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SmarterTravel Overview

Boston, MA (US)
201 to 500 employees
TripAdvisor
1998
Subsidiary or Business Segment
Internet
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Priceline.com, Kayak.com, Orbitz Worldwide
SmarterTravel, a TripAdvisor Company, offers travelers a portfolio of several distinct travel sites to help them find the right trip at the right price.

Over 30 million unique visitors come to our sites each month, and we send over 300 million emails to our ... Read more

SmarterTravel Reviews

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    "Great People, Great Perks, Great Work-Life Balance"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Boston, MA (US)
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    I have been working at SmarterTravel full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Part of the TripAdvisor family
    -Amazing and reputable brands: Airfarewatchdog, Oyster, SmarterTravel.com, Family Vacation Critic, Jetsetter, and What To Pack
    -Teams take accountability and are passionate about their work
    -Free lunches are served 2x a week
    -Sweetgreen delivery outpost on other days of week
    -Great office location next to TD Garden
    -Consistently have All Hands with transparency into how business is going
    -Amazing upper management team with easy access (no closed-door policy)
    -Dog friendly office
    -Unlimited snacks
    -Good work environment
    -Stand-up desks and Balance Board rentals (to work on that core!)
    - Summer Fridays
    -Happy Hour 4pm Every Friday
    -Flexible work from home policy
    -Travel stipend that increases for each year you work
    -Potential for Restricted Stock Units
    -401k Matching Policy
    -Partnerships with many gyms around the city

    Cons

    -There was a morale issue when I first started, due to many employees moving over to the TripAdvisor side, which can be seen as a con. However, management took issues extremely seriously and have implemented ways to improve morale.
    -Lunch options aren't always the healthiest, but I can't really complain about a free lunch

    Advice to Management

    Keep being transparent, it's appreciated!

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SmarterTravel Photos

SmarterTravel photo of: Reception
SmarterTravel photo of: The SmarterTravel & FlipKey team celebrate their first year in our Causeway Office. Cheers, team!
SmarterTravel photo of: Our President, David Krauter, sharing SmarterTravel's story and answering questions at the NewCo Boston Festival in April 2016
SmarterTravel photo of: Best. Costume. Ever. Great work, SEM team! (Halloween 2013)
SmarterTravel photo of: SmarterTravelers enjoying our 2014 Summer Outing to Thompson Island
SmarterTravel photo of: Our marketing team went for a "fresh fruit" theme for our 2014 Halloween Costume Contest. Great costumes, team!
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SmarterTravel Interviews

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    Computer Programmer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY (US)
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at SmarterTravel (New York, NY (US)) in December 2009.

    Interview

    Had a Skype interview with one of their developers. He seemed disappointed I didn't have a webcam, even though the interview had been described as a "phone" interview. We spoke a bit about my background and goals, and about what I thought my strengths were. The interviewer gave me a programming problem which did seem to draw upon my strengths: write a function in C to compress a string using Run-Length Encoding. He watched (using a sort of remote assistance product from JoelOnSoftware.com) as I entered the code in Visual Studio. We never tried to compile or run it. I thought I got the function basically done (90% or so) and then talked about it a bit. I thought I did well, but I was quickly informed via e-mail that I would not be receiving an offer. In retrospect, I answered incorrectly on a question about the worst-case size of the output- it can actually be significantly bigger than the input. (This fact hit my during my morning commute the next day). Also, I correctly identified some edge cases but left them marked with "to do" comments. I guess the interviewer didn't like that, but frankly I find these sorts of Rube Goldberg Remote Desktop / extemporaneous interviews to be agonizing, and I guess I'm going to have to either get lucky or find an employer that values other things. The staff at Oyster.com seemed like decent people, though, and they didn't waste any more of my time than was absolutely necessary, which I liked. I do think that luck and what I'll call IT / home theater ability played a bit too much of a role here.

    Interview Questions

    • Write a C function to encode a string using RLE encoding   1 Answer
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