Following my degree, I went to San Diego and worked at a MinuteMan Press attending marketing events and doing business development. I also did large and small print jobs. I, also, worked at a Marriott Hotel, front desk/business lounge and other jobs. I lived in Mission Valley and I ran along the river, close to my apartment.
My first job, in Tech, was Computer Market Research. Their customers were the likes of Qualcomm, Lantronix, Exabyte, etc. They had a strong client list and an amazing product. It had channel data intelligently and beautifully displayed. I worked with the CEO and his VP of Sales on business development and some data work, etc. It was a great experience. I was introduced to PR, in the channel space, and I could see that it had its own Eco-system. I wondered if you mastered it, does the skill apply to each industry vertical. This CEO and his VP of Sales became my best references. I looked forward to getting to reference stage. My references sealed the deal. Computer Market Research was a great experience. Years later, the CEO offered that I build a marketing agency, out of his office, in California. We also discussed my meeting some of his clients, on the East Coast, when I lived there.
After Computer Market Research, I went to a start up, in Dublin. A reward and recognition business, selling recognition solutions to large customers, like GE, and also businesses selling through the channel, like IBM. Because I had learned alot about CRM, at Computer Market Research, I was equipped to really make a difference at Globoforce, with analytical projects. I spear headed the integration of salesforce.com. I worked so much on this project that Salesforce.com added some of my suggestions to their early product. I left there because my direct boss had me stand behind her, in the morning, while she typed an email of my work, to the CEO. Asking me "what did we do then?". I just felt I should move at that point. I was spending so much time at work, because I had the life time to do it, then. And, I was getting nowhere. It was no longer a fit, at that point. Women need to keep they foot on the gas pedal as Sheryl Sandberg said, so we can be in a certain position before having children. Taking time out to give birth. We need to be comfortable with our role and experience so we can direct or such, when in that situation.
CEO of Computer Market Research
Oonagh worked for me for several years and was a valued employee. I have had the opportunity to interact with her since her departure and I was very pleased to see that she has grown and expanded her knowledge and abilities. I would not hesitate to recommend her to a prospective client or employer.
VP of Sales at Computer Market Research
I had the opportunity to watch Oonagh during a rapid growth phase in her professional development. She quickly acquired the skills to capture and analyze complex search engine data as well as to hire and supervise a series of marketing interns. She developed a team that was instrumental in developing and providing new leads for sales. I must say that the most consistent comment I got when I checked her references turned out to be quite true. She is a pleasure to work with. I would hire her back in a heart beat.
IT Manager at Globoforce
I have been working with Oonagh for about 2 years. and I would like to say she is a real professional. I mean, real professional. Oonagh knows what to do in tricky business situations and how to achieve business targets. Oonagh is very communicative with the other team members. She works on the current projects she is related to and she is very responsible for the words she says to clients, customers, or even her team members. Just in five words. "She is a great professional". I would like to say she is an A ++ marketing manager and professional.