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Outdoorsman. Volunteer. Operations Specialist.

Name: Saulo J.
Job Title: Operations Specialists in Consumer Banking

Career shopping

In 2015, I was looking to start a serious career.  During my search for good companies online, I applied to Discover and a few other companies. Luckily, I got multiple job offers but chose Discover; it just felt right. It was during my tour, in my interview, that really left an impression on me. I noticed “everyone” smiling and seemed so happy, this showed me a company I would love to be a part of.

Experiencing excellence

I have had many great experiences but I have to brag for once. One of my best memories here was when I won the Pinnacle of Excellence award. Winners are selected by senior leaders for displaying outstanding leadership behaviors and “living” the Discover values while delivering excellent business results. The award ceremony for Pinnacle is hard to explain—it’s something you have to experience for yourself.  When management appraoched me about me winning, it was heartwarming because I did not expect it.  I had no idea I was being considered.  Turns out, just beingmyself is all it took to qualify! I can’t take all the credit.  The Discover environment really helps provide you with essentials to be yourself.  This is what makes Discover excellent.

 Being yourself by giving back

Discover allows me to be my true self in many ways but mostly through volunteering.  I’ve always wanted to give back. Discover opens up the door for employees to volunteer in multiple ways continuously.  Because of this, I’ve giving back to my community more than I ever had in my whole life. Volunteerism is one of my favorite values because it benefits others.  It gives my  community additional resource that they may not have had.  Volunteering educates both the community and myself on what’s available and who’s there to help.  I’ve had the opportunity to volunteer at Habitat for Humanity, Mulligans Manor, Pride Walk, back to school clothing drive and many more.

 Contributing to what makes Discover different

Discover puts their customers in better financial situations. While working in the Card Member Assistance (CMA) Charge-off Department, I was on a phone call with a customer who had a delinquent account.  When I first started talking to her, she didn’t want to hear me out but I knew we may be able to provide her some new options. I had one opportunity to really make an impact, so my exact words were “Just hear me out for one minute. And if what we have doesn’t help you, you’re more than welcome to hang up.” I’m sure she was shocked. After offering her a different payment option, she started to cry! She was so thankful. She took the program and thanked me because she had no idea that Discover provided these types of options and “workout programs” that help customers in true financial hardships—I know we made a true impact on that customer.

A day at Discover

Every day is different. It’s an amazing company to work for and they treat their employees’ great. Our positive work environment makes you want to come to work. If you’re looking to grow within a corporation, Discover is an amazing place to start a career.

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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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The Journey to Transformation

 

Name: Kevin C.
Job Title: VP, Operations, Data Analytics and Collections

I was born and raised in Trinidad and came to the United States for college. Outside of work, I enjoy running, traveling, and being a foodie but my true passion is playing the piano. In 2014, I released an album of some of my original arrangements. I also love to learn and often want to get into the details of how work is executed. Anyone who works with me knows I like to “observe the work” in action because work for me is also a learning-journey.

From learning to giving back

Prior to Discover, I worked at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG ) a global management consulting firm. A BCG colleague working at Discover encouraged me to apply when I was looking for new opportunities and the rest is history!

Overall, my Discover journey has been very entrepreneurial. From creating and re-inventing talent management programs to building Lean and Risk capabilities to transforming operations, technology, digital journeys, and data – I am always challenged to create and constantly learning.

Discover has great training programs, most recently, I have been extensively trained on our management approach (i.e. Discover Management System or DMS) that combines the best of Lean with leadership behaviors – I consider this not just an investment in the company’s future but also my own professional development.

I’m my true self

As an immigrant, minority and LGBTQ representative I have always been an advocate of diversity out of necessity.  At Discover, we combine the diversity of our experiences with an obsessive focus on the customer to create sustainably winning experiences.

Our difference is…

Prior to Discover, I worked in investment banking and consulting.  Discover is definitely the most collaborative culture I have ever experienced and the focus is always about getting to the end-state “together” and leveraging the best of the team.

The change

I manage a team that leads operations, technology, digital journeys and data transformation for Discover Bank supporting 4 businesses: Deposits, Student Loans, Personal Loans, and Home Equity Loans. I am also responsible for collections and recovery strategies for Personal Loan and Student Loan portfolios with over $17BN in outstanding receivables. Finally, I am leading an operational excellence initiative that is improving how we do agile development, incident management and more!  I know my team makes a meaningful impact and that makes it exciting work. There is no typical day and that’s what makes it so fun. Come experience it for yourself!

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Columbia College Alumnus. PRIDE ERG Member. Lead Marketing Programs.

Michael O

Name: Michael O.
Job Title: Project Manager, Global Marketing & Marketing Chair, PRIDE Employee Resource Group

How does your role contribute to the company’s goals?

Within Global Marketing, we strive for acceptance—for merchants locally and globally to accept Discover (and our partners) as form of payment. When joining this team back in 2008, this was the challenge I was most excited about—why would anyone turn down a form of payment?

Diversity beyond a marketing campaign

I value and appreciate the diversity here at Discover—race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age (millennials to baby boomers)—I see all these when I’m at Discover. Not only do I see it and value it, Discover, as a whole, also appreciates and values it. Walking through the halls is like walking down a street in Chicago—every type of person is here and welcomed.

The greatest experience I’ve had at Discover has probably been my work within the PRIDE Employee Resource Group (“ERG”) at Discover and marketing our Discover it® Card featuring the pride colors to the LGBTQ community. As a gay Discover employee (and cardmember, of course), I want the whole LGBTQ community to know how much Discover supports us. I really like the authenticity of our LGBTQ marketing—I see it as a FOR US, BY US campaign, LGBTQ Discover employees reaching out to the LGBTQ community. These marketing initiatives and ideas didn’t come from the ‘Big Dogs’ in the corner office… it came from the hearts of the LGBTQ employees.

Value comes from being your true self

Because of the overall diversity at Discover, I felt I could be my true self at the office—that I wouldn’t be judged or graded on for being gay. I’m lucky, even in 2019, not everyone can feel this way. When you walk into work not being your true self, you aren’t WHOLE. Your managers and co-workers, they are only getting maybe 60% of YOU. You don’t present as well, you don’t share your ideas because you’re worried your true self will be discovered and judged. When you can walk into work as your true self, you present better, you think in ways your managers and co-workers may not be thinking. And this is what every company needs—every employee walking in being their true Selves and sharing their ideas.

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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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