Expedia Reviews

Updated 18 October 2014
Updated 18 October 2014
864 Reviews
3.6
864 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The company is really a fun place to work and embraces a great work life balance (in 128 reviews)

  • Good working environment, nice people and travel benefits and good work life balance (in 64 reviews)


Cons
  • work/ life balance *might* make up for this when compared to some companies (in 39 reviews)

  • Upper management is always looking to offshore your job so if you don't kiss a lot of butt you're out (in 33 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good place to work, Great work/life balance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Bellevue Hill
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Bellevue Hill

    I have been working at Expedia full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good work culture
    Lots of challenges & opportunities if one is ready to pursue
    Great work/life balance
    Nice benefits
    Good/Focussed leadership

    Cons

    Some teams tend to have less team culture
    More time spent on putting off fires

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Smart people, innovative company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney

    I worked at Expedia full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Offices are great and benefits are good. Expedia offers healthcare, gym, phone, laptop, travel discounts and study assistance to name just a few of the benefits. Salaries are in line with the market.

    From a work-life balance perspective Expedia was good. Plenty of flexibility to work from home and flexible hours when needed.

    The great thing about expedia is the calibre of individuals working for the business and the innovative solutions for revenue generation. It feels great to be part of something this exciting.

    Cons

    Career paths were limited and internal development needed to have a bigger focus. Expedia buy in the talent externally or expatriate people around the world who have the necessary skills. There isnt much internal talent development happening which makes career progression quite limited for the individuals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop your staff and offer exciting career options.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great online company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney

    I have been working at Expedia

    Pros

    Smart people, good online expertise

    Cons

    Lean structure, wouldn't mind having more ressources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you have been doing over the last 2 years. Expedia AU rocks!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good but not great yet...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Sydney
    Current Employee - Director in Sydney

    I have been working at Expedia

    Pros

    Expedia is at the heart, very much a tech company as well as a travel company. The people at Expedia are fantastic (most of them at least). At Expedia I've met some of the most driven (to the verge of being workaholics), intelligent and witty to date.

    Cons

    Major change has been happening for over 2 years. You would like to see it settle down, but it hasn't. There needs to be more strategic thinking in what direction the company should be heading.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set the direction and empower people to execute. Stop thinking about hitting next quarters numbers and invest a little in the core platform and strategy on the long run.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to learn about Online Marketing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Sydney
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Sydney

    I worked at Expedia

    Pros

    Expedia has a great, fun and friendly atmosphere. It's a fun place to come to work when things are going well. Expedia is a truly global compnay so there is the ability to tap into a global knowledge network which is hard to beat. There is a good lifework balance, although this probably depends on which office you work in. There are opportunities for travel.

    Cons

    Little Innovation and very hard to break through the traditional way of doing things. The company is now too big to be innovative and even small website changes now take months or even years. Competitors have not only caught up, they have already run past!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Constant focus on the bottom line has caused Expedia to take their eye off the ball. Remember why Expedia was started in the first place!

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great Workplace

    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer

    I have been working at Expedia full-time

    Pros

    Awesome atmosphere to work. Very relaxed. Good perks and benefits. Not much stress.

    Cons

    Not hard deadlines which make you a bit laid back.

  8.  

    Exciting, young, fast paced company with room to grow

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Bellevue, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Bellevue, WA (US)

    I have been working at Expedia full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Exciting work environment with many fun teams to join. The company is large enough to offer many opportunities but small enough that everyone can make a big impact. When major goals or milestones are achieved there are often great rewards and celebrations. Teams take ownership of their products from start to finish. Expedia promotes a healthy work life balance. There are many small benefits that are offered that really make a difference in creating an enjoyable work environment such as free beverages, team events, company or organization wide parties / events, team building activities, free food can often be found, an in office health clinic that is free for many of your health needs, and free or subsidized transportation (orca pass). The company is currently growing rapidly making it a great time to be part of Expedia.

    Cons

    Like everywhere the team you are on makes all the difference. If possible, try to join a team that has strategic importance and adds value to the growth of the company. As a newcomer it is important to network across your organization because there is definitely an old guard at the company. If you want to progress then you need to make yourself known and show that you add value. The work is often challenging but it is possible to get stuck in a rut if you don't fend for yourself and reach out for new opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage employees to be involved in projects that span across teams. Some teams can become siloed making it difficult for employees to advance in their career. Managers should look for opportunities for their direct reports to participate in that can help advance their career. Often, management suggests to their direct reports that they need to be involved in projects that span across teams but it would be helpful if the managers could make more of these opportunities available. Managers are often responsible for multiple teams which may be spreading their time too thin. It is difficult for a manager to help any one individual in advancing their career when the manager is splitting their week amongst 3 different teams.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great working environment but has downsides

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Expedia full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work, really good culture and working environment, didn't feel like going to work.
    There is always some kind of staff event or BBQ, very sociable place to work. Offices are very modern and trendy. Xbox's, table football etc.
    Some good benefits and discounts on travel.

    Cons

    High turnover, I saw many people come and go in my time and a lot of unjust sackings. Heard a lot of people were let go because their "boss didn't like them". This happened quite a lot if the persons face didn't fit.

    Unfortunately because of the nice environment and the laid back atmosphere you had a lot of dead weight in the company, people who were happy to just sit back for the ride. I met quite a lot of people who either did nothing or didn't really know what they were doing, they'd just been there for a long time. Came in late, long lunches, left early and didn't really do anything whilst they were there.

    The atmosphere although good to work in, produced a lack of urgency, not something I was used to and found to be quite frustrating when you needed something done.

    Also the London office is too reliant on the Bellevue office, they need to break away, take more control and be more autonomous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the dead weight, people are in jobs that either they don't deserve or are incapable of doing. Sometimes both.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Young Spirit

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Market Associate in Seoul (South Korea)
    Current Employee - Market Associate in Seoul (South Korea)

    I have been working at Expedia full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Open-minded, good pay,fun to work

    Cons

    Process oriented, performance related, technical latency, perk

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Perfect Company for the ones enjoying lives

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Design Engineer in Bellevue, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Design Engineer in Bellevue, WA (US)

    I worked at Expedia as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible working time, Paid holidays, H1B, Best work/life balance

    Cons

    Technique strength is not competitive enough

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

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