Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced plans to open a 1 million-square-foot fulfillment center in Baltimore. Amazon will create more than 1,000 full-time jobs at the fulfillment center when it opens in Baltimore.
“We are proud to be bringing more than 1,000 full-time jobs with great wages and benefits to Baltimore,” said Mike Roth, Amazon’s vice president of North America operations. “These are full-time jobs that offer company stock awards, 401(k) and programs like Career Choice where Amazon will pre-pay the cost of tuition for employees to go back to school. We are grateful to the state and local elected officials who supported Amazon coming to Maryland and we look forward to being a part of the community.”
Amazon fulfillment center jobs pay on average 30 percent more than traditional retail jobs and that doesn’t even include the stock grants that full-time employees receive. Amazon employees receive comprehensive benefits, including healthcare starting on day one, 401(k) and company stock awards. Amazon also offers full-time employees innovative programs like Career Choice, where the company will pre-pay up to 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. Since the program’s launch last summer, employees are pursuing degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology, to name a few.
"I'm thrilled that Amazon is joining our community of businesses that surround the Port of Baltimore. Companies are taking note of the investments we're making in transportation infrastructure and workforce development, and they're creating jobs here," said Governor Martin O'Malley. "We know Amazon's decision was based on a solid business plan, and we look forward to working with them as they continue to expand here in Maryland."
At the facility, Amazon employees will pick, pack and ship books, electronics and consumer goods.