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 Rachel R. in Engineering based in Chicago to learn more about her career.

Are you originally from the Chicago area?  
I was born and raised in Aurora, a suburb of Chicago. I moved up to the city in 2006 for college and loved it so much that I never left.

What do you do at DocuSign?  
I’m a SQL Database Administrator. Some of my key tasks are keeping an eye on database performance, managing our backups, and patching our SQL servers.

When and why did you decide to pursue a career in Tech?  
I decided to pursue a career in Tech my sophomore year of college.  I had initially started with a broad idea of wanting a business major. I flip-flopped a lot, looking at international business, finance, and accounting. My university required business majors to take classes in each school of business (accounting, communications, economics, etc.). So my sophomore year I took a basic database class to satisfy one of my Information System credit requirements. I was amazed at how large batches of data could be efficiently organized and managed. I took a few more Information Systems and Computer Science classes and ended up switching my major.

What excites you most about working at DocuSign in Chicago?  
I love the culture here and how welcoming people are. I’m an introvert at heart and can be pretty shy, but everyone is super friendly. I feel very comfortable at work and genuinely enjoy it. There are also plenty of opportunities to get to know people outside of work.

Based on your observations, what are the advantages of working for DocuSign?  
The previous companies I worked for were much smaller and were not in the tech industry, so being at a tech company is a welcome change because I’m on a larger team now which gives me more opportunities to learn and interact with different systems.

Why should somebody consider working at DocuSign Chicago and building their career here?  
DocuSign Chicago encourages anyone’s desire to learn more and provide you with multiple opportunities to expand your knowledge. For example, we have an Educational Assistance Program that gives employees a chance to pursue continued education and get reimbursed! Because of this, I feel like I’ve grown a lot since I’ve started working here and am nowhere near plateauing as I have at past jobs.

Chicago is an emerging tech hub, and more people are considering moving to Chicago. Tell us something about the city that you love and that others outside of Chicago might be surprised to hear or not know.  
I love how bicycle-friendly this city is.  Some parts of the city are better than others, but it’s generally pretty easy to get around, even in the winter.  Certain parts of the city are great about having dedicated bike lanes that are blocked off from car traffic.

Lastly, tell us your favorite “non-touristy” thing to do in Chicago.  
Bike the Drive is a really cool event that takes place every summer. Lake Shore Drive, one of the major roads in Chicago that spans from the North to Southside with amazing views of Lake Michigan, is blocked off for people to bike. You’ll see everyone there from competitive bikers to little kids riding alongside their parents.

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.