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Stephen G. - Senior HRIS Analyst

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Title: Senior HRIS Analyst
Location: Chicago, IL
Joined: 2012
Preferred pronouns: He/Him/His

Stephen is one of Groupon’s “boomerang employees” who left and returned shortly thereafter due to missing the people and culture. Or, as he might say, "You gotta have fun!".

How does your role impact Groupon’s mission of becoming the daily habit in local commerce?

My role is to work on systems and processes that are used by our internal employees. I’m helping make their jobs easier so they can focus on our Groupon customers.

Who inspires you?

My wife is an ICU nurse, so she literally deals with life and death situations every day. It amazes me that she’s able to continuously head in and deal with that. It’s really helpful to have that reminder that while our jobs at Groupon are challenging and can be stressful, it’s not life and death. We’re just trying to help make life fun for our customers.

What was your first impression of Groupon?

I thought that the office was really big. At the end of my first day, I got a little lost and ended up taking a staircase that let me out in the custodial area. I had to walk around in there for a while before I found someone who could let me out.

So why did you leave Groupon then come back?

I received an offer from another large company that seemed like a logical next step in my career, and I felt that it was too good to pass up. However, I was definitely reluctant to leave Groupon. I ended up staying in the office until 7 pm on my last day because it was so hard to say goodbye. In the end, the things that I missed the most about Groupon were the people and the energy of the office. There’s definitely a sense of team and community that just doesn’t exist everywhere. I was back within three months of leaving.

Can you write a Groupon haiku?

Groupon, Love Local – –
Just making life less boring – –
A great place to work!

What’s your proudest accomplishment while working at Groupon?

I worked on a project that was tasked with onboarding our entire global recruiting function onto one unified Applicant Tracking System. It was a completely new challenge for me and I learned a lot. It has been really exciting to see some of the wins that have come from that project.

If you could do any other job for a day, what would it be and why?

I would love to spend a day as the New York Mets mascot, Mr. Met. Everyone loves him, and it seems like he has a wonderful, giant, baseball-headed family. It’s a real fairy tale.

Tell us something about you that might surprise us.

My first job out of college was as a production assistant on the set of a very classy reality show called “I Want to be a Hilton,” starring Paris’ mom, Kathy.

Rapid Fire Questions

Any quarantine hobbies?

Birdwatching! It was a hobby of mine before quarantine, but it was really the best hobby to have during the quarantine. It was a reason to get outside in a way that was naturally socially distanced.

Life motto?

You Gotta Have Fun! (seriously...it's tattooed on my arm).

Morning person or night owl?

If I have to choose, I'd say that I'm a morning person, but I'm also a strong proponent of power naps, which can allow for occasionally being a night owl as well.

Book or Podcast? Got a favorite?

The Office Ladies podcast is my go-to for dog walks and my favorite recent book is The Night the Lights Went Out by Drew Magary. I highly recommend it.

What is your karaoke song?

Historically, my song is Two of a Kind (Working on a Full House) by Garth Brooks, but I think my biggest hit with my adoring karaoke fans was one time when I did What Does the Fox Say by Ylvis.


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