Illinois Diversity Council Veteran’s Summit

The Illinois Diversity Council presents the inaugural Veterans Leadership Summit. Born out of our member-focused vision, this summit will include two best practices panels: one led by veterans themselves, and the other by veteran employers, recruiters and workplace initiative leaders. A collaborative and robust dialogue will focus on the most-effective best practices regarding veteran hiring, transitioning into a civilian workplace along with professional development opportunities. Human resource professionals (including recruiters), ERG/BRG leaders and business strategists will find value in this impactful half-day educational forum. Be prepared to Elevate, Empower, Employ our Veterans!

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Meet Rachel our ‘Boomerang’ EA

Meet Rachel our ‘Boomerang’ EA

RACHEL CLANCY

Executive Assistant
Dublin
Joined: 2015

Our Boomerang EA, Rachel juggles timezones, diaries, team events and supports no fewer than two of our Senior Business Leaders – so she’s busy alright! But she loves her job – read on to see why!

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Tell us about your Groupon story so far.

Long version or short..? 🙂

I originally joined Groupon in 2015 as the Talent Acquisition Coordinator in the Dublin office. I worked with so many fantastic people all over EMEA from scheduling interviews worldwide to organising travel for candidates, helping some relocate to welcoming them and showing them around our cool Dublin office – I loved every minute of it! I took a mini hiatus in October 2016 until January 2017 to train as an Executive Assistant elsewhere before becoming ‘Boomerang’ and returning to Groupon.

My first day back last year I truly felt like I had come home. I love the people here. I work as an Executive Assistant and currently support two of our Senior Business Leaders who are amazing people to work with! They inspire me everyday – so smart, motivated and human.  My role involves but is not limited to scheduling meetings worldwide, sending agendas for meetings, taking minutes, booking rooms in various locations, pulling together decks, booking travel, organising team events / summits, helping with adhoc requests. I adore my job: no two days are ever the same!

 

What’s the secret to succeeding at Groupon? What type of person tends to excel here?

I think to work here you need to be adaptable, proactive and flexible. This is a rapidly changing environment so you need to be ready for anything! In saying that it is so much fun to work here! I think a sense of humour is so important too! We laugh every day!!

 

What is Groupon like as a workplace for women? Does it feel like a diverse, inclusive space?

I think Groupon is a fantastic place for women to work. We have women working in all areas of the business and many female Senior Leaders who are all inspirational to work with and for. We are lucky to have such an inclusive and diverse work space. We work in a company where flexibility is encouraged which is so important in this day and age.

 

“It can be hard at times as we seem to be hardwired to try and have it all and these women show us all we can have challenging, stimulating and successful careers as well as personal lives.”

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

I think is fantastic we are launching Women@Groupon. It is a way for us to share our experiences and knowledge and encourage and support each other.  It is inspiring to see women excelling in their careers but having a work / life balance too. It can be hard at times as we seem to be hardwired to try and have it all and these women show us all we can have challenging, stimulating and successful careers as well as personal lives. Super exciting times for the new ERG here in Dublin!

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

I love people! They are what motivates me. I buzz off their energy and the people in the Dublin office are a fantastic bunch – so smart, creative, fun, kind, courageous and funny. I love building relationships with my Execs, their fab teams and all the people I come into contact with really. I know that I am here to help them and enable them to do their jobs to the best of their abilities, so understanding their roles better and why they need my help keeps me motivated!

      

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

There are so many…..haha!  We have had Fancy Dress catwalk competitions (imagine Batman and Robin, Buzz Lightyear and Catwoman strutting across the canteen), PieDay the 13th (Ever wanted to smush a pie in your manager’s face – this was your chance!), Tarot card readers, real cats nesting under the floor of one of our meetings rooms (yes REAL cats!). Bring your dog to work day is fun too! But I think one of the strangest or most fun things is Christmas in our office. We go ALL out – we have had igloos, the Stranger Things Creature on the walls, Snowmen made from plastic cups, mini ski slopes, Santa stuck in the chimney to Santa’s Grotto (including snow, mulled wine, reindeer, real life Santa and an armchair from one of the team’s homes!)

 

What does your mother think you do?

Talk to people and organise things…. vague! 🙂 She knows I enjoy a good chat and that I need to engage with people to do my job and that I organise event type things a lot.  I think she also thinks in Tech companies like ours we sit on bean bags, chat and drink coffee all day!

“I feel truly lucky to work in our Groupon Dublin office. We have such a wonderful group of people that make coming to work every day educational, stimulating and fun!”

Meet Gabi, our Senior Director of International Marketing Ops

Meet Gabi, our Senior Director of International Marketing Ops

GABI STAFFORD

Senior Director International Marketing Ops
Dublin
Joined: 2014

Our Director of International Marketing Ops shares her love of Groupon’s open, diverse culture and how working here has lifted her game.

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Tell us about your Groupon story so far.

I have been at Groupon for three and a half years and I’m on my 4th job and my 5th boss! One thing you can say about Groupon is that it is never, ever boring. I love the fast-paced, results-based environment. I have learned more than I could ever have imagined at my time here and working at Groupon has truly lifted my game. When I started in 2014 I was Head of International Email and now three and half years later I am Senior Director of International Marketing Operations, a role with responsibility for all online international marketing channels. It’s been an exciting and wild ride.

 

What’s the secret to succeeding at Groupon? What type of person tends to excel here?

Success at Groupon is based on results: you need to be passionate, results-focused and data-driven to excel here. Creativity and an entrepreneurial bent are also definitely beneficial. You should like being constantly challenged and thrive on problem solving. All of that being said, respect, integrity and inclusion are core Groupon values so you should also enjoy working with lots of truly individual and awesome people.

 

What is Groupon like as a workplace for women? Does it feel like a diverse, inclusive space?

My personal experience of Groupon is definitely that it is diverse and inclusive. As a mother, the flexibility and family first focus that Groupon offers is something that I haven’t experienced in other companies. My daughters are particularly fond of the soft drinks and chocolate on tap when they come in to play table tennis or foosball. We are very lucky, particularly in International to have a significant number of female leaders. Our International President, CMO and HR Leader are all women. At Groupon the sky is literally the limit!

 

“There is real power in coming together as a group not only to support one another but also to harness our skills and talent to positively impact the representation of women in STEM, particularly in Ireland.”

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

Women@Groupon is very close to my heart. I work with a lot of incredibly talented, passionate women and Women@Groupon is one way to celebrate and nurture that talent here in Dublin while also having a few laughs: another important part of life here! There is real power in coming together as a group not only to support one another but also to harness our skills and talent to positively impact the representation of women in STEM, particularly in Ireland. Dublin Women@Groupon is all about having an eye on the future.

 

What does your mother think you do?

I think she pictures me on the starship Enterprise constantly talking on my state of the art video phone. She loves the fact that I work globally for a well-recognised brand, even if she’s a bit vague on the details!

Kathleen, EMEA Facilities Manager

Kathleen, EMEA Facilities Manager

KATHLEEN McRORY

Facilities Manager, EMEA
Dublin
Joined: 2016

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.

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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.

 

Meet Rachel, HRBP in Dublin

Meet Rachel, HRBP in Dublin

RACHEL KEPPEL

HR Business Partner
Dublin
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.

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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.