Haslet CamperForce Review

A lot of this working CamperForce: driving to and from work in the dark

A lot of this working CamperForce: driving to and from work in the dark

Some numbers from my Haslet CamperForce experience, I know how much people love numbers!

  • Total weeks worked: 9 weeks, 6 days.
  • Total hours worked: 480
  • Base pay: $10.75/hour
  • Differential pay for working Saturday and Sunday: $1.00/hour, started early November
  • Overtime pay: Time and a half for everything over 40 hours in one week – $16.125/hour
  • Number of referrals: 3 (at $125 each)
  • Total gross pay: $6,140
  • Total net pay: $4,605

This was the most lucrative year I’ve had with CamperForce, a factor of the extreme amount of overtime available here at the Haslet site. I worked eight weeks of 50+ hours (only seven fiscal weeks because of where Amazon starts and ends its “week”).

For those work-campers who want to get as many hours in as they can, this is a good opportunity to earn a decent amount relatively quickly and still get two days off a week. Granted, with 50+ hour workweeks and being on your feet all day, those two days off are mostly spent sleeping and catching up on chores, but it’s better than nothing.

It’s certainly not for everyone. Most weeks that fifth day was mandatory even if the 11th hour was not for CamperForce, and as I keep saying this is hard work that not everyone is physically capable of doing. I feel like I need to keep repeating that because the number one complaint I hear from new work-campers is that they weren’t expecting it to be so physically taxing.

I often get asked which site I’ve worked at has been the “best”. Between Coffeyville, Fernley, and Haslet (the first two are now defunct remember), I’d say I’ve been treated the same at all of them, and the jobs have been identical between the sites, with Haslet differing only where the KIVA robots come into play. Amazon strives for conformity in its processes as that’s been proven to produce the best results, so really not a whole lot differs between them.

A lot of how people rate their experience depends on the leadership team they’re working under, and it’s impossible to say in advance what that’ll be like as there is a good deal of turnover from year to year. Many managers at Amazon are just out of college and have great school records, but are lacking in experience. In rankles some campers (particularly the ones who had management experience themselves before they retired to go full-timing) to be told what to do by these young 20-somethings but I’ve never felt unfairly treated.

I will say that of all the sites I’ve worked at, Haslet (at least the receive department, I can’t speak for others) was the least organized. This is only the second year this site has been open and it was the first time the receive department had both their north and south end docks running at once, so there were growing pains and confusion at times. I should think it would be better next year with the lessons learned from this peak. That being said, the HR ladies who ran CamperForce at Haslet were the most helpful I’ve seen, and that made things easier.

Haslet was a nice site weather-wise. Although it was pretty hot (upper 90’s!) when I arrived in mid-October, there were more days where sitting outside was comfortable, and never did it get cold enough that I needed to winterize my hoses, although that kind of cold is possible in northern Texas. There were those two rainy spells when temperatures hovered in the 40’s and that wasn’t particularly fun, but overall I’d rather spend December here than in Kansas or Nevada.

The campground situation was a bit less ideal. This year there were no close campgrounds and most of the options were small mom-n-pop type places that weren’t much to look at. The two nicest campgrounds (A+ and the KOA) were more than 30 minutes out and even they initially had issues meeting the needs of campers, this being the first year CamperForce was here. Next year a large campground is slated to open only 7 miles from the warehouse that will cater to CamperForce which should improve matters.

Overall though, I was happy with my experience at Haslet. The money was good, the work was alright, and the nicer weather allowed me to get out with coworkers and have some fun. I’m likely to come back to Haslet next peak, although I can’t say for certain this early. It sounds like applications will be opening up online soon if they haven’t already and Haslet is the location most people put as their first choice, so if you’re interested in it you’ll probably want to apply sooner rather than later (www.coolworks.com or www.workamper.com is where I go).

For every other post I’ve written on Amazon’s CamperForce and more information on the program, see here.

Lastly, if you’re going to be applying for CamperForce for the first time this year because of the advice I’ve given in this blog, I’d be one happy camper if you’d list me under the “how you heard about this opportunity” field on the application (Becky Schade or Rebecca Schade).

Happy New Year everyone! I had a good 2015 but there is always room for improvement, so here’s to an even better 2016!

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26 Responses to Haslet CamperForce Review

  1. Terri January 2, 2016 at 1:57 pm #

    Awesome job about putting together some cash in such a short period of time! I plan on applying with the Haslet location this weekend if I can find the actual place to put in my application. (My hotline email from workamper news said that you could apply now but when I went to the page, I couldn’t see exactly where the apps were being accepted. So I’m updating my profile on the amazon page anyway so it’s all ready to go.) I definitely want to be where it’s warm.

    And yes, I totally expect that job to be physically taxing, but it can’t be more so than what I do right now. 🙂

    Thank you for the numbers, super appreciated. 🙂
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    • Becky January 3, 2016 at 8:45 am #

      I think the Hotline jumped the gun Terri and the 15th is when applications officially open. Getting your profile set up now though will save time. Your welcome for the numbers, good luck!

      • Terri January 3, 2016 at 9:00 am #

        I figured that might be the case. Guess what I will be doing on Jan. 15th?? 🙂 Do you need to know this early on what your start date is going to be? I’m still trying to figure out my summer work.
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        • Becky January 4, 2016 at 10:42 am #

          Probably not Terri, although I won’t know for sure until I see it myself. Usually they don’t ask for your earliest possible start date until a bit later.

  2. Frank January 2, 2016 at 2:56 pm #

    Looks good, just wondering, though on the “Living” campsite expenese.

    I thought i saw another post saying that the campsite, like KOA, bills amazon for your site. so Camping site costs are covered in full, except electrical?

    You can just pick a site, do you have the name of the new one? and Amazon picks up the tab..

    Just wanted to confirm this as I may give it a try this year. Still a little too early, but we’ll talk more when you get to the “Q” over pizza or BBQ.. heheh..

    Thanks for the summary, that helps a lot..

    see ya soon..

    • Becky January 3, 2016 at 8:47 am #

      Yeah Frank all that information is on the other post I linked to.

      Amazon pays for your site in full including electric at Haslet. You get a list of campgrounds that participate from Amazon and are in charge of calling and making a reservation yourself, then you tell Amazon which one you reserved at and they cover the bill.

      We’ll talk more at Q. 🙂

  3. Jim Schmechel January 3, 2016 at 7:20 am #

    Thank you for sharing all of the details. I sincerely hope you have a wonderful 2016. You deserve it! 🙂
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    • Becky January 3, 2016 at 8:48 am #

      Thanks Jim!

  4. Dawn from Camano Island January 3, 2016 at 8:11 am #

    Awesome summary of your Amazon work, Becky! I’m an Amazon shopper throughout the year but especially in the weeks before Christmas. So I’m grateful for the work that you & your associates do to ensure the right item arrives at our door on time–and in some cases, early! Enjoy your time here in Q–you SO deserve it!

  5. Becky January 3, 2016 at 8:49 am #

    Looking forward to it Dawn. 🙂

  6. Regina January 3, 2016 at 11:16 am #

    Glad you had a good season at Amazon. We worked at Haslet too and it was very profitable. If you worked weekends and the night shift in Pack Singles, the base pay was $15 an hour.
    The down sides were the driving distance, 33 miles each way, and the level of disorganization at the warehouse. Like you I hope next year they will be more organized and gain some valuable information from the 2015 season. Not all departments were very informed about CamperForce even though they had orientation meetings about it.
    Hope the new year is a good one.

    • Becky January 4, 2016 at 10:44 am #

      Yeah Regina, switching to nights for that extra pay was really tempting and if I hadn’t decided early on to stick to days this once (last 3 years I did nights) I would have done it. Next year I might do nights again.

      And yeah, I’m keeping an eye on that Finishline campground that is suppose to be ready for next peek, if it’s finished in time that would be great…

  7. Pamela b January 3, 2016 at 11:41 am #

    Happy New Year to you, Becky! I enjoyed reading about your work experience at Haslett. No thick ice on your windshield to hack off – I know you didn’t miss that. Many happy adventures for 2016.
    Pamela

    • Becky January 4, 2016 at 10:45 am #

      Thanks Pamela! Happy new year to you too. 🙂

  8. Reine in Plano January 3, 2016 at 1:34 pm #

    Great that the Haslet income will provide for the new fridge hopefully without the need to dip into your emergency fund. Good review that I know will be helpful to folks considering Camperforce as an income option.

    • Becky January 4, 2016 at 10:46 am #

      Yep Reine, it’s covered. Really this was the best time of year it could have failed, as this is when I have the most money, heh.

  9. JimS January 3, 2016 at 3:22 pm #

    I remember you mentioned last year that Amazon was moving their Fernley operations to Reno. Do you know any reason why they’re not offering Camperforce opportunities at their new location?
    Thanks!

    • Becky January 4, 2016 at 10:48 am #

      From my understanding Jim the new building is a large items facility where everything is moved with forklifts. Probably they don’t need as many workers, and now that it’s in Reno proper they have a larger local workforce to draw from.

  10. Jodee Gravel January 5, 2016 at 10:46 am #

    And now you’re ready to start your 2016 adventures! Happy trails Becky.
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    • Becky January 6, 2016 at 7:47 pm #

      Yep! Julie’s hard at work on finishing up the 2015 travel map and getting the 2016 one started, should be going up soon…

  11. Deborah R January 27, 2016 at 5:08 pm #

    Hi there! My boyfriend and I are definitely applying to work at Camperforce this year. We are starting our RV life in April/May, we already have a workamping position for the summer. I was about to apply at amazon after reading all your reviews, wondered if you wanted to “refer” us, i.e. https://s3.amazonaws.com/FulfillmentMedia/CamperForceReferralForm2015.pdf

    If so email me (I included my email in the form) and I’ll give you our names, etc. I figured the $125 referral bonus was nice pay for you for all the information you put on your website for us future Camperforcers. 🙂

    • Becky January 28, 2016 at 2:50 pm #

      Glad to hear that my reports helped you come to a decision on CamperForce Deborah! You must be very excited to get started full-timing, I remember being where you are now with only a few months to go. 🙂 Like you, I arranged my first work-camping job before I hit the road and I think it’s a wise choice, takes some of the pressure off. I’ll send you an e-mail about that referral form.

  12. Richard G February 8, 2016 at 12:09 am #

    Thanks for the very informative posts on your Camperforce experience. I am considering applying for next season and have a question about transportation to/from the campgrounds. My RV is a small Toyota Class C, so it is my only mode of transportation. In your experience, do any folks car pool together to the warehouse?

    Of course everyone would have to be on the same shifts and work similar overtime hours to make it work. Or, I could use my trusty bicycle, but after 10 hours on my feet I am not sure I’d have the energy to bike back to the campground!

    • Becky February 9, 2016 at 12:36 pm #

      Yes Richard people do carpool, but as you already mentioned if you happen to get put on a shift and department that no one else in the campground you’re in works then you’re out of luck, so I’d plan on the possibility of having to drive yourself in every day – some people with vans, B’s and small C’s did have to do it.

      No one knows for sure what shift/department they’ll be put on until their first day at Orientation and some people will switch during the season so you can’t really plan out carpools ahead of time.

  13. Jodie & Mike K. February 23, 2016 at 3:10 pm #

    Hi Becky,

    You’ve done a wonderful job in explaining the Amazon Camperforce Program and sharing your reviews! Thank you so much!

    We worked at the BNA3 fulfillment center in Murfreesboro, TN this past peak season and we’ve decided to return for a second peak season in 2016. We indicated on our Amazon application that Haslet, TX is our first choice and Murfreesboro is our second choice.

    Would you be able to give us the list of campgrounds in the Haslet area that you were able to choose from last year? I understand that there may be some campground updates coming, but we would like to start researching the campgrounds now in the event that our first choice of Haslet is honored.

    Thank you so much for your time!

    • Becky February 23, 2016 at 5:05 pm #

      Hello Jodie and Mike,

      Welcome to IO and I’m glad to hear you’ve found my CamperForce information helpful. 🙂

      I’m going to forward the list of 2015 campgrounds to the e-mail address you provided.

      Haslet is the hardest site to get into but you applied early so you have a good chance of getting in. Best of luck!

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