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Former Intern - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
Former Intern - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

I worked at Groupon as an intern (less than a year)

Pros

Pretty good work-life balance. Team was strong. Free food and other perks like company and team outings

Cons

Sometimes training and mentorship seems somewhat limited. Does not have a ton of perks like one of the big four companies.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful

    Great for kids. Frustrating for grownups.

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

    I worked at Groupon full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone you meet, from customer-service rep to recruiter to sales team member to creative, is going to be great. Funny, warm, cool--a potential friend or creative collaborator in an extracurricular project. The offices are decent, and the cafeteria/catering is very good. People do care about language here, and that good writing still means something at a huge e-commerce company is a wonderful thing.

    Cons

    Senior management is experienced and knowledgeable. Middle management--which was almost nonexistent when I worked there, and was a chaotic role at best--is generally very young people freshly promoted from the sheep pen. Promotions and selections for the plum assignments were usually popularity-based and overwhelmingly favored young improv-comedian-type men. During my tenure, I saw numerous extraordinarily talented writers leave because they were simply exhausted by the quota system and by the accurate impression that no one cared what they thought about the work they were doing. At the time, the strictures for the "Groupon Voice" were far more limiting, and I hear there's more room for creative expression and individuality now. That is very good news.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Solicit more feedback from junior employees--and implement their best ideas, from organizational structure to benefits to daily quotas. Reward and acknowledge more people than just the popular superstars. Hire middle managers who've actually managed before and are as willing to learn on the job and be mentored as their junior staffers. Give real bonuses to creatives who've earned them. Encourage more social integration and friendly collaboration/communication among unnecessarily divided departments.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  2. 2 people found this helpful

    Too big, too fast

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    Former Employee - Human Resources in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Groupon full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    fun environment, interesting product, great technology, innovaite ... if you got in the ground level you are set.

    Cons

    the only thing constant is the change. Expect managers to come and go by the week, goals and quotas to change month ... if you are in sales, the commission payout will fluctutate month by month depending on what targets they want you to be hitting. long hours. Management is always wanting more, more, more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enjoy it while you are here. You're likely in your spot because you got in early and they mixed senority in the company for experience and knowledge.

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