Groupon Makes Built In Chicago Top 100 Tech Companies for 2017

Groupon Makes Built In Chicago Top 100 Tech Companies for 2017

GROUPON IN THE NEWS

25 October 2017

Groupon makes Built In Chicago’s Top 100 Tech Companies List for 2017

For a third consecutive year, Groupon has made Built In Chicago’s list of top 100 tech companies. Since 2008, Groupon has been a pillar of Chicago’s tech community, helping to establish the city as a compelling alternative to the Bay Area and Seattle’s domination for Engineering talent. Comprised of Engineering, Product, and Data teams, Groupon Chicago’s Tech organization works in conjunction with teams across the globe to help build the daily habit in local commerce.

Overall, how has Chicago overall fared as a tech talent competitor? According to their research, Built In reports a 15% overall increase in Chicago tech talent. View the complete list of top tech companies on Built In Chicago.

Raghavendran – Engineer in Bangalore

Raghavendran – Engineer in Bangalore

RAGHAVENDRAN VC

Engineer
Bangalore, India
Joined: 2016

Raghavendran describes the excitement of working at a global tech company focused on empowering local businesses.

What’s your favorite Groupon memory?

Groupon Engineering challenges are some of the most fascinating challenges I’ve experienced in my life. I will always remember September 9, 2016: the day when Groupon’s EMEA software stack migrated from our Swiss data centre to the Dublin data centre. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have been involved in such a huge data centre migration. I remember that night when the office was filled with employees buzzing with energy, everyone fully focused on achieving that engineering feat.

What inspires you?

The day-to-day challenges, talking about scaling, and millisecond responses drive me to perform at my best. The magnitude of the engineering services we own always remind me that I am working at the tip of an iceberg and there is so much more to learn and experience. Also, the talks I have with my director, Phani Kumar, inspire me to excel beyond borders.

Your role exists at other companies…so why Groupon? What’s unique about it?

The opportunities to work across tech stacks combined with the fast-paced environment and inclination towards performance and scalable systems: only Groupon can provide such challenges. Groupon provides such unique technical challenges and it’s up to you to mold everything to help your career grow.

What was your first impression of Groupon?

That it was a startup at a global scale!

How does the work you do impact Groupon’s mission of becoming the daily habit in local commerce?

My team owns the connection between customer and local businesses: the actual voucher that a customer buys and redeems at a merchant! So we truly connect both worlds and try our best to make this connection look effortless, simple, and elegant.

What’s your biggest accomplishment so far while working at Groupon?

Getting Groupon onto the Unity platform was a major organisation goal in early 2017. Functionally, things looked simple but later we started facing significant performance issues with countless engineering challenges in terms of scalability and performance. After a major overhaul in architecture and design of the existing systems backed up with countless sleepless nights, I helped Deckard roll out in EMEA. This was a major achievement in my career at Groupon.

What do your parents think about your job at Groupon?

They say: “stop typing and go to sleep.”

If you could do anything else for a day, what would it be and why?

I would love to meet our merchants and listen to them talk about the impact of Groupon on their business. It would be great to talk to them and understand the issues in reality.

Tell us something about you that would surprise us.

I would love to play soccer as much as I code.

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Cecilia – Android Engineer

Cecilia – Android Engineer

CECILIA GUO

Android Engineer
Palo Alto, CA
Joined: 2016

Aside from the excitement of working on Groupon’s top-rated mobile app, Cecilia finds both professional and personal growth within the close-knit Android team

What’s your favorite Groupon memory?

The Groupon app made the top-25 list of comScore’s 2016’s U.S. Mobile App Report, ranking the second of retail apps. Groupon app was the only new entrant to the list that year! Our app has 4.5 out of 5 review in Google app store thanks to our Developers, Quality Assurance Engineers, Product Managers, and Designers who worked together to ship high-quality features continuously. Seeing the app we work on every day is used and liked by so many people makes me feel really proud of our team and our work!

Tell us your Groupon journey!

I joined Groupon as an Android Developer one and a half years ago. Within this short time, I see a big difference in myself. When I first joined, I had limited experience in my field and my English was not as good, which made me a little bit shy. As time has passed, I have improved as a developer and much more. I’m able to drive a medium-size project across teams; working with Product Managers, Designers and unblocking other developers to ensure it ran successfully. I got to where I am today by conquering challenges one by one, always pushing myself out of my comfort zone. I have found other people’s help have contributed to my progress. My manager encouraged me to be more advanced software engineer and create opportunities for me to grow. Members in my team are really nice and helpful, I can always find a role model to learn from.

What was your first impression of Groupon?

At first, I didn’t know anyone in our company and I was a little nervous when I started. However, everyone in the Android team was super friendly. They welcomed me and made me feel like part of the team. People on my team are full of energy and passion, I feel the synergy as we work together.

“Senior developers also share their knowledge and help the junior developers grow. In return, the junior developers often provide new and creative ideas and assistant to them. We work well as a community.”

What’s unique about the Engineering culture here?

There is a lot that’s special about our Engineering department. Our company encourages us to attend many conferences to develop ourselves. Groupon wants us to learn and treasure the creativity within the engineering team. For example, we have a week-long hack-a-thon over the summer (GEEKon), for which we get to use company time to work on fun and collaborating and creative projects.

What’s your favorite programming language?

Java. The programming language for Android. It is easy to learn, platform independent, and has a rich standard library and vast community support.

What do you enjoy about your team’s Software Development process?

There is only one Android team with about 20 people in Groupon, so we work closely together. We have open office meetings to talk deeply about new changes in our codebase and book club meetings to learn new technologies. Beyond completing new features for new business requirements, I have the opportunity to work on refactoring with my senior developers. Senior developers share their knowledge and help the junior developers grow, and in return, the junior developers often provide new and creative ideas and assistance to them. We work well as a community.

Tell us a random fact about yourself.

My mom is a software engineer, but she actually didn’t want me to be a software developer, because she thinks programming is really hard due to the constant need to keep up with new knowledge and technologies. Eventually, I became a software engineer; I think it’s in my blood.