From Amazon Peterborough to Amazon Seattle for ‘ambassador’ Ieva

Ieva Rubina at the Amazon depot in Peterborough
Ieva Rubina at the Amazon depot in Peterborough

Peterborough Amazon worker Ieva Rubina is heading to Amazon HQ in Seattle after success in an employee programme.

Amazon invited employees at its fulfilment centres across the UK, including Fletton, to say what they liked best about working at Amazon, and why it is the right place for them.

More than 800 employees took part, with one person from each centre chosen to visit HQ next month as part of the ‘I Found the Right Place’ programme.

Ieva (28) was the lucky Peterborough employee chosen for the trip.

The fulfilment centre associate, who has worked at Amazon for eight years, wrote: “I am really excited to go to Seattle to meet other people who work for Amazon and are as enthusiastic as me, I hope we will became good friends! I am also a keen photographer so am looking forward to taking some good pictures.”

During the five-day trip to Seattle, Ieva and Amazon colleagues from sites across the UK will be shown around the city and enjoy a trip up the Space Needle.

They will also go on a tour of the Amazon campus and the robotics fulfilment centre in Kent, Washington, where they will meet Amazon’s chief scientist.

Ieva said: “Amazon is like an adventure book for me, which I picked up from the shelf eight years ago as a 20-year-old girl from Latvia with terrible English, and 
only a few pounds in my pocket.

“As in all good stories, there have been ups and downs, but Amazon gave me the confidence I was lacking.

“My first manager challenged me to become an ambassador. I thought he was crazy to ask someone with my poor language skills to do it, but he pushed me to face my fears and grow - and I am so glad he did, as becoming an ambassador was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

“ My English improved and I met lots of amazing people who became an important part of my life. Amazon was also there for me when I became a mum and helped me to find the best way to manage time for work and my family.

“This was, and still is, the right place for me!”