At our weekly New Hire Orientation, everybody gets exactly the same kind of identification badge. The photo ID badge is edged in blue, and Amazonians keep their "blue badge" for years – until they get yellow, red, purple, or silver badges to celebrate their 5th, 10th, 15th, and even 20th "Amaversaries," as work anniversaries are called inside the company.

In 1994, when we started with only three people in Jeff Bezos' garage, everyone was brand new. This year, with hundreds of thousands of Amazonians around the world, we reached a hiring milestone in our hometown, surpassing 45,000 Seattle-based employees.

We sat down with five of those Amazonians. Read on to learn what drew them to Amazon in the first place and why they've chosen to stay and build their careers.