Facilities Manager, EMEA
In her own words, Kathleen is responsible for “everything you see, touch, taste or break from above the floor to below the ceiling!” So as EMEA Facilities Manager her days are busy to say the least! Read on to find out more about her Groupon story and why she loves her job.
I started here officially in November 2016 but back in 2014 when Groupon was based in Harcourt Road (in Dublin’s city centre) we had been a client in Regus where I was working, so it feels a bit fated that I found my way back to the green green grass of my Groupon home! When I was interviewing for roles in 2016 and I told my parents one of them was for Groupon my Dad almost fainted with excitement “The Groupon!!! I LOVE “THE” GROUPON!!” I think it’s the first company I worked for that my parents were familiar with and already loved so they knew I’d be in safe hands! They aren’t sure what it is I do but they tell people I run something in “the” Groupon so I guess that’s close enough!
I think understanding people and being willing to put the work in is key to succeeding here. If you visit our office you can tell that everyone is working and owning that work. I look after 140 people day-to-day and they are all individual and unique. The secret to success here is getting to know that you can’t group all people into one neat bundle. You have to take the time to understand them and their needs. To listen, try to be patient and never take yourself too seriously! Groupon is not like anywhere I have ever worked. You are encouraged to be yourself, to be unafraid to shine, to express your opinion and to be involved in shaping our future. We make it a matter of course to think outside the box: we don’t just talk about it, we do it.
“Job satisfaction in any company can dip and rise. The best part of working here is that when there is a dip, there is a troop of fierce, strong and motivating men and women in your corner ready to lift you up and help you adjust your perspective.”
Groupon for Women
As a woman working in a male-driven area of the business I have been so lucky to have a boss who champions me and respects my opinion. As a woman working in Groupon as a whole I am surrounded by amazing females who I am constantly learning from. We are so lucky to have women in senior management who lead by example every day and female colleagues who lift each other up without a second thought.
My work is ever-changing and endlessly challenging in all the best ways: from nursing kittens who were born under a floor in one of my meeting rooms to reimagining ways to make each office even more welcoming than before! Working in different countries, understanding cultures and dynamics to make each place that bit better. I have spent my short time at Groupon laughing (mostly at myself…) rushing from place to place, feeding the masses, growing and learning at a rapid pace which keeps me on my toes and always taking the time to enjoy it. I have never had a dull day or moment. I have never gone home and thought “I didn’t do my best today.” Job satisfaction in any company can dip and rise. The best part of working here is that when there is a dip, there is a troop of fierce, strong and motivating men and women in your corner ready to lift you up and help you adjust your perspective.