Working in HR

Eleni applied for our Office Manager job after hearing about Workable from a colleague. The heart
and soul of our Athens office, she keeps everything functioning and everyone happy.

Workable is...
Fulfilling, challenging, and awesome
- Eleni Kostopoulou

Where were you born?

New York, New York.

Describe yourself in three words:

Loyal, empathetic, escapist.

What did you want to be when you were younger?

An architect.

What was your first job?

When I was at school, I worked as a promoter for women’s fragrances in the airport. I made good money, but I had a sick stomach from all the different smells!

What do you do for fun - outside of work?

I’m a big TV shows geek. I love the movies, and pilates, oh, and wine’s not bad either.

What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?

I left everything and went to San Francisco - I didn’t last a month before a very nice bus driver comforted me for crying over missing home.

Describe your most memorable event:

My brother’s wedding.

What do you feel strongly about?

Mental illness, homophobia, as much politics I can understand, ‘Game of Thrones’ never ending.

What or who makes you smile?

My friends.

Since joining, I’ve really developed my proactive thinking. I was a PA before Workable and being proactive is an important part of that. But here I work with so many different people with so many different needs. This has made me more efficient. I always have to be one step ahead.

What’s your favorite food?

Carbonara.

If you had a catchphrase what would it be?

“Expect miracles.”

What do you do at Workable?

I’m the office manager in Athens. This basically means that I take care of everything and anything that has to do with the office and my colleagues. I make sure we have a great breakfast and that everyone is happy with lunch. I manage office supplies, repairs, meetings, events, make all the travelling arrangements, and act as a PA to our CTO. I also try to find ways that we, Workablers, get to spend some time together. So I arrange movie nights and am still trying to get a running team together. Still.

Since joining, I’ve really developed my proactive thinking. I was a PA before Workable and being proactive is an important part of that. But here I work with so many different people with so many different needs. This has made me more efficient. I always have to be one step ahead.

Describe your team:

I’m part of the HR team. We get to arrange all of the cool stuff; parties, events, summits, welcomings. It’s really fulfilling. We make a great team and our colleagues really appreciate the extra mile we go and always remember to tell us so.

When did you join Workable?

End of November 2016.

How did you find out about the job with Workable?

A colleague told me about this awesome company, way ahead of any other Greek businesses. When I decided it was time to change jobs, I stumbled across the ad for the Office Manager opening here at Workable. I like to think it was karma.

What was your experience of the hiring process?

I had my first call with our recruiter Eftychia, who is super friendly. I was pretty stressed and spoke too fast but she was great at making me feel comfortable. I then had a written assignment to complete, a test at the office, an interview with my current team, and last but not least an interview with Spyros, our CTO and co-founder. It was really thorough, relaxed and interesting.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I love the fact that I get to interact with everyone in the company.

What or who can you see from your desk?

I can see no one and everyone actually. My desk is right next to the common area, so there are times in a day when there is absolute silence and then lunch arrives and it’s a beehive. I also see the most beautiful sunset every afternoon. My office is also the reception, so I have a great desk and the coolest lights.

What’s on your desk?

A rubber duck, a little boat, a picture of my nephew, papers, papers, papers, and a little card from MOO telling me I’m lovely :)

What’s the highlight of your working day?

I really like to see everyone enjoying a good breakfast in the morning. When I started, I made some changes to our breakfast menu and people are really loving it; it feels great to see them tuck in!

Who in the company has had the most influence on you and why?

That would be our HR manager Christina and our precious Gianna. Christina has helped me get to know the company and its culture, the way Workable works. She’s the one I’ve collaborated with mostly so far and she’s always there to make things clearer. Gianna is our kitchen manager. She’s not a Workable employee, but she certainly feels like it. She knows everything about everyone; what they eat, what they don’t eat; how many cookies or eggs they’re going to have in the morning; if they’ve drunk enough water. She keeps everything going and makes sure we’ve all got what we need to make us happy and content.

The best thing about Workable?

It has to be the people here, they trust you and you can trust them. The company has also pretty much done everything to make our everyday easier and pleasant. We have health insurance, mobile phone plans, parking space and food. Not having to worry about all of this is a massive relief and makes it easier to concentrate on your work. If I had to choose my favorite perk, it’d be breakfast and lunch. It’s amazing not to have to worry about cooking, washing dishes and shopping for groceries.

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