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Groupon Overview

Chicago, IL
5001 to 10000 employees
2008
Company - Public (GRPN)
Information Technology
$2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
Groupon (NASDAQ: GRPN) is building the daily habit in local commerce, offering a vast mobile and online marketplace where people discover and save on amazing things to do, see, eat and buy. By enabling real-time commerce across local businesses, travel destinations, consumer ... Read more

Mission: Our mission is to be the daily habit in local commerce.


Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work: 2012 (#40)

Company Updates

  • We made the #1 spot, and you bet we put this on our fridge at home.

    The 2015 Top 100 Digital Companies in Chicago

    Built In Chicago proudly presents the 2015 list of the Top 100 Digital Technology Companies in Chicago. The list, which ranks digital tech employers based on local employee count, includes Chicago companies from a broad spectrum of verticals, growth stages, and zip codes.

  • Meet the team that is bridging the gap between Data Science and Engineering! They also know how to say "I need coffee" in 12 different languages, so you could say they're a pretty valuable resource.

    How the Flux team at Groupon uses insights from the past to predict the future

    In case you were wondering, the Flux Team at Groupon is named after the 1985 classic, "Back to the Future," because its members use insights from the past to predict the future. Fluent in both machine learning and big data, the team serves to translate for the company's data scientists and engineers, who use vastly different coding languages and approaches.

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Groupon – Why Work For Us?


Groupon is a global leader of local commerce and the place you start when you want to buy just about anything, anytime, anywhere. By leveraging the company's global relationships and scale, Groupon offers consumers a vast marketplace of unbeatable deals all over the world. Shoppers discover the best a city has to offer on the web or on mobile with Groupon Local, enjoy vacations with Groupon Getaways, and find a curated selection of electronics, fashion, home furnishings, and more with Groupon Goods. Groupon is redefining how traditional small businesses attract, retain, and interact with customers by providing merchants with a suite of products and services, including customizable deal campaigns, credit card payment processing capabilities, and point-of-sale solutions that help businesses grow and operate more effectively. To search for great deals or subscribe to Groupon emails, visit www.Groupon.com. To download Groupon's five-star mobile apps, visit www.groupon.com/mobile. To learn more about the company’s merchant solutions and how to work with Groupon, visit www.GrouponWorks.com.

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Our Values

COMMUNITY | Build great neighborhoods.

We believe in great communities. Specifically, we believe that successful local businesses are the backbone of vibrant spaces. What makes your neighborhood great? It’s the combination of interesting and thriving businesses coupled with people who visit frequently. We are the thing that connects them, and we can make things better for both -- building amazing communities in the process through our economic impact. Coupled with our volunteer efforts and social responsibility focus, there are numerous ways we can all make a greater difference.

OWNERSHIP & PERFORMANCE | Act like its your business.

We work with thousands of small business owners, and they take hard looks at every decision they make because each can mean success or failure for their business. To succeed, they have to get creative. They run lean. They get the absolute most from their teams. And, they plan for the long term. We want everyone at Groupon to take that same approach.

INSPIRATION | Make life less boring.

We think life should be fun. For our customers that means showing them the amazing things they can experience right outside their doors and virtually anywhere they go. For merchants, it means helping make their businesses successful and their lives easier. For employees, it means building a great place to work. All of this is steeped in our sense of humor, our commitment to excitement and cats. Lots of cats.

RESPECT, INTEGRITY & INCLUSION | Solve problems the right way, together.

We don’t just want to win, we want to win the right way. We’ll celebrate difference and the ways it can change how we work and lead to bigger wins. We’ll work across the company and realizing that success isn’t a zero-sum game. We’ll invite diverse perspectives and making sure we take on challenges in an honest, open and respectful manner.

CUSTOMERS | Begin and end with the customer.

Customers are why we’re here. They drive our business. When customers view us as a daily habit -- as something indispensable -- it will mean we’re solving fundamental challenges and delivering amazing value. Whether it’s consumers or the merchants we connect them with, everything we do should begin and end with the customer, and we will be willing to do the hard work for long-term customer happiness.

Inclusion & Diversity

Groupon is committed to hiring and cultivating a diverse talent pool to continue driving business results across engineering and the company at large. Our commitment to diversity spreads across the board. Diversity in people, perspectives, and tools creates an environment of innovation, development, and support that fuels our ability to best serve our customers.

Our Employee Resource Groups

Involvement, professional development, and personal growth are among the many benefits our employee resource groups afford us.
 



University Students

We're a better company thanks to the talent that comes to us from numerous halls of knowledge. Whether full-time staff or intern, master's or bachelor's, students and grads join our ranks throughout the year to drive the evolution of local commerce and experience a new degree of success.
 
 

Tech

Just as Groupon operates on a global scale at the local level, our technical staff matches global scale with small-team agility. Product managers, designers, and engineers metaphorically sit at the intersection of mobile and local while physically sitting alongside mentors and leaders who continue to build. Code ships early and often, creative is quickly seen by millions, and the Groupon experience continues to evolve due to our collective efforts. 

Design

Working from five offices around the world, the Design Union consists of 50 product and visual designers with multidisciplinary skills. Our designers build engaging, delightful user experiences through a deep understanding of our customers, both consumers and merchants. By collaborating with Product, Engineering, and Marketing organizations, the Design Union strategizes and executes on Groupon's product vision. 

Sales

The 1:1 interactions we have with our merchant partners fuel our success as well as our pride. Building a company that has industry-defining technology and a world-class sales and account management component enables us to provide boundless opportunities to local commerce, and in turn provide long-term career paths for people. Our sales organization allows for career development and exposure to areas of account management, market strategy, and team leadership as well as channel and industry-specific experience as we expand our impact.

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    Pros

    Great pay and great benefits. Solid training program. Large upside provided you're willing to put in the work and go the extra mile. Fun culture that moves fast providing employees with a wide range of small-medium business acumen from a variety of sources.

    Cons

    Company is working to discover its next step and identity after massive growth early on. As a result, some of the core values and goals are not always aligned with day-to-day objectives. Poor interdepartmental communication can be frustrating at times yet this is likely the case in some degree at most companies. No matching 401k.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in your people. Significant passion remains in your reps yet fades when many of them start to feel more like a number

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Groupon Photos

Groupon photo of: Executive leadership volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House
Groupon photo of: 2017 Chicago intern mixer
Groupon photo of: Groupon's Dublin team marching in the Dublin Pride Parade
Groupon photo of: Groupon en Espanol members pose for a photo during our Chicago Open House event
Groupon photo of: Palo Alto teammates taking time away from work to pack lunches at a volunteer outing
Groupon photo of: Chicago Engineers participating in a photo shoot
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Groupon Interviews

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    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Groupon (Palo Alto, CA).

    Interview

    Pretty standard Silicon Valley style interview. 2 high levels with team fit and work ethics, 2 technical interiview writing code on the board, and 1 HR /Hiring manager type interview

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Groupon Awards & Accolades

  • Best Places to Work fro LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) Corporate Equality Index, 2016, 2016
  • Mobile Commerce Award - Winner, Internet Retailer, 2015
  • Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Corporate Equality Index, 2015
  • Top 100 Digital Companies in Chicago, Built in Chicago, 2015
  • Fortune 500, Fortune, 2015
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