Industry: Online Retail
Overview: Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) opened as an online bookseller in 1995 and has grown to become one of America’s largest corporations. Amazon and the scads of other companies that use its e-commerce platform offer millions of products at low prices. Among Amazon’s many diversification moves is its foray into e-readers, with the first version of its popular Kindle coming out in 2007. The company is now also a major player in cloud computing with its Amazon Web Services unit, based on Amazon’s own back-end technology platform.
Job Opportunities: Amazon has been on a hiring spree for several months. Critics say the company is being careless by adding so many jobs in a short period of time, while others deem the plethora of positions a sign of a healthy company. In the past seven days alone, Amazon posted nearly 2,500 available job opportunities, according to data from Glassdoor.
On July 25, Amazon announced a new education initiative designed to “expand the choices available to its employees in their future careers, whether at Amazon or in another industry.” Given Amazon’s role as a lightning rod for criticism, though, the program has received mixed reviews. Still, Amazon’s hiring record is unquestionably robust and looks to remain so.