As an Amazon employee, you most likely use the Amazon A to Z app to view and adjust your work schedule. However, around the warehouse and on the app, you have likely seen schedules with shift codes instead of names, and they are really confusing!
So let’s find out everything there is to know about Amazon shift codes.
An example of an Amazon shift code is DB1-0700-IB, and more importantly, here is what each of these characters means:
- First Letter: Time of Day
- Second Letter: Days of the Week
- First Number: Your Assigned OT Day
- Four Number Sequence: Start Time
- Final Characters: Job Title
As you can see, Amazon shift codes are alphanumeric sequences that explain your Amazon shift schedule for the current work week, and they change as your schedule changes.
Now that you know that each of the letters and numbers in the sequence represents the time of day, the days of the week, the overtime days, and the job itself, let’s learn not only how to find your shift code but how to decipher it!
In addition to understanding the letters and characters in a shift code, you absolutely need to know where to find it! Remember, shift codes can change weekly if your schedule changes even slightly, so you may need to find your shift code on a regular basis.
Luckily, it’s extremely easy; here’s what you need to do:
- Open the Amazon A to Z app and log in.
- Select the More menu on the bottom right corner of the screen.
- Click My Profile & Job Details.
- Select Job Details.
- Scroll Down.
- You can find your shift code next to Shift Pattern.
Now that you know where to find your shift code, it’s important to understand what it means!
It’s important to note that different warehouses use different Amazon shift patterns for their shift codes, so while this is the general outline, there could be some differences at your specific Amazon location.
If your shift codes look like DB1-0700-IB, here’s what you need to know to decipher them!
The first letter in the code represents the time of day your shifts occur.
- D = Days
- S = Swing
- N = Nights
At many Amazon warehouses, they use the code AAAA to represent day shifts, so you may see that as well.
The second letter in the sequence signifies which days of the week you will be working.
- A = Sunday – Wednesday
- B = Wednesday – Saturday
- C = Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
- E = Monday – Friday
- F = Monday – Thursday
- H = Friday – Monday
- K = Tuesday – Friday
- L = Saturday – Tuesday
- N = Thursday – Sunday
The number directly after the first two letters is your assigned overtime day if you have one, and the numbers correspond with the days of the week.
- 1 – Sunday
- 2 – Monday
- 3 – Tuesday
- 4 – Wednesday
- 5 – Thursday
- 6 – Friday
- 7 – Saturday
The following four-number sequence represents the start time of your shifts.
For example, 0700 means the shifts start at 7:00 AM, whereas 1800 means the shifts begin at 6:00 PM.
The final two letters represent the job being worked. While there are dozens of jobs at Amazon warehouses with their own abbreviations, here are a few of the most common positions:
- IB – Inbound
- OB – Outbound
- OP – Order Picker
- OM – Operations Manager
- PA – Process Assistant
The truth is that you don’t have to memorize the meaning of each individual bit of Amazon shift codes.
Although it’s good to be informed, when you read a schedule in the warehouse, your shifts will always be clearly labeled. All you need to be able to do is know your current shift code so you can find yourself on the schedule.
But if you do want to break it down and read the shift codes, you should ensure that the above categories apply to your specific warehouse and then memorize what the characters represent.
Now that you understand where to find your shift code and what it actually means, you will always know what your work schedule is for the current week.
Amazon shift codes are alphanumeric sequences that explain your Amazon shift schedule for the current work week, and they change as your schedule changes. The characters in the sequence represent the time of day, the days of the week, the overtime days, and the job itself.