Groupon Intern Blog: Isaac’s Internship Round 2

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at July 6th, 2015

The #GrouponU Blog is back for 2015! We’ll regularly feature a Groupon intern or recent college grad telling you about their experience tackling challenging problems and getting to know our teams. Today’s entry is from Isaac, who had such a great experience as an intern here he decided to come back for a second round.


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Who are you? I am Isaac Sanders. I am a rising senior at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, where I study Computer Science. I am also a returning intern at Groupon.

What do you do? This time around I am working on our Optimize team, which currently focuses on our internal A/B testing system. This is a major shift from my first time around (in 2012), where I spent my time rotating to a different team each week.

How was the first time? It was really valuable to work with so many intelligent engineers on a variety of problems. It gave me a different perspective on a number of issues with respect to engineering in a company with the number of customers that Groupon caters to every day.

What changed for you when returning? Certainly my focus. Being on one team has given me the ability to really dig in and provide value, not on the level of a full-time engineer, but certainly more than I was able to do last time. In addition to the fundamental shift in structure, Groupon has changed a lot in the past 3 years. They have new executives and a lot of new engineers. The system has changed drastically to handle the growth that Groupon has seen. Some things haven’t changed, like Groupon’s ability to attract high-quality engineering talent.

What’s culture like? I don’t know a lot about the culture of Engineering as a department because there are so many teams, but within our team we are really tight-knit and work well together. We are always looking for ways we can improve or change our team’s processes for the purpose of becoming more productive and creating high-quality work so that our fellow engineers have a better experience creating experiments. This trickles down to the customer in the form of a high-quality experience.

Final Verdict? Groupon was a great experience the first time. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. However, this time around I am excited to work with a dedicated team solving interesting problems.


Groupon Intern Blog: Maria Talks Getaways, #LoveWins, and Groupon Seattle

By
at July 2nd, 2015

The #GrouponU Blog is back for 2015! We’ll regularly feature a Groupon intern or recent college grad who will share their experiences tackling challenging problems and getting to know our teams. Today’s entry is from Maria, a Software Development Engineering Intern in Seattle.

Name: Maria
School: Harvard, ’17

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At Groupon, Diversity is part of the Deal

When I walked in to orientation my first day, diversity was mentioned a lot during the welcoming presentation. However, it wasn’t until my internship started that I really experienced what was meant by “diversity is part of the deal.” Even though I spoke with Groupon employees at the Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computer Science and knew they valued a diverse work environment, I didn’t realize how involved they were in actively promoting diversity.

Looking around the office, I saw that everyone decorated their laptops with stickers that promoted various diversity groups within Groupon. On one of my first days, I was handed a “Women at Groupon” tumbler cup from an Engineering director who wanted me to feel welcome in my new role. My floor at work has people from many different countries, so I often hear coworkers speaking other languages all around me. Throughout my time here, I’ve met nothing but open-minded individuals who really push for everyone’s input. I have never once felt that my opinions were not taken seriously due to my gender, the fact that I’m an intern, or anything of that nature. I love my coworkers and the work environment I have here at Groupon. Nothing is better than feeling a sense of belonging and acceptance no matter who you are.

Monumental Supreme Court Case decision, and how that affected my experience at the parade

On June 26th, just two days before the Seattle Pride Parade, I woke up to the news of the Supreme Court decision for the constitutional right for same-sex marriage. I felt an overwhelming sense of happiness that this right was finally being granted to so many Americans for whom marriage was not an option. Though I had signed up to attend the parade before this ruling, I was all the more excited to be walking in it with my fellow coworkers and interns.

I have never been in an event like the parade, so I was so excited when we were told the Groupon Seattle office would be participating. The turnout was amazing! We had about 25 people attending for Groupon and the crowd was so welcoming and happy. We handed out fans, stickers, and of course banana bunkers! I volunteered to dress as a banana just for this occasion. Though I know this was mostly because I was dressed as a bright big yellow banana, I was given so many hugs from strangers and I was able to put smiles on kids’ faces. I will never forget this experience and how it made me feel to see our office come together to support the LGBTQ community.

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My project and my internship experience at Groupon thus far

I wasn’t sure what to expect from my first tech internship. On my first day, I was nervous and excited to learn about my project and finally put my skills from school to the test. Currently, I am working on the Getaways Search team to implement a new badging feature in order to make hotels stand out in the search results. I am still discovering what interests me the most, but my managers took this into account when defining my project so I will be working with both the front-end and back-end teams.

I love my team and especially Getaways! The people around me are always there to answer the millions of questions I have and they never get tired of explaining things to me.

I also have a great relationship with my manager; we schedule weekly meetings so I can get any questions answered. Additionally, all interns get assigned to a mentor outside of their team to learn more about Groupon and other teams within the organization. My mentor and I go out out to lunch or talk at least once a week. There has been a tremendous amount of support for me during my time at Groupon.  I’ve learned so much and I feel so welcomed! This has become a great opportunity to find out what I love most about computer science and gain some real-world experience while also having a ton of fun.

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Thanks for reading the Groupon Intern Blog–A blog about interns at Groupon. Learn more about our University Relations program here, and please let us know what you think in the comments below!


Groupon Intern Blog: Designing Consumer-Facing Products with Min

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at July 1st, 2015

The #GrouponU Blog is back for 2015. We’ll regularly feature a Groupon intern or recent college grad telling you about their experience tackling challenging problems and getting to know our teams. Today’s entry is from Min, a current Product Design intern in Chicago.

Min Product Design Intern

I will start with a brief introduction. My name is Min, and I am a Product Design intern at Groupon’s Chicago office. I am a rising junior at Carnegie Mellon majoring in Human-Computer Interaction, Business Administration with a minor in Design. Moving from Pittsburgh to Chicago, I am really enjoying my time here, embracing the excitement of living in a large and vibrant city.

At Groupon, I am working on the Product Design team, which is in charge of the design for all kinds of consumer-facing products including search/browse, Groupon delivery and takeout, merchant pages, and so on. Right now, I am working closely with Michelle, a senior designer in the team, on merchant pages, which are a huge amount of index pages with a lot of valuable information about merchants such as offers, deals, ratings, tips, etc. The work is challenging and exciting! For my current project, we are designing different components of the web page, exploring various possibilities for every single UI element. From a small button to a whole section, every design choice is made after a considerable amount of thinking, which really dives into the functionality, necessity, feasibility, and user experience associated with every single design treatment. Although I have only been at Groupon for less than a month, I am already in love with my work here. Every day is a great experience. Everyone around me is super nice and helpful. I never need to hesitate to ask people around me when I really need help.

During the first week, my manager Matt Hanson set up individual meetings with every designer on the team to help me get familiarized with all the products that people are working on, which was extremely helpful. This is my fourth week at Groupon, and I am already working on one of the major design products in Chicago, sometimes even spearheading the exploration process of a new component of the design. At Groupon, there is no such thing as “intern project.” Interns have the chance to work on some of the most exciting projects. I am so grateful that I have this great opportunity, and I am glad that I made the decision to join Groupon this summer! I am learning exciting new things every single day, which is a much different experience compared with college life.

Thanks for reading the Groupon Intern Blog–A blog about interns at Groupon. Learn more about our University Relations program here, and please let us know what you think in the comments below!


Groupon Volunteer-a-Thon: Why Carol Volunteers

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at June 30th, 2015

This June, in celebration of Groupon’s Super-Competitive, Very Serious Employee Volunteer-a-thon, we will be featuring one employee each day who will share why they volunteer. Groupon’s Employee Volunteer-a-thon is how we harness our collective employee power for positive change and highlight the great work being done in communities in which employees live, work, and play. Join us on Saturday, June 27th at 11:00am – 2:00pm at the Lincoln Park Zoo for our first-ever Volunteer Olympics for a fun-filled, family-friendly, open-to-the-public afternoon of volunteering!

Groupon Volunteer Carol

I am grateful for the family, colleagues, mentors and friends who have shared perspectives and provided guidance and counsel — and asked nothing in return.  Paying it forward is my expression of gratitude. In terms of taking care of our community, for me, its simply a good thing to do. Helping others, preserving nature and parks is a quality of life choice. Why I volunteer? Because it’s important to me.” Carol, SVP of Human Resources and Executive Sponsor of Groupon’s Employee Volunteer Program 

Volunteering is to Groupon as grapes is to wine. #grouponvolunteers


Groupon Volunteer-a-Thon: Why Prasanth Volunteers

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at June 29th, 2015

This June, in celebration of Groupon’s Super-Competitive, Very Serious Employee Volunteer-a-thon, we will be featuring one employee each day who will share why they volunteer. Groupon’s Employee Volunteer-a-thon is how we harness our collective employee power for positive change and highlight the great work being done in communities in which employees live, work, and play. Join us on Saturday, June 27th at 11:00am – 2:00pm at the Lincoln Park Zoo for our first-ever Volunteer Olympics for a fun-filled, family-friendly, open-to-the-public afternoon of volunteering!

Groupon Volunteer Prasanth

“I volunteer because it allows me to immerse myself in fundamental problems that face us today. I have been wondering about what we need to do in order to be more careful in the use of our resources. Volunteering for Green@ helped me think deeper about that and help others contribute to it too. While working for Green@, I have got to meet super smart and caring folks at Groupon across offices.” Prasanth, Software Engineer for Mobile Engineering in Palo Alto

Volunteering is to Groupon as a beard is to Chuck Norris. #grouponvolunteers


Groupon Volunteer-a-Thon: Why Dan Volunteers

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at June 26th, 2015

This June, in celebration of Groupon’s Super-Competitive, Very Serious Employee Volunteer-a-thon, we will be featuring one employee each day who will share why they volunteer. Groupon’s Employee Volunteer-a-thon is how we harness our collective employee power for positive change and highlight the great work being done in communities in which employees live, work, and play. Join us on Saturday, June 27th at 11:00am – 2:00pm at the Lincoln Park Zoo for our first-ever Volunteer Olympics for a fun-filled, family-friendly, open-to-the-public afternoon of volunteering!

Groupon Volunteer Dan

“I volunteer because it’s a great reminder that life is good and that there are bigger and better things to involve yourself in than your usual day-to-day schedule.  Whether I’m having a busy week at work or experiencing some other form of stress, giving back brightens so many other people’s days which makes me forget about all the other negligible things on my plate.  I especially enjoy working with kids, because they’re always so appreciative and enjoyable to work with. It’s the best feeling in the world when you get done with an event and you know you had a lasting, positive impact on a specific individual or a community as a whole. I love my city, and I love the people that live here, so I’m just spreading that love as much as I can.” Dan, National Account Manager in Chicago 

Volunteering is to Groupon as the Remix is to Ignition. #grouponvolunteers


Groupon Volunteer-a-Thon: Why Irene Volunteers

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at June 25th, 2015

This June, in celebration of Groupon’s Super-Competitive, Very Serious Employee Volunteer-a-thon, we will be featuring one employee each day who will share why they volunteer. Groupon’s Employee Volunteer-a-thon is how we harness our collective employee power for positive change and highlight the great work being done in communities in which employees live, work, and play. Join us on Saturday, June 27th at 11:00am – 2:00pm at the Lincoln Park Zoo for our first-ever Volunteer Olympics for a fun-filled, family-friendly, open-to-the-public afternoon of volunteering!

Groupon Volunteer Irene

“I volunteer because…it’s a win-win!  My community wins by having my time and energy spent on activities that strengthen it.  I win three times over by:

  • increasing my happiness knowing I’ve made a difference (it’s a well-researched fact that volunteering begets happiness!)

  • doing things outside of my comfort zone

  • bonding with great people along the way!

Irene, Senior Research Manager in Chicago

Volunteering is to Groupon as apple pie is to Fourth of July. #grouponvolunteers


Groupon Volunteer-a-Thon: Why Ryan Volunteers

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at June 24th, 2015

This June, in celebration of Groupon’s Super-Competitive, Very Serious Employee Volunteer-a-thon, we will be featuring one employee each day who will share why they volunteer. Groupon’s Employee Volunteer-a-thon is how we harness our collective employee power for positive change and highlight the great work being done in communities in which employees live, work, and play. Join us on Saturday, June 27th at 11:00am – 2:00pm at the Lincoln Park Zoo for our first-ever Volunteer Olympics for a fun-filled, family-friendly, open-to-the-public afternoon of volunteering!

Groupon Volunteer Ryan

Me with my group of ambassadors last summer doing a park clean-up in Humboldt Park! Each ambassador is from a different part of the US or country. From China to Kentucky, and anywhere in between!

“I volunteer because…I want to give back what so many others have given to me. I was fortunate enough to attend the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) seminar when I was 16-years-old, and since then I have been empowered to make volunteering a big part of my life. So, I’m thrilled I work for a company that encourages volunteering. Through HOBY, and now Groupon, I am able to give back to my communities, ultimately empowering a new wave of volunteerism. I could not imagine my life without the various volunteering opportunities I have been blessed with, and the future opportunities to come!” Ryan, Customer Support Representative 

Volunteering is to Groupon as Kim Kardashian is to selfies. #grouponvolunteers


Groupon Volunteer-a-Thon: Why Melissa Volunteers

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at June 23rd, 2015

This June, in celebration of Groupon’s Super-Competitive, Very Serious Employee Volunteer-a-thon, we will be featuring one employee each day who will share why they volunteer. Groupon’s Employee Volunteer-a-thon is how we harness our collective employee power for positive change and highlight the great work being done in communities in which employees live, work, and play. Join us on Saturday, June 27th at 11:00am – 2:00pm at the Lincoln Park Zoo for our first-ever Volunteer Olympics for a fun-filled, family-friendly, open-to-the-public afternoon of volunteering!

Groupon Volunteer Melissa

“I volunteer because… I think of my former students and how I want to give back for them. Before my life at Groupon, I spent my time as a math teacher in Oklahoma City with the best group of students in the whole world. They taught me to speak up and help everyone because you may not know what they may be struggling with. Giving back makes us all better!” Melissa, Talent Development Specialist in Chicago

Volunteering is to Groupon as I am to fried chicken – We’re crazy about it. #grouponvolunteers

 

 


Groupon Volunteer-a-Thon: Why Scott Volunteers

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at June 22nd, 2015

This June, in celebration of Groupon’s Super-Competitive, Very Serious Employee Volunteer-a-thon, we will be featuring one employee each day who will share why they volunteer. Groupon’s Employee Volunteer-a-thon is how we harness our collective employee power for positive change and highlight the great work being done in communities in which employees live, work, and play. Join us on Saturday, June 27th at 11:00am – 2:00pm at the Lincoln Park Zoo for our first-ever Volunteer Olympics for a fun-filled, family-friendly, open-to-the-public afternoon of volunteering!

Groupon Volunteer Scott

“I volunteer because… it makes me feel human again. It would be easy to forget there’s a world outside of my computer, and that there are real problems in the world that we need to bring our heads together and find solutions. They’re just not going to solve themselves!” Scott, Quality Assurance in Chicago

Volunteering is to Groupon as similes are to metaphors. #grouponvolunteers