Tripadvisor Senior Software Engineer Reviews

Updated 19 May 2020

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Tripadvisor President and CEO Stephen Kaufer
Stephen Kaufer
11 Ratings
  1. "Job"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Needham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Tripadvisor full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I worked at TripAdvisor and was compensated

    Cons

    Layoffs affected many employees globally

  2. COVID-19

    "Great work environment, losing market share"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Needham, MA

    I have been working at Tripadvisor full-time

    Pros

    Great people, impact is big, lots of interesting parts of the company

    Cons

    Losing market share, COVID-19 impact unknown so far

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Constant reorgs -- but"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Needham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Tripadvisor full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Modern java, truly full-stack engineering, no 'architects' so you get to architect your own solutions, and engineering management usually willing to back up engineers. Nobody ever asked me to work more than 35 hours in a week. That may vary.

    Cons

    Quality of work and management varies widely from team to team. Reorgs are fairly common, because the business is convinced that the right reporting chains in engineering will somehow fix a decade of bad product decisions.

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    Tripadvisor Response

    June 22, 2020Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We are appreciative of employee comments that highlight our strengths as well as areas we can improve upon.

  4. Helpful (10)

    "Sinking ship"

    1.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Needham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Tripadvisor full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good WLB, decent pay for the Boston area, good benefits

    Cons

    Hostile environment, ancient technology, tons of tech debt, bad practices all over the place, lack of vision, struggling finances, lots of perks and benefits were removed after the most recent layoffs

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  5. "Great Company that is going places"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Needham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tripadvisor full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Growing quickly. Good work life balance. Takes care of their employees. Lots of interesting things to work on. Great transparency with quarterly all hands meetings.

    Cons

    It's a large company with some legacy code. Takes time to get up to speed and you definitely have to be self-motivated.

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  6. Helpful (24)

    "Things are deteriorating"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tripadvisor full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Employees are smart Engineer cares about work and quality

    Cons

    Been with Tripadvisor since it was at Needham. It was a very positive experience the first couple of years, but since then, things have been deteriorating. It could be because of stock falling, from high above $100 down to $30 some at some point, Tripadvisor has become more tense and cautious. The motto the last few years have been 'cutting overhead'. That so-called 'overhead' leads to following effects: team downsized to half (many lefts but not many new fillings) but double up the works, snacks got cut down (even got rid of the paper cup on all of the upper floors), a handful of reorgs. When I started working at my current position, I realized the culture at Tripadvisor has not been better either. For one, Tripadvisor doesn't invest much in the employee. There weren't much of the training. For example, unless it's directly applied to the individual existing works, request for attending conference most likely will get turned down. Over the last 6 years, I haven't got to attend one single conference. Transparency at Trip hasn't been at it's best compared to other companies. For instance, employees have submitted questions but never get answered. At townhall, there is generally only a few minutes for addressing a few questions. But one thing that has gone the wrong way above all is the management. I've literally witnessed company letting the good employee go instead of working to keep them. If management wants you to go, they will make things difficult for you so you can quit yourself. If management thinks a team does not add value to their own agenda, they let the team slowly dying on its own instead. There are good management, so it depends on which you joined, but CoreX eng management is not one

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  7. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Software Engineer"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tripadvisor full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    TripAdvisor takes care of its employees very well. It provides free lunches, very good health care, fitness support, opportunities to help other people and organize events to socialize. TripAdivsor's office location is central. It's very close to both Pearse and Docklands train station. The company helps career growth with books and technical talks. It also supports employees to go to conferences. The free snacks in the kitchen are wonderful. Keep up the good work.

    Cons

    I think the concern for at least engineering is dwindling number of engineers. When I have started it was almost 35 engineers and now we aren't even half of it.

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    Tripadvisor Response

    May 18, 2018TripAdvisor

    We appreciate your positive and thoughtful feedback and are so glad to hear that you’re having a great experience at TripAdvisor! As you know, learning and development is an important part of our culture and we’re pleased to see that you’ve mentioned (and hopefully participated in) many of the various learning opportunities that we offer. As is true of any successful company, our teams evolve as the business continues to grow and change. Thanks again for your comments and please feel free to connect with your manager or HR Business partner with any additional feedback and suggestions.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Used to be greater"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Needham, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Tripadvisor full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good brand. Nice perks and benefits. Nice HQ, with unlimited free parking spots. Lots of strong engineers.

    Cons

    Engineering hiring bar was inconsistent, and sometimes candidates who did poorly in interviews eventually got hired(as a result of significantly lowered bar). This is why you would see folks with 10-year software development experiences who are working as junior Software Engineer(not even Software Engineer II) at TripAdvisor. Now good engineers have to tolerate working with those folks, teaching them over and over again how to write code that does not suck.

    Tripadvisor Response

    May 15, 2018TripAdvisor

    Thanks for sharing your feedback and for the positive remarks about our perks, benefits and many of your engineering colleagues. Hiring talented and driven engineers has always been a top priority for us. We have several touchpoints throughout the interview process that help ensure hiring bar consistency across all engineering teams. Additionally, we recently launched interviewer training which helps interviewers to better evaluate candidates. True to our “never stop learning” value, we will continue to work with all teams to further develop their interviewing and evaluation skills. We appreciate you leaving your feedback as it helps us continue to learn and grow. As open communication is an important part of our culture, we encourage you to share any additional feedback with your manager or HR business partner.

  9. "Good company"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Senior Software Engineer in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tripadvisor for less than a year

    Pros

    Pleasant working environment, company benefits

    Cons

    It's a large company with rigid structures

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    Tripadvisor Response

    January 2, 2018SVP Engineering and Operations

    Thanks for your review and for highlighting our environment and benefits. I agree with you that listening/responding to feedback (such as this review) is very important. We take all employee feedback very seriously as it helps us improve the way we operate. As is true of any growing company we’ve added some critical processes and structure in order to continue operating efficiently. We remain committed to our “speed wins” value as we continue to grow. Thanks again for your comments and we wish you the best of luck in your next opportunity. - Nick Shanny, SVP Engineering & Operations

  10. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Software Engineer"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Tripadvisor full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Some people are really great to work with.

    Cons

    Upper management lives in ints own reality.

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    Tripadvisor Response

    July 11, 2017

    Thanks for your comments, although without further detail it’s difficult to address your specific concerns. We take employee feedback very seriously and offer many opportunities, such as monthly town halls and management sync ups, for employees to voice their suggestions and opinions to the leadership team. I want to hear your feedback and encourage you to connect with your HR business partner or me directly to chat further. - Nick Shanny, SVP Engineering and Operations

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