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Groupon Palo Alto Reviews

Updated December 13, 2017
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  • Compensation may not the biggest perk here, but the culture, the people and the work/life balance make up for this (in 34 reviews)

  • Upper management is not transparent (in 65 reviews)

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  1. "Work hard, get rewarded"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Groupon full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great culture
    Unlimited vacation
    Freedom to telecommute
    Promotions are merit based
    Small company feel with large company deep pockets
    Strong management leadership has turned the company into something the street is finally starting to appreciate
    Invests in its people's growth and education
    Free lunch, free rail pass, free parking

    Cons

    Management style heavily influenced by ex_amazon folk may not appeal to everyone.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance.
    Great development team.
    Strong leadership making a change.

    Cons

    Development and change taking time. Not a startup culture.

  3. "Senior SDET"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer In Test in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer In Test in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Groupon full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Free food
    - Good location
    - Young and vibrant culture

    Cons

    - No freedom to choose latest and greatest tech stacks
    - Company politics
    - No room for growth

    Advice to Management

    - Need to make a better environment where engineers can just focus on their tasks at hand.

    Groupon Response

    Oct 3, 2017

    Thanks for sharing your review. We’re happy to hear that you enjoy Groupon’s culture and the perks of our Palo Alto office. However, we’re sorry to read that you feel there’s a lack of freedom and... More


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Challenging and fun!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Engaged and goal-driven colleagues make working here efficient while being fun.
    I like the flexible work hours, even though working after hours can be necessary.

    Cons

    Being a public company work revolves around quarterly results. It's good to stay short-term focused but bad for long term improvements.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Good work life balance"

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    • 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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance is better

    Cons

    Upper management is not transparent


  6. "Great well-rounded internship"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Production Operations"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Sinking Ship"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  10. "Fine place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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