LivingSocial

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Had great potential, now stagnating

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Sales Specialist in Washington, DC
Former Employee - Sales Specialist in Washington, DC

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

Pros

Great people and colleagues, very young group and you will definitely find people to hang out with and go out with. "Startup" environment in terms of snacks and some fun extracurricular events, though these have tapered off since LivingSocial began.

Cons

Managers have traditionally not been helpful and are more interested in their own success than yours. Frequent change in compensation plans lead to low morale and lots of frustration.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Find qualified middle managers who know what they're doing and have more transparency through the company.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Loved my time there, fearful of the future

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at LivingSocial

    Pros

    - Great co-workers. Some of the best people I ever worked with.
    - Office HQ was really one of a kind, for the east coast at least.
    - A business model you could truly get behind, and feel easy when pitching to interviewees.
    - Want to try something? Go ahead. Ok to fail, just figure it out fast, so you get to invent.
    - Really good IT support team. Cant state how critical this was some days.
    - They really have gotten better when they need to cut staff. Not an easy thing to do, and they have better planning around it than 2 years ago.

    Cons

    - No idea where they are headed. It's OK to be #2 if you can make $$
    - Held onto the "anti-Groupon" mentality way too long.
    - Way too focused on bottom line, and profitability month to month and week to week. It's a distraction
    - Lots of cronyism. Definitely some people who don't belong in their roles, but have been there since the "old days".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Might be time to sell, and be honest with longer tenured employees who think they will be getting a payout if/when the company is sold. Most are not in a position to get any big chunk.

    Pick a direction and go at it relentlessly. Constant pivoting is a fact of life, but not a solid business strategy.

    Get Execs some very senior help, they need it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior leadership (or lack of) is the blame for LS demise

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Consultant
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Consultant

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

    Pros

    Great money if you did well, lots of talented sales people, great benefits

    Cons

    Senior leaders are terrible, no communication from the top down, senior level people have no clue what is really going on, terrible sales managers (except for a select few)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to your surroundings. This company had potential but management and senior leaders were so unaware of what was going on from day to day. There was constant miscommunication and sales managers have really no control over their teams and are basically there to report numbers. It's sad to see the company collapsing because there are a lot of talented sales people and employees who will be the ones most affected by LS downfall.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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