Meet Julie, HR Administrative Coordinator at GetGo Cafe + Market
This week's #TeamMemberTuesday is featuring Julie, GetGo HR Administrative Coordinator! Julie started working for Giant Eagle as a Cashier when she was 17 and has grown her career in human resources ever since. Julie is always looking for new opportunities to learn, grow and make GetGo and Giant Eagle a great place to work! We're so happy to have her on the team.
How did you come to work for GetGo?
I started working at Giant Eagle when I was 17 as a Cashier. I was getting ready to graduate high school and was trying to figure out what to major in when I went to college in the fall. That’s when I decided to pursue Human Resources. I had great people at the store looking out for opportunities for me to train in things that would help me on that path. I eventually went into payroll and then into the Team Leader Development Program as a Front End Team Leader.
I thought that learning everything about the store and its Team Members would be a great experience. When they brought HR into the stores, I was able to put that experience to work. I was also lucky enough to be chosen to help at the corporate office while an Administrative Coordinator was on maternity leave, so I could learn more about the HR Department. I learned a lot during that short time, and when an HR Administrative Coordinator position became available at GetGo, I was excited to apply. I had worked in about ten different supermarkets over the years but had never worked for GetGo, so I was excited to learn about that side of the company.
What made you think of Giant Eagle as a possible place of employment?
When I first applied, it seemed like a good job while I was in college. They were flexible with scheduling and there were training opportunities so I could learn on the job, as well. As time went on, I saw so much opportunity to develop a career here.
Why have you chosen to stay over the years?
There are so many learning and growth opportunities and there is always someone willing to help you move up in the Company. I have been blessed with good Team Leaders that have always tried to help me move up and learn more in whatever role I have been in.
Is there a moment that sticks out to you when you knew you’d made the right decision to work here?
I have always been happy about working here but especially during the election, the Company really stepped up and encouraged Team Members to vote by paying them while they exercised their right or if they worked the polls. GetGo even went so far as paying for Uber rides if a Team Member didn’t have a ride to the polls.
Out of the newly refreshed Core Values (Respect All, Think Team, See It Own It, Work Smart, Live Well and Do Right), which Core Value resonates with you the most? Why?
“Think Team” has really been a theme throughout my years with the Company. When I was a Confidential HR Coordinator in the stores, we worked together a lot even though we all worked at different locations. We were always asking each other questions, helping when someone was off, and we even did volunteer work outside of work together to help our local community.
In GetGo HR, we are all very spread out and rarely if ever get to interact with each other but we all still help out when its needed. When I went out on maternity leave in June, people on the team stepped up and took on my responsibilities in addition to their own. When I got back, I was able to transition smoothly because they did such a good job keeping up on my work for me.
A “Fun Fact” about Julie:
I have an identical twin. We finish each other’s sentences and can tell what the other is thinking. She also felt a pain in her stomach at the exact time I gave birth!