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 Michele C. in Sales based in Chicago to learn more about her career.
Are you originally from the Chicago area?
Yes, I was born and raised in a suburb North of Chicago.
What do you do at DocuSign?
I am an Account Executive.
When and why did you decide to pursue a career in Tech Sales?
I have been interested in computers since grade school when I got a CD burner for Christmas. I still remember partially disassembling the computer with my dad so we could install the burner. Many years later, I was working in tech recruiting watching the tech start up community in Chicago grow. I have always loved selling, so combining that with my love for tech seemed like a natural fit.
What excites you most about working at DocuSign in Chicago?
Chicago is such an amazing city, and I love watching the DocuSign team grow here. I might be biased, but I think Midwest culture is very unique because of the warmth and honest, hard work that permeates it. The deep pool of talent here doesn’t hurt either. Our workplace is an unmatched combination of smarts, dedication and sincerity.
The food scene is also first-class. We love to get dinner in Logan Square, the West Loop, and Pilsen, but you can’t go wrong with a no-frills steak house downtown. Performances at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra or free shows at the Pritzker Pavilion, comedy at Zanies and Second City, any of the museums, all of the architecture. There is so much to recommend about Chicago. And, it is a great place to raise a family
Why should somebody consider working at DocuSign Chicago and building their career here?
Chicago has something for everyone. If you love sports, we have two great baseball teams and the historically amazing Blackhawks (though 2018-19 has been tough for them). Plus, the Bears are getting better every year. No comment on the current iteration of the Bulls, but I have my fingers and toes crossed.
Tell us something about the city that you love and that others outside of Chicago might be surprised to hear or not know.
I enjoy the scene on the River Walk. It’s just a block away from our office, so an outdoor lunch or after-work happy hour is just a short walk away. There are only a few restaurants and bars there, so it’s a relaxing change of pace.
Lastly, tell us your favorite “non-touristy” thing to do in Chicago.
I love going to the Green City Farmers’ Market on Saturdays. We used to go every weekend and grab veggies, homemade hot sauces and breakfast pizza from this great guy who cooked from a trailer with a woodfire oven. Now that we moved to the suburbs, it is one of the things I miss the most.
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.