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TripAdvisor Reviews

Updated 19 August 2014
Updated 19 August 2014
184 Reviews

3.7
184 Reviews
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TripAdvisor President and CEO Stephen Kaufer
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work life balance, fun atmosphere, they try hard to please employees with functions and swag (in 14 reviews)

  • benefits are good, free lunch, outting, etc (in 27 reviews)


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

  • Sure, the company went through some growing pains, which is understandable (in 7 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great fun at the Singapore office.

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

    Pros

    For the most part, great colleagues regardless of rankings who are willing to answer your queries at any time. Awesome get-togethers organized by the young and vibrant recreational committee. Great benefits too.

    Cons

    Salary stays stagnant with very minimal (emphasize minimal) increments and no bonus. Make sure you're getting a very good basic salary! Not all management are gusto and on-the-go. Some are hibernating and know nothing but take credit for solutions their team minions come up with. Different employees feel differently about their respective team and managers so it really depends on which team you're in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work if you're an engineer

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

    Pros

    Work life balance. Smart co-workers. Can't say enough things about how awesome the engineering group is, I really loved them and would encourage any engineer to strongly consider working there.

    Cons

    If you're an engineer then your skills will speak for themselves and you'll be fine, but if your area of expertise is non-engineering, then company politics get in the way. Maybe every tech company is like that?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For non-engineering departments, consider peer reviews. In the case of recruiting, consider reviews by the hiring managers who interact with the recruiter.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Large organization that still can move fast

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, good people, fun industry

    Cons

    They hire big managers from large outside firms who come in and shoot first then ask questions later.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To the new guys - learn the system. It will benefit you well. To the rest - there is a lot of knowledge from within. Sometimes bottom up planning works well too. Engage with lower levels

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    product manager assistant/editor/product context designer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Love traveling. Get the first-hand info of traveling tips.

    Cons

    Not challenging enough. Depend on the position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Perk up.

  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Not as good as it used to be

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

    Pros

    You get to work with really smart people. Benefits are fantastic and the company really supports charities.

    Cons

    Your time at TripAdvisor really depends upon which department you are in, we are continuously told that we are an engineering and product company which doesn’t do much for morale if you’re not in one of those teams.
    Employees who joined the company a few years back are being left behind when it comes to salary increases and career development.
    We talk a lot about risk taking, but this doesn’t really apply when it comes to recruitment as senior roles are often open a long time and employees take advantage of the situation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start valuing employees outside engineering and product, its not just them that make the company successful.
    The Exec Team need to be more visible and communicative rather than assume they know what’s going on.
    Stop saying we’re a small company that just happens to have a lot of people – we're neither.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    speed wins, employees lose

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, some ability to telecommute

    Cons

    So much focus is put on making things fast, there's little to no focus on making things good. Quality suffers and employees, especially non-engineers, get micro-managed to the point where the output goals are nearly impossible to achieve. The sales department drives too much of the agenda, and given the valuation of this company, the pay is not great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think hard about how important it is to make things fast. Eventually, if the quality continues to suffer, customers won't care. The review system is too easy to manipulate, and better models are beginning to emerge that will make TripAdvisor obsolete.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Amazing place to work!

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

    Pros

    Tons of great benefits, flexible schedule, relaxed work environment. TA is a company that understands the needs of your personal and family life, and is very flexible when situations arise. Exciting to work for a company that is still growing and has so much room to grow.

    Cons

    I honestly can't think of any cons.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Work/Life Balance in a "Speed Wins" Environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Content Specialist  in  Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Content Specialist in Boston, MA (US)

    Pros

    The work environment is very collaborative and enjoyable. The company truly cares about their employees and offers great benefits. Everyone at this company is incredibly smart and you will learn something new from your peers every day. Things move very fast at TripAdvisor as the company still tries to keep its "start-up like feel" even though it is well beyond that point. Despite the "Speed Wins" Motto, this company promotes a great work-life balance and encourages its employees to travel and have fun.

    Cons

    If you are looking to grow laterally or switch tracks within the company it can be harder to do than at other companies. They offer classes in other areas to encourage their employees to grow, but in terms of making an actual title/role switch it seems hard to do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    The great stuff is fantastic and the not so great stuff is not so great.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Support Function  in  Newton, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Support Function in Newton, MA (US)

    Pros

    There are some wonderful people across all the departments; very smart, engaging, passionate about their work. I genuinely looked forward to seeing my co-workers every day. Their benefits are amazing and they do a really great job of staying on top of what the competition is doing in order to attract and keep talent. They feed you great food several times a week and the snack options are free and have everything from fruit to fritos. They are incredibly generous about trying to keep their employees happy with "stuff". The CEO is incredibly generous when it comes to supporting a variety of charitable organizations.

    Cons

    With the exception of one or two folks, the executive team seems completely uninterested in what the "worker bees" on their teams are doing. I think in the time I was there the exec for my group spoke to me a total of 10 minutes and that was because I approached her. I never saw her walk around and check in with folks -- I recognize they are extremely busy, but how hard is it to take 15 minutes a few times a month to walk around their departments, talk to people and make them feel like having them there makes a difference? The company is not THAT big and if you are still selling yourself as a start-up then you should know the folks on your teams.
    If you want to be promoted WHO you know is far more important than WHAT you know. Being a SME in your field and working hard is great, but it probably won't get you promoted, it will just get you more work.
    I will still refer friends to certain departments or teams, but I would make sure they know the good, the bad and the ugly and let them decide for themselves whether or not they want to pursue a career at Trip.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The exec team needs to put an emphasis on something other than core engineering (or at least place as much emphasis on...) and be more thoughtful and transparent around departmental "re-organizations" that make no business sense and address needless attrition of solid performers.

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

    Good benefits but salary could be more competitive

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive  in  Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Oxford, England (UK)

    Pros

    You get a great benefits package, which I never had in my previous jobs.
    Nice modern office
    Fruits and snacks for free, lunch discounts

    Cons

    Salary is very low and changes and decisions are made without thinking and testing them first.
    Sales Agents and Account Executives have to find out on their own (or by customer complain) about changes made to site, prices or CRM messaging.
    Employees are always asked for feedback, but in the end it always goes the other way round and their opinion is not counting at all.
    No internal communication between different departments.
    Management not qualified to lead a multi billion dollar company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the feedback give by the people on the phone, they speak with the customers and feed back what is really going on, and don't just act and than find out if it works or not.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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