Lauren Mullins – Senior Sales Campus Recruiter

Lauren Mullins – Senior Sales Campus Recruiter

LAUREN MULLINS

Senior Sales Campus Recruiter
Chicago, IL
Joined: 2016

You can find Lauren all over the Midwest visiting campuses & recruiting future Groupon sales talent. OK, or you can find her at Taco Bell.

What teams do you primarily recruit for?

Sales for Chicago and Phoenix

What are some best practices for candidates to keep in mind when applying or interviewing at Groupon?

I specifically recruit college students for full-time, entry-level sales positions and know most of my candidates won’t have a ton of sales experience. Because of that, we are looking for transferable skills and for students to be able to tell stories in the interview process that show they have those skills. I am a firm believer in the STAR method of answering behavioral interview questions! If students can bring the skill set, we’ll teach them how to sell Groupon to local businesses.

So what should a university student expect from the recruiting process?

So glad you asked! You can learn more about our Sales Recruiting process here.

What’s something that candidates are surprised to learn about Groupon?

That our sales teams are ‘verticalized’ by category of business instead of assigned to territories or zip codes. For example, sales reps don’t just call on say Austin or Pittsburgh and call all different kinds of businesses. They call all across the U.S. and Canada to businesses within one vertical, such as Health, Beauty, and Wellness, Things to Do, or Services. They become an expert in that category instead of a specific market, which helps them be more productive.

What’s the #1 thing you wish all candidates did?

When we meet students on campus at career fairs, most don’t do their research on companies or know what roles companies are recruiting for. We get a lot of students that come up and ask “what’s Groupon?” or “do you have any positions in X field?” The hosts of career fairs usually provide the list of companies attending and you can look on campus job boards to see what positions they’re recruiting for in advance of the event so you’re prepared. It can really set you apart if you approach booths knowing a little about the company, why you’re interested in the company, and what role you want to go after.

 

How does your work impact Groupon’s mission of building the daily habit in local commerce?

I hire sales talent from college campuses – the people who work with local merchants every day to ensure there is a strong selection of deals for Groupon customers to shop!

What’s your favorite Groupon memory?

I love that Groupon has a personality and always keeps you on your toes. Most recently, the day before Halloween someone hired spooky professionals to greet people as they came into the office. It was very unexpected and entertaining. Just the other day the Abominable Snow Monster from Rudolph was randomly walking around the office. People work very hard at Groupon, but also don’t take things too seriously, which makes it fun to come to work every day!

What was your first impression of Groupon?

When I came in for my onsite interview, I immediately felt like it was a place where I could be myself personally (and not hide my inner cat lady) as well as professionally.

What are your favorite local businesses?

Is the Taco Bell on Addison considered local? I kid, but how can I pick just one for reals? Top three foodie spots right now are Southport Grocery, Real Good Juice Co, and El Tapatio. Okay, one more, Ema… YUM.

Give us a glimpse of your workspace!

If you could have any other job for a day, what would it be and why?

I’d be the handler for the University of Georgia mascot, UGA, who’s the most handsome English Bulldog! He’s quite the celebrity, and I love all things University of Georgia – especially football season and when UGA sits in his dawg house on the sideline. If this didn’t work out or wasn’t possible, I’d open up a Cat Coffee & Cocktail Lounge, where you could sip on things and potentially adopt a furry friend!

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I am REALLY passionate about my alma mater (see desk pic) and I volunteer as the President of the UGA Alumni Association Chicago Chapter in my spare time!

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Veteran’s Day 2017

Veteran’s Day 2017

GROUPON FOR VETERANS

10 November 2017

Honoring the Grouponers who have served our country

This Veterans Day, we’d like to recognize a few of our veteran employees by sharing their journey from the military to Groupon. Continue reading to learn more about four Grouponers from our veterans employee resource group, Groupon for Veterans.

The mission of Groupon for Veterans is to educate the community on Groupon’s core values and desire to give back to those who have served and continue to serve. Our goal is to draw on the professional skills associated with military service through active marketing and community engagement. Groupon for Veterans has an open membership that includes veterans, those currently on active duty, their families, and anyone who supports those who serve our country.

 

Jake Coffman — Physical Security Specialist, Intel Analyst [Chicago]

I joined the Marines out of high school in 2001 following the attacks on 9/11, where I was forward deployed to Iraq in 2003 and 2004 as a Combat Engineer.  When I separated in 2006 from the Marines, I completed my ungrad in Political Science and International Studies from Northern Illinois in 2010.  Upon graduation, I began working in Aon’s Risk Solutions department on their traveler security management/crisis response team before moving to iJET Integrated Risk Management out of Annapolis.  This past January, the ultimatum of a move led me to look elsewhere — which lead me to an opening with Groupon that fit well with my professional experience and kept me in Chicago.  

 

Landon Starr — Network Systems Engineer [Chicago]

Growing up, I always wanted to be around airplanes — so naturally I joined the Air Force and was made a Network Engineer. I’ve spent the last 6 years serving between the active duty Air Force and the Air National Guard, with some of that time spent in Afghanistan, Qatar, and South Korea. Since leaving active duty in 2015, I spent time at two different schools, Illinois State University and Parkland College, where I studied Network Management and Aviation. The transition from the military to life as a full-time student wasn’t the easiest thing, and after a lengthy job search, I was fortunate enough to find my calling here at Groupon. I’m a Network Systems Engineer, and I work with a great group of people. My team, and Groupon as a whole, has been super helpful and welcoming and I look forward to working towards our 2020 goals!

 

Nicholas Rohr — Business Development Representative: Health, Beauty, Wellness [Chicago]

Most of my family was in the military at one point or another. My grandpa was in the Marines and went to Korea, my mom was in the Air National Guard, other aunts and uncles were in the Marines and Air force both active duty as well as in civilian roles. Needless to say, I also grew to like the idea of joining the military. After high school my grandpa gave me some words of wisdom which swayed my decision of joining the Army or Marines to instead joining the Coast Guard back in 2006. I was stationed in Kodiak, AK and Honolulu, HI with some training in Petaluma, CA. I ended up becoming a cook and that carried over into my civilian life after I got out. I moved to Portland and worked at Castagna Restaurant, before moving to Chicago where I worked at Little Goat and Lula Cafe. When my son was born, I wanted more stable hours and started selling meat to restaurant for a few years. Then I applied to Groupon for a sales role and have been having a blast learning a new industry in Health, Beauty and Wellness.

 

Sonny Sran — Business Development Manager: Health, Beauty, Wellness [Phoenix]

Ever since I was a little boy, I knew I wanted to be a United States Marine. My younger brother and I would buy fake camouflage and toy guns from the store and pretend to be Marines shooting at cars for hours until the Ice Cream truck would come. It was no surprise to my parents when I showed up to our home with two Marine Corps recruiters begging them to sign off on paperwork allowing me to enlist at the age of seventeen and go to basic training upon graduation. I did just that and after about a year of training all over the United States, I became an Aviation Ordnance Systems Technician for helicopters. Essentially, my job was building and handling missiles, bombs, and explosives — in addition to working on all weapons systems associated with attack helicopters. I was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn in  2009-2010 with HMM-364, and I deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2010 and again in 2011-2012 with HMLA-369. I was stationed at Camp Pendleton, CA when I was not forward deployed. I completed my four years, and three weeks later, I became a full time student at Arizona State University where I majored in Political Science. Halfway through my senior year, I began working at Groupon because I thought my military benefits were going to run out and even after graduating I stuck around because I enjoyed the culture and excelled in the role I was in.

Stephen – Project Manager, Recruiting Operations

Stephen – Project Manager, Recruiting Operations

STEPHEN GARVEY

Project Manager, Recruiting Operations
Chicago, IL
Joined: 2011 & 2014

Stephen is one of Groupon’s “boomerang employees” who left and returned shortly thereafter due to missing the people and culture. However, he could’ve come back more quickly if he had been on that hoverboard…

Who inspires you?

My wife is an ICU nurse, so she literally deals with life and death situations every day. It amazes me that she’s able to continuously head in and deal with that. It’s really helpful to have that reminder that while our jobs at Groupon are challenging and can be stressful, it’s not life and death. We’re just trying to help make life fun for our customers.

What was your first impression of Groupon?

I thought that the office was really big. At the end of my first day, I got a little lost and ended up taking a staircase that let me out in the custodial area. I had to walk around in there for a while before I found someone who could let me out.

How does your role impact Groupon’s mission of becoming the daily habit in local commerce?

My role is to work on systems and processes that are used by our recruiting team. I’m helping make their jobs easier so they can go out and find the best talent to add to Groupon.

So why did you leave Groupon then come back?

I received an offer from another large company that seemed like a logical next step in my career, and I felt that it was too good to pass up. However, I was definitely reluctant to leave Groupon. I ended up staying in the office until 7 pm on my last day because it was so hard to say goodbye. In the end, the things that I missed the most about Groupon were the people and the energy of the office. There’s definitely a sense of team and community that just doesn’t exist everywhere. I was back within three months of leaving.

Can you write a Groupon haiku?

Groupon, Love Local – –
Just making life less boring – –
A great place to work!

What’s your proudest accomplishment while working at Groupon?

I recently worked on a project that was tasked with onboarding our entire global recruiting function onto one unified Applicant Tracking System. It was a completely new challenge for me and I learned a lot. It has been really exciting to see some of the wins that have come from that project.

If you could do any other job for a day, what would it be and why?

I would love to spend a day as the New York Mets mascot, Mr. Met. Everyone loves him, and it seems like he has a wonderful giant baseball-headed family. It’s a real fairy tale.

Tell us something about you that might surprise us.

My first job out of college was as a production assistant on the set of a very classy reality show called “I Want to be a Hilton,” starring Paris’ mom, Kathy.

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Groupon Makes Built In Chicago Top 100 Tech Companies for 2017

Groupon Makes Built In Chicago Top 100 Tech Companies for 2017

GROUPON IN THE NEWS

25 October 2017

Groupon makes Built In Chicago’s Top 100 Tech Companies List for 2017

For a third consecutive year, Groupon has made Built In Chicago’s list of top 100 tech companies. Since 2008, Groupon has been a pillar of Chicago’s tech community, helping to establish the city as a compelling alternative to the Bay Area and Seattle’s domination for Engineering talent. Comprised of Engineering, Product, and Data teams, Groupon Chicago’s Tech organization works in conjunction with teams across the globe to help build the daily habit in local commerce.

Overall, how has Chicago overall fared as a tech talent competitor? According to their research, Built In reports a 15% overall increase in Chicago tech talent. View the complete list of top tech companies on Built In Chicago.

Emily – Product Management Intern

Emily – Product Management Intern

EMILY PRICE

Product Management Intern
Chicago, IL
California University of Pennsylvania

40 bugs, 20 new features, 13 countries, 2 projects, 1 amazing summer internship: Emily shares her experience as a Product Management intern at Groupon (not as an exterminator, despite the bug work)

Tell us about the work you’re doing this summer!

At the beginning of the summer, I had two main projects: conduct a purchase funnel audit for EMEA/APAC and launch Welcome Cards on Mobile Web and Desktop. The audit spanned thirteen different countries and required coordination across multiple international departments. With the help of diligent Groupon employees from each country, over 40 bugs and 20 possible new features were identified. The Welcome Card project has transformed into redesigning the homepage. As the Product Manager for the re-design, I get to work with key stakeholders from different engineering teams, design, and marketing.

What’s your favorite memory from your summer here?

The group cooking class was spectacular! I hand-rolled noodles for about an hour, but who doesn’t love a good workout before filling up on pasta?

Describe your internship experience in 3 words.

Challenging, marvelous, and empowered.

What’s your biggest accomplishment this summer?

Although I will no longer be interning for Groupon when the new homepage design comes into fruition, my requirements and experiment sequence will help lay the foundation and that’s really exciting.

What do your parents think you do?

They’ve been telling people, “She finds bugs.” So now everyone thinks I’m some kind of exterminator.

What’s the most innovative technology you’ve experienced in your lifetime?

Amazon Echo

What’s the best book you’ve ever read?

The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan (please don’t judge me!)

What’s your top place for eats in Chicago?

Au Cheval

What was the most surprising thing about interning at Groupon?

I was treated like a full-time employee from the start!

 

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