Women@Groupon – meet Rachel, HRBP in Dublin

Women@Groupon – meet Rachel, HRBP in Dublin


HR Business Partner
Joined: 2017

Resilience, pragmatism, resolve and an ability to work well with cats. Rachel talks about some of the surprising secrets to success at Groupon.


Tell us about your Groupon story so far.

I have been in Groupon 10 months now and work as HR Business Partner in the Dublin office primarily supporting the Tech, Marketing and Coupons teams in EMEA.  Most of my teams are located in Dublin however I am also responsible for some of our teams in Poland, Netherlands, Berlin, Italy, France, and London.   


What’s the secret to succeeding at Groupon? 

In my opinion the key to success in Groupon is resilience, pragmatism and resolve.  Groupon moves fast so it is important that you can keep up with the pace while driving your agenda. On the flip side you need to have a focus on making things fun.  We believe in making our lives less boring which means we all have a responsibility to build a great place to work. You need to have a sense of humor, and a commitment to excitement.              


What is Groupon like for women? Does it feel like a diverse, inclusive space to work?

I truly feel that Groupon is a great place to work for women.  Achieving a high number of women in leadership positions is a challenge that many firms face.  However within the Groupon office in Dublin, and indeed the wider business, we are very fortunate to have a strong female leadership team.  These inspirational leaders not only pave the way for our female employees but also instil a culture of inclusion within the entire office. We celebrate difference and know that having a diverse workforce changes the way we work and leads to greater success. As an employer Groupon has a lot to offer women.  

“We celebrate difference and know that having a diverse workforce changes the way we work and leads to greater success.”

How significant is it that we are launching Women@Groupon?

This group will not only offer a fantastic resource to empower our staff but also provide an avenue to encourage more women to consider a career in Tech, specifically at Groupon. By making employee stories and profiles such as mine available to external audiences, people can get an authentic sense of what Groupon has to offer as an employer.  We have also committed to making connections with local schools and show kids what a future in Tech has to offer.

These initiatives are owned by our employees and we all see the significance and are energised to make a difference.  We want to add value not only to the Groupon community but the community as a whole.


What excites you about your work? What’s on the horizon that keeps you engaged and interested?

I am excited to learn more about the business, ensure that our people strategy supports our success and ultimately continue to make Groupon a great and fun place to work.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen in the office?

This one is more unique than strange … Within my first week of Groupon it was discovered that a cat had given birth in one of our meeting rooms.  Our lovely office Manager Kathleen stepped up and hand-reared the cats for several weeks. When they were ready to be adopted they were given a loving home with one of our Managers, Seamus!   


What does your mother think you do?

My mother thinks I interview people all day even though I haven’t worked in recruitment for at 5 years.     


Women@Groupon – Katarzyna Tomczyk, Senior HR Manager in Warsaw

Women@Groupon – Katarzyna Tomczyk, Senior HR Manager in Warsaw


Senior HR Manager
Warsaw, Poland
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.