Our “Second City” blog series places the spotlight on DocuSign employees based in Chicago and Warrenville who tell us about why they decided to join DocuSign, what they do here, what it’s like living and working in Chicago (an emerging tech hub), and more. At DocuSign, we want employees to look back at their time here and say they did the work of their life at DocuSign. This week we sat down with Kim B. in Product Design based in Chicago to learn more about her career.
Are you originally from the Chicago area?
I grew up in the St. Paul, MN. I moved to Chicago almost 10 years ago for college and the city kind of sucks you in. Once you’re here, it’s really hard to leave.
What do you do at DocuSign?
I’m a Product Designer on the Prepare team which is responsible for how DocuSign’s contract management product looks and feels. It’s our job, along with the rest of the customer experience team, to build a great user experience through research, interaction design, and visual design.
When/why did you decide to pursue a career into Tech?
I stumbled into tech after college. I majored in film and thought I wanted to go into production after school. After interviewing for a video production internship here, I was offered a marketing internship instead and decided to give it a try. I loved the team and the tech culture, so I decided to shift my focus from film to design. After working in marketing for a few years, I was able to make an internal move to the product design team and the rest is history.
What excites you most about working at DocuSign in Greater Chicago?
Chicago is an amazing city and having the opportunity work for an industry leader like DocuSign makes it all the better. We’re presented with new challenges every day, and I love problem-solving. We’re trying to solve some really complex problems, and it’s great to see your work making a difference for so many different types of people.
Based on your observations, what are the advantages of working in our Chicago area offices versus other offices?
I’m probably biased but the people in the Chicago office are awesome. Many of us in the office today came to DocuSign through an acquisition and that shared experience has made us a really tight team even though we’re growing really quickly. Plus, as the team grows, the types of projects and opportunities we’re working on are becoming deeper and more exciting. A lot of us are focused on DocuSign’s contract management product. It’s a feature-rich product that’s been around for a while so there are a ton of fun problems to solve, and we never have a boring day.
Why should somebody consider working at DocuSign Chicago and building their career here?
It’s a great place to learn and grow. DocuSign places a big emphasis on learning, and everyone here is eager to help and explore new ideas. You’re bound to learn something new every day and, if that’s not enough, there are programs DocuSign will reimburse you for that enable you to continue learning outside the office through workshops and classes.
Chicago is an emerging tech hub and more people are considering moving to Chicago. Tell us something about the city that you love that others outside of Chicago might be surprised to hear or not know.
I love that Chicago is on Lake Michigan. Even though we’re in the Midwest, during the summer we don’t have to travel to East or West coast to go to a beach. There are over 2 dozen beaches right here in Chicago.
Lastly, tell us your favorite “non-touristy” thing to do in Chicago.
Almost every neighborhood throws some sort of festival during the summer. I especially love the Southport Art Festival. There’s always live music and food, and it’s so much fun to wander and see what unique handmade things the artists are displaying. I also really enjoy the Printers Row Lit Fest. It’s the largest outdoor literary festival in the Midwest and is really family-friendly with a variety of events including readings, book signings, and a huge book fair.
Interested in joining DocuSign Chicago or Warrenville and do the work of your life? Check out our job openings. We’d love to talk more.