The immense exposure that Kathryn’s role as a Tax Manager brings her is part of what keeps her excited to come to Groupon every day, but the #1 thing? The people! (OK and maybe team outings like Sears Tower yoga and Beyonce spin class don’t hurt, either.)
Tell us about your job as a Tax Manager!
I manage global tax compliance and reporting, which means I assist with the coordination and review of tax filings in the US and all over the world. What I love most about my job is that I get to interact with so many different people on a daily basis, whether that be here at HQ or in another country. I’ve even gotten the opportunity to practice my German (I studied it in high school and college). I am responsible for managing our global tax filings and audits, which gives me the opportunity to work with accounting, legal, and procurement teams. I’m grateful for the relationships I’ve been able to build at Groupon and the talented people I have the chance to work with daily. Tax laws are constantly changing, and Groupon is always evolving, so I’m never bored here!
Tax exists at other companies, so why Groupon? What keeps you excited to come to work every day?
Groupon is constantly changing as a business and facing new tax challenges. I enjoy the daily challenges and problem-solving that my job involves. My boss is also pretty great and truly cares about the team and our development. One of the best things about the Groupon tax team is definitely its people. We work extremely hard, but we also make sure to take the time to do fun activities together outside the office. This past year, these included (but were not limited to) yoga at the top of Sears Tower, a Beyonce-themed spin class, WhirlyBall, flag football, and a Chicago brewery bar crawl. On most Fridays after work, you can find at least a couple tax team members playing ring toss at Jerk down the street.
How does your work impact Groupon’s mission of building the daily habit in local commerce?
In tax, it is a little more difficult to impact this habit directly. However, what the tax team does every day helps leaders plan and make the best decisions for the company. I’m also always shamelessly plugging Groupon deals to all my friends and family…
What’s your biggest accomplishment at Groupon?
My team’s biggest accomplishment last year was bringing Groupon’s US tax compliance in-house and preparing the tax returns ourselves, something that had never been done before. I know that might not sound glamorous, but I was so proud of the way the team really came together to get this done despite the challenges we faced along the way.
What do your parents think you do?
They think I crunch numbers in Excel all day without speaking to anyone.
What’d you do before Groupon? How’d you get here?
Before Groupon, I worked as a Tax Manager at a public accounting firm. After speaking with a Groupon recruiter and meeting the tax team, I knew I wanted to work here. In just one year, I’ve been exposed to so many different tax projects and types of work. The wide range of experience is something that you can’t find at every company, and I feel it has really helped further my career in tax. The culture at Groupon also drew me in; it’s a fast-paced environment, but the people here are always willing to help each learn and grow. The people at Groupon really make it a great place to work, and I’m extremely grateful for the friendships I’ve made here.
What was your first impression of Groupon as an employer?
“Is that a cat in a spaceship?”
Tell us about your involvement with Groupon Volunteers.
I joined Groupon Volunteers in order to give back to the community and meet people from other teams at Groupon. Groupon makes it SO easy to volunteer: just sign up and show up for whatever events you’re passionate about!
What keeps you busy outside of work?
When I’m not at work, I’m probably planning my next trip, doing yoga, playing rec volleyball, cooking, or obsessing over Instagram pug puppies that I don’t own (yet).
What’s your favorite local business?
Music Box Theater: great spot for independent and classic movies.
Tell us something that might surprise us about you.
When I was five years old, I jumped off of a swing set and broke both of my arms at the same time.
Who or what inspires you?
My grandma inspires me because even as a woman in her eighties, she is still traveling the world. Last year, she went to Russia by herself! My wanderlust likely comes from her, and I hope to always have that sense of adventure. My next trip is to Southeast Asia in July, and I can’t wait.