PSA: background checks for Amazon are taking in excess of 5 weeks. My friend accepted a position with Amazon 5 weeks ago and gave her 2 week notice right away. She’s now on 3 weeks without pay. She is a single mom and has an emergency fund but it is killing her going through so much savings all because Amazon can’t use a reputable company to process background checks.

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She should have waited until the background check cleared to give notice. Tough lesson but hopefully she learns for the future

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Does she live in NY? NY has a new background check law that basically drags it out now because it’s two parts. One during the verbal offer and one after you sign the formal offer

Not trying to blame your friend but why would she give notice without a confirmed start date

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How does the story end? How many weeks did it take with VA? I'm in the same boat..not sure if this is a VA thing or a county thing but taking incredibly long!

Sorry OP. Hope you get started soon and share advice to switch after everything clears for putting in notice, etc.

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She put her notice in without knowing the start date?

Is she aware if something that could cause an issue? If not, I think it makes sense to have a call with the hiring manager/recruiter to get a better understanding of what is causing this delay and to let them know that she is out of work.

My AMZN background check cleared within 24 hrs. Something must be up I guess.

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