The Uncommon Life

Uncommon Personalities: Meet Melanie Majewski

August 6, 2013
Melanie Majewski
Melanie Majewski, UncommonGoods Senior Human Resources & Office Management Coordinator

My hometown is…
Schenectady, NY. The most recent Ryan Gosling movie (The Place Beyond the Pines) was filmed in and took place in my hometown.

My favorite company event I’ve organized was…
Ah! This is a tough one. I get a little stressed when it comes to the organizing aspect of the events, but it’s so worth it in the end. I love all of our on-site snacks/lunches, but I really love our happy hours! Our latest at Owl Farm was really fun.

I’m inspired by…
Happy, daring and adventurous people. And Beyoncé.

My favorite place to visit in New York City is…
I really love walking around NYC and being outside when it’s sunny, so I have to say I love all of the parks: The Highline, Central Park, Prospect Park. Oh! And the Brooklyn Botanic Garden… it’s only a block from my apartment!

An uncommon fact about me…
I’m digging deep here.

I once received a karaoke machine for Christmas (I was about 8 years old) – one of those machines that you hook up to your TV and it video records you. I was really into performing (as you can tell with the level of dramatics here, still am) so I filmed myself for days. I started getting bored singing the same songs so I decided to do a “newscast” (I should also mention that I went to college for journalism). During the weather forecast portion of this 15-minute video, I took my Dad’s world atlas book, took a blind twisty off of one of the living room windows, and so eloquently projected the weather forecast (and by eloquently I mean I couldn’t get the mirrored video-thing down and I kept pointing to the west when speaking of the east). Somehow my Mom stumbled upon the videotape and shared it at our family Christmas party the next year, haha. She never lets me live it down.

(I could have totally gone un-dramatic there and just said, “I’ve caused a fire to start in the microwave not once, but twice.” You’re welcome.)

When I’m not working, I’m probably…
Cooking up a new recipe for my roommate, daydreaming up my next adventure, taking a dance class, or catching up on The Ellen Show. I like to keep life interesting and rarely sit still.

The word that best describes me…

Working at UncommonGoods, I’ve learned…
SO MUCH! I’ve learned a lot about the human resources and recruiting industry. But also how to interact with people, network, collaborate with smart and creative people, work in a warehouse, and most importantly, feed 300+ people in one day!

Would you rather…Spend an hour each day practicing ballet indoors or showing off your yoga poses in the park?

That is one of the toughest questions I’ve been asked in my 24 years of life! Can I practice ballet in the park? If not, I don’t know how to answer this question.

The Uncommon Life

UG Team: Meet Jackie and Philomena

March 22, 2012

The UncommonGoods team is just as quirky, fun and uncommon as the products we sell. With a current total of 113 awesome UGooders, our diverse team is expanding with over a dozen new positions open in various departments.

So who have we recently welcomed among the many new faces in the Brooklyn Army Terminal?

Meet Jackie.

Jackie started as a seasonal team member in October 2011 within the Purchasing department. Since her arrival, Jackie has impressed her team all across the board and made a dent in our Merchandising team. Jackie is now the new Assistant Buyer in Jewelry and Accessories.

What is your UncommonFact?

My two children are Swedish citizens, but I am not!

What made you choose UG?

I was looking to get into retail after years of working in manufacturing, and was extremely interested in the idea of working with a web-based retailer. A friend of mine, who works specifically with B-Corp companies, recommended that I look into job opportunities at UG. I was already familiar with the company as a customer but after reading about the vision and mission, including B-Corp accountability, I was very impressed.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up not far from NYC, in Pequannock Township, NJ. I have lived in Manhattan for 18 years – five different apartments in four different neighborhoods.

And what do you like to do on the weekends?

Hang with friends, go to the beach, farmer’s market, and cook Swedish goodies with the kids!

Along with Jackie, meet Philomena.

Philomena started as our Purchasing Administrative Assistant in September 2011 and has joined our team as the Inventory Planning Assistant. We were very impressed with her infectious can-do attitude and fun-loving spirit.

What is your UncommonFact?

People say that I’m strange because I own over 100 pairs of socks. What can I say? Keeping my feet warm makes me feel good all over! Also, I lived in Repulse Bay, Hong Kong for 1 month in 2005 – it was the experience of a lifetime. It may not be too uncommon, but to me, it was the most exciting thing I have ever done.

What has been your most rewarding experience at UG?

Working in the Purchasing department, and with UG as a whole, is a reward in itself. From day one, the people here have made me feel a part of something more than myself. What I most enjoy is the opportunity to continuously learn about the company’s operation on a day to day basis. The one thing that I admire most about this company is that there are no limits.

What did you do before coming to UG?

I worked as a coordinator for a food corporation, handling the daily operations of ordering food, paper products, condiments and other products for sale to the company’s customers. I was solely responsible for reporting the weekly, monthly and quarterly reports of all products sold within our district.

Describe yourself in four words.

Family-oriented, easygoing, fun and outdoor-loving!

These ladies are among the many new faces to join the UG team permanently.

If you are interested or know anybody that might fit in well with the UG culture, check out all of our current open positions at There are plenty of opportunities within Operations, Merchandising, Purchasing, Technology, and more!