MATT FINDS THE RIGHT PLACE IN SEATTLE
A TRIP to the Space Needle, a visit to the world-famous Pike Place Market and a ticket to the Seattle Thunderbirds were just some of the activities enjoyed by Matt B from Essex after he jetted off on the trip of a lifetime to Seattle.
Matt, who works at Amazon in Tilbury, made the trip to Seattle after taking part in the I Found the Right Place programme.
The programme invites Amazon employees working across the UK to tell the company why it is the right place for them and what they love most about life at Amazon.
In his story, Matt talked about how much he enjoys his job and loves that his team has created a truly multicultural environment at the fulfilment centre.
More than 600 employees from across Amazon’s UK customer fulfilment network took part, with the chance to visit the company’s headquarters in Seattle.
Matt jetted off to Seattle for a week of fun and adventures, where he joined colleagues from across the UK to have a tour of the global headquarters and a robotics fulfilment centre, where they met Dave Clark, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations at Amazon. He also enjoyed lots of food and entertainment at restaurants like FareStart, which helps fund programmes to alleviate poverty and homelessness and gives apprentices real-world job experience.
Speaking on the trip, Matt said: “Having the opportunity to meet with our colleagues in the US has been a real highlight of the trip for me. The visit to Amazon Campus was fantastic and it was great to see how we do things in America.
“Visiting Seattle has been a fantastic experience and I’ve loved meeting colleagues from the around the UK. I know that new friendships have been formed on this trip and it was great to have this experience together. If I could sum up the visit in one word, it would be impressive. I’d encourage everyone at Amazon in Tilbury to enter the next I Found the Right Place programme – it really has been amazing!”
Carlos Guijarro Benito, Site Leader at Amazon in Tilbury, added: “Matt’s story of why he loves working at Amazon was fantastic and we were proud to see him jet off to Seattle on the trip. I Found The Right Place is one of a number of programmes we run at Amazon to recognise and reward the great work our associates do to deliver for our customers. It was great to welcome Matt home and we loved hearing all about his trip.”
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.