Martyna Pichla, Laboratory TechnicianMelksham, United Kingdom
I started my adventure with Avon Protection as a Production Inspector and then held the role of Quality Auditor, gaining experience with materials testing and inspection. These roles motivated me to become more ambitious and I recently joined the ARTIS team, who provide research and development capabilities for Avon Protection, as a Laboratory Technician. Like all of us, I had science lessons at school which I enjoyed, but I never thought I would have a future in science.
I'm in this position now because of the support from other people who believed in me more than I believed in myself and I imagine many young girls and women have these same thoughts. Last year I was invited to a Master’s presentation and discussion of women in engineering by my colleague Charlotte Handscombe-Buckley, inspiring woman to break the stereotypes and it was Charlotte who inspired me to take this path. A wise woman once said: “We women are afraid to reach higher, because we are afraid of being imperfect”.
For me, celebrating International Women and Girls in Science Day is so important to inspire more young women, just as Charlotte inspired me. I’m proud to be able to share my STEM experience so far, and demonstrate how being brave and trying new things is exciting. I’m finding every day brings new challenges and no one day is the same, giving me the opportunity to learn something new every single day and push myself. There is still a long way for me to go but I’m sure I’m heading in right direction.
Isabella Evans, Production OperativeMelksham, United Kingdom
“What I really like about working for Avon is the people. At Avon, everyone’s opinion matters. I also really like the amazing hamper that every employee receives at Christmas, it says a lot about how the company cares and looks after of the employees, regardless of their position. Finally, I have found the Training and Development opportunities exceptional, there is plenty of training on offer to everyone interested. For example, I was recently included in a team carrying out a Kaizen (continuous improvement) initiative on the shop floor."
Charlotte Handscombe-Buckley, Process Improvement EngineerMelksham, United Kingdom
"One of my best experiences has been being part of the #ThinkSTEM programme, which we launched 18 months ago. For example, we recently hosted an International Women in Engineering Day at Hampton Park West. Here, we had girls from local schools and their teachers to come in, to see what a career in engineering could entail. I was really pleased that we had engaged in the local community. It made me really proud to be part of Avon.”
Haydn Hann, Production OperativeMelksham, United Kingdom
“The job I do can change from day to day, which means there’s always new challenges ahead, and it keeps my work fresh and exciting. I work in a really close-knit and friendly team, and I’ve made some great friends that I hope to stay in contact with.”
Rory Wiltshire, Commercial Finance AnalystMelksham, United Kingdom
"As part of my development, Avon have funded me towards gaining my finance qualification which is paving the way to allowing me more responsibility, and opening up an exciting career."
Jonathan Vocat, Graduate TraineeMelksham, United Kingdom
"When I took the position at Avon Rubber, I moved to Bath, and now I pinch myself every time I go home. The city is stunning, set within a valley of rolling green hills, and stuffed full of beautiful historic architecture. My girlfriend lives in Bristol, and that too provides a great change of scenery for great music, entertainment, sport and nightlife. When I applied to Avon Rubber, I worried that being outside of London would be a compromise, now I count my lucky stars. I am able to enjoy this beautiful part of the world, and dip my toes into London whenever I want."
Rhonda Lung, Payroll AdministratorCadillac, USA
"I have been an employee of Avon Protection Systems for 12 years. Avon truly is a Great Place to Work. Employees are recognized for their hard work. My manager is very caring which helps to balance our work schedule and family time. Avon loves to help the community by donating gifts at Christmas time and our United Way campaign. I am proud to be a part of that."
Jason Black, Senior Programme ManagerCadillac, USA
"I really value the opportunity to directly make a difference in a growing organization. We design and produce products that are meaningful, that our customers appreciate. Although we work hard, I am able to maintain a healthy work/life balance. Avon truly is a Great Place to Work."
Jamie Falor, Line LeaderCadillac, USA
“It’s great working for Avon because we have really great people here. They also care a lot for our community and I take pride in that. I enjoy the wellness plan and was able to hit my goals and lose weight this year.”