LivingSocial

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Free snacks and beer don't replace a decent work environment and career

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Former Employee - Consumer Advocate
Former Employee - Consumer Advocate

I worked at LivingSocial full-time (more than an year)

Pros

-great parties
-always free snacks and drinks
-modern office setting in both Seattle and DC
-fairly open communication
-management would listen to employee suggestions and concerns

Cons

-management would listen to employee suggestions and conerns, but often would not act on these concerns.
-mandatory overtime, often 8+ hours a week
-extremely limited room for advancement. You have to get your manager's approval to apply for a promotion or department change.
-passive aggressive management style. This can be an issue if you want a promotion (see above). Very few progress reports or meetings with management in general (though should have been monthly). When meetings did occur, managers would tell employees about issues that occurred months prior to the meeting.
-majority of management in consumer services were just promoted as they were hired were company was smaller
-unobtainable KPIs

...oh, and almost everyone was laid off. I got out in time, though.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Be transparent. Promote those who deserve it, not those who have "done their due diligence".

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Lets smart developers get things done

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Portland, OR

    I have been working at LivingSocial full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The peers you work with are all great - at least on the software side. It's a rarity, but every programmer here is someone I respect and get along with. The work schedule is extremely flexible, as is location. There's a lot of trust that developers will get things done, and that in turn seems to bring out the best in a great many of them.

    Cons

    It's a daily deals company, which isn't that glamorous of a change the world proposition, but there are definitely efforts being made to build tools to really help small businesses succeed, and not just offer coupon-like deals.

    Sometimes things seem a little disorganized with so many people working on so many different things, so you have to be very proactive in figuring out who can help you solve your problems, but overall I greatly prefer that to someplace that has a rigid org chart and forces you to ask permission before getting even small decisions made.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    It used to be fun

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at LivingSocial full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Most people at the company are really great thinkers and innovators
    - Social aspect was fun (pre-layoffs)
    - Free snack and drinks

    Cons

    - Middle management is terrible and lacks foresight
    - No raises, no promotions
    - People glare at you if you leave before 6pm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Take a real hard look at who you put in charge, sometimes seniority or previous experience does not make a good manager/project leader

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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