Groupon Reviews

Updated September 20, 2014
Updated September 20, 2014
620 Reviews
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620 Reviews
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Pros
  • Young work environment, No dress code, free gatorade (in 47 reviews)

  • Very laid back work environment with young and fun coworkers (in 40 reviews)


Cons
  • Hardly much work life balance and you feel guilty if you're not on-site (in 16 reviews)

  • Lack of direction from upper-management, managers and supervisors are unqualified (in 28 reviews)

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  1.  

    A fun, young company that invites you to succeed based on merit instead of tenure

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Groupon full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Very open and laid back atmosphere, young people can succeed and shine and be trusted, you can move laterally and upwardly quite quickly. I love that the company is about stimulating local commerce. A great underlying mission.

    Cons

    They are a little focused on the 'goal scorers' meaning that the sales reps and their managers get the best compensation and sometimes the people who support in other ways don't get as much recognition. But if you shine and also advocate for yourself tactfully, you will be rewarded. Also, it would be nice if they matched 401Ks and did some tuition reimbursement especially because they value MBA level education for many upper management roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The young people who work at Groupon are of the generation that requires a lot of positive reinforcement. It is AMAZING how far a pat on the back or public recognition will go for an employee. That can make up for inabilities to give as big of raises or bonuses to some extent.

    Recommends
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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hands down, the best place I've worked

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Groupon full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Not one day is the same as the one before. Great group of people; good atmosphere.

    Cons

    You have to understand that there are still a lot of unknowns, and change is inevitable..daily.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the big picture in mind; acknowledge/support the results of a long-term win.. not just the day-to-day.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    The BEST employer in Chicago

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    Current Employee - Account Executive  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Groupon full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The coolest young teammates in the world changing e-commerce for the better. Everyday we inspire consumers to go explore their world. Company is incredibly democratic- you want to work harder for Groupon because of how nice they are to you. We get treated like royalty and they really care about making this the best place to work in Chicago. My fellow Grouponers are the most talented, amazing, creative people outside of Apple. Compensation structure in sales just got simplified, and WOW! Our earning potential is impressive. Also as compared in past sales jobs, at Groupon you have support throughout the process from a variety of teams so you can focus on delivering the best value to the consumer. The projects that Groupon is working on to evolve the company is revolutionary and it keeps getting better everyday. We might be getting bigger, but we still feel like it's a tech startup on the verge of a new revolution. Come join and be a part of the magic! (and the unlimited vacation time or happy hours doesn't hurt either!)

    Cons

    Compensation and commission structure was confusing at first but they keep working on it to make it easier to understand.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    KEEP IT UP! We love Groupon because YOU love us. Let's keep making this the coolest place in Chicago. (and that 100k Christmas bonus would be cool, too)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Business of the Future

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Groupon full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Young, fast-paced, and always changing. Things are always growing and getting better. As this company works out its kinks, things are just going to run more smoothly. It's great to work at place where everyone seems to love their job.

    Cons

    Adaptability is not optional. Pace can be grueling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up. Keep focusing on making your staff happy and streamlining our product. We'll all work harder as a result.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Probably the coolest company in the world

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    Current Employee - Account Executive  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Groupon

    Pros

    If you perform well and exceed goals you can get promoted in a matter of months and make Very good commission. 100k+. Great environment for a young person to work who is motivated and hungry for success. Unlimited Vacation Time. As long as you perform well, you will love working at Groupon

    Cons

    Unorganized. Goals and Commission program are constantly changing. Every thing is changing and it feels more like a start up than a multi-billion dollar global company. Best way to describe Groupon is a 'Monster that can not be tamed' completely out of control due to it being th fastest growing company ever. Growing Pains.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees. Keep them happy so they perform better. Use Incentives to drive success Give Carrots not Sticks to employees.

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  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Unique, UpBeat and it may sometimes feel like a new job every 30 days.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Groupon

    Pros

    The ability to express yourself and your ideas without worries about it being "work appropriate".

    Cons

    Promotions sometimes seem to be related to "whom you know" and not necessarily the best candidate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have alot of young employees. Try to build a careerpath so we can all stay at groupon as a carrer.

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  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Growing and becoming stronger

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Groupon

    Pros

    -fun and open atmosphere
    -surrounded by intelligent people who can help you grow
    -fast paced
    -ability to try new things even if they might fail

    Cons

    -things are fast paced so be prepared for that pace
    -be ready to jump right in from day one

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure that everyone knows what they should be doing in their role. Keep up the good work with continuing to grow the company in the right direction.

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  9.  

    Exciting, challenging and rewarding

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Groupon

    Pros

    smart teams
    supporting leadership
    challenging problems
    startup atmosphere with lot of activity

    Cons

    - some less perks compared to other big players eg google/facebook (shuttle service, free lunch etc)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    dont worry about the market sentiment and keep executing, we know the company direction and its going to be huge.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Groupon

    Pros

    Awesome place to work as a developer. Engineering is still very small - they have some of the best people around. Work hours are still sane - not bad compare to other startups. A lot of exciting things to be built and a great opportunity to learn and grow

    Cons

    The press seems to be very anti-groupon nowadays, which is unbelievable. Groupon still has a lot of potential which people fail to understand - I am sure Groupon will go a long way

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work, but manage external relations better. The company has a lot of potential in terms of engineering - need to grow it as an engineering company, rather than as a sales company

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  11.  

    Great company, great place to work

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    Current Employee - Account Executive  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Groupon

    Pros

    Flexibility. Schedule. Good incentives. Always changing.

    Cons

    Everyone is too cool to work with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up.

    Recommends
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