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Lauren M. - Senior Corporate Recruiter

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Title: Senior Corporate Recruiter
Location: Remote (Georgia)
Joined: 2016
Preferred pronouns: She/Her/Hers

You can find Lauren recruiting the future of Groupon’s top talent. Or, you can find her wrangling her toddler and learning how to balance life with littles.

Tell us about your career path at Groupon.

I started at Groupon as a Senior Sales Campus Recruiter on the University Relations team – building out a new arm of the campus program hiring sales talent from colleges and universities. After 2 years in this role and 4+ years in campus recruiting before Groupon, I was ready for a new challenge. I love that Groupon has a strong culture around internal mobility and that transitioning to the corporate recruiting team was even a possibility. My manager was super supportive of what was best for me personally and professionally! I am now a Senior Corporate Recruiter and hire for sales as well as for other non-tech teams and roles at all levels. I’ve had the opportunity to learn new positions, gain exposure to new teams, and grow my recruiting skill set.

In Summer 2019, Groupon allowed me to go fully remote (pre-COVID!) and continue to do my job from Atlanta, GA. I feel super fortunate (AGAIN) that my manager was so supportive of this life change before my husband and I welcomed our daughter, Marley, so we could be closer to family and friends in the South. Leadership here trusts and empowers their people to get the job done, no matter where they are! 

Fast forward through COVID, I did a stint away from Groupon and learned the grass is NOT always greener on the other side. When an opportunity opened up to come back to my same manager and prior teammates at Groupon, I jumped on it and have been back for over a year!

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

I hire the people that enable Groupon to be able to do what we do best! Whether it’s a Paid Marketing Strategy and Operations Specialist who focuses on attracting local merchants to run deals on Groupon through marketing campaigns or an Integration Partner Manager who works with outside partners like MindBody to help make Groupon more bookable and enhance the customer experience, the roles we work on all make an impact on the Groupon mission!

What has been your proudest moment so far at Groupon?

Being a part of the Global Internal Talent Mobility project and seeing the successful international rollout. I learned so much working together with HR partners and stakeholders all over the world, and it’s been fulfilling seeing it in action helping employees grow at Groupon over the past few years!

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. to businesses within one vertical, such as Health, Beauty, & Wellness, Things to Do, or Food & Drink. 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?

Fully prepare for the ‘gimme’ interview questions! For example, “Tell me about yourself”, “Why are you interested in this specific opportunity”, “Why this company”, and “Why are you looking for a new opportunity”

What’s your favorite Groupon memory?

I love that Groupon has a personality and always keeps you on your toes. For example, the day before Halloween in 2018 someone hired eerie professionals to greet people as they came into the office. It was very unexpected and entertaining. People work very hard at Groupon, but also don’t take things too seriously, which makes it fun to come to work every day. This hasn’t changed since going remote! 

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.

One trait all Groupon team members share...

Flexibility! We’re a very fast-paced company with lots of change – always working to make Groupon better. It’s exciting and keeps you on your toes.

What are your favorite local businesses?

I love Cupanions in Buckhead or Fellows Cafe in Roswell for breakfast or brunch. Muchacho for tacos in Reynoldstown - breakfast, lunch, dinner, or late night. Vas Kouzina for delicious greek dinner in Roswell. The Chastain or Le Bilboquet in Buckhead for dinner. The Optimist for yummy seafood and cocktails. Five Daughters Bakery for 100-layer donuts at Ponce City Market. I could go on about the ATL food scene, but it’s making me too hungry!

Give us a glimpse of your workspace.

Our growing family has crowded me out of my spacious home office, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! This is where the hiring magic happens!

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 kid's clothing and toy boutique in my suburb of Atlanta, Dunwoody.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I am REALLY passionate about my alma mater, The University of Georgia, and very proud to be 2022 COLLEGE FOOTBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONS.

Rapid Fire Questions

Work from home or work from the office?

WFH 4 life!

Last Groupon you purchased?

Admission to Get Air, an indoor trampoline park in Johns Creek, on a rainy weekend, to let my toddler expend some of her endless energy

Favorite Groupon you purchased?

Kayak rental in St. Petersburg, FL.

Favorite city you have visited?

Hvar, Croatia.

Eat in or dine out?

Dine out. I avoid doing dishes at all costs.

It’s brunch! What do you eat?

Savory AND sweet. I can never decide so I get something with eggs and usually blueberry pancakes or french toast to “share.”

What do you do to relax?

Manicure and pedicure at Varnish Lane and a blowout at DreamDry. Mama needs self care and solo time to recharge!

What are 3 words to describe Groupon?

Fun, flexible, and fast-paced.

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