Groupon Reviews

Updated November 28, 2014
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  1. Challenging work, fun company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Groupon full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Having fun is one of the company core values, very smart people who are great to work with, open to me working remotely, unlimited PTO, free food, great perks.

    Cons

    Scattershot strategy - different business units sometimes pull in different directions, putting strain on the groups (like mine) that serve all of them. As groups have grown from start-up mode, they still retain the lightweight business processes that work for small teams. However, in some cases, more structure is needed when teams get larger.

    Advice to Management

    Slow down on acquisitions, double down on unifying our platform globally.

  2. Dynamic company with lots of moving parts

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Groupon full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good working environment, training budget, meals, good benefits & career progression. Relaxed dress code. People are quite helpful.

    Cons

    Managers seem to be under alot of pressure, leading to bad requirements, lots of back & forth and bug reports. Lack of focus on tooling leading to slower iterative cycles.

    Advice to Management

    Needs more vision to inspire the troops to win

  3. Love the work culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Groupon full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Groupon, I can at least talk about Palo Alto campus, is a great place to work. I really like my coworkers, the culture, having free snacks and lunch.

    Cons

    One thing that bothers me is the time off policy. There is no predefined PTO. You may technically take any time off as long as your manager's approve. Though, at the end of the people end up taking less time off.

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  5. Love it here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Groupon full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    the people and the culture are what make Groupon awesome. Perks are nice like free lunch, unlimited time off, and $$ to use as you wish for personal development (conferences, classes, etc.). The personal growth opportunities and challenges are extensive since there's still a lot to figure out and put in place with being such a young company

    Cons

    fairly unstructured and you have to be ok with that. Things change constantly.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Good Team

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  7. Fun place to build a career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Groupon full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Lots of very interesting problems to solve
    - Fairly flat
    - Smart and interesting people

    Cons

    - Can be chaotic at times
    - Morphing from start-up to big company

  8. Wrong Questions

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Groupon was a great company to work for, would recommend to anyone looking for a job.

    Cons

    If you're a frontend candidate, you'll want to brush up on CS stuff, because they don't know how to interview a UI candidate very well.

    Advice to Management

    Better scope of questions for Front-end Candidates.

  9. amazing oppurtunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people, the environment, the work experience, the real projects

    Cons

    They don't follow up as promised with offer intention letter

  10. Helpful (1)

    Inspiring, exciting and overwhelming

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Designer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Product Designer in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Groupon full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People are open to new ideas and encourage creativity and innovation. People are super nice and everyone is a team player. Feedback is always consistent and constructive. Things are moving fast and always changing.

    Cons

    We sometimes try to tackle too many products, I wish we would focus on making a few key products the best.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Satisfactory

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Groupon full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to learn and grow.

    Cons

    Senior management decisions are changing frequently and lack of focus.

    Advice to Management

    I think now they have a long term focus defined. Let's see how long they gonna stick with that.

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