These furry friends have one particular dog to thank for their employment opportunity: Rufus. During Amazon's early years, a husband and wife team brought their Welsh corgi to the office, and he immediately won the hearts of fellow employees, according to the company.
Most importantly, Rufus was also a hard worker and "Amazonians" used his paw to click links on the company website. The dog has since passed away, but his legacy remains. Amazon states that there are photos of Rufus around the 8.1 million-square-foot campus, and he even has a building named after him.
Rufus made such an impact that if you click a broken link and land on an error page, his picture appears, along with three other dogs that followed in his "paw" steps, says Amazon, Lucy the Labrador, Sherriff the golden-Aussie mix and Martini the papillon.
While some of Amazon's human employees receive daily catered lunches and happy hour Fridays, these pups get access to some nifty perks as well. Not only do they get to spend the day with their owners, plus receive all the belly rubs a dog could ask for, they're able to snag dog treats at every reception desk in the company.
Amazon also has a doggie deck for pets to run around on their 17th floor. It boasts a fake fire hydrant, dog relief areas and water stations. Additionally, the company offers a leash-free dog park where pups can play on rocks and other structures.
On Halloween, employees and their dogs can bond at Barktoberfest, where dog costumes have ranged from John Snow to unicorns.
Now, you may be wondering who the dogs report to at the office. That person is none other than Lara Hirschfield, Amazon's "Woof Pack" Manager.
"Dogs in the workplace is an unexpected mechanism for connection," says Hirschfield. "I see Amazonians meeting each other in our lobbies or elevators every day because of their dogs."
She may have a point. A Central Michigan University study found that that the presence of a dog in a group office setting encouraged subjects to be more cooperative, communicative and friendly than in groups where there was no dog.