Meet a Groupon Employee

Though Groupon culture is best witnessed in person, preferably via moving walkway or tramcar, we’ve asked a few of our eclectic, hard working employees to answer a few questions about what makes them tick.

Name: Lindsay Verstegen

Position: HR/Recruiter

Other Talents: I have a theatre company that I helped found over 4 years ago: The Plagiarists. I write and act for the company (and also take production photos here and there).

I finished performances of a semi-opera which ran over at The Building Stage. The Building Stage, for the record, is my favorite “storefront space” in Chicago. There was singing. There was dancing. It was really special.

I also take photos!  www.lindzsays.com

What’s a typical day like for you?

I come in around 8ish and check e-mail and voicemail and open up my notebook. Despite working for a dotcom, I cannot separate from paper. (note: My high school’s mascot was the “Papermaker” so maybe it’s a hometown pride thing, subconsciously.)
I have a to-do list that I craft the night before and see if there is anything that can be done right away. I go through days with an assortment of interviews, phone screens and general resume lookovers. I also try to find time to go on a walk–I think walking is important.

Which movie villain could you beat in a fight?

Gordon Gekko in the movie Wall Street. I would kill him with kindness.

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Gathering No Moss

Shaun works in our editorial department and elaborates on the mobile tendencies of a Groupon employee.

I’ve been with Groupon a little longer than a year and I have moved workspaces six times. This is a significant increase over past occupations I have had where I’ve moved workspaces a total of zero times. Then again no company I have ever worked for has been as successful as quickly as Groupon.

Starting off at the company in fall 2009, I shared a space with another company on the seventh floor of a building. Yes, Groupon was small enough to be sharing space with another company. Though technically, we were occupying the space because we’d grown too big for the eighth floor. We didn’t even have our own coffee machine. It was not unlike working in a Charles Dickens novel, except without the harsh living conditions, poor food, and lack of electricity.

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Meet a Groupon Employee

Though Groupon culture is best witnessed in person, preferably via moving walkway or tramcar, we’ve asked a few of our eclectic, hard working employees to answer a few questions about what makes them tick.

Name: Emily Gordon

Position: Editorial/Staff Writer

Other Talents: I’m a longtime blogger and Twitter addict and have an MFA in poetry. I’m not the only poet here, either!

What’s a typical day like for you?

To rev myself up for the day, I grab a relatively easy deal from the queue (say, about cupcakes). Then I write a bunch more throughout the day–currently, for cities all over Canada. (I’m half-Canadian, so I feel half-qualified to speak authoritatively about our friends to the north.) Often, I chat with sales reps and fact checkers during the process about the finer points of a deal. Sometimes I snag a New York walking tour or familiar restaurant, which is a nice excuse to virtually visit my longtime home. When my energy starts to flag, I like to read Google Alerts about Groupon, which are endlessly educational and quite inspiring.

Which movie villain could you beat in a fight?

The stag beetle in “Microcosmos.”

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Artists in Customer Service

Groupon’s customer service department is quickly growing as we expand into more cities. The majority of those hired are involved in some aspect of the arts. Josh, our Customer Service Voice Moderator/Editor at Groupon and Chicago actor, elaborates on the subject.

“Acting is the expression of a neurotic impulse. It’s a bum’s life.” – Marlon Brando

A company known to cultivate and embrace neurotic impulses, Groupon has become a notoriously sought after haven for these Brando bums. As alluring as the copious amounts of plastic palm fronds are, one of the most desirable aspects of working at Groupon (specifically, the Customer Support department) remains the enormous contingency of local artists that have infiltrated the company from head to toe.

For almost a year and a half, I’ve seen this unique mass of entertainers grow from a peculiar coincidence into a full-blown conspiracy. There’s not a row of desks or cluster of offices that doesn’t host at least one person going to a rehearsal or performance that night after work. In fact, it is not uncommon to journey to, say, Improv Olympic, Victory Gardens, or the Viaduct Theatre on any given night to find a couple Groupon employees working their mojo in front of a live audience.

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Meet a Groupon Employee

Though Groupon culture is best witnessed in person, from a safe distance of six feet and twelve inches, we’ve asked a few of our eclectic, hard working employees to answer a few questions about what makes them tick.

Name: Christian Jehling

**Department:** Sales

**Other Talents**: I am a hockey player: Clybar Cougar Hunters – Johnny’s Icehouse B2 League.

**What’s a typical day like for you?**

I get to work between 8 and 8:30.  I put my lunch in the fridge, grab a cup coffee and begin my day.  I try to plan out each day the day before so I can come in and get after it.  Then I slang.  I try to slang as hard as I can everyday.  Some days you really have it. Some days you don’t.

**How high can you jump and why?**

I have a 24 inch vertical.  I am like LeBron in 6th Grade.

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Meet a Groupon Employee

Though Groupon culture is best witnessed in person, wearing goggles to shield your eyes from sparks, we’ve asked a few of our eclectic, hard working employees to answer a few questions about what makes them tick.

Name: Sarah S.

Department: Customer Service

Other Talents: The Shock T’s

**What’s a typical day like for you?**

I get on my computer and start answering customer service e-mails and requests, then I get on the phone for a couple hours to do the same. I eat lunch with my friends, then I go back and take e-mails the rest of the day.

**How high can you jump and why?**

9” in my heyday. Pole vaulter.

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