We’re back with a fresh installment of our “People POS” blog series and are thrilled to shine a light on another valuable member of our global team. We hope this series has helped you get to know our team a little bit better through spotlights on employees like Antonia, Wajih, and Paton, just to name a few.
In order for any of these talented individuals to land a role at Revel, they had to first work with Revel’s human resources (HR) team. That’s where teammates like Maria step in. As an HR generalist based in Sydney, Australia, Maria supports Revel employees based in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region.
Outside of work, you’re likely to find Maria staying active in the company of her loving family, which includes her husband Nathan, their son Finn, and dogs Dio and Jasper. With her family by her side, she’s continued to grow in her career—and still finds time to sneak in some yoga!
Prior to joining Revel, Maria worked as a category assistant at the headquarters of one of Australia's largest retail companies. While she enjoyed her work, her one-hour commute (each way!) became taxing. She also wasn’t sure if an extremely corporate work environment was a fit for her personality. When an opportunity opened up at Revel, she applied and accepted an office manager position on the growing team in Australia.
“I was worried at first because I was coming from a really secure job to what felt like more of a startup. I quickly learned that it was worth the risk, and that a company of Revel’s size was a better fit for me,” Maria recalls.
When Maria joined the team, the Australia office had only been open for one year. She found herself supporting the rapidly expanding business in a variety of ways—including office management, finance, and HR. In 2017, Maria left to take maternity leave and welcomed her first child. Upon returning to the office, she officially transitioned to an HR generalist role to help support Revel’s talent growth in the APAC region.
“I now know what I want to do because of my career development at Revel. I’m currently taking classes while working to get my degree in HR. Revel’s leadership team has been such a great support to me as I pursue my degree.”
Maria recently celebrated her sixth anniversary at Revel, and remains eager to tackle new challenges and explore opportunities available at the company.
An HR team sits at the core of almost any business. As the drivers of new talent, Maria and the global HR team are also always looking for new ways to facilitate employee career growth and success.
Maria splits her time between developing employee programming and supporting recruiting efforts as an HR generalist. She also helps support major company-wide initiatives where her historical knowledge of the company really shines, including several corporate system migrations. When asked to describe a typical work day, Maria explains that she enjoys her role because a “typical” work day is rare.
“My day-to-day is hard to define. It always changes, especially as I work across time zones,” Maria explains. “But I appreciate that each day is different. I love getting the chance to work on projects that have a global reach and impact.”
Outside of these general tasks, Maria—alongside Revel’s global HR team—provide ongoing support to employees at both the team and individual level.
Similar to how so many Revel employees felt pre-pandemic, Maria explains that the highlight of her work week was having the chance to interact with her co-workers face to face. For Revel’s Australian employees, this meant picking days to meet up at their shared co-working space and planning regular Friday lunch outings.
When all of Revel’s offices went remote in March of 2020, Maria and her colleagues knew they wouldn’t have the opportunity to meet up as much as they would like.
“It was difficult at first,” she admits. “But it was business as usual shortly after. Oddly enough, I think working from home actually brought us even closer as a team. We are now nicely settled into this remote work mode.”
Revel has major offices in Lithuania, Atlanta and San Francisco, and many Revel employees were accustomed to connecting remotely prior to the effects of COVID-19. That global connection has always been one of Maria’s favorite aspects of the job.
“I enjoy working with people from all over the world. I had the chance to meet the team in Lithuania two years ago, and it’s even more special to work with them now that I’ve made that personal connection,” Maria says. “I’ve also had the chance to meet a lot of our team in the United States. Despite some of my co-workers being on the other side of the world, we get to collaborate on fulfilling projects together.”
Experiencing a global pandemic and adjusting to new working environments has been difficult. According to Maria, however, Revel’s employees have displayed that you can still be a global company and work together, even when the connection is virtual.
When asked what she’s looking forward to the most at Revel, Maria cites continued growth, both across the company’s talent pool and regularly maturing products.
“In my opinion, our executive team is the strongest it's ever been. As an HR generalist, I’m very proud to recruit people to work at Revel,” she explains. “With the extra funding we just received, I’m excited to see what type of investments we make in our people and product in the coming months.”
This significant growth investment will help Revel reinforce a commitment to the people, products, and service behind its industry-leading solutions. The company is lucky to have teammates like Maria to help champion that commitment.
As the “People POS,” passionate, tenured employees like Maria are a huge driving force behind Revel’s continued success in the point of sale market.
Maria is currently working on a plan for talent growth across Revel’s APAC presence. She’s looking forward to putting her passion for HR to good use as Revel builds on its already talented team in that region.