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Example: In Seattle, the returns are greatly dominated by Amazon and I'd personally rather not work for them.

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Curious why you would not want to work for them (just wondering if you've worked there before)? I just got contacted by them for a second interview. – JonH Sep 20 '12 at 15:06
Suffice it to say there are good reasons why they do so much out-of-area recruiting. – Jeffrey Katcher Sep 20 '12 at 17:24
I guess I don't understand what you mean? Do you mean they recruit outside of seattle because half of seattle has worked for them? Is it just not a good place to work? – JonH Sep 20 '12 at 17:35
Not much fun in Stalingrad, to quote the Monty Python sketch. – Jeffrey Katcher Sep 20 '12 at 18:14
Here's another use case: A user may not want to see job postings from the company that just laid them off. – KatieK Oct 17 '12 at 20:10

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I was about to say "suck it up and just ignore them" but I kinda see your point when doing a search in Seattle.

Maybe Careers could allow negative keywords like -Amazon in the "what" section? If those are then applied to the company name, this could be implemented without having to actually add a "exclude employer" feature. Of course, it would have to be made discoverable somehow.

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I'd prefer the exclusion of specific employers. "-Name" might exclude things you don't want to exclude. – S.L. Barth Sep 20 '12 at 10:25

We’ve added a negative search, per Pekka’s suggestion. Here is a link for non-Amazon jobs near Seattle – note the syntax.

It’s a negative keyword search, so it doesn’t strictly look at employers. If a job listing mentions Amazon (say in the context of AWS), then it’ll likely be excluded as well.

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S.L.Barth's counter-point to my suggestion has merit, but I guess this is a step in the right direction, and helps in extreme situations like the one the OP is in! – Pëkka Oct 17 '12 at 19:38
From 104 down to 40, which is a great help in filtering out the chaff! – Jeffrey Katcher Oct 19 '12 at 22:27
Is there a negative search by location? Pretty please I need this. I'm looking for a job that is NOT in the US and it's a lot more chaff. It looks like half the jobs come out of there. I literally go through each of the many pages sifting through the results. – gideon Nov 6 '13 at 13:45
Seems like putting -usa into what worked. – gideon Nov 6 '13 at 13:57
This worked for a long time, but it recently became broken. '0 job for "-amazon" near Seattle, WA' – David Grant Nov 20 '13 at 15:53

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