Groupon’s staff continues to grow exponentially, partly because employees are contractually obligated to give birth in the form of litters, and Groupon headquarters must grow to accommodate them. Although secondary offices have been opened in Palo Alto, elsewhere in Chicago, and on flying platforms where deals are spun from cloud matter, the bulk of Groupon headquarters is housed in the historic Montgomery Ward Company Complex on the Chicago River.
At the time this 400,000-square-foot behemoth served as the distribution center for one of retail’s first bulk-bargaineers, young pages were given roller skates so they could quickly traverse its lengthy hallways. Nowadays, with the advent of internal phone lines and PDFs (paper-like digital forms), employees rarely, if ever, don roller skates, as they prefer rollerblades or the 2011 Razor Segway (now available in ice blue).
Groupon’s many departments are nestled alongside neighboring businesses and divided among the building’s eight floors:
Second Floor: The second floor was the home of Groupon Editorial before it was relocated to an office on Wacker Drive to get a better view of the Navy Pier ferris wheel.
Third Floor: This floor houses the best sales department in the business.
Fourth Floor: The fourth floor belongs to bats now.
Fifth Floor: No one has ever visited this floor (the elevator button has tape over it).
Sixth Floor: On the sixth floor you can find the bulk of Groupon’s departments—Accounting, Business Development, City Planning, Finance, Human Resources, Imagineering, Legal, Marketing, Unmarketing, and Customer Service, as well as Technology, which keeps Groupon humming by constantly looping MIDI files of children humming.
Seventh Floor: The seventh floor houses more of the best sales department in the business.
Eighth Floor: This floor is the Long-Term Fourth Floor Bat Reclamation Department, Codename: Guano Force.
I hope you enjoyed your virtual tour, presented in the online medium that best conveys visual concepts—text! Stay tuned for more peeks Behind the Deals.