LEANDRO ARIEL DE OTO
Engineering Manager at Consumer Web
Palo Alto, CA
When he’s not leading an Engineering team that builds solutions for a frictionless customer experience, you can find Leandro practicing his dance moves in the gym…channeling his love for the Backstreet Boys.
What was your first role at Groupon?
My first role at Groupon was as a front-end developer back in Chile. I was hired to be a front-end developer for the LatAm countries and after a year or so I joined a global team to maintain the front-end for Checkout and My Account web apps worldwide. After a few years in that position, I was promoted to Engineering Manager of the same team. In 2016 I moved to Palo Alto. I have been managing the Checkout and User Sessions web teams for about 3 years.
Tell us about your job! What do you do and what do you love about it?
My teams and I are responsible for optimizing the login and checkout experiences for the web platform. We have to build solutions that provide our customers with a frictionless and usable interface customized to their needs so that they can proceed to log in and purchase their favorite deals with confidence and no confusion when using a web browser. I love being a manager because it gives me the opportunity to work on building teams who build great products for millions of users. What I love about my teams is that we all share the same passion for front-end development aimed to solve common problems in the e-commerce industry. Having an impact on so many people is sincerely rewarding. We truly want to build a daily habit for our customers and make local businesses accessible to them.
What’s your favorite Groupon memory?
2012 Groupon holiday party contest: Made a Gangnam Style-like video and we won 1st place.
What’s been most surprising about working at Groupon?
How flexible a big company can be to promote career opportunities among its people. I learned this from my own experience too. I’ve spent half of my professional career at Groupon 🙂
Are you involved with any Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)?
I am an active member of Pride@Groupon. I led Pride Latino back in Chile before moving to the US. It’s great to see so many colleagues and leaders fostering an environment of diversity and inclusion among our people. That definitely makes us stronger. I have also recently joined Groupon en Español.
What’s your favorite programming language?
How does your work connect to Groupon’s mission of being the daily habit in local commerce?
If your checkout and login experiences are full of blockers and rocks in the user’s road, there is no e-commerce platform that can survive. We work every day to implement new solutions that would streamline this process based on rigorous analyses and customer feedback. All of these using modern technologies to improve the overall website’s performance so our customers can get their favorite deals with just a few clicks.
What keeps you busy outside of work?
I like taking hip-hop classes and using the gym’s studio to practice some moves.
What’s the most challenging thing you’ve worked on here?
What was your first impression of Groupon?
“Will I be able to make an impact in such a big company?”
What do your parents think you do?
According to my mom: “You program the operation of the website using codes” and I can also “remove viruses from her computer.”
What’s unique about Groupon’s Engineering culture?
Authentic diversity. Groupon Engineering culture is very diverse and that’s what makes us different because we truly believe that our multiple nationalities, cultures, genders, styles, and accents make Groupon a better place to work at where we all can learn from each other.
What did you do before Groupon? How did you get here?
I worked for some media companies as a front-end developer in Buenos Aires, Argentina. One day I got an email from a Groupon recruiter to interview me for an open position in Chile. I had my interviews but my profile didn’t fit the back-end positions available at that time. Three months later, they contacted me again with an offer for a front-end position. I accepted and I moved to Santiago de Chile three weeks later.
What’s your favorite part of your team’s Software Development process?
When we deliver our features to Production is when I feel most proud about my team’s work and impact in the customers. We call our new features “our little babies.”
Tabs or spaces?
What’s something about you that’d surprise us?
I am a big fan of Backstreet Boys.