Senior HR Manager
Joined: 4/1/2016 (on her birthday!)
Katarzyna talks about building great teams in Poland and recognizes some of the strong female leaders at Groupon. And if you see her on April Fool’s, be sure to wish her happy birthday *and* a happy Groupon anniversary!
Who is the most inspiring woman at Groupon?
Anita Samojednik, Senior VP Global Operations—who is always a few steps ahead of everyone else—is an extremely driven and energetic business leader.
What’s the best career advice you’ve ever been given?
To be true to yourself and build on your strengths. I am convinced that once you discover what you are good at, you should always push yourself to excel in it and not necessarily concentrate on other things so much. It is so much easier to do when you know what your long-term career goal is.
What’s your favorite Groupon memory?
In 2017 we had a visit of entire European Leadership Team (Julie Szudarek, President of International, and her direct reports) who spent half a day shadowing our Customer and Merchant Service Agents and Team Leaders and couldn’t get over what excellent teams we have here in Poland!
What are your favorite local businesses?
Restaurants, of course, but also escape rooms. My kids love them and we already ticked them all of the list. Can’t wait for new escape room deals on Groupon!
What’s your proudest Groupon accomplishment?
I am the proudest of the Employee Satisfaction Survey results that we just got a few weeks back: 72% of our people like working here. The results are actually 5,5% better than last year when we already thought we hit our record. For me and my team, it means that our everyday job makes perfect sense and it keeps us motivated to continuously support our great teams.
How many times have you been promoted during your time here?
Just once so far. 🙂 I haven’t even got my Green Groupon track jacket yet, so I still have some time for more!
What was your first impression of Groupon?
That it feels like home. My first days at Groupon were a good sample of how our life here looks like: everything happened really fast, people were great and helpful and so I managed to shorten my on-boarding from one month to one week. Talk about efficiency!
Tell us something about you that might surprise us.
I am a hardcore Bob Dylan fan. I’ve seen him in concert more than 12 times and still hope for his Never Ending Tour to come through my part of Europe again.