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LivingSocial President and CEO Gautam Thakar
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  • Very little appreciation for work/life balance in some departments (in 19 reviews)

  • upper management does not care about the employees (in 25 reviews)

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  1. "Running Living Social Events"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Experience Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Experience Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at LivingSocial part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fun People
    Fun events
    Experience being a tour guide
    Experience dealing with event management
    Running bus tours was a pretty koosh job

    Cons

    Long hours spent on your feet
    Early mornings/ late nights for events

    Advice to Management

    This sector went out of business in the Seattle Market. It was fun while it lasted


  2. "Business development"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Beaverton, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at LivingSocial (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working from home. Set your own hours. Work with local businesses. Corporate in DC and not where I live.

    Cons

    Micro manage a lot. Set goals that you can't reach


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Lacks security"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing culture with the most amazing people!!! Was such a great product to sell!

    Cons

    Laid off out of nowhere even as a top performer. New CEO took over and cleared out the sales force. Also not many deal on LivingSocial same stuff over and over no job security go somewhere else they hurt a lot of talented people by laying them off. They don't have a focus or a future.

    Advice to Management

    Don't lay off top performers. Might need a better plan to compete with Groupon because the offerings now aren't cutting it.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Slash and burn"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Merchant Service Representative in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Merchant Service Representative in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    I can't think of any. Every job you'll ever have, there will be a few great people, and a few decent perks. I guess at LivingSocial, the biggest perk was the free snacks. But even those sucked.

    Cons

    Everything. Do not - DO NOT - work here. The ship has sunk, and only the tip of the hull remains above water, with Gautum stepping on those below him to keep air in his lungs.

    Advice to Management

    End the misery: it's time to sell. Sell the company and let the people you're still holding captive go.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Customer Advocate"

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    Former Employee - Consumer Advocate in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Consumer Advocate in Tucson, AZ

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

    Pros

    Great environment and ad good pay.

    Cons

    Closed door in Tucson.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Negative Place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Sales in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits (health, vision, dental)

    Great co-workers

    Cons

    Constant shift in company direction

    LAYOFFS - Around 80% of the company has been laid off or has quit

    No free lunch (very limited free snacks)

    People are always gossiping about layoffs or getting fired

    No career growth or promotions

    Very few people get raises

    Senior management makes poor business decisions

    Most products from LivingSocial have failed or were not profitable

    Advice to Management

    If Restaurants Plus is the future of the company, then hire more people to make it successful like product managers, project managers, Dev, and engineering.

    Stop shifting direction every 3 months.


  8. Helpful (7)

    "DyingPrivate"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at LivingSocial full-time

    Pros

    Free snacks, ping pong, flexible schedules, and working from home.

    Cons

    CEO is incompetent and should swap out his casual jeans and sweaters for a black hooded cloak and scythe. He is the most un-inspirational leader you could ever meet. He and his senior leadership team are hacks and some have been promoted from within instead of bringing in proven legitimate C-level VPs from the outside to right the ship. This "Senior Leadership Team" at LS has been encouraging talented people to leave for the last year to make their continued layoff numbers not look quite as bad. In the end the only "transparency" is what they are trying to do, which is strip everything down and sell off. Why would anyone invest in or buy this hemorrhaging failure of a company?

    Advice to Management

    It's over my friends. Grab what is left of the free snacks, turn off the lights, and go home.


  9. "Poor company, lack of honesty with employees."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Coffee, two great supervisors, can be yourself with consumer no scripting. Everyone is refunded. One hour lunch.

    Cons

    Transparency, layoffs, management is severely poor. Mandatory Overtime pushed on you. Lack of commumication. All depts are on different pages.

    Advice to Management

    Be clear and concise. Dont lie. Remember transparency. HR to be run by someone else whonlistens to employee not a manager they are friends with. Two sides to every story. Work instead of playing around all day. Quit refunding or crediting every person who calls in.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "An Elaborate Game of Telephone Disguised as Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Marketing in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work from home, Fun People, Smart Engineering Group

    Cons

    As my description says, the work there for the day-to-day employees is generally that of what message has been transferred from one manager to the next and how that message has been changed along the way. There is no clear direction to how the company is going to exactly move forward besides "innovate". All the goals are completely nearsighted in a way that with every decision made, it will sacrifice some of the customers and their relationships in the process. Continually doing so will leave them with no one left. As far as innovation, its more trying to come up with the next big thing, constantly shifting engineering to focus on the latest and greatest rather than shoring up what they currently have.

    They have hired senior managers to essentially muddy the water more, not delivering real results while the people doing real work suffer by being laid-off. There is no accountability for those on the higher pay spectrum, in particularly the senior staff.

    Advice to Management

    Get your house in order, create real accountability to SENIOR MANAGEMENT rather than people lower on the scale.


  11. "Editor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Editor in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Editor in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Fast-paced, young colleagues, cool office vibe

    Cons

    No transparency, no upward mobility, terrible work flow


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