Where Experience Meets Opportunity Story
Student Veterans of America | June 28, 2017
Written By: Blair Hite, Amazon Workforce Staffing Marketing Specialist, and Barrett Bogue, Student Veterans of America's Vice President of PR and Chapter Engagement
Albert was born and raised in Texas. Despite not having strong mentors growing up, he joined the Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps and went to the finals in Pensacola, FL with the armed drill team before graduating high school. Two days after graduation, Albert enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. After finishing his basic and combat training, Albert went to Basic Warehousing School in Camp Lejeune, NC. While there, he developed a strong work ethic and learned leadership principles that helped him advance his military career. Albert's proudest achievement was completing five months of combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, where he also managed an expeditionary warehouse for a Marine Corps unit of one-hundred Marines.
At Amazon, Albert quickly climbed the ranks from a Tier 1 Associate to a Tier 3 in under four months. Amazon asked Albert about his post-military success and what he wants all transitioning veterans to know.
Q: Why Amazon?
When I got out the Corps, it was rough. I couldn't find the job I wanted to grow in. I jumped from job to job, and house to house. All this, while trying to support a family was hard. That is until I came across Amazon. You have to make bold moves to better your career and life. I was willing to leave my higher paying night stocker job for an opportunity at Amazon. The change couldn't have happened at a better time. I've been with Amazon since the launch of the Amazon Fulfillment Center in San Marcos, Texas and love it.
Q: How did your military experience help you excel at Amazon?
The skills that transferred over from the military were supply and logistics. For four years, I was a supply Marine from 29 Palms California to Helmand Province, Afghanistan. I am currently in Non-Inventory and love it. It's supply and logistics at its best. Just like in the military where supply is the backbone, Non-Inventory is the backbone of Amazon.
Q: What is it like working at Amazon as a veteran?
Amazon has that military vibe, and I was driven by the potential for growth. At Amazon, it feels like you get the respect you deserve as a veteran. I love how veterans are held to high standards while working at Amazon, and I feel like veterans uphold these standards very well.
Q: What advice do you have for veterans considering joining Amazon?
I recommend you do your service years and finish honorably. Go to college. You get paid to attend, and you deserve it. I worked my hardest to make a name for myself, without a college degree I had a lot to prove. I worked a full-time job and graduated with a certification in business accounting. Now I am currently working toward my degree to become a Medical Office Specialist at Southern New Hampshire University. All with the help of my loving wife. If I can do all this, anyone can. You can grow at Amazon, trust me!
Amazon believes in the value of putting military experience to work. From our corporate offices to our fulfillment network, we are seeking veterans to join our ranks and deliver on behalf of our customers. No matter your military specialty or rank, there's a place for you at Amazon - to learn, to grow, and to make history!