LivingSocial Reviews

Updated April 15, 2015
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LivingSocial President and CEO Gautam Thakar
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Pros
  • Only good thing is that you are able to work from home if you work on the Outside Team (in 56 reviews)

  • Great work life balance and focus on promoting good honest work (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Sales team isn't held accountable, low end of the pay scale, little to no work-life balance (in 17 reviews)

  • Ridiculous competition with inside sales, when we shout "local" in our Branding (in 18 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work.. that comes with an asterix

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at LivingSocial

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

    Pros

    The kitchen is stocked with snacks and beer and the lunch area is a fun lively area. Fantastic benefits. Unlimited PTO. Great people. The employees that work there are fantastic. Young, hard working, friendly workforce.

    Cons

    Ideas within the company move VERY slowly and some are ignored because revenue drives most of the direction. Management is lacking depending on the team you work with. Some teams are given perks that other teams do not get. Hard to continue learning. Company direction is unclear.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Marketing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at LivingSocial

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

    Pros

    Nice people, lot of intelligence and experience, decent office

    Cons

    Different departments seem to undermine each other, salespeople focused (or are forced to focus) on their revenue which causes a lot of distrust from consumers with bad merchants

    Advice to Management

    Empower the right people to have influence over sales

  3. Helpful (1)

    Account Executive

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Torrance, CA
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Torrance, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great young team, Ra Ra attitude, was a fun place to be.

    Cons

    Management kept us in the dark prior to the massive 400 person layoff, we were handed recycled leads that everyone else and their grandmother called.

    Advice to Management

    Be open and honest to your employees and they will reward you with more sales.

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  5. Growing Pains

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Washington, DC

    I worked at LivingSocial full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Smart people, cool environment, ability to move up quickly

    Cons

    Middle management ruining the original culture of innovation

    Advice to Management

    Don't let short-term profits drive long-term strategic decisions

  6. Terrible.

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at LivingSocial

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good culture, but it was a very young environment. There were always happy hours and events that you could participate in, I made a lot of good friends but that's it.

    Cons

    If you want to learn and grow your career, this is not the place to do it. This was like college all over again, random hook ups, hung over mornings and robotic work at a computer.

    Advice to Management

    Even the CEO left...

  7. unappreciated

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at LivingSocial

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great pay out when the numbers hit

    Cons

    management only cares about winning their next trip

    Advice to Management

    provide true support to your team. it is not always about numbers. help build a great team and the numbers follow.

  8. A good place to start a career, but the company lacks a strong sense of strategy and direction

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC

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

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

    Pros

    LivingSocial was a great first job out of college. My coworkers were extremely motivated, smart, and fun people who cared about their jobs and about the company. The culture was too good to be true at first (when I started in 2011.) Looks great on my resume and has absolutely helped me get where I am today professionally.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the free food, booze, and happy hours loses its luster when you realize the compensation is grossly behind industry averages and the people making decisions lack direction and strategy and play favorites to a small group of people. Senior management does not have the experience to manage the teams and products they do. Internal communication is misguided at best. I was "promoted" twice with no change in salary or compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Hopefully things are better now that there's a new CEO. Stay focused on what works so your employees do not feel like they are working on a dead-end company. And get rid of ineffective and bad managers!

  9. Constant change, but a fun place to work

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    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager

    I worked at LivingSocial full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Start up company was fun in the beginning when we were growing leaps and bounds

    Cons

    Because they spent so much money in the beginning growing the company, there was not enough left to sustain the business!

    Advice to Management

    Slow growth would have been much better!

  10. Fun culture but not sustainable

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at LivingSocial

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    food, snacks, very laidback environment. Not much stress.

    Cons

    Horrible management, many potato leaders. Ultimately, this leads to hiring many horrible reps causing the company to let go 25% of staff in November of 2014.

    Advice to Management

    No comment

  11. Helpful (1)

    Fun Atmosphere! Low Pay. Great for your resume.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive, Outside Sales
    Former Employee - Account Executive, Outside Sales

    I worked at LivingSocial

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

    Pros

    I have to say that every job that i have interviewed since leaving livingsocial in 2012 has been very impressed with LivingSocial on my resume. It has helped me find new opportunities! The offices in Washington DC were so much fun. Everyone was positive and contributed to the start-up culture.

    Cons

    Low base salary of $40,000 for outside sales position. Never ending pressure to get more businesses to run deals when the last deals you signed up weren't performing as promised. Some politics with the traffic controllers.

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