Title: Manager, Deployment Management
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
What’s it like to know you’re keeping Groupon’s internal tools and software running smoothly for employees around the world? Just ask Catherine, our Dublin-based Deployment Manager and resident aspiring marine biologist.
Tell us about your role in Engineering! What do you do? What do you love about it? What does a typical day look like?
You’ve been at Groupon for 6 years. What about the company has kept you here?
What’s been the most challenging or rewarding thing you’ve worked on?
In AOS I worked a later shift every Thanksgiving/Black Friday to cover my teammates in Chicago. It was both interesting & stressful being at the forefront of our busiest and most important period as an organization. I also really enjoyed attending the Grace Hopper Conference in Orlando, Florida in October of 2017. I was astounded by the number of attendees having never seen a conference on that scale here in Ireland.
What’s something that candidates might be surprised to learn about Groupon Engineering?
The atmosphere in the Dublin office is like nothing I have ever experienced; it feels more like a family than anything else. Everyone knows everyone and there is a real sense of community. The Christmas Desk Decorating Competition is a great example of this. The whole office gets involved and the competition is fierce—my team had been awarded 2nd place several years in a row before we managed to claim that illustrious 1st place prize! I look forward to returning to that kind of fun post COVID.
What advice do you have for someone interested in joining Groupon?
I would always advise anyone interested in joining Groupon to go ahead and apply! From my initial application, I was really impressed by the friendly and helpful nature of the recruiters and talent acquisition team. I love the feel of the Dublin office: everyone is helpful, friendly, and interested in how they can be of help. The community spirit is a large part of why I love working here!
Have you won any awards during your time at Groupon?
I won the Engineering Operations Employee of the Month Award in November 2016. This award was mentioned in my father’s, Father of the Bride speech at my wedding the following month. I wear my jacket with pride around the Dublin office.
You probably have a life outside Groupon, what keeps you fulfilled outside of work?
I do, I have two children (7 years & 10 months) that keep me very busy! We are avid Disney fans and love to travel so we have a lot of Disney based fun coming up in 2022!
What has been your proudest moment so far at Groupon?
Finally, how have you grown in your career since joining Groupon?I have had some great growth since joining Groupon in 2015. I started off in Groupon as an Application Operation Support (AOS) Agent, I moved from that to Dublin AOS Team Lead > EMEA AOS Team Lead > EMEA AOS Manager and then finally > Global Manager of Application Operation Support. I have recently made another move (August 2020) to Manager of the Deployment Management Team here at Groupon. It has been great to progress and grow in a company I enjoy working for.