LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) announced an expansion of the company’s workforce in Las Vegas with plans to create 125 additional corporate jobs in the city. To accommodate this growth, the company recently opened a new 30,000 square foot office in Town Square in downtown Las Vegas. This expansion will allow Amazon to more than double its corporate workforce in the area – with teams based in the new Las Vegas office supporting the company’s Human Resources organization.
“We are excited to create more jobs in Las Vegas and continue to invest in the city and its people,” said Tami Dennis, Site Lead of Amazon’s Las Vegas office. “We’ve opened the doors to our new office and we’re looking forward to meeting more of the city’s terrific talent as we look to support the diverse needs of our workforce.”
Amazon’s Las Vegas office currently has more than 100 employees specializing in managing leave of absence and accommodation services for the company’s employees across the United States. The teams working in Las Vegas are human resources specialists who act as the first point of contact for employees requesting a job accommodation, including American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters for Amazon employees and candidates applying for jobs at the company. Amazon is one of the only tech companies in the U.S. that has full-time ASL interpreters to support deaf or hard of hearing employees.
Supporting the local community
To mark the company’s latest investment in Nevada, Amazon is donating $100,000 to two food bank partners to aid in the fight against childhood hunger. The donation supports the Three Square Food Bank in Las Vegas and the Food Bank of Northern Nevada in Reno – both of which serve children and families in communities where Amazon has fulfillment centers.
“Amazon’s generous donation to support the fight against childhood hunger will help us reach deeper into our community with additional resources for children and their families,” said Michelle Beck, chief development officer of Three Square Food Bank in Las Vegas. “The need is great. In Southern Nevada, one in five children lives in a home that is food insecure. With support from community partners like Amazon, we are addressing this statistic head on.”
“As Amazon continues to grow in Nevada, the company finds impactful opportunities to give back to the communities where its employees live and work,” said Ashley Wedlund, Site Leader of one of Amazon’s North Las Vegas fulfillment centers. “In addition to today’s donation, Amazon makes frequent, in-kind product donations throughout the year. We are proud to support the amazing work these organizations do in our communities and we are grateful for their commitment to support children and families.”
Additionally, Amazon is funding computer science classes or robotics programs in 11 Nevada high schools through Amazon Future Engineer—a childhood-to-career program to inspire, educate, and propel children and young adults from underserved and underrepresented communities to build skills and start careers in computer science. Amazon has also awarded three students from Nevada the Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship award, which provides $40,000 in funding to students from disadvantaged or underrepresented backgrounds to study computer science in college, and receive a guaranteed, paid internship offer at Amazon.
Investing and creating jobs in Nevada
Amazon has created more than 3,500 full-time jobs and invested over $2.5 billion in Nevada since 2011, including customer fulfillment infrastructure and compensation to our employees. The company estimates that these direct investments in the state contributed more than $1.5 billion to Nevada’s economy (2011-2018) and generated an additional 4,000 indirect jobs on top of the company’s direct hires. There are also more than 19,500 authors, developers, and small and medium-sized businesses in Nevada growing their businesses with Amazon.
With 750,000 employees worldwide, Amazon has been recognized on LinkedIn’s Top Companies list for the past four years, ranked #2 in the Fortune 2017 and 2018 World’s Most Admired Companies, and ranked #5 in Fast Company’s World’s Most Innovative Companies. The company also receives a perfect score from the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index. Amazon offers a wide range of programs to equip employees with the skills for new, in-demand jobs – from paid cloud computing apprenticeships, to Amazon Technical Academy to its innovative Career Choice initiative, which prepays 95 percent of the cost of tuition to pursue continuing education courses in in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. All these program are part of Upskilling 2025, a $700 million commitment by Amazon looking to support all employees in gaining critical skills to move into higher skill, better paying, technical or non-technical roles.