Emily McLaughlin – Business Development Representative

Emily McLaughlin – Business Development Representative


Business Development Representative
Phoenix, AZ
Joined: 2017

Ever enjoyed an Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl Groupon? You have Emily, Business Development Rep in Phoenix and pug aficionado, to thank.

What’s your favorite Groupon memory?

My favorite Groupon memory was watching Dave the manager throw 12 hard boiled eggs in the air and basically gulp them whole (he did some chewing).

Tell us about your job! What do you love about what you do?

I have the cool job of talking to merchants and chatting with them about how great Groupon is. I love being able to create rapport with business owners and help make their businesses even more successful than they already are.

Who or what inspires you?

My dad is my inspiration, seems cliche, but he is the most determined and hardworking man I have ever met. He did sales for over 25 years and has been a great asset in teaching me how to succeed even more at Groupon.

Sales roles exist at other companies, so why Groupon? What keeps you excited to come to work every day?

One of the cool things about Groupon is that it is an ever-changing company who makes work fun but also puts emphasis on working hard and doing the best that you possibly can. Groupon is a one of a kind product and it’s really funny when I tell people that I work here and they freak out and immediately ask me if I get an even better deal off the already great sell price.

Tell us something about you that might surprise us.

I want a black pug and I want to name him Steve.

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

I think being able to work with local businesses and be able to highlight them in the way that they want to be perceived by subscribers is an awesome way to build local commerce and become a daily habit for all.

What’s your biggest accomplishment?

I was able to work with Ugly Sweater Bar Crawls and close locations all over the country. It was cool because it was an account that had been touched a couple times but nothing ever went through with the Decision Maker. I was able to chat with him and get there name and bar crawl more exposure. I also absolutely love Christmas and wearing ugly sweaters. One of the other cool things about this deal was that there was a location taking place by the Phoenix office, so some of my co-workers and I went and had a great time!

What do your parents think you do?

“You sell Groupons, which I love.” – Mom.

What’s your favorite view from the office?

You’re involved with both the Employee Volunteer Program and Groupon for Veterans. Why do you participate? 

I have always loved volunteering. I think its so important to give back to the community that you grew up in or the one you are surrounded by. Its a great perspective about helping others that I think we forget about sometimes and need to be reminded of.

What’d you do before Groupon and how did you get here?

I just graduated from college! Woohoo! I grew up in the Scottsdale area, decided to leave for school in Iowa, and then realized that it’s way too cold up there and that I should move back. I was a referral from an employee at Groupon and decided to make this my work home!

What keeps you busy outside of work?

I love to spend time with friends and family, explore, travel, eat, and take naps. Naps are my favorite.

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

I think if I could have any job I would want to be the Queen of England just to see what it’s like to be royalty.


G4Vets Resume Workshop

G4Vets Resume Workshop

Groupon for Veterans

Groupon for Veterans is hosting a casual resume workshop for veterans on Thursday, September 14th from 4-6 pm at our Chicago office. This event will focus on resume building in which veterans outside of these green walls will be able to have face time with a Groupon manager or recruiter.

Veteran attendees will get to work with a Groupon volunteer on their current resumes by going over what companies are looking for in potential job candidates. Additionally, veterans will get insight into how to update the language of current experience gained in the military into keywords and phrases that hiring managers are looking for in a corporate environment that will hopefully aide in greater hits on resumes.

Come hungry and ready to network! Food and drinks will be provided. RSVP required to ensure attendees get the proper building access.


Scottsdale Volunteers with Habitat for Humanity

Scottsdale Volunteers with Habitat for Humanity

In late February, members of our Groupon Phoenix office had the amazing opportunity to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity of Central Arizona. Jessy Gheen, one of our Phoenix Account Executives, shares the experience of helping a family build their home.

Jamel Jibba was born in Ethiopia and moved to Phoenix, Arizona with his family a few years ago. Currently, Jamel, his wife, two children and mother-in-law all share a two-bedroom apartment. Jamel works two jobs to make ends meet and has looked forward to the day when the family can have a larger home and yard for the children to play soccer. Habitat for Humanity helps families who aren’t able to purchase adequate housing on their own in partnership with volunteers and organizations. The future home owners in return must contribute 200-400 hours of sweat equity toward the building or renovating of the home.

With a total of 19 Groupon volunteers including friends, family, and even new hires who hadn’t officially started yet, we were able to put in 5.5 hours of hard work and sweat. We were in luck to be there on “crane day” to put up the trusses, and also were put in charge of measuring and cutting wood, nailing everything in, putting up the sides, leveling out the yard, and other things I was surprised they trusted us with doing. It was an amazing opportunity for our group and so rewarding to help this family make a better life for their children.

The Groupon Phoenix team has already participated in more than 8 group volunteer events in our first year and were honored to be recognized with 61% participation in 2015, 2nd of any Groupon office in the world. It’s a great way to get to know your colleagues and helping those in our community who need it most. We already have 10 planned activities for 2016 and we’re getting more great ideas from our new hires as well.

“There are so many great things about the culture at Groupon, but sharing in volunteer experiences with my coworkers has to be the best. Working with Habitat for Humanity this last weekend showed how much everyone can accomplish when we come together and each pitch in some labor. I was very impressed with the handy skills that many of my fellow sales reps have (myself not included) and overall enjoyed the quality time spent doing something important. The best part was meeting the future homeowner, Jamal, and seeing the pride he had in building his home with such a great organization. I look forward to many more Groupon volunteer events! A special thanks to Jessy for always giving us these great opportunities!” – Sarah H.

“I am new to area so when I got the email I thought it would be a fun experience and I never did habitat before.  It felt great to be able to help a family and learn something new but I also realized I should stick to an office job and im not very handy haha.  But it was definitely fun.” –Kalli C.

“Volunteering this past weekend for Habitat for Humanity was a great experience. Working hand in hand with the family that was going to be living in this house was really amazing. Seeing the family extremely excited and proud of the hard work they had already put into the home so far was the best part. The amount of hours dedicated by not only the family, but countless volunteers that were put into building this home for a family in need was incredible and I was happy to be apart of it. It was great to bond with my co-workers at Groupon in an environment other than the office and helping out a family that was in need was a great feeling we all shared.  I was really happy to be a part of it and can’t wait for the next event.”- Rob A.


Self-Proclaimed Data Lover & Engineer

Self-Proclaimed Data Lover & Engineer

The #GrouponU Blog is back for 2015! We’ll regularly feature a Groupon intern or recent college grad telling you about their experience tackling challenging problems and getting to know our teams. Today’s post features Sally, a data-centric Engineering intern from UIUC who has been working on the Fraud Prevention team in Palo Alto.

Who are you?

I’m Sally Zhang and I’m a rising 2nd year CS Masters student specialized in Information Retrieval and Text Mining at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). I also received my BS degree in Statistics & Computer Science from UIUC in May 2014. I’m a data lover as well as a data-oriented engineer.

How did you get the internship at Groupon?

It was my first time presenting at Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) last year in Phoenix, and I was contacted by #GrouponU recruiters a month before the conference. First, I had a phone screen with a Technical Recruiter, followed by a technical phone interview with a Data Scientist in Chicago. I passed both. 🙂

Next, at Grace Hopper, I talked with several Grouponers about projects, teams, and life at Groupon. Props to Groupon for being a GHC Gold Sponsor and sending so many wonderful Grouponers in green jackets to the conference to support Women in Technology! After I flew back to campus, I finished a couple more technical phone interviews with Groupon. Although it was a thorough interview process that tested my coding, design pattern, project management, leadership and communication skills, I didn’t feel frustrated or tired at all! Everyone I spoke with was really friendly, helpful, and made me feel at ease. Three days later my offer from Groupon arrived, which made my day!

What do you do at Groupon? 

I’m a Software Engineering intern on the Fraud Prevention team in Palo Alto. My team and I strive to become “Fraud Busters.”

What happened in your first week?

Two days before my internship started, my manager called me asking if I’d like to join the team on a business trip to Chicago. I of course said, “YES!” So, on my first day, I received my work equipment, had onboarding and orientation, then booked my fight to Chicago. At Groupon headquarters, I spent the rest of my first week meeting with the Fraud Operations team! It was a great adventure because I learned more about Groupon’s architecture and teams, observed the team’s manual review processes, met more Grouponers, and had a lot of fun. I love my team; they’re always welcoming and patient when answering any questions I have. After successfully setting up the development environment, I was ready to start pushing code in the following week.

[At Lean{in}tern Summer Kickoff event with Groupon girls (Amanda, Bria, Kavya)]

What are you working on?

This summer, I worked on two data engineering projects. The first project touched the backend data infrastructure of the anti-fraud platform where I not only learned a lot about how fraud detection systems work at Groupon, but I also learned to work with Ruby on Rails for the first time. I was so excited to see that my code had been pushed to the production codebase and set a foundation being built upon by other members of my team. The second project was on the fraud data analysis side where I evaluated two models for classifying Groupon Local purchases as fraud/non-fraud. I used various kinds of ETL frameworks, tools and languages including Splunk, Hadoop, Teradata, Accertify, Python/Bash/SQL, etc. Besides my main projects, I also worked on a GeekOn project with several interns and full-time employees. Our project was one of the local finalists!

[Women@Groupon Volunteer Day at Sunnyvale Full Circle Farm]

What have you done outside of work?

Groupon had a lot of cool events for us interns this summer! We went to a Giants game at AT&T Park in San Francisco, visited California’s Great America Theme Park in Santa Clara, volunteered at Full Circle Farm in Sunnyvale, went to ComedySportz in San Jose, etc. Aside from those events, I also hung out with other interns and participated in a lot of events for Bay Area interns, especially those supporting Women in Engineering.

In June, I went to the huge 2015 INTERNAPALOOZA event in SF and spent two days hacking at Summer Hack Day 2015 at Dropbox HQ, which was the first hackathon for women interns in the Bay Area. In July, I attended Lean{in}tern Summer Kickoff at LinkedIn HQ with three other interns to represent Groupon and show Groupon’s efforts in increasing workplace diversity. I also took part in Taking Flight: An Evening for Women in Engineering at Airbnb HQ where we listened to a really inspiring panel that highlighted the career paths of multiple women who had taken different routes in their technical careers. I had a really productive, inspirational and fun summer!