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Intellectual satirical writers gone wild

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Former Employee - Staff Writer in Chicago, IL
Former Employee - Staff Writer in Chicago, IL

I worked at Groupon

Recommends
Disapproves of CEO
Recommends
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

It'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.

Cons

Honestly, 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 Management

Stop 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.

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  1. Helpful (8)

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

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

    I have been working at Groupon

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    No dress code. Location. Adulation from people that don't know better.

    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 to be taken. No upward mobility. Compensation is not comparable for location. Management is il trained with little experience and little professionalism. Management has poor time management which results in the employees scrambling.
    If you come to work here you will be 'sold a bridge' as they say. Do not take the salary cut for the opportunity, IT IS NOT WORTH IT!

    Advice to Management

    Allow employees to do manager reviews.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Whoa! Huh? Ok. Embrace it.

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

    I have been working at Groupon

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people. Great product. Autonomy and ownership over your position. Everyone has a voice. Strong leadership with the ability to execute. Fast-track growth opportunities. Ongoing training and development. Quirky and casual environment with an anti-corporate flavor.

    Cons

    Pace is comparable to a Kenyan sprint.

    Advice to Management

    Slow it down boys. Might have to reread the Tortoise and the Hare.

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