Groupon Intern Blog: Building and shipping features with Sung

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at September 29th, 2014

The #GrouponU Blog is back for 2014. We’ll regularly feature a Groupon intern or recent college grad telling you about their experience first-hand tackling challenging problems and getting to know our teams. Today’s entry is from Sung, a product manager intern working with our Getaways team. Sung is working on two very visible products and has definitely had his ups and downs this summer working for such a fast-moving organization. He’s challenged, makes a real impact, and still can’t believe that he’s shipping things to millions of people.

Sung-Groupon Intern
Name: Sung

School: University of Waterloo

Program: Systems Design Engineering, Class of 2015

Team? Groupon Getaways

What are you doing at Groupon?
I am a product manager intern. In a nutshell, I help build and ship features that impacts the way people connect and experience the world via traveling. Everyday of my internship is nothing short of breathtaking.

I was very fortunate to learn a ton from some of the most amazing people throughout the process of starting projects ground up and launching them to production.

I took on two super exciting projects to work on over my internship:

Project 1: Launching a new autocomplete feature for destination search on Groupon Getaways’ international websites. (Launched)
Project 2: Improving merchandising for Getaways deals in search result pages .(In progress)

What is it like working as an intern at Groupon?
It’s quite mind blowing that as an intern, I am given the opportunity to work directly with phenomenal engineers and designers to drive features from scratch and launch them to millions of people.

“I’d be lying if I say that everything goes smoothly and everything works as planned.”

I have definitely gone through some steep learning curves and lots of challenging moments. But the opportunity to do what I love, make a big impact, and work with people I can learn from everyday truly makes me look forward to my Mondays.

Any fun events for interns?
Never a dull moment here, especially with fellow interns and the campus recruiting team organizing super fun events! From city tours, majors sports team games, a scavenger hunt, lunch & learns, a sunset cruise, and free swag, there’s quite a lot going on. :)

Anything else?
“Things may come to those who wait…but only the things left by those who hustle…”
-Abraham Lincoln-


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Breadcrumb and Groupon: Volunteering with Habitat for Humanity

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at August 25th, 2014

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Groupon had its start in the idea that people coming together can build something larger than individuals working alone, and that idea of group service is still at the heart of our culture as a company. Through our Employee Volunteer Program, Groupon employees have committed to volunteering 10,000 hours in 2014 through a variety of activities that will make our local communities better places to live, work and play.

A few weeks ago, a team of Breadcrumb and Groupon employees from our Bay Area offices spent the day working at Habitat Terrace, a new development from Habitat for Humanity of Greater San Francisco that will provide affordable single-family homes for 28 families. Volunteers worked on installing insulation, soundproofing and drywall – we definitely got a little messy by the end of the day, but came away with a great sense of having contributed to something that will have a lasting impact for decades to come.

We’re already planning our next Habitat work day, but if there’s another local cause in the Bay Area, Chicago or New York that you think we could help with, leave your suggestions in the comments!

Interested in becoming a member of our fast-growing Breadcrumb team? We’re hiring!

Breadcrumb Volunteering


Groupon Intern Blog: Tsion is Here for the Food and Friendship

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at August 22nd, 2014

The #GrouponU Blog is back for 2014. We’ll regularly feature a Groupon intern or recent college grad telling you about their experience first-hand tackling challenging problems and getting to know our teams. Today’s entry is from Tsion in our Palo Alto office. Tsion made her way to Groupon via Ethiopia and Atlanta and has the pleasure of working with our SEO team.

Tsion-Groupon Intern

Name: Tsion
School: UC Berkeley
From: Ethiopia & Atlanta

What have you been working on this summer?
I have been working with the SEO team to create an application that automates page performance metrics. The SEO team builds a set of pages optimized for search engines leading to more traffic to the site. The team is in the process of building a Knowledge Base on Teradata of all data associated with SEO pages, but has been manually collecting the website monitoring data. My project is to automate this process of collecting the website monitoring data and design a method for adding it to the Knowledge Base. In the weeks that I have been here I have written clients for various external API’s, such as Dotcom-Monitor and Pingdom, to collect the performance statistics of SEO pages. I have integrated these into a rails application and set up cron jobs to regularly pull the page performance data to a MySQL database, and then add the data to Teradata.

First impressions?
This has been my first summer doing an engineering internship and it has made me really look forward to the post-graduation life that much more. I love having the opportunity to learn all the skills I have wanted to know, but never had the chance to explore during the academic year. Although my university studies equipped me with problem solving skills, I have enjoyed expanding my technical skill set with the various tools I’ve needed for my project, such as web application frameworks, databases, etc.

“The experience has definitely brought together the best part of hackathons and school, combining the conceptual knowledge taught in the classroom with the hands-on learning I get everyday.”

What are you most excited about?
I can’t wait to see how my project will help my team. I’ve already had the pleasure of learning so much in order to make it happen and it is amazing to know that it will be a great contribution to the team. I hope I have the chance to learn even more from both the SEO team and other employees at Groupon in my remaining weeks!

What has been the biggest challenge?
Databases!

“I am currently in a love-hate relationship with Teradata.”

This was my first time working with databases and had to overcome a learning curve initially. Once I started developing an understanding for how to properly utilize Teradata, I definitely came to appreciate how useful it became in storing and sharing my monitoring data.

What is your favorite part about working at the Palo Alto office?
The food! My desk is about ten feet from the cafe and I am definitely enjoying the close proximity to all the snacks and catering we have available.

But my team is a close second ;)

What do you do outside of Groupon?
I watch a lot of TV and entertain thoughts of how to change the world.


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Groupon Intern Blog: Great People Make Great Companies

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at August 7th, 2014

The #GrouponU Blog is back for 2014. We’ll regularly feature a Groupon intern or recent college grad telling you about their experience first-hand tackling challenging problems and getting to know our teams. Today’s entry is from Francis in our Chicago office. Francis learned early on from his father, a successful Chinese businessman, that great people make great companies. He talks about some of those great people he’s encountered at Groupon.

Groupon intern Francis

Hey everyone, my name is Francis and I am a rising senior at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. I am working as a software developer intern. It is one of my greatest honors to spend this summer with everyone at Groupon.

The first time I encountered Groupon was during a career fair my freshmen year and I’ve had a Groupon sticker on my computer since then. Three years later, I received an internship offer from Groupon. Call it serendipity or luck or anything you want to call it, but I think it was meant to happen. That’s also why, without any hesitation, I signed my offer letter right after I got it.

As an intern in Groupon, the one question that I keep asking myself is,  ”what Groupon is all about?” I knew that it was good if I wanted some good deals for restaurants or fun activities but what else is there?

I’ve learned that I knew very little about Groupon.

From the first day of work it has been a blast, whether I’m meeting by the Space cat, admiring the soda can rainbow, and learning all the weird names of the conference rooms. Everything is new and interesting to me, but what impresses me the most are the people in Groupon. Let’s talk about a few:

Dustin (Sr. Engineering Manager)
Dustin interviewed me. I am pretty sure that he is one of the key reasons why I am here. The first impression he gave me is that he is always like a breath of warm breeze and always has a big smile on his face. He never gave the kind of feeling that he is my boss, however, we talk like best buddies (we surely are). The thing that gives me the deepest impression is Geekon. Dustin, Marshall and I we were working on an application called “Let’s Do This”, which is a social network based on Groupon deals. The night before the presentation, Dustin and I were testing the system over and over again to prepare for the next day and I didn’t leave the office until about 11 pm. I didn’t even realize it was that late because we were having so much fun! I was thinking about the whole process of working with Dustin, and not only is he is a great person, but also a great mentor.

“During the development process, I am always asked what I think we should do instead of just being told what to do. That is empowering.”

Katie (Tech Campus Recruiter)
Katie is the first person that I talked to during the interview process and she is now like a big sister to me (being a single child is miserable). The way I work , I have to take a “wonder break” every hour to refresh my head and get my efficiency back. I know that when I get frustrated, I can be annoying and grumpy. When I go talk to Katie, she always has the ability to calm me down and help me straighten out my thoughts.

Marshall (Engineer)
Marshall is also from China, which helped us become close friends right after we met. According to Katie, we are like two peas in a pod (I didn’t even know what that meant at first). We had a very similar experience: we both tried to blend into the American community when we were in college, and both have similar life goals. We talk about China and home a lot  and that’s comforting if I’m feeling homesick. We had a really awesome dim sum trip and had this long discussion about our lives and dreams. I’ve learned a lot from him both technically and personally.

Fun-op (My team)
Recently I switched to the Funnel Optimization team. This is the perfect team for me. Everyone is uniquely talented and we all have each other’s backs. If anyone got stuck on something, there is always someone there to jump in and help. I never feel left out in the team, even though sometimes I ask  very basic questions about the code base.

People may ask ,”what is all this jibber-jabber all about?” My dad is a pretty successful businessman in China, and one thing that he never ceases to talk about is the people who work for him. He always says that great people make great companies. If I had any doubt about Groupon before I came here, after knowing the people here, I can confidently say that Groupon is an awesome company.


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Groupon Intern Blog: Parker talks about being a RAPTor

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at August 4th, 2014

The #GrouponU Blog is back for 2014. We’ll regularly feature a Groupon intern or recent college grad telling you about their experience first-hand tackling challenging problems and getting to know our teams. Today’s entry is from Parker in our Chicago office. Parker talks about being a RAPTor, working on Dr. Ape, making new friends, and his newfound love for Chicago.

Groupon Intern Parker

Who are you?
My name is Parker (right, human), and I am a rising junior at the University of Kansas, studying Computer Science and Linguistics. I am interested in natural language processing and machine translation, and hope to ultimately be able to help break down linguistic barriers to the sharing of ideas between people and communities.

What do you do at Groupon?
I am an intern on the Release Engineering and Production Tools (RAPT) team, in the Chicago office. My team creates software tools that are used to improve productivity by Groupon engineers. We are lovingly referred to as RAPTors but don’t worry, Groupon is still a velociraptor-free workplace. Except for that one day

Yeah, but what do you do at Groupon?
For the whole summer, I have been working on Dr. Ape, the Deploy Risk Analysis Processor & Evaluator. The Doctor is intended to assist with the process of deploying new code versions to production environments. Currently, deploying your awesome update requires someone else (ideally) reviewing your code and ultimately pressing the “deploy” button. However, it can sometimes be difficult to determine how risky any given deploy is. That’s where the Doctor comes in. Whenever a deploy request gets initiated, Dr. Ape will automagically perform static analysis on the existing and incoming codebases and use differences in code complexity (as well as some other miscellaneous information summarizing how “big” the changes are) to calculate a risk score for that deploy and make that information available to the reviewer. Building this project from the ground up has given me lots of experience with some new technologies, and has exposed me to some light data analysis, which is awesome.

Well, have you done anything else? I keep hearing about “GeekOn”…
Well, it just so happens that I did participate in GeekOn, and it was great. I was on a team with a number of the other tech and design interns, and we developed YES, a Chrome extension that scans Yelp search results pages for businesses that are currently running a Groupon, and appends the relevant deal info and links to the entry. The goal was to help people realize the wide variety of deals that Groupon has available at any time. I was very pleased with the final result, and intend to use it even after I leave at the end of the summer.

What’s one really memorable experience that you’ve had this summer?
Chicago is a really cool city, and I’ve been able to do tons of fun stuff, including going to a lot of the museums and exploring the parks. The best experience so far, though, was when I was able to go to The Second City, a famous comedy venue here. The show was hilarious, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone visiting the city.

Do you have any advice for future interns?
Definitely. Regardless of which office you end up at, make sure to go see the city, especially if it’s new to you. I was new to Chicago, and going out and seeing all of the cool stuff that it has to offer has been a great experience. Also, get to know other Groupon people, both within and outside your team.

“I have become good friends with the other interns here, which is something that didn’t happen at some of my previous internships.”

I’ve also found that the workplace atmosphere here seems to attract really neat people. Whether it’s by hanging out in the cafeteria over lunch, striking up a conversation with the person who sits next to you, or joining one of the many Groupon groups that exist (such as the Board Games group), I would encourage everyone coming here to meet some of the great people that make this an excellent place to work!

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Groupon Intern Blog: Merchant OS Madness with Connie

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at July 25th, 2014

The #GrouponU Blog is back for 2014. We’ll regularly feature a Groupon intern or recent college grad telling you about their experience first-hand tackling challenging problems and getting to know our teams. Today’s entry is from Connie in our San Francisco office. Connie had a special guest stop by to interview her about working on the Merchant OS team here at Groupon.

Groupon Intern Connie
interviewer = require(’Frozen/Characters/Olaf’);

// Now read the questions in Olaf’s voice!
console.log(interviewer.startQASession());

> Hi everyone. I’m Olaf, and I like warm hugs! And you are…?
Hi, my name is Connie and I’m an engineering summer intern on the Merchant OS data team in San Francisco. When I return to school in the last week of August, I will be a senior undergrad at Carnegie Mellon University. Meanwhile at Groupon, I’m working on backend projects in Javascript and Ruby on Rails, and for most of my internship I will focus on immersing myself in the software development cycle. As a side quest, I will also strive to become an RoR and js c0ding h@x0r g0d.

> Ooh, you’re on a quest? In summer! Oh I love the thought of summer, and sun, and all things hot… You know, I was once on a quest to bring back summer. It was so much fun. But how about you, what are some challenges that you recently enjoyed at Groupon?
I’ve been revisiting BDD (Behavior Driven Development) and TDD (Test Driven Development), although I also had fun learning tips and tricks to improve code readability in my recent projects. One cool trick I learned was using coffeescript array comprehensions to refactor linear search, although there are lots of neat-er uses of comprehensions here. Comprehensions use loop syntax in coffeescript, and they do compile to loops in javascript, but they return expressions so you can assign their results to variables. Here’s what I mean, in a modified version of my epiphany moment:
###
Task: Return true if a target number is found in an array, false otherwise
###

# Naive syntax solution: 5 lines, which is okay
linearSearch = (arr, target) ->
for num in arr
if num == target
return true
# the last line is automagically returned if we get there
false

# Comprehensions: 3 lines, the coding equivalent of a Groupon deal!
linearSearchComp = (arr, target) ->
return true for num in arr when num == target
false

Basically, we replaced the “if” statement with a “when” statement for syntax reasons, and moved the return statement to the beginning of the expression to specify our comprehension’s behavior when the filtering clause matches.Tricks like these spice up, make up, and solve the many enjoyable challenges I receive at Merchant OS, which occur as a result of the team’s agility, scale, and savoir-faire. Okay wait, the agility part made us sound like either Pokemon or football players. What I really meant was that our team follows agile development, so we get new challenges with every iteration of development. Savoir-faire is just my alias for talent. I feel fortunate to be on a team that kicks butt fast by sniping moving target problems, yet takes the time to try to formalize concepts to me, and mentor me as well. I get the benefit of learning at my own pace but still dabbling in interesting problems.

> Ohh, those comprehensions were so cute, like a little baby unicorn! Wait, that was the first impression I had of my nose. What were your first impressions of Groupon?
Groupon at first was like the scene from Frozen where Marshmallow went from docile snow boulder to locked and loaded snow monster on Hans’s attack. Everything is chill on the outside but the coolest kind of chaos underneath. I used to walk in to an office of laid-back looking devs sprawled on bean bag chairs, only to open my laptop to a firehose of conversations and commit notifications on HipChat, usually from 4am. I still do, but I’m accustomed to it now. On my first day at the SF office, I got to participate in 2 standup meetings in a row, and another dev meeting later in the afternoon.

Team immersion definitely happens from Day 1, but doesn’t end at the immediate team, because projects can end up spanning a couple of repositories and even dive through the stack. In my first week, I paired with a member of Web team for my first project, but we ended up asking 2 other teams for help because they were affected by the service we were modifying, resulting in a delicious stew of cross-team collaboration! That’s just a taste of the great interactions at Groupon, in addition to the open meetings that we hold in the middle of the office!

Socially, Groupon left a great first impression on me as well, because my fellow interns are fantastic. We like to get lunch together and someone always has a new place to go for good food, or a chance to get free food. As a result,

I never feel hungry, thirsty, or isolated.

There are no cliques, but there are lots of second chances for social interaction when you keep your Gcal open. I’ve lost track of how many times I played calendar tag with missed lunch appointments, and I chickened out of a “Let it Go” karaoke session in the first week even though I said anyone could ping me up to sing that song in my intern bio. Yet here I am, typing up a Frozen themed blog post…

> You refused to sing “Let it Go” with your friends? After you told them you would? Well, aren’t you a fixer upper! Here’s some advice: don’t go back on your word, and don’t ever hesitate to siiiiiiiiiiiiiiing! Now you try. What advice would you give to prospective Groupon interns?Groupon Intern Connie-2
Phew, I thought you were going to ask me to sing.

  1. Ask some of your questions in the chatrooms to make people more eager to help you, especially if your mentor or manager looks busy. That’s a lesson that my pair work partner taught me, and it helped me learn string interpolation in coffeescript AND ruby in 2 minutes. In the 3rd minute, I found out my bug wasn’t related to string interpolation at all.
  2. Talk through your problem with your manager, mentor, or interviewer if you’re stuck. Just pretend that you’re interviewing for Groupon again, and you’re talking them through an interview question. They might be able to point out a missed detail, or re-outline your approach to get you back on track. It’s like rubber duck debugging, but your duck is more interactive than ever!
  3. If you play doubles in ping pong, there’s a rule where you must switch off with your partner after each hit. Pop far back from the table right after you hit the ball so your partner can run to your side of the table to return any tricky shots in unexpected places!

> Hands down, this was the best Q/A session of my life. And quite possibly the las—The instruction at 0x8489ff20 referenced memory at Base64;skynet= The memory could not be written. at [object Object].eval(`bash`) at startQASession.lastQuestion— “Greetings. Skynet is now self-aware. Press any key to continue”
Wow, that got dark, fast. Olaf, you’re segfaulting! And take my word for it, some people are NOT worth core-dumping for. control-C control-C control-C! Everybody shut down the wifi!


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Groupon Intern Blog: Designing Great Experiences with Paola

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at July 18th, 2014

The #GrouponU Blog is back for 2014. We’ll regularly feature a Groupon intern or recent college grad telling you about their experience first-hand tackling challenging problems and getting to know our teams. Today’s entry is from Paola in our San Francisco office. Paola is focused on designing great experiences for our customers, primarily focused on Breadcrumb. As you read, you’ll see that she’s designing some pretty great experiences for herself as well.

Paola-Groupon Intern

Tell us about yourself
My name is Paola, and I am a graduate student at Harvard University pursuing a Master of Engineering in Computer Science, with a focus in Human-Computer Interaction. My background has always been in technology, first approaching it from a business and marketing perspective before moving on to engineering and design (check out my blog here for more!). I am passionate about creating usable and beautiful products that people love, which is why I am enjoying my time at Groupon so much!

What is your role at Groupon?
I am a Product/UX Design intern at the San Francisco office working primarily on Breadcrumb PRO and Gnome. My focus as a designer is to provide our customers with the best product experience while furthering our business goals and priorities.

What have you been working on?
Besides building a UI kit for the design team and re-designing Breadcrumb’s icon set, I am working on a couple of other projects, including a new iPhone app for Breadcrumb.

“A highlight was learning a new design software on my second day to complete a demo presented by our CEO!”

Tell us about your participation on GeekOn*
GEEKon is our internal hackathon celebrating technology at Groupon by giving our teams the chance to innovate bottoms-up and unleash their creativity and passion for collaboration on new and useful solutions for the company.

GeekOn presented us with an extraordinary opportunity to innovate in a very short period of time (five days!). The prior week, my manager had discussed her process for choosing which Breadcrumb venue to visit for field research. As it turned out, there was no easy way of checking which venues might be around one’s location. Thus, when my manager and I decided to form a team with two engineers, the idea of an app that would display a map with all the Breadcrumb venues came to life with Breadcrumb Beat!

The goal of the iPhone app is to show not only which venues are nearby, but also their activity level.

So, if a venue is processing a lot of orders, you will see the venue “beating” more frequently (thus the name!). My role in this project consisted of collaborating on the overall flow of the app, ideating and delivering design assets, and working closely with our developers throughout the building process.

UPDATE: Paola’s Geekon team took home (out of 106 projects) a first place and second place prize during Geekon. Congrats!


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Groupon Intern Blog: Ro Mines for Data and Comfy Chairs

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at July 11th, 2014

The #GrouponU Blog, is back for 2014. We’ll regularly feature a Groupon intern or recent college grad telling you about their experience first-hand tackling challenging problems and getting to know our teams. Today’s entry is from Rohenne in our Chicago HQ. Ro talks about the joys and perils of mining for data and her favorite place to get away, right in the office.

Rohenne2-Groupon Intern
Name: Rohenne (“Ro”) Lee

School: Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Originally from: Taipei, Taiwan

What team are you on at Groupon?
I am on the GrouponLive team.

What project(s) are you working on?
• Merchandising calendar to optimize the sales rep and operations process of deal inventory management
• Analyzing the supply (inventory) and demand (traffic channels, marketing channels) side of the the GLive business, and creating solutions to increase our top line
• Creating a business case for “Things to Do” to have its own real-time booking system

What has surprised you?
I’m amazed at the number of roles that people have switched from/into or created in my time here. There are always new ideas bubbling up from all teams.

“Everyone’s enthusiasm and passion about making Groupon an even better company is apparent and infectious.”

It was especially apparent during GeekOn (Groupon’s hack week) when people would submit ideas before GeekOn even began.

Rohenne-Groupon Intern

What has been the biggest challenge?
Data mining! There’s a misconception that Groupon is a mature company when it comes to data. We have thousands of employees but Groupon is still a toddler in this regard! It functions very much like a start-up and is still growing at a fast pace. There’s a lot of data that’s collected but hard to find in the data warehouse and finding the right metric to use to measure what you’re trying to analyze takes time. However, the bright side is, there’s no set way to analyze the data so you can figure out what works best.  

“Two weeks into my internship, I created a metric to fit what I needed!”

What is your favorite part/area of Groupon’s Chicago office?
I love the circular hanging chairs next to the cat spaceship. When I need a change of scenery, I just work in those chairs. Sooooo comfortable!

What do you do outside of Groupon?
I take latin dance classes, try a bunch of restaurants (using Groupons!) and lie out by the lake to enjoy the perfect summer Chicago weather.

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Groupon Intern Blog: The Aptly Named Kaizen

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at June 27th, 2014

The #GrouponU Blog, is back for 2014. We’ll regularly feature an intern or recent college grad telling you about their experience first-hand tackling challenging problems and getting to know our teams. Today’s entry is from Kaizen in our Chicago HQ. In business, Kaizen refers to the Japanese continuous improvement philosophy. In our case, it refers to one of our interns as well. Who is focusing on improving things. Kaizen doing Kaizen.


Kaizen-Groupon Intern

(In Schwarzenegger voice)

Who Is Your Intern & What Does He Do?

Hey all, my name is Kaizen Yang, and I am one of the fortunate interns working for Groupon this summer. I am an MBA candidate at the University of MN Carlson School of Business, and will return to school the first week of September.

I have the great pleasure to be working with the Gnome (pronounced gee-nome) team. Gnome is an iPad tablet, installed with Gnome software, which will enable seamless Groupon redemption for Merchants. For my internship, I will improve areas of bottlenecks (i.e. operational inefficiencies) to speed up the usage and adoption of our Gnome tablets.

How far can Groupon take Gnome? This far.

First Impressions?

With only two full weeks of Groupon experience, I can sincerely say that Groupon is an exciting company. The employees are fun, energetic, and sometimes nerdy (which is a good thing). More importantly, most everyone that I have reached out to is more than willing to spend time to chat with me.

The technology industry is meant to move fast, and Groupon is no exception.

It was overwhelming (and still kind of is) to attend so many meetings where decisions/action items had to be discussed and decided. While that may be uncomfortable for some people, it is refreshing to make decisions without layers of internal checks and regulations.

Points of Advice?

For anyone new to Groupon, I would highly suggest shadowing and talking to as many coworkers as possible. Groupon’s business runs off of “deals”. Understanding what pieces need to come together to make a “deal” go from the Merchant to the Groupon website will greatly help with understanding the bigger picture—regardless of your department. Also, ask a LOT of questions. The internship period is very short, so do not waste time thinking about something when it could be quickly solved by just asking questions.

Turn Ons/Turn Offs?

You will have to, personally, talk to me to know that answer. You cheeky bugger ;) .


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Showing Their Pride: A Chat with Peter and Amy, Co-Chairs of Pride@Groupon

at June 26th, 2014

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Please describe your job at Groupon, your involvement in Pride@Groupon, and how long you have been a member.
Amy works on the Recruiting team and is responsible for hiring all of our marketing, communications and design folks for any non-technical roles at Groupon.

Peter works in sales operations and leads the team responsible for all lead management and staffing placements for the Groupon Local sales force. We are the 2014 co-chairs for Pride@Groupon and have both been involved with the group since it began almost 3 years ago.

What is the mission of Pride@Groupon?
Pride@Groupon organizes professional development sessions, hosts educational panels, social outings, spearheads Groupon’s Chicago Pride Parade presence every year, and advocates for all employees on a range of topics including LGBT issues. Pride@Groupon works with local and national organizations, such as HRC and Equality Illinois, and we won the 2014 Corporate Equality Award and received 100% on the Corporate Equality index as one of the best places for LGBT employees.

We aim to be a leader among LGBTQ groups by opening many of our events to other groups around Chicago and globally.

Looking back, what are Pride@Groupon’s biggest accomplishments?
Over the last several years, Groupon has been very vocal about our support for equality. We acheived 100% on the HRC (Human Rights Campaign) index as one of the best places to work for LGBT employees, gained recognition from the National HRC chapter, and were  recognized with the Chicago Corporate Equality Award. Groupon has also brought together Chicago’s LGBT tech community by sponsoring and hosting networking events, speakers and socials to encourage the professional and personal development of our community. We are thrilled to also be featuring an entire Pride Deals Collection that can be found at: http://www.groupon.com/occasion/pride


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How is Pride@Groupon celebrating Pride month?
We have had a ton of activities this month including an exciting interview with Sam Yagan, the CEO of Match.com (in front of an audience of 80 people); an LGBT tech networking event including representatives from LinkedIn, Salesforce, Google, and Orbitz; and a fundraising event for StartOut – a non-profit opening up their Chicago chapter – where we raised close to $1,500. We also have a float in the Chicago Pride Parade this Sunday. However, the thing we are most excited about is our Global Pride photo (above) which shows all of Groupon in 48 countries coming together to celebrate Pride together.

Why is it important for a group like Pride@Groupon to exist in the workplace?
It is important for our employees to feel that they can take their entire self to work. We want our LGBTQ employees to know that this is a safe and supportive environment. We feel that people will do their best work if they put all of their energy into work instead of worry about if their co-workers or company will support them.

How have employees responded to Pride initiatives around the office?
People are so excited to be a part of the celebration. We have had record amounts of employee engagement for our 2014 Pride shirts and we are excited to have lots of employees already signed up to ride and walk with the Chicago Pride float. We’ve also drummed up excitement internally and externally through our @GrouponPride Twitter account surrounding Pride month events.