Mission: Groupon’s purpose is to build strong communities through thriving small businesses.
Best Places to Work: 2012 (#40)
Everyone loves to ask us what it's like to work at Groupon. With offices in 16 countries, sometimes it can be hard to describe, so we asked our staff. Here's what they said:
Groupon’s purpose is to build strong communities through thriving small businesses.
At Groupon, we have a mission to become the daily habit in local commerce by connecting people to a vibrant, global marketplace for local services, experiences and goods. In the process, we’re positively impacting the lives of millions of customers and merchants around the world. Even with thousands of employees spread across multiple continents, we still maintain a culture that inspires innovation, rewards risk-taking and celebrates success. If you want to take more ownership of your career, then you're ready to be part of Groupon.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
I have been working at Groupon full-time (Less than a year)
Groupon offers a flexible environment, supportive co-workers, and lots of great amenities that make working at Groupon something to be excited about. There is unlimited PTO, flexible hours, flexible dress code, employee resource groups, employee engagement, open seating plan, and many perks!
The "openness" and "quirky-ness" is not for everyone.
I applied online. I interviewed at Groupon.
One of the best experiences I could have asked for in an interview. First, I had a short call with a recruiter who gave me an overview of the position, company, and what I could expect from the process. The follow-up interview was with a senior data scientist and focused on machine learning theory as well as a technical discussion on previous work experience. The call ended with the interviewer mentioning that I had a great background and a solid technical foundation, but not enough experience for this specific position. They also pointed out potential areas I could improve on going forward. I can't overstate how incredibly refreshing it was to speak to an interviewer so honest and straightforward. I may have not gotten the position at Groupon, but I do believe it to be a significant reflection on their workplace culture when their employees go out of their way to display such authenticity to potential candidates.