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Strategy A day in the life of an Amazon employee, who wakes up at 5 a.m. to work out and brings her dog to the office

Amazon employee Brittany Stanton works at the online retail giant's Seattle headquarters as a renewable energy manager. She shared a breakdown of her daily routine with Business Insider.

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Every day is "Bring Your Pup to Work Day" for this renewable energy manager.

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  • Amazon had a workforce of over 500,000 people in March.
  • Renewable energy manager Brittany Stanton is one of those employees.
  • She's based out of the online retail giant's Seattle headquarters.
  • Business Insider spoke with her about what it's like to work at Amazon.


Brittany Stanton knew right away that the job at Amazon would be a good fit.

The renewable energy manager told Business Insider that she wanted to work with "extremely smart and passionate" people.

And the idea of living in Seattle didn't hurt either. Stanton said that, as a Midwesterner, she was excited to be close to the ocean and the Cascade Range.

"The Pacific Northwest is a great fit for me, and that's what drove me here," Stanton said.

She began working at the online retailer's headquarters in May 2017.

Stanton recently spoke with Business Insider about what it's like to work at Amazon, as well as her strategies for staying productive and achieving a work-life balance.

Here's a look inside her daily routine:

Stanton works out in the morning.

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Rexi and Stanton take a walk in Seattle.

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Stanton typically rises around 5 a.m. and heads over to her early morning workout class. At the gym, she sometimes opts for a spin class, but prefers a boot camp-style workout. A number of gyms in Seattle's South Lake Union area offer Amazon employees discounted membership rates.

After exercising, Stanton said she'll usually whip up some hard-boiled eggs for breakfast before walking to work.

"Luckily, because I'm one of the first people in the office, no one can smell the hard boiled eggs," Stanton told Business Insider.

While the office doesn't usually start buzzing until 9 a.m., Stanton isn't alone when she gets into work around 7 a.m. or 8 a.m. Rexi, Stanton's German shepherd, Chihuahua, and rat terrier mix, clocks in with her.



She uses the morning to organize and prioritize.

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Brittany Stanton, pictured, has worked at Amazon since May 2017.

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"I like to spend my mornings at the beginning of the week organizing what I want to accomplish throughout the week," Stanton said.

She added that she tries to prioritize her weekly tasks based on urgency and difficulty. She said she also likes to set aside some time to think about "the big picture" in the morning.

"I save a few hours every week to think about what's next for Amazon and sustainability," she said.



She said that Amazon has a 'results-oriented' culture.

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Rexi sits by Stanton's desk.

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When it comes to Amazon's culture, Stanton described the company as "results-oriented" and customer-focused.

"This sounds a bit cliché, but it ties back to our leadership principals and our culture of innovation," she said. "As long as you can tie your project or your program back to something that's going to relate to our customers, you can get a lot done. Everyone within Amazon understands that, and it's such a core part of our culture."

"The thing that really drives me, and the thing that I like about our culture, is that it's full of really smart people that have a lot of pride and passion for what they do," she added.



When she needs to super-charge her productivity, she'll shut off her internet.

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Amazon is a dog-friendly company.

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When it comes to getting stuff done and staying on task, Stanton said she's an "avid" Microsoft OneNote user.

"I like that one because it can connect to the internet and it can be available offline," she said. "Sometimes when I know I have a big project or something that needs a lot of focus, I like to turn my internet off and turn my Outlook off and just sort of set a timer and say, 'I'm going to stay focused on this for one hour and not look at my email and not look at anything else.'"

It's a simple enough strategy, but it can be tough to implement at times, according to Stanton.

"That's one trick that sounds really easy, but it's hard," she added. "I make myself do it."



Rexi has a place to play with other office dogs.

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Rexi plays with her fellow Amazon pups.

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Amazon runs a famously dog-friendly business. About 6,000 canines are free to chill in the workplace, according to CNBC.

Stanton said that Rexi spends the work day hanging out by her desk, napping, and playing with two other office pups.

"We just put up this nice little gate, so they have a fun area by our desks to play and sleep when they want," Stanton said.



Rexi can get bouncing in the workplace.

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Rexi spots some geese on a walk.

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But Rexi doesn't stay put the whole day.

"Although she is little, she has quite the vertical jump," Stanton said. "She can jump from the ground onto my standing desk. It's crazy."

Rexi will even use her jumping talents to hop onto a bookshelf dividing Stanton's workspace, to visit the employees who sit on the other side.



Stanton and Rexi often stop by one of Amazon's banana stands.

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Stanton makes a daily trip to Amazon's banana stand.

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When Stanton takes Rexi on her daily workday walk, she usually stops by one of Amazon's two famed banana stands.

There isn't any money in this particular banana stand, though. Visitors to the stand — whether or not they are Amazon employees — can snag a free banana or two, or even a dog treat.

"It's super funny," Stanton said. "Rexi tugs towards the banana stand because she knows she'll get a treat."



Stanton alternates between going out to eat with coworkers and bringing in lunch.

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Stanton typically grabs lunch with a colleague a few times each week.

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When it comes time for lunch, Stanton said she likes to mix things up. She usually brings in a lunch three days a week. The other two days, she'll go out and grab some food with a coworker.

One of her favorite spots is Cascade Coffee Works.

"It has a giant garage window door that they open when it's nice out," she said. "It's fun to go over the there and sort of get inside slash outside. It has a fun atmosphere."



After work, Stanton coaches a lacrosse team on the side.

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Stanton coaches a lacrosse team on the side.

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During the spring season, Stanton tends to leave the office early in order to coach a lacrosse team. She previously played the sport in high school and college.

"Coaching has been a really fun way for me to get involved again," she said.

Lacrosse season can get "intense," according to Stanton. It also occasionally forces Stanton to adjust her schedule and stay flexible. Some games start as early as 4 p.m.

When she's not coaching, Stanton said she departs work at different times. She'll head out at 4 p.m. "if it's really nice out" some days, while on other occasions she'll stick around until 7 p.m. "if it's really busy."

Once she's back home, Stanton unwinds by experimenting in the kitchen or spending time outdoors.

"My fiancé and I both like to cook, so we try different recipes," she said. "We enjoy cooking together. In the summer, I just love being outside. Even if it's a nearby hike or going to the dog park, just getting outside when we have the Seattle sun is wonderful."

Stanton said that she then turns in at the "embarrassing" early hour of 9 p.m.

"That allows me to get the proper amount of sleep," she said. "I prioritize my sleep, for sure."

Stanton told Business Insider that achieving work-life balance is contingent on flexibility and understanding.

"I think not stressing yourself out about your routine is just as important as creating a routine," she said.