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Some Things Cannot Be Planned

Name: Monica H.
Job Title: Account Coordinator – US Cards – Marketing & Customer Service

I never thought that I would find myself in financial services. I considered being a police officer, a member of the U.S. Air Force, even being a counselor for young adults. I believe I’ve considered these careers because I really enjoy helping others and making a difference—it’s so fulfilling!  I never thought I’d be able to do that in the world of finance.  Aside from work, I am a proud mother of a very bright 4-year-old daughter. She is truly my motivation to always challenge myself and to be my very best. My hobbies include: spending quality time with my daughter, being outdoors, singing, and trying new things like places and food. 

Before working at Discover, I worked in customer service part time for UPS. At the time, my daughter was a newborn and I knew we couldn’t survive on part time employment. I tirelessly searched for decent jobs in the area and came across Discover. I applied, interviewed, and was hired.  This was my first full-time position. Just after a few weeks in training, I was forced to leave work due to an unforeseen family tragedy. During this chaotic time, I chose to reapply to Discover and Discover gave me a second chance. And for that, I am forever grateful.

I have had the opportunity to help so many people. When I was a phone agent, I was able to talk with thousands of customers and help with issues as small as fee removals to turning tears into laughter. As both an Accounting Coordinator and intern at Discover Headquarters in Riverwoods, IL, I’ve been able to assist with procedure updates, and agent training to enhance the overall customer experience.  I have found my time at Discover truly enjoyable and I don’t plan to leave anytime soon.

 A step in the unknown could lead to “wealth”

One day my team leader approached me and told me that I would be a great candidate for the Headquarters Immersion Program (HIP). At the time, I didn’t know much about the program, only that I’d be leaving my daughter for four months to work. I didn’t think that I was emotionally prepared to leave my daughter for such a long period of time, as I’ve never done so. After going home and deeply considering all of the opportunities that could unfold, I decided to apply, and I’m SO glad I did! It’s been one of the best experiences I’ve had in life! I’ve had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful leaders, expand my network, learn more about the business, develop new skills, and experience Chicago life, all while creating lasting friendships.

The difference can be a simple smile…

I feel that I make a difference every day when I come to work. No matter what is going on in my personal life, I make a point to ALWAYS smile, to be professional, and to be polite. Kindness goes a long way and you never know how a smile may brighten up someone else’s day. That kind of energy is infectious, and I enjoy spreading it.

My mother says I’m obsessed with Discover because I’m always talking about how great the company is as well as Discover swag. She says, “If I see you wear one more Discover shirt…”

But truly, it is a great company! Any company that will invest in your development is amazing! I’ve been able to take trainings online, attend a financial literacy course, participate in an in-depth leadership program called Aspiring Professionals, go to college through the Discover College Commitment program, and participate as an intern in the Headquarters Immersion Program. Every bit of development has elevated me to the next level in my career.

Working with a company that cares

Discover has so many great benefits. Two of my favorites are the family assistance program and the Discover College Commitment. Being a parent to a young child comes with some challenges. I love the fact that Discover values its employees enough to invest in providing care for family members. In the event that my daughter has a day off of school, I can request a provider to come to my home to care for her, or take her to a child care center at a discounted price. I’ve also been very fortunate to take advantage of the Discover College Commitment program that pays 100% for my education. It just doesn’t get any better than that! I don’t know too many companies that are willing to pay for your education 100% up front!

I’ve worked for other companies where I just felt like a number, an employee without a name. At Discover I’m Monica. I’ve come from other companies that focused heavily on seniority instead of performance. I love the fact that Discover is performance-driven because it truly makes the environment an equal playing field. I also love the fact that I am able to voice my opinion and be innovative. Here I’m recognized because I help drive results and that makes me feel valued.
Aside from feeling valued, Discover is a company that truly upholds the values it stands for and I see this not only for employees but leaders on a daily basis. A company that stands behind its word is a company that I’d want to work for any day.

Value

Currently I’m interning as a part of the Customer Service and Engagement (CSE) Strategy team. We are the team responsible for strategizing and creating an optimal experience for several employees and customers. Our team collaborates with marketing and field leaders to ensure our employees are able to effectively deliver information to our customers. We get to hear the concerns of our employees and customers first-hand and make the necessary changes/ updates to improve their experiences. Prior to my internship, I worked on the Business Enterprise Solutions Teams/Customer Support Unit, where my primary function was processing monetary adjustments to customer accounts. In all my roles at Discover, I find the work to be extremely meaningful because what I ‘m doing is impacting others, so I always give my best to ensure accuracy and satisfaction.

Get here as fast as you can…

To anyone wanting to work for Discover, I’d tell you to be prepared to work for a company that truly cares. Not only does Discover care about its customers and we show that with consistently winning JD Power, *(Discover was ranked Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Credit Card Companies by J.D. Power 4 out of the last 5 Years). Discover truly cares about its employees and we see that daily with recognition, constant development, and the amazing benefits we receive.

*Discover received the highest score in the J.D. Power 2014-2016 and 2018 Credit Card Satisfaction Studies of customers’ satisfaction with their primary credit card. Visit jdpower.com/awards

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Father of four. World Traveler. Department Manager.

Name: Topher A.
Job Title: Card Operations Department Manager

Deciding on Discover

I was working at another local call center, as a supervisor. I became friends with a few Team Leaders from Discover and was really impressed with the way they spoke about their jobs. They told me about all of the training and development they received to become better managers and leaders. I decided to invest in my own career by joining the Discover family. I started as a Team Leader in Discover Student Loans.  Since my start, I’ve worked in Customer Service and Engagement (CSE) and Cardmember Assistance (CMA). Discover delivered on my need for professional development and offer some great benefits that’s  hard to match anywhere else.

Invest in yourself

Discover offers its employees many professional development courses. I have learned how to better handle difficult conversations and how to prioritize activities so that I am working on what is most important. Today, we are rolling out the Discover Management System (DMS) to the field.  DMS is a tool to help us deliver more value to our customers as efficiently and effectively as we can.  I am being further stretched to follow its principles. I am excited with the thought that my work will be more closely tied to creating value for our customers.

 Coming together for our customers

Discover is different than any other company that I have worked for. They truly put people first. While other companies may focus solely on the bottom line, Discover is constantly evaluating the impact of our decisions on our customers and employees. While working with our Balance Transfer group, I visited our Balance Transfer team in Phoenix, with whom we engage in friendly internal competition. However, upon my visit, the department manager for Balance Transfers in Phoenix rolled out the welcome wagon.  He invited me to spend a few days with him, where he shared all of his strategy material and best practices. He was a great example of collaboration, despite the fact that our departments were competing with one another. This is just one example, where people have put the best interests of the company and our customers above their own.

 Coming together for each other

Not only does Discover celebrate diversity, the company is truly inclusive of all types of people. Discover values every individual, as long as they are willing to treat others with dignity and respect. I had the opportunity to live in South America for a few years. As a result, I speak Spanish and Portuguese. I participate in the HOLA (Helping Organize Latino Achievement) Employee Resource Group at Discover, where I work side-by-side with other HOLA members, a really great experience over the last few years, as we celebrate and promote inclusion of the Latino culture here at Discover. They make me feel like I am a part of the family.

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Authenticity allows for great leadership…

Name: Brittnee F.
Job Title: Card Operations Team Leader

My aunt worked at Discover when they started up. She relocated to Utah as Contact Strategy Consultant and tried to get me to apply for years but I was intimidated because I didn’t have a college degree. But after working 10 years in the food industry, I was ready for a change! I decided to apply.

I’ve had so many great experiences here! I have met amazing people who I now call family. My husband and I were able to take our first REAL vacation to celebrate our 5 year anniversary in Maui. This was a trip I won at Discover through our Winter Winnings program, a rewards program for the top 50 performers who win extremely large gifts

I have worked at Discover for almost 6 years. I’m a Team Leader in Card Member Assistance (CMA), who enjoys attending horror conventions, reading, spending time with my husband, pets and my godson.

Creating an environment where all feel safe and can be their true self…

I have made a real difference at Discover by really making sure that I remain authentic. Expressing myself through physical appearance is something I enjoy. I have a lot of tattoos, piercings, crazy colored hair, and a Rocker Chic style. I’ve been told I would never be successful with how I present myself but at Discover, they allow me to be me every day when I am at work and I don’t have to hide it.

Due to the environment, the people I work with and Discover acceptance in diversity, I was finally able to be comfortable with coming out to many family members, friends and colleagues as bisexual. I work very hard in the New Albany PRIDE group as one of the 2019/20 Chairs because it is important that LGBT employees feel recognition, appreciation, safe and have a voice. Discover is different! It is a company that allows you to be your most authentic self. I believe when you are able to be your authentic self, you are more motivated to do your job every day and you feel comfortable.

Discover is more than just a job

Discover has helped me so much in professional development. Before Discover, I had been in other leadership positions but it was only a job. Here, I’ve been able to develop into a true leader and showcase my passions. Before Discover, I was in college to get my teaching degree so helping others learn is my passion. Now I use my abilities to develop my agents. I’ve had opportunities to learn about networking, to help with my public speaking, and to learn how to have an effective conversation.

There are so many opportunities within the company. There is always something new to learn. It shocks me that Discover offers up to 90% tuition reimbursement on education assistance.  It amazes me to work for a company that started out with 4 weeks vacation time.

The work I do is meaningful

My team is the base of all of CMA, we are the first step in correcting delinquency. As high-risk accounts come to us, we provide excellent customer service versus high focus on collections. It is important that we have a great conversation with the customer so that we can assist them in keeping their account in good standing.

I once had a customer call and talk to me with some of the most horrid things I had ever heard. Although it was difficult, I made sure to remind myself, “He is stressed and upset because of his situation.  Do not take this personal.  And all people handle things differently.” I looked at all possibilities we had to help him, covered these options then allowed him to make the choice on what he thought would be most beneficial. By the end of the conversation, the man was crying with gratitude. He felt so bad for the things he had said. I told him I understood that we all need help sometimes. A lot of people would remember that as a terrible experience but for me it was very eye-opening.  I learned what patience and genuine empathy can do for a person.

Walk me through a day in the life of working on your team

I actually am in charge of 2 teams. Those teams are the Pre-Delinquency team and the Discover Business Card Process team. I come in, make sure I go through emails first.  Then I look at the schedule to see what agents are here.  After that, I look at my calendar to see what I have scheduled for the day.  This allows me to work around the things I need to do and coach agents from call listening. I always like to coach regardless of whether it was an amazing call or a call with many opportunities. As a Team Leader, I am also responsible for handling their timekeeping, compliance and making sure they understand how to remain compliant. Giving my team daily updates on their performance is important and valuable.

Come work with me…
I would say that Discover is a great company to work for. The benefits are amazing, the opportunities are amazing. They have more to offer than any other company I have ever worked for. I even have family that has been in the same job role for 20+ years, with another company, and don’t have the benefits employees receive here on their first day. Visit discover.com/careers.

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Passionate person who loves to win…

Name: Jessica M.
Job Title: Team Leader

I started at Discover in June 2013 with the Military Work-at-Home (W@H) program at Dover Air Force Base (AFB) in Dover, Delaware in the second class and there were only 24 of us in the entire department back then! I started as an agent taking inbound application calls and I loved it! Shortly, I became a mentor for our new hire classes that were coming out every other month. Then I became a coach in 2014. A few months later, I was promoted to team leader and had the chance to run my own team.

Tell us about a great experience you’ve had so far here.

I participated in military hiring events held at the base and at Del Tech Community College to grow the Military W@H program and share my personal testimony of the awesome program we had. I left the Acquisitions Military Department in 2016 to go to high volume transactors in Cardmember Service & Engagement, but was still able to stay on the Military W@H expansion projects at Dover and our newest one at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. As a military spouse for 12 years, I was able to make valuable connections at McGuire AFB in New Jersey, Shaw AFB in South Carolina, and Dover AFB in Delaware.  Currently, I’m working with Wilmington University, to launch a training space to conduct new hire classes for Military W@H employees at the McGuire AFB.

How do you feel you have contributed to the “Make a Real Difference” message at Discover?

I served as a co-chair for our employee resource group Honoring Military and Veterans (HMV) for 3 years and in that time I was able to participate in several outreach programs besides hiring. We helped to renovate a house for transitioning veterans in Middletown, DE, started and hosted 3 Holiday Lunches for the Veteran Affairs home in Milford, DE, as well as countless hiring efforts.

How have you been able to “Be Your True Self” at Discover?

As a passionate person who loves to win, getting the chance to drive results every month and be recognized for it, is something I live for. I feel a strong sense of pride that my company has won J.D. Power so many times and I want to continue to help them achieve this.”

*(Discover was ranked Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Credit Card Companies by J.D. Power 4 out of the last 5 Years).

How does this experience compare to other jobs you’ve had in the past?

They care, simply put. Discover believes that happy employees promote a happier work environment and better results. Discover empowers employees to be their true selves and encourages continuous professional growth.

What are some of the benefits of working here? Is there anything that surprised you?

I was the first Team Leader in the entire company to manage their team 100% remote, and from 3 states away! My whole team, including my coach, works from home anyway so it wasn’t too much of a change for them. Only seeing them a few times a year makes the times we are together more like a family reunion then a team gathering. My department manager Veronica, and director Jeff, have been so accommodating to me being states away. The biggest benefit to being at Discover is the work/life balance that they support for their employees!

*Discover received the highest score in the J.D. Power 2014-2016 and 2018 Credit Card Satisfaction Studies of customers’ satisfaction with their primary credit card. Visit jdpower.com/awards

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How Discover Helped Shape Me to Be the Leader I Am Today

jenna leary

How Discover Helped Shape Me to Be the Leader I Am Today

Name: Jenna

Job Title: Department Manager, Cardmember Assistance

I am married with a two year old daughter. I have my undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology and my Masters in Business Administration. In my spare time, I love to spend time with my family and friends, shop, cook and travel.

Someone once asked me what I would say to a friend or neighbor applying for a job at Discover, and without missing a beat my response was, “Are you ready to make the best career decision ever?!”

I started working at Discover over the summer of my junior year in high school and am still here 13 years later. Throughout that time, I’ve had the incredible opportunity to make my mark in several roles throughout the business. Most recently I stepped into a new role as Department Manager for our Card Operations department in Phoenix, and without Discover’s support along the way I would have never come this far.

One way Discover has encouraged my growth is through the tuition reimbursement program. The company helped me reach my educational goals (and then some) by supporting me financially to finish my education. I now have an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology and a Masters in Business Administration. I believe it was this support that has led to many of the advancements I’ve made to get me to the role I’m in now. My experience with Discover’s tuition reimbursement program was so positive, I developed a passion for education and help advocate for other employees to further their education.

I’ve become a local subject matter expert on Discover’s education programs and assisted countless employees in selecting their major, picking the right classes and submitting their courses for reimbursement. Over the years I have also led our Leadership Education Advancement Program (LEAP) initiative in Phoenix. I once even had the opportunity to work with a local community college to bring an Organizational Leadership Certification program to Discover’s campus – a designation employees were able to complete while at work AND with no out-of-pocket expense.

To me, Discover is not just a job or career. The diverse experience and educational development Discover has provided me over the years has truly helped to shape me to be the leader that I am today.

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Discover Has Been My Life, I Grew Up Here

Shannon

Discover Has Been My Life, I Grew Up Here

Name: Shannon

Job Title: Team Leader – Cardmember Assistance

I started as an outbound phone collector and collected for 4 years, then was promoted to coach. I was asked to cover two teams early in my coaching career and that earned me a promotion to Team Leader. Throughout the years I have served in a variety of leadership roles at Discover. Locally, I am the Phoenix PRIDE Employee Resource Group (ERG) Chair, and serve as a member of several other ERGs.

Discover is dedicated to helping employees with career growth. Those who show success in results and leadership can really stake out a career here. I myself have been afforded an opportunity to showcase my greatest skills in communication and helping keep employees engaged every day.

For several years I served as a Hiring Manager in Cardmember assistance. During that time,  I was one of the first faces a potential job candidate saw when they came for an interview. When looking to hire someone I always told them all of the things I liked about them and why I think they will find success here. Highlighting for them the strengths that work best with Discover’s culture and support of our values helps them hit the ground running and to be successful from day one. Many of my managers have been mentors to me and have made me feel valued. I strive to give back to the organization in the same way by carrying that forward.

I have had many employees tell me in the hallways that this dialogue is why they chose Discover over a competitor or even another job closer to home. It was my favorite part of hiring.

I love creating an open atmosphere and encourage all employees to reach their potential, and do so by living authentic lives in the work place. The culture here is unparalleled and I truly appreciate Discover for that.

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