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"Intellectual satirical writers gone wild"

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Former Employee - Staff Writer in Chicago, IL
Former Employee - Staff Writer in Chicago, IL
Recommends
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

It's a young company that hires mostly young people in their 20s, so it's really easy to connect with the people around you. There's always something happening in the office almost every day, whether it's making ice cream to playing dodgeball--every day is a surprise. The editorial department has a tendency to operate on a different wavelength than the rest of the company since we're not focused on sales, so it's definitely more of a lax atmosphere. It's also different because it's certainly the smartest department in the company--all of your co-workers attended Top 30 colleges and half of them hold journalism degrees from Columbia. So, it's a funny, fun-loving group with whom you can interact on a more-intellectual level when you're through writing.

There's a Groupon gym that you can use if you want, and there are tons of child-like break-rooms located throughout our offices, so that's always cool. Managing editors are generally nice and respected, and they have a tendency to invite you out to drinks after work or parachuting off buildings (seriously--this company is a surprise). Because of the intellectual environment, there's a lot of opportunity to improve your writing and have your co-workers and bosses help you along the way. Before you get a job offer, writers have to go through Groupon Academy so you learn to write in Groupon's style and tone.

Cons

Honestly, there aren't that many downsides if you're part of the editorial staff. A lot of the stress and pressure is placed on sales. My reason for leaving was morally-motivated in that I wanted to work for a company whose initial mission involved helping local businesses promote growth within their communities. The reality of the matter is this: Groupon has grown too fast and continues to grow fast because it's too focused on attaining (but not retaining) business clients. A majority of the profits made from deals are consumed by the company instead of the local partner with which they're working, and there's no certainty or any sort of plan to help business growth once deals expire.

Advice to Management

Stop focusing on growth and focus more on actually helping local businesses gain footholds in the market--daily deals are pointless if the sandwich shop I just discovered is forced to close its doors because their daily deal hurt more than it did benefit.

Other Employee Reviews for Groupon

  1. Helpful (12)

    "Proud at first but now hate waking up in the morning."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    No dress code is the biggest pro. Good Health Benefits. You are around other young people just getting their careers started.

    Cons

    I was so proud to say that I work here at first. They say you get unlimited time off but that's not even close. The daily deal business has so many competitors now. As a sales person you are going into markets where merchants are so sick of getting calls from Groupon and its competitors. In training, they will sell you on how cool the company is and it is cool but if you are going into sales it is HORRIBLE! Slowly turning into a boiler room atmosphere with live updates on how many calls you have made. No longer can take a consultative approach but rather squeeze every last dollar out of merchants. Truth is, if you go into sales you're stuck there. There are a lot of young people there with no management experience and majored in subjects like philosophy. The divisional sales managers are arrogant and just sit on g chat all day acting like they are so busy but really aren't. They sold Groupon when it was so easy to sell. You're not selling anything, you're begging merchants to work with Groupon. Out of the 800 salespeople you will probably find about 5% who are actually happy to be selling for Groupon.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of useless jobs that you keep installing within the company. Ask the people who are bringing in all the money, the salespeople, how they feel about the current management. If you have unhappy salespeople there is no way to meet your quarterly earnings.


  2. Helpful (8)

    "A LIE. I was told something and experienced something completely different."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    No dress code. Location. Adulation from people that don't know better.

    Cons

    Micro Management. Not treated as an adult. No home work life balance. No vacation policy which has translated into Managers not giving or 'allowing' time to be taken. No upward mobility. Compensation is not comparable for location. Management is il trained with little experience and little professionalism. Management has poor time management which results in the employees scrambling.
    If you come to work here you will be 'sold a bridge' as they say. Do not take the salary cut for the opportunity, IT IS NOT WORTH IT!

    Advice to Management

    Allow employees to do manager reviews.


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