Groupon Reviews

Updated July 12, 2015
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Groupon CEO Eric Lefkofsky
Eric Lefkofsky
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Pros
  • Young work environment, No dress code, free gatorade (in 62 reviews)

  • I enjoy that I can work from home (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • All of the managers were promoted internally based off nothing more than drinking the coolaid or hooking up with upper management (in 36 reviews)

  • There is no such thing as work life balance (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Great team, not the right fit for me

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

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

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers, nice perks and compensation, most people on the team have great work/life balance

    Cons

    Feels a little corporate, not a big fan of the current product direction. There seemed to be a lot of situations when I was at Groupon where top level management too involved in some of the minutia of design decisions. I got the sense also that it was a place where execs advising the CEO took his whims to be directives and certain projects switched directions based off of that, which should be prevented.

    Advice to Management

    While there were a lot of members on the team I enjoyed, my direct manager seemed to be very disinterested/unmotivated and the attitude on my team was not the best, which permeated my time there and made it really hard to be motivated and receive guidance. Make sure team morale is strong and managers are interested in training interns before deciding to hire them.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Engineering at Palo Alto

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Groupon (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good in hand salary. Lot of freedom to explore and experiment. One can grow fast and get quick promotions.

    Cons

    Does not offer good stock options. Not a great place for guided learning. People are not optimistic about business model.

    Advice to Management

    Hire senior people with experience and perspective on Groupon.


  3. Good experience

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

    I have been working at Groupon

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

    Pros

    Has an open work culture

    Cons

    Have experienced really dynamic goals at team level


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  5. Project Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Palo Alto, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and comfortable office to work at. Flexible hours and intelligent co-workers.

    Cons

    Sometimes there is a disconnect with teams. Need to clarify your project and work effectively with the right co-workers


  6. Helpful (1)

    Full of chaos and politics

    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Unlimited PTO makes you get more vacations if your manager is nice Get hands dirty early and can try many state-of-the-art technologies Most of the colleagues are nice

    Cons

    Absolutely disorganized. Priority keep changing because the management needs to shift focus. (Short-term) Profit is the only concern and it leads to many chaos and politics Some managers tend to micromanage and disrespect people (As a result) Turnover rate is very high

    Advice to Management

    Set long-term goals and stay focused.


  7. Dynamic company with lots of moving parts

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  8. Challenging work, fun company to work for

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


  9. Love the work culture

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. Love it here

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


  11. Helpful (1)

    Good Team

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



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