An Inspiring Burris Logistics Team Member Success Story – Vlad Navitski

We have a truly inspiring Burris Success Story to share with you this week!

Vlad Navitski and his wife moved to the United States from Belarus in September of 2011.  Vlad had been a student and a teacher at the European Humanities University before it was closed by the Belarus’s authoritarian government.  Anxious start a new life in America away from the unstable political conditions of their home country, Vlad, his wife, and their daughter came to America and established their permanent residency.  A month later in October 2011, Vlad decided to start his career with Burris Logistics and took a position as a selector at our Rocky Hill location.  Fast-forward to today, and Vlad is the newest addition to our IT team working as a Web Developer out of our corporate headquarters in Milford, Delaware.  Read on to hear more of Vlad’s Burris success story!

When were you hired and what was your first position with Burris?

I was hired in October 2011 as a selector.  Used to work AM shift mostly in the freezer. Good old times 🙂

Why or how did you come to join the Burris team?

Well, a month before I was hired, I came to the United States with my family and I wanted to find a job as soon as possible. I didn’t have a particular preferences and a friend of mine knew some guys working at Burris Rocky Hill and suggested that I try that.

What other jobs have you held here at Burris?  How did you learn about and become interested in your career path with the company?

I started as a frozen selector and four months later I was transferred to fresh.  Believe it or not, for me,  that was almost like a promotion!  By the end of that next year, I knew that I wanted to do something else in Burris so I applied for the open position of Shipping/Receiving Clerk.  Honestly, I didn’t know much about what I was going to do, but was very determined to try.  That was a challenging transition for me, but thanks to the great leadership and support of my fellow Rocky Hill Team Members, I soon learned how to do this job properly.

Although, I enjoyed that position, I had another plan.  Working as a clerk, I was able to save some time and energy compared to what I had when I was a selector.  I used this time to begin to studying scripting languages, first JavaScript and then other Web tools like HTML and CSS.  Now, imagine my surprise  in June of 2013, when I saw a posting in the Rocky Hill break room; the Burris IT department was looking for someone who knew JavaScript, HTML and CSS! I couldn’t believe my eyes and applied on the same exact day.  A month later I had an interview in Milford.  After a successful interview, I was offered the position! I moved my family to Milford, Delaware and began my new role as a Web Developer in the Burris IT Department on September the 9th, 2013.

What did you learn that helped you to grow? Was there anyone who was a mentor to you?

The most important thing that has helped me is my diverse background in a variety of positions at Burris.  When I was a clerk, I used a lot of the knowledge I had learned while working as a selector on the floor.   This allowed me to see the greater picture.  Before being a clerk,  I was missing the overall understanding of the company’s business, its challenges and opportunities.  Being a clerk helped me to get the notion of that and it really expanded my horizons as a warehouse professional.

This is why I’m confident that this diverse experience will help me in my new role.  I’m not just doing something personally interesting, I have a lot of experience to contribute in the process of making our operations more efficient and less stressful for people on the floor.

When it comes to particular names, I was always amazed at those Burris Team Members who seemed to know everything about our daily job.   For example, Mike Wingate, Dexter Lee, Glenda Montie, and many others. These people are quite different from each other, but they have something that they share in common – a willingness to take responsibility and to ‘get it done’ no matter what.  The example they set is always inspiring!

What advice do you have for fellow Burris team members on career opportunities at Burris?

I would put it simple – “Do not waste your time”.  If you feel you wanna do something else, just do it! Don’t be afraid to lose something at present, you will gain more in future.  It’s not only about your check, it’s also about your life and the perspectives you have.  I can say for sure from my own experience that we do have opportunities here at Burris and this company really cares about promoting its own employees. If you’re good with what you have – this is awesome, but if you wanna try something different, do not hesitate.

What do you like about the positions you have held at Burris?

This is the easy one:

1) Picking – allowed me to bring enough money for my family. I really liked that!

2) Clerking – gave me an opportunity to spend more time with computers. Good stuff!

3) Web developing – all of the above:)

The most important thing all three of these stages share is working with awesome Burris teammates! You guys are doing a great job every single day!

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