Amazon is reportedly expanding it’s South African Presence. This comes after Facebook recently announced that it would be opening an African office also in South Africa. “As part of this expansion, Amazon plans to hire more than 250 people in the next 12 months to fill highly-skilled technical roles that will be based in both offices” the report said.
The office is mainly for Amazon Web Services (AWS) and will see highly skilled engineers, network specialists, account managers and other technologists employed by Amazon.
In Nigeria where the e-commerce market is projected to be worth nearly $13b by 2018, competition is on the rise with new players coming into the sector monthly. South Africa has one of the best infrastructure on the continent and this is a major source of attraction to many tech companies.
The New York Times recently did a report on working conditions at Amazon which has prompted a rebuttal from CEO Jeff Bezos. “At Amazon, workers are encouraged to tear apart one another’s ideas in meetings, toil long and late (emails arrive past midnight, followed by text messages asking why they were not answered), and held to standards that the company boasts are “unreasonably high.” The internal phone directory instructs colleagues on how to send secret feedback to one another’s bosses. Employees say it is frequently used to sabotage others.”
This has been countered and in some cases supported by several ex employees of Amazon.