How To Resign From Amazon in 2024 (Using A to Z, Notice + More)

Are you thinking about resigning from Amazon in 2024? As one of the largest employers in the US, many people join Amazon each year – and many decide to leave shortly after.

Resigning from any job can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. This comprehensive guide will walk you through the entire resignation process at Amazon, from submitting notice to getting your final paycheck.

Here’s what we’ll cover:

  • Overview of Resigning from Amazon
  • How to Resign Online via A to Z
  • Resigning In Person/Talking to HR
  • Giving Two Weeks Notice at Amazon
  • What Happens After You Resign
  • Final Paycheck and PTO Payout
  • Amazon’s Rehire Policy
  • Amazon’s Employee Retention Rates
  • Tips for Leaving Amazon on Good Terms
  • Sample Amazon Resignation Letter
  • FAQs About Quitting Amazon

Let’s get started!

Overview of Resigning from Amazon

When preparing to leave your job at Amazon, you have a few options for submitting your resignation:

  • Online – You can resign online through the A to Z website or mobile app. This will submit a ticket to HR to process your resignation.

  • In person – Speak directly with your manager or an HR representative, then follow up your discussion with a formal resignation letter.

  • Email/letter – Send a formal resignation letter to your boss and HR rep.

Regardless of how you resign, be sure to provide at least two weeks advance notice before your final day. This allows Amazon to find someone to cover your duties.

Amazon does not require you to provide a reason for leaving in your resignation notice. However, providing constructive feedback may help them improve for future employees.

How to Resign Online via A to Z

Resigning online via the A to Z website or app is the easiest way to quit your job at Amazon. Here are the steps:

  1. Open the A to Z website or mobile app and log in to your employee account.

  2. On the homepage, scroll to the bottom and look for the "Thinking about leaving Amazon?" section.

  3. Click on "Learn more" which will take you to the resignation page.

  4. Enter your Amazon username, password, birth date and job site to verify your identity.

  5. Select your last day at Amazon, which should be at least 2 weeks out.

  6. Click "Submit" which will send your resignation notice to Amazon HR.

Once you submit your resignation via A to Z, you‘ll receive a confirmation email within a few days. Amazon will consider this your official notice, so be sure to show up and work the remainder of your shifts.

Resigning In Person/Talking to HR

If you prefer to resign in person, follow these steps:

  1. Request a meeting with your direct manager or an HR representative.

  2. Tell them directly that you are putting in your two weeks notice and your final day will be X.

  3. Follow up the discussion with a formal resignation letter sent to your boss and HR rep via email or mail.

  4. Be sure to clearly state your final day and thank them for the opportunity in your letter.

Resigning in person allows you to explain reasons for leaving and provide feedback face-to-face. But the follow up written notice ensures clarity around your last day.

Giving Two Weeks Notice at Amazon

While not required by law, it is strongly recommended that you provide at least two weeks notice when resigning from Amazon.

Here are some benefits of giving proper notice:

  • Allows Amazon to find someone to cover your duties
  • Shows professionalism and appreciation
  • Leaves you in good standing for potential rehire

If you provide less than two weeks notice without explanation, it may be marked in your employee file. Short notice resignations can hurt your chances of working for Amazon again in the future.

What Happens After You Resign

Once you formally resign from Amazon, whether online or in person, here‘s what you can expect:

  • Confirmation – You will receive confirmation from HR stating they have received your notice and processed your resignation.

  • Exit interview – You may be asked to participate in an exit interview to provide feedback. This is optional.

  • Schedule – Show up and work the remainder of your scheduled shifts through your final day. Call out sick only if truly necessary.

  • Final pay – You will receive your final paycheck on the next scheduled pay date. Unused PTO may be paid out depending on state law.

  • Benefits – Your health insurance and other benefits will terminate at the end of the month of your last day. You can opt for COBRA coverage.

  • Job abandonment – If you fail to show up for remaining shifts without notice, you may be considered to have voluntarily abandoned your job.

Be professional right through your last day, and assist with any transitions to make the process smooth for everyone.

Final Paycheck and PTO Payout

When your employment with Amazon ends, you will receive your final paycheck on the next scheduled pay date. It will include pay for all hours worked through your final day.

Whether or not you receive payout for unused paid time off (PTO) depends on state law:

  • CA, CO, IL, MA, MT, NE, ND, NY, OH, RI, TN, WV – Require payout of accrued but unused PTO when employment ends
  • All other states – Do not require payout, subject to company policy

If you live in a state without a PTO payout law, check your employee handbook for Amazon’s policy, as it can vary by location.

You should also be paid for any unused vacation time you have accrued. Check your last pay stub to ensure your final payout is accurate.

Amazon‘s Rehire Policy

If you leave Amazon on good terms, you may be eligible for rehire after a waiting period. Here are the key points:

  • Voluntary resignations – Eligible for rehire after 90 days
  • Involuntary terminations – May reapply after 1 year
  • Terminations for misconduct – Generally ineligible for rehire

So if you resign from Amazon, you can apply to return to work after 90 days off. Just be sure to leave on positive terms – don’t burn bridges on your way out.

Amazon‘s Employee Retention Rates

Amazon is well known for having high employee turnover compared to other major companies. Some key stats:

  • Average tenure – Amazon warehouse employees stay around 9-12 months on average before resigning. Corporate employees around 1-2 years.

  • Turnover rate – Amazon‘s turnover rate has been estimated at 150% for warehouse workers, meaning the entire workforce is replaced every 8 months on average.

  • New hires – Around 300,000 people are hired by Amazon each quarter, the majority into hourly fulfillment and warehouse roles.

While Amazon employs over 1.6 million people worldwide, the pace of hiring shows how quickly people cycle in and out of jobs there.

Tips for Leaving Amazon on Good Terms

Follow these tips when resigning to maintain positive relations with Amazon as you exit:

  • Give at least two weeks written notice before your final day
  • Work all remaining shifts you are scheduled
  • Assist with training or transitioning your replacement
  • Return any company property like badges or equipment
  • Express appreciation for opportunities you were given
  • Keep feedback constructive if asked for input
  • Request a letter of recommendation from your manager

Avoid burning bridges by acting unprofessionally as you leave. You never know if you might work with, or even for, your former colleagues again in the future.

Sample Amazon Resignation Letter

Use this sample resignation letter as a guide when submitting written notice to Amazon:

[Your Name]
[Street Address]
[City, State Zip]


[Manager’s Name] 

Dear [Manager‘s Name], 

Please accept this letter as notice that I am resigning from my position as [job title] at Amazon, effective [last day of work, 2 weeks out].

I have enjoyed and learned a lot from my time with Amazon, but have decided to pursue a new career opportunity.  

I am committed to continuing strong performance and assisting with a smooth transition over the next two weeks. Please let me know if I can help train my replacement or tie up any loose ends before my last day on [date].

I appreciate the opportunities I have been given at Amazon. Please keep me in mind for future opportunities, and feel free to use me as a reference.


[Your signature]
[Your typed name] 

This covers the key points you want to communicate when resigning from Amazon – appreciation, notice period, assistance offered, and interest in maintaining positive relations.

FAQs About Quitting Amazon

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about resigning from Amazon:

Do I have to give a reason for resigning?

No, you do not need to provide an explanation for why you are resigning. Simply state it is for personal reasons.

Can I resign by phone or text?

While you can discuss resigning in any format, a formal written notice is required. Follow up any conversation with an email or mailed letter.

What if I don’t give 2 weeks notice?

Legally Amazon cannot withhold pay if you fail to give full notice, but it may hurt your rehire eligibility and references. Give proper notice if possible.

Can I use PTO during my notice period?

Yes, you can use accrued PTO for vacation or sick time during your notice period before your final day. Just request off and track normally via A to Z.

When will I get my final paycheck after resigning?

You will receive your final pay on the next scheduled pay date after your last day. Make sure it includes any unused PTO if required by your state.

Can Amazon fire me instead of allowing me to resign?

If you provide proper notice, Amazon cannot terminate you early unless for gross misconduct before your last day. Work through your notice.

We hope this guide covered everything you need to know about quitting your job at Amazon smoothly and professionally. Resigning can be stressful, but doesn’t have to be with the right preparation and approach. Best of luck with your future career!

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