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Groupon Reviews in Palo Alto, CA

Updated November 28, 2014
Updated November 28, 2014
693 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible schedule and no dress code- not just the title of it, people really don't care (in 62 reviews)

  • Work from home, the compensation use to be great, but that's been gone for some time (in 23 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management constantly changes requirements in order to keep your job (in 36 reviews)

  • Hardly much work life balance and you feel guilty if you're not on-site (in 15 reviews)

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  1.  

    Dynamic company with lots of moving parts

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    • 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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Needs more vision to inspire the troops to win

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Challenging work, fun company to work for

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    • 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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Love the work culture

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    • 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 an year)

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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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 an year)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Team

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Groupon as an intern (less than an 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  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)

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Better scope of questions for Front-end Candidates.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    amazing oppurtunity

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Inspiring, exciting and overwhelming

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    • 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 an year)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 an year)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to learn and grow.

    Cons

    Senior management decisions are changing frequently and lack of focus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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