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"Typical work hard,play hard start-up mentality"

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Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

Fun environment, flexible management, working with young people

Cons

don't pay overtime to sales team but expect them to work crazy hours, unorganized management, things constantly changing

Other Employee Reviews for Groupon

  1. Helpful (8)

    "Full of talented, hard working people who don't know if there is a future at the company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are many decent, hard-working, good people who work there, and they do allow a lot of flexibility in hours. There's a very shiny, outer image that the company projects that does make it look good on a resume.

    Cons

    The main problem with Groupon is they fell into a classic business mistake of putting all their effort on growth, and nothing on infrastructure to promote that growth or the retaining of personnel to continue that growth. As a result, whether you are employed in sales, or are a details writer, or even in customer service, you find your work process constantly changing in a seemingly desperate attempt to keep up with demand or patch holes that were never foreseen. This makes the day-to-day much more stressful than it should be for the average employee.

    Further, Groupon has not been very good at improving morale or working to keep the people they have. As you might infer from the submitted employee salaries, pay for comparable positions are below the well industry standard almost across the board, with meager to no pay increases annually for performance. In addition, there is almost no ability to move out of your current position that you are in, other than into a management position for your same position. Lastly, the very public negative press related to the company, such as the CEO and Founder, Andrew Mason, being fired, gives one a sense that Groupon is a sinking ship and that the company, and your job, could go under at any minute.

    It really is a tragedy - there are many very talented young people working there, something almost any company would envy, and they feel like there is no future for them or the company. There's so much potential, but the systematic problems are not using them to the f

    Advice to Management

    1. Stop focusing on quarter-to-quarter growth and start looking at completely revamping the way the company runs so it can be sustainable year-after-year.
    2. Work to improve employee morale through more open job opportunities and more reasonable pay increases.
    3. Do the first two as fast as you can.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "This place is a circus!"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * You can wear whatever you want... sweatpants? Sure!
    * Come and go as you please
    * Free coffee, tea, and soda

    Cons

    * Unorganized & too chaotic. Get ready to have 5 different managers in a year!
    * Very poor management structure. They have no idea how to lead/motivate a team. They also play favorites.
    * Awful communication structure. New processes? You will know about it 2 weeks later.
    * The HR Dept. is a joke. They are very unprofessional.
    * Negative atmosphere.
    * Extremely high turnaround.
    * Very long work hours. Be prepared to be in the office 10+ hours every day.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to respect your reports and your peers.

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