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Groupon Engineering Reviews

Updated April 19, 2017
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Pros
  • Unlimited vacation time, fun environment, no dress code, young employees, alcohol at work (in 121 reviews)

  • You have the ability to work from home (in most positions) (in 59 reviews)

Cons
  • Compensation may not the biggest perk here, but the culture, the people and the work/life balance make up for this (in 33 reviews)

  • Upper management is not transparent (in 60 reviews)

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  1. "Software engineerr"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance at his best

    Cons

    Upper management is not transparent


  2. "Good company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Groupon full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Above average pay, fast pacing, internet company, good people to work with.

    Cons

    Gets boring after a while

    Advice to Management

    Focus on technology


  3. Helpful (2)

    "A mistake"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Standard tech company benefits like free soda and funky furniture.

    Cons

    My manager was completely incompetent. Luckily he has since left the company. Some of the people I worked with here were very conniving and threw their teams under the bus in order to score a few points from management. Groupon tried to bill itself as "the next Amazon" but did not have the engineering talent or management structure to support that claim. Instead, you got a lot of horrible leaders who were only in their position because they happened to be there when Groupon was growing. As a result, GRPN (at least in engineering) was a revolving door. I saw several people start with enthusiasm only to leave after a month.

    Now that the company is older and clearly is not the next Amazon, you would expect that they would change their management style and try to retain engineers, but from what I have heard they are actually doubling down on the aggressive "bro" culture and shipping jobs to India or Ireland.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on hiring talented people and retaining them for more than a year. A good engineer has a multiplying effect. They may not immediately meet the need of a project but their contributions in the 1-2 year timeline will be huge especially when coupled with other good engineers. If you create an "up and out" culture you only reward the people who build for short-term success but leave your business in a bad position in the long term.


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  5. "Production Operations"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Operations Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Production Operations Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Very relaxed env. Unlimited PTO. Allowed remote work. Easy to switch teams internally

    Cons

    Little opportunities to climb hierarchy. Free fall stock. Compensation based on past experience not current impact.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work, but still improving"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer-II in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer-II in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Groupon full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    If willing to put forth the effort, management seems very open to listening. Also, lead numerous projects where I am able to make decisions that have an impact on the engineering and business bottom line

    Cons

    Still trying to shed its previous image of daily deals to become something more strategic. Also, Wall Street not able to give Groupon a break

    Advice to Management

    Keep the course


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Sinking Ship"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    None really but since I have to come up with a few: Unlimited PTO
    Unhealthy snacks
    Ok benefits
    We love cats

    Cons

    Groupon is a a sinking ship. We are trying to become a daily habit for consumers but in reality there is no way this is going be successfully executed. The engineering and product team think short term, are small minded and have no support to make bold changes. It will be a slow death but it's inevitable. Stay away at all costs.

    Advice to Management

    Replace yourselves while you still have time to save the company. Bold changes are needed stop worrying about short term upgrades.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Technologies, large scale and customer base, opportunities for learning and collaboration

    Cons

    Nasty office politics depending on the team you're on with lack of morals/manners/respect and some managers lying without any shame or remorse. Some teams don't know how to co-operate with others nor are they interested in learning to do so, resulting in bad work and their projects getting pulled/cancelled with great waste for company money and others' time.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure everyone is treated with respect and no managers are shushing employees rudely in meetings.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Groupon was once promising, hot, and fun. Years of turmoil have left it weak."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and great benefits. Lots of opportunities to work on interesting and important projects, alongside people who are smart and fun.

    Cons

    Despite some shining stars, management is plain awful across the board. Inconsistent promotion practices, rampant ineptitude, lack of meaningful strategy, and absence of passion from so many who could make such a difference. Distributed offices are wildly out of touch with one another. Rivers of bureaucracy and politics run amok.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the majority of middle managers, and promote a flatter org structure. Meritocracy wins. Get rid of underperforming staff at all levels.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Groupon review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work environment with a large variety of different technologies, programming languages, internal frameworks, etc.

    Cons

    Company is not well organized, public seems to be losing interest in the product, poor stock performance.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Forgotten Satellite office"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice building with a great view.
    Friendly co-workers.

    Cons

    If you're not at the core, you'll be forgotten. That's what's happened to Seattle. Palo Alto is the engineering core and Chicago is the business core. The company is pretty immature in many ways and communication is definitely one of them so if you're in a satellite office, you won't get all the information that you need to do your job and you'll be forgotten when it comes to a lot of opportunities. That ends up seriously limiting engineers's career growth. You'll be better off at many many other companies within Seattle.

    The only outlier is the marketing team that's in Seattle, but they managed to not be forgotten by making *everything* a fire that is urgent. Palo Alto hates Seattle because of it and will sometimes follow up on requests because they know "the people in Seattle are experts at making noise". Which reinforced a bad cycle, because the marketing team then knows that works and continues that. The other engineering teams in Seattle get labeled with that reputation even though they're very separated from the marketing side. If for some strange reason you really want to work for Groupon, best move to Palo Alto.

    Cost cutting measures are a bit ridiculous. Penny-wise, pound-foolish.

    In the last couple years, let me list out all the HR problems that have been big enough that a mass e-mail had to be sent to the whole office:
    1) all the men had to be asked to attend a meeting where the SVP had to ask them to stop urinating on the ground in the rest rooms
    2) employees were asked not to expose themselves to the facility staff
    3) people had to be told to stop spitting and blowing their nose into the kitchen sink because it's not hygienic

    Advice to Management

    Move the center of engineering to Seattle