TODAY   |  April 12, 2014

Amazon offers employees money to leave company

Online retailer Amazon revealed a company policy that is surprising some. The company says if an employee isn’t happy, they can earn up to $5,000 by quitting the job. TODAY viewers weighed in on how much it would take to quit their jobs. TODAY’s Dylan Dreyer reports.

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>>> online giant amazon has an offer some employees may not be able to refuse.

>> they're actually paying some employees to leave, as in like leave their job and quit. sure, we'll give you money. dylan is in the orange room to explain.

>> disgruntled employees around the world, how bad do you wish you worked for amazon right now? if an employee isn't happy working with them, you can earn up to $5,000 by quitting. yes, just by quitting. here is how it works. amazon will offer to pay you about $1,000 -- no, $2,000 for the first year and every year after that that you're still disgruntled you can earn an additional thousand dollars. if you're really disgruntled wait four years because then you'll make that $5,000. does that make sense?

>> i'll take the five grand.

>> just for sitting here, did i just earn $5,000?

>> are you disgruntled?

>> no. i'm happy.

>> so you're totally unhappy?

>> no.

>> but if you stay longer you get more money?

>> exactly.

>> so it kind of makes sense. what would it take for you to quit? how much money would it take for you to quit your job? some of these responses. $15,000 and 18 months medical benefits, well thought-out answer. #newbeginnings. just enough to live by the ocean rear round. i agree with that one. and really, i wish i would have waited to quit there. wait four years because you get the max $5,000 and then you have to start looking for a new job.

>> oh, there's that.

>> yeah, there's that.

>> that you need another job.