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Groupon Palo Alto Reviews

Updated April 15, 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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    • 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. "Great well-rounded internship"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Groupon as an intern

    Pros

    Working on a hugely popular product, developing in a mature infrastructure, having the opportunity to interact with anyone you would like to learn from

    Cons

    It is a very big company with teams across the world so that always has its ups and downs.


  3. "Production Operations"

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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.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Sinking Ship"

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    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, Very good and smart people, free coffee, snacks and lunch, flexible work hours, some remote work

    Cons

    Management doesn't appreciate employee effort

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your staff


  7. "Fine place to work"

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    Former Contractor - Contract in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Contractor - Contract in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Groupon as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people are friendly, and the business is interesting - lots of transactions and data to monitor. Pay is good as well.

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunity given secular decline of the business.

    Advice to Management

    Keep morale high by team building activities and perks.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Unsure Future"

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

    I have been working at Groupon full-time

    Pros

    Great work / life balance. Unlimited PTO. Nice people.

    Cons

    Not sure where the company is headed.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Not a place for engineers"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer 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

    Good work-life balance. A large portion of the company is probably only in the office 50% of the time (and less of that time actually working).
    A very small pocket of solid engineers (though shrinking because they're jumping ship)
    If you negotiated hard of your salary, it could be pretty high (we're desperate to hire) though you'll be making a LOT more than the people at your level that got promoted into that level or didn't negotiate as hard.

    Cons

    Software Engineering is valued the least at this company. If you rank roles, it's sales people -> business people -> product people, then last comes software engineers.
    Terrible decisions made by the sales and business people cause a lot of trouble for engineers. Mostly because those people are really weak decision makers. Very poorly planned too. Product managers are often giving really weak and ill defined product requirements (engineers aren't allowed to define the product, engineers are relegated to just doing what they're told). Often the product managers aren't even thinking through their decisions and when engineers ask for clarifying questions, it's clear that the product managers didn't really think things through. Sometimes their responses is to just yell at the engineers. Product managers also throw engineers under the bus a lot of mistakes they make (product change requirements that result in a delay of delivery). Or they don't think through the end to end and forget to include a business team and then the whole project gets killed.

    Mission focus isn't clear as well. There's a big push for the goods business but the mission of the company is supposed to be about connecting people with local merchants. They're just doing it because there's money to be made. That's kind of the only driving factor at this company, making money. No one cares about making a long-term sustainable business or a good user experience unless they can make money off it. Not saying this is a bad goal, but this is basically the only goal.

    Company is very junior in experience, even folks in very senior leadership positions aren't very experienced and thus make a lot of bad decisions. Most people get to those levels because loyalty is promoted (or maybe it's out of desperation because they can't find anyone else).

    Advice to Management

    No advice, you've driven out too much of your top talent and sacrificed too much of your business to optimize for the next financial quarter.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Lots of opportunity, weak leadership"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There is tons of low hanging fruit that needs fixing. For an IC engineer, you can pick and choose what to work on.

    Cons

    There is almost no effective management on the engineering side. The freedom creates a lot of chaos. Teams spend a lot of time on projects that don't matter.

    Advice to Management

    Get involved and listen to the engineering world. Look at costs, not just revenue. We could cut half the engineering staff and be making tons of cash if some focus was forced on the teams. Instead we perpetually run at break-even or worse. It can be better.


  11. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice place to work. Really enjoy working here. Great place to learn new things. Everything is super awesome about groupon. Food is free.

    Cons

    I can't think of any cons. The food in the cafeteria is not very good. Parking spots is super slim.

    Advice to Management

    no advise



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