TripAdvisor

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TripAdvisor Reviews

Updated 23 February 2015
Updated 23 February 2015
212 Reviews
3.5
212 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work life balance, fun atmosphere, they try hard to please employees with functions and swag (in 17 reviews)

  • There is free lunch on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays (in 31 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor performers are consistently promoted due to "friendships" they have with senior management (in 9 reviews)

  • So far, so good with work-life balance (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great company to work for....dynamic with a great culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane

    I have been working at TripAdvisor full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    - global company
    - expanding rapidly
    - young and dynamic
    - rewards for results
    - charity focused....giving back

    Cons

    None that I have discovered in my 11 months so far.....hopefully this will continue to be the case!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please don't let the company become too "corporate" and bureaucratic. This happened at my last employer and killed morale and caused a lot of good people to leave.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good place to work and learn

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

    I have been working at TripAdvisor

    Pros

    I have been working for tripadvior as a sales exective for last 2 years. It is good place to learn as there are lots of smart colleagues around. The management emphasizes on moving fast as the business environment is rapidly changing.

    Cons

    The company is global leader in travel industry, however the brand awareness is not so high in my country. Most people still don't know about tripadvisor yet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to localize the product in order to satisfy the needs of each market.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Place to work

    • 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 TripAdvisor full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great location; fantastic office and really nice people. The business is bold; fast growing and there is always something new coming along. There is a lot of opportunities internally for growth and career progression. Definitely a nice place to be!

    Cons

    A very fast moving environment that sometime does not take necessarily the well-being of employees at hearth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The leadership back in the head office does not necessarily understand Europe and the cultural challenges they face in the old continent. The leadership has failed to address concerns fast enough sometimes frustrating teams. Profits and brand image could have been mush much higher if the business has addressed the concerns above.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    An ever changing, fast paced environment. You either keep up or get off the bus!

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

    I have been working at TripAdvisor full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    People who work here are passionate about what they do. Great opportunity for personal development and growth as long as you keep up! A great, fun place to work with excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Its a "hit the ground running" organisation so if you're looking for classroom training forget it! However ongoing, on the job training is excellent

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Excellent to Good to Bad and worse

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at TripAdvisor

    Pros

    1- Great colleagues,
    2- Great office environment,
    3- Great HR incentives
    4- Not too bad pantry + great food / fruits and drinks galore

    Cons

    1- Imagine Boeing Factory securing an order for a 100+ fleet of new planes. Engineers are in placed, more engineers over hire to cope with the huge order. A structured production and QC process in place but where are the materials? Yet the company berates the workers for not working hard enough in producing the planes
    2- Fantasy vs reality: Management is not in tuned with the exact real challenges faced on the ground
    3- Too much fancy footwork dancing to a traditional folklore music tun turning it into a freakshow
    4- Changes ad-hoc and to the fancy and whims of the upper management
    5- Poor transparency and communication
    6- Biasness all around depending on the bosses you work for. Inconsistency in measuring staff and performance
    7- Company too complacent believing they are the one and only, best of the crop and clients should and will buy from them

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up seriously before everything gets destroyed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    A good Place to start

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

    I have been working at TripAdvisor full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits and a strong salary even for entry level positions. The free lunch 3-4 times a week is good plus the unlimited snacks and drinks. A nitpick here is that they tend to restock the drinks nobody likes and cycle out the ones that I like and are gone.

    Developing is fast paced and changes can be shown to others very quickly after completion. This is a full stack development which allows for all engineers make their own design decisions for the implementation. There is good communication with the product managers which allows the engineer to give a fair amount of input.

    The people at the company are awesome. The culture tends to be laid back in the teams and the environment promotes asking other engineers for help on difficult sections.

    There are a bunch of training classes for spoken languages and other trainings. However they are not easily accessible or I never felt that they were easy to seek out. It would be better if fewer were offered at a time and have a visible place to access and sign up. There is some support for this but it could be better.

    There are plenty of things to do at the office, including video games, board games and a foosball table. But aside from the foosball table, these get rarely used if at all.

    Cons

    Mobility within the company is difficult. In order to switch teams or offices you need to be excellent at your current position. The culture for this is one of blame. Bugs you introduce are tracked and remembered indefinitely. These all detract from the excellent rating. This is a serious problem, if you are placed on a product that doesn't interest you, it is difficult to excel and switch to another part.

    Work life balance is not the greatest. Engineers are advised that 40 hours is the minimum, and working beyond that is a good way to show their exceptional work.

    The code base is not in the best state. Code is often copied and pasted which leads to errors or outdated code permeating the entire website. Encapsulation is not very well achieved because of this. Similarily the opposite can occur, where several different ways of doing the same thing are implemented as part of different projects which introduces inconsistencies. Code is rarely cleaned up, however there seems to be a push to do more cleanup projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give measurable goals and expectations for the employees. Give career advancement classes to the non managers and give incentives to do so. Promote a better culture where non-engineering tasks can be accomplished. This can be done by giving recommended break times or moving the entertainement stuff to a more accessible area.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Used to have a great culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Newton, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Newton, MA (US)

    I have been working at TripAdvisor full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    -- Coworkers are very intelligent
    -- Flexible work schedule
    -- Standard perks -- beer and wine at happy hour, foosball table and video games, food all the time
    -- About to move into a giant new headquarters

    Cons

    -- Engineering culture has become very fragmented. In the years since I started, the social community has faded and it's harder to connect with engineers outside of your team.
    -- It's harder than it should be to switch teams, and hard to figure out how to advance your career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do more to promote community among the engineering teams. Teams feel more isolated and less cooperative than they used to. Maybe provide mentors for new employees to introduce them to the culture and help them make connections to the established personalities -- it's very hard to get on the good projects or advance within the company without those connections.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Good

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

    I have been working at TripAdvisor

    Pros

    work life balance compensations benefits

    Cons

    luck of opportunities / not easy move between deparments

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Working more than 2 years at the sales division at the Oxford branch office and ..

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Telesales Executive in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Telesales Executive in Oxford, England (UK)

    I worked at TripAdvisor full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits to bring you in
    You can find excellent people who eventually will leave this company.

    Cons

    Poor coordination on the information disclosed from the marketing dpt to clients and sales dpt..

    Speed wins culture can have impact connotations such as the White Star Line,and the Titanic ..the fast you go eventually you will hit the iceberg so guess your conclusion.

    The company can promise you a good level of income which in reality is not easy to achieve due poor management procedures or inexperience team leaders.

    There isn't a clear best practice as there is too much favoritism among some 'friends' within the sales team division from which it creates a level of unfairness.

    From the sales perspective the customer support efforts are not fast enough neither brings satisfaction to the clients who in time will come back to you very disappointing as you can't go beyond.

    There is an existent disparity on the dynamics and pressure between the acquisition dpt and renovation team.

    Too much centralize decision from head office doesn't bring value to the UK office.

    No available opportunities to move between divisions and learn more from this company. and subsidiaries.

    At least for the Tele Sales division level this is not a job for some one who have very good sales experience as soon or later you will realise that the present product service needs more attention. Your values at some point can be compromised.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs urgently to identify motivational strategies to keep sales agents highly driven. This strategy cannot sorely be related about money incentives if you reach a target as it has shown doesn't work for everyone.

    Present sales manager needs to be more proactive instead of sending emails back and forth from head office, it needs to hold at least an open session to all sales members to keep the sales division up front. and motivated.

    Best practice needs to be enforce among country groups and Team Leaders.

    Team Leaders urgently need more training in terms of managing people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A great company to work for but lack of opportunity career wise

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

    I have been working at TripAdvisor full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people, working conditions, benefits, office

    Cons

    difficult to move internally from a career perspective. Lack of opportunities. Things move fairly slowly for a web company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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