos posted a photo on Twitter on Sunday, showing him with a meal from the fast food chain.

He worked at McDonalds when he was 16, then graduated from Princeton University.

“You can learn responsibility in any job if you take it seriously,” Bezos told Cody Teets, author of Golden Opportunity: Remarkable Careers That Started at McDonald’s.

“You learn a lot as a teenager working at McDonald’s. It’s different from what you learn in school. Don’t underestimate the value of that.”

Last week, an ad posted by Mr. Bezos dated August 22, 1994 and titled “Well Capitalized Seattle Startup Seeks Unix Developers” was posted on Twitter as Amazon’s first job posting.

The company, now the world’s largest online retailer, was established a month earlier as a bookseller.

Mr. Bezos wrote that he wanted developers to “help pioneer commerce on the Internet”, and that he was not looking for average performers, but exceptional candidates.

“You should have experience designing and building large and complex (but maintainable) systems, and you should be able to do it in about a third of the time that most competent people think possible,” says the author. ‘announcement.

“You should have a BS, MS or PhD in Computer Science or equivalent. Top notch communication skills are essential. Knowledge of web servers and HTML would be helpful but not required.”

Mr. Bezos also described the type of workforce he was looking to create.

“Expect talented, driven, intense and interesting colleagues,” he wrote.

Successful applicants were required to relocate to the Seattle area, and compensation would include a “significant equity investment.”

The ad noted at the foot that Amazon was “an equal opportunity employer.”

Amazon’s market capitalization currently stands at $1.33 trillion. Its global workforce, including part-timers but not contractors and agency workers, was 1.52 million at the end of June, according to Statista.

That was 85,000 fewer than at the end of 2021 as Amazon and the other big tech companies in the US, such as Apple, Meta and Google, froze hiring amid a slowing economy. American.

Amazon posted a net loss of $2 billion in the second quarter as the company was adversely affected by exchange rate changes throughout the April-June period.

Mr Bezos, 58, is ranked as the richest person in the world behind Elon Musk, with a net worth of $154 billion.

Last year, he traveled into space aboard his company Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket.


Updated: August 29, 2022, 7:21 a.m.


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