Tilbury to Seattle: Matt finds the right place
The I Found the Right Place programme invites employees working across the UK to tell the company why Amazon is the right place for them and what they love most about life at Amazon.
Almost 1,000 employees from across Amazon’s UK customer fulfilment network took part and the associates with the best stories will visit Amazon’s global headquarters in Seattle.
Matt B (49) is the Amazon employee from Tilbury whose story has secured his place on the trip. Matt works at Amazon in Tilbury as an associate, picking orders for customers locally, nationally and around the world and in his story he talked of how much he enjoys his job and loves that his team has created a truly multicultural environment at the fulfilment centre.
In Seattle, Matt and his colleagues from across the UK will visit the Space Needle and have a tour of Amazon’s global headquarters and a robotics fulfilment centre. During their trip to the robotics centre, Matt and his colleagues will meet Amazon’s Chief Scientist.
“I felt like a character in Titanic when I heard the news that I had won” Matt explains. “When Jack Dawson wins the trip on the ship to go to America, he talks to his Italian friend about their good fortune. I am Italian and I felt like that character in that moment – mamma mia! It is the dream of every Italian to visit America, where many of our ancestors emigrated after the world wars” he added.
“I’ve been to lots of different countries around the world, but I’ve never been to America. It’s so exciting and I cannot wait to visit the Spheres and Amazon’s global headquarters. I love playing the guitar and Seattle is home to some of the finest rock and roll bands in history, so being around the city where Nirvana, Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters originated will be brilliant.”
Sertac Yilmaz, General Manager at Amazon Tilbury, added: “I Found the Right Place is a great programme and I really enjoyed reading the different stories about why people love working at Amazon. Amazon is passionate about providing a fun and positive work environment for our employees with industry-leading pay and great benefits and it’s fantastic that so many have taken part in I Found the Right Place. I’m excited that Matt will be setting off to Seattle on what will be the trip of a lifetime.”
Amazon employees have access to a wide range of benefits, including private medical insurance, life assurance, income protection, subsidised meals, an employee discount, which combined are worth more than £700 annually, as well as a company pension plan.
Amazon also offers employees the opportunity to participate in an innovative programme called Career Choice. Career Choice provides funding for adult education, offering to pre-pay 95% of tuition and associated fees for nationally recognised courses, up to £8,000 over four years.