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Intellectual satirical writers gone wild

Staff Writer (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

ProsIt's a young company that hires mostly young people in their 20s, so it's really easy to connect with the people around you. There's always something happening in the office almost every day, whether it's making ice cream to playing dodgeball--every day is a surprise. The editorial department has a tendency to operate on a different wavelength than the rest of the company since we're not focused on sales, so it's definitely more of a lax atmosphere. It's also different because it's certainly the smartest department in the company--all of your co-workers attended Top 30 colleges and half of them hold journalism degrees from Columbia. So, it's a funny, fun-loving group with whom you can interact on a more-intellectual level when you're through writing.

There's a Groupon gym that you can use if you want, and there are tons of child-like break-rooms located throughout our offices, so that's always cool. Managing editors are generally nice and respected, and they have a tendency to invite you out to drinks after work or parachuting off buildings (seriously--this company is a surprise). Because of the intellectual environment, there's a lot of opportunity to improve your writing and have your co-workers and bosses help you along the way. Before you get a job offer, writers have to go through Groupon Academy so you learn to write in Groupon's style and tone.

ConsHonestly, there aren't that many downsides if you're part of the editorial staff. A lot of the stress and pressure is placed on sales. My reason for leaving was morally-motivated in that I wanted to work for a company whose initial mission involved helping local businesses promote growth within their communities. The reality of the matter is this: Groupon has grown too fast and continues to grow fast because it's too focused on attaining (but not retaining) business clients. A majority of the profits made from deals are consumed by the company instead of the local partner with which they're working, and there's no certainty or any sort of plan to help business growth once deals expire.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop focusing on growth and focus more on actually helping local businesses gain footholds in the market--daily deals are pointless if the sandwich shop I just discovered is forced to close its doors because their daily deal hurt more than it did benefit.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A LIE. I was told something and experienced something completely different.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Groupon


    Pros: No dress code. Location. Adulation from people that don't know… Cons: Micro Management. Not treated as an adult. No home work life balance. No vacation policy which has translated into Managers not giving or 'allowing' time… Advice to Senior Management: Allow employees to do manager reviews. No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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    Whoa! Huh? Ok. Embrace it.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Groupon


    Pros: Great people. Great product. Autonomy and ownership over your position. Everyone has a voice. Strong leadership with the… Cons: Pace is comparable to a Kenyan sprint. Advice to Senior Management: Slow it down boys. Might have to reread the Tortoise… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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