Groupon Reviews

Updated September 13, 2014
Updated September 13, 2014
613 Reviews
2.9
613 Reviews
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Groupon CEO Eric Lefkofsky
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Young work environment, No dress code, free gatorade (in 47 reviews)

  • Very laid back work environment with young and fun coworkers (in 40 reviews)


Cons
  • Hardly much work life balance and you feel guilty if you're not on-site (in 16 reviews)

  • Lack of direction from upper-management, managers and supervisors are unqualified (in 28 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Its a Boiler Room

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    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director

    I worked at Groupon full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    So long as you maintaing sales or the appearance of getting sales, you're good. Snarfs makes good sandwiches.

    Cons

    Senior managment is psychotic and doesnt care of the huge collateral damage that happens internally or to the business you're selling to. I felt like I was selling crack. Most employees are just out of school but act, smell, and talk like the office is their dorm on a Friday night. Most of my team was hungover or still drunk on Mondays

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop marginalizing valuable employees and see what your company could be.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Senior Account Executive

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Groupon for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Fun culture. Incentives.Base Salary. Work from home.

    Cons

    Goals are getting close to impossible to hit. Management is so confused on the direction of company. Ideas and rules change every week. Impossible to keep up. Businesses are beginning to HATE Groupon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of the people on the front line and stop changing company direction EVERY WEEK!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Experience at Groupon is phenomenal if you can put up with long hours and political turmoil between teams.

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    Current Employee - Data Warehouse Engineer  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Data Warehouse Engineer in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    - Working with bleeding edge/new and emerging technologies.
    - Working alongside some of the industries best talent.
    - Very flexible work from home policy.

    Cons

    - Very long work ours.
    - Not much process and standards around code development/deployment and project initiation and execution.
    - No mentoring and support around career growth and development. Your pretty much on your own to map out your career. You end up doing a lot of side projects on your own to get the experience you desire.
    - No continuous education opportunities unless you confront management and explain to them you want training in some new technology other than just learning it on your own.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more managers with MBA's to lead teams.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    5 years in sales, sales management, and senior management

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    Current Employee - Sales Leader  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Leader in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Groupon full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I came to Groupon for the product, which was revolutionary and world class in 2009 and is 10x better today. However, I stayed for the people. Groupon is filled with the best people on earth, the ones that, working with them, gets you out of bed in the morning. I have never cared more for my colleagues at another position or thought that others cared for me like they do at Groupon.

    Cons

    Nothing good is easy. Working at Groupon can be tough. You have to be able to handle change, stay positive no matter what, and constantly lean on your support staff. However, if you do those things you will win.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your people, tell them your biggest challenges, and allow them to help solve the big problems. We trust you, so trust us.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great people and atmosphere, 'work hard, play hard' might be taken too far.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineering  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Software Engineering in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Groupon full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -Collaborative atmosphere, friendly people who generally enjoy their work
    -Small teams that have flexibility in what they do
    -People care about good code and software
    -Really good pay
    -Flexible hours (unlimited vacations)
    -Food catered to work every day
    -Opportunities to work in many areas of engineering

    Cons

    -'Work hard, play hard' attitude is sometimes taken too far, really never much pressure to do anything
    -If you are a competitive person who wants to move up, you might get frustrated with how things go here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward those who stick their necks out a bit more

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great company with a lot of mobility

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Has great upward mobility, work life balance, unlimited vacation and more!

    Cons

    Pay for certain position might not be as high.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great co-workers but frustrating.

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    Former Employee - Account Executive  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Groupon full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You're working with awesome people. It's a lot of fun going into work each day seeing your friends, having lunch with them, and then having a drink afterwards. Great people work there!

    Cons

    Senior Management is out of touch with how difficult it is to get businesses to run a Groupon. It's not as easy as it was when Groupon was new to the promotions scene.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For Sales Managers, pick up the phone and try to close some business yourself.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place with great people

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    Current Employee - Inbound Sales Representative  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Inbound Sales Representative in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    the company culture is incredible. You walk into work wanting to be there and wanting to get on the phones. The team leads are great-- they push you in a way that makes you want to be a better sales person and get the experience you need to have when you move forward with the company.

    Cons

    Salary is a little low, but commission checks will come as long as you're willing to work hard. This job is not for those who are lazy or who do not have thick skin

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Groupon

    Pros

    You learn alot in a short amount of time

    Cons

    over worked
    management is young and inexperienced

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good starter job to get experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Groupon full-time

    Pros

    No dress code, unlimited time off, free drinks, co-workers are all pretty cool.

    Cons

    Management is more focused on metrics rather than results. Expect you to stay late, work weekends, etc. Upper management constantly changes requirements in order to keep your job. Revolving door for sales employees.

    Doesn't Recommend

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