Business Development Representative
Muhammad’s family may be in Pakistan, but he has formed his own close-knit work family on his Sales team and in the Mentor Program here at Groupon.
What’s your favorite Groupon memory?
Winning Home and Auto rep of the quarter in Q1 2017; this was after I was out for a couple of weeks, so to see my hard work being paid of then was an amazing feeling.
So what brought you to Groupon?
Working at Groupon was one of the biggest snap decisions of my life. I interviewed in late May 2016 for an incoming team that was due to start in July. I was in a tough spot financially at this time and told the interviewer that I wanted to start sooner. A week after my phone screen interview, I was walking into 600 West Chicago for my first day.
What do you love about your job?
My favorite part of the job is the people who make me laugh and smile every day. I also love being a mentor and doing scrums for new hires.
What was the most challenging thing you worked on in 2017?
Watching goals go up at the start of 2017. It was quite challenging to adjust, but with hard work and teamwork, we had a great quarter. I think my biggest motivation was the collective success of our team. We were a closely knit unit, who worked hard together and collaborated to ensure success. The people around us make Groupon such a great place to work, and I think it was our mutual desire for each other’s prosperity that led to us being successful, together.
Personally, the biggest success driver for me was to work hard in order to become the best version of myself and try to live up to my potential. In the past, I have been known as someone who wasn’t necessarily working to their top potential, and I decided to change that and really work to a level where I was satisfied with my own inputs.
“The people around us make Groupon such a great place to work, and I think it was our mutual desire for each other’s prosperity that led to us being successful, together.”
What was going through your head when you were first interviewing at Groupon?
I remember walking around during a tour whilst interviewing, and thinking, “I could fit in here.”
How does your work impact Groupon’s mission of building the daily habit in local commerce?
I try to connect with all local business owners I talk to and work out how we can best create experiences for their community.
What are you most proud of in your time at Groupon so far?
Watching my mentees graduate. The graduation ceremony for one of my mentees was especially special; I may or may not have teared up a little. She was a single parent in her 30’s, and really needed to graduate from the program. It was very close and she graduated on the final day, and in her speech, she thanked me personally. This moment made all the time I invested in her–the late evenings, the lunches, and the walks around the office to talk–totally worth it. It felt great helping someone older than me work on budget and strategy, and most importantly, feel emotionally supported.
So how many awards have you won during your time here?
Rep of the Month October 2016 and August 2017, Rep of the Quarter 2017
Let’s talk about that: what do you attribute to your continued success here?
I’ve been fairly successful during my time at Groupon, and this is due to a plethora of reasons. The biggest of these is no doubt the incredible support system I have found within the Groupon community. I have been incredibly lucky to make great friends, who in a way are mentors to me, and I always seek their advice. Along with that, I think being creative and working hard have really helped me get far.
And how do you apply all of that to your mentees?
I use a transformational approach in order to help my mentees grow. This is extremely useful because I help my mentees set goals for the short and long run. These are both personal and professional and bring both my mentee and me together. Once these goals are set, the process somewhat unveils itself, and the mentees see great results because they work toward an ideal future, every day.
And what do your parents think you do?
“Something with internet coupons, like the ones in the newspaper.”
What are you up to when you’re not at work?
Watching TV, playing Xbox, hanging out with the pals, pursuing an MBA degree.
If you could have any other job for a day, what would it be and why?
I would like to be on Shark Tank, it would be fun to just invest massive amounts of money and judge other businesses.
What’s your favorite local business?
Elbo Room: it’s my local bar, where I am a local.
Can you write a Groupon haiku?
I want to sell and–
Slang all of the Coupons and–
Make the G cat proud
Lastly, tell us something about you that would surprise us.
My whole family is in Pakistan. I came to America for school and just sorta stayed.