Nick Palomares studied Business Management and Business Economics and works for Amazon as an Area Manager.
Why did you choose to work for Amazon? I chose to work for Amazon for a couple reasons. The first and most important reason was Amazon’s culture. Interning with them in the summer of 2015 I fell in love with their mentality of never settling. This attitude and culture transpires in all areas of the company, whether it be in Seattle at their headquarters or in a fulfillment center somewhere around the US. They are always pushing for something greater and in search of advancement. This attitude of never settling suits me perfect because its a virtue that I have always tried to live by. In addition to Amazon’s culture, I chose to work there because of the company unconventional scope. This might sound odd at first, but its appealing to work for a company who feels like there are no boundaries or areas that they cannot enter.
Tell us about your job title and responsibilities? I am an Area Manager at one of Amazon’s fulfillment center’s in San Antonio, TX. Specifically I oversee the packing operations of all single order shipments. In addition to monitoring the process flow, I am responsible for the 50+ associates who work in the process. I help monitor their productivity, quality control, and safety through daily coaching and interaction. It’s an exhilarating position because with so many associates and the incredible demand Amazon has, no day is the same and there is never a dull moment.
What do you enjoy most about working at Amazon? The best part about working at Amazon is how intelligent and driven everyone is. Everyday I work I learn something new and valuable for a coworker, and in terms of self development and being new to the workforce, I couldn’t ask for anything better.
What advice do you have for current Eller students looking to follow a similar career path? My advice for someone thinking about working in a leadership role and in operations is to try their best to intern for a summer in a similar role. It doesn’t need to be a massive company such as Amazon, but really any management and operational role. It’s a very high paced position with a lot of demands. Some thrive in that environment but its also not for everyone. An internship can help see which side their on without making a major commitment.