TripAdvisor
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www.tripadvisor.com Newton, MA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Jan 10, 2014
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TripAdvisor President and CEO Stephen Kaufer

Stephen Kaufer

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73% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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not good enough

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Newton, MA (US)

I worked at TripAdvisor full-time for more than a year

Prosit provides convenience for employees because it offers lunch 3 days a week. And other company wide benefits are good.

Consthe team started to get messy since a management restructure last July. A guy came in and became VP of this global team. He's quite biased and unprofessional. He brought a group of his people to combine to this global team. and he only valued those who he worked with for a long time. He didn't and never respected others' ideas and efforts and hard work. I am so so glad that I made the decision to leave there because I felt that I wouldn't have any career advancement if I stayed for 1 more day/month/year. Besides, people on this team kept leaving, mostly in newton location. people on London and Singapore side both complain communication issues a lot.

Advice to Senior Managementgo to some online/ffline management classes to learn to be more professional.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Jan 23, 2014

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a really unpleasant place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at TripAdvisor full-time

Prosbright people, good benefits and perks, free lunches, games, fairly relaxed atmosphere

Consterrible middle and upper management - elitist, rule by fear
poor communication
blame is the name of the game
unprofessional HR - nothing is confidential
morale is very low and declining still
favouritism is obvious and shameless
too much middle management
the reality of TripAdvisor as described in the interview process is not what you get once you're in
If you are an engineer at TripAdvisor you're gold, if not, be prepared to update your resume/CV soon
Quickly becoming a corporate culture with all the negative implications that implies

Advice to Senior ManagementLess arrogance is needed, stop rewarding or ignoring bad behaviour. Take time to understand who is in your management team and ask if they are really adding any value - or actually doing anything at all, for that matter. Speed Wins is not a healthy motto for ALL departments. People are leaving in droves for a reason - perhaps you should look into why?

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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No Consistency

Human Resources (Current Employee)
Newton, MA (US)

I have been working at TripAdvisor full-time

ProsGreat product, lots of interesting projects
Company in acquisition mode, exciting new additions to portfolio
Free snacks and drinks, free beer

ConsConsistency-no consistency regarding promotions, its a who you know environment
The chosen ones at the VP level get to take paid sabbaticals while everyone else is working at night and on the weekends
HR continues to be a non value add entity and it seems nobody in HR works a 40 hour workweek, some don't work on Fridays all year long.

Advice to Senior ManagementCreate a more all for one, one for all atmosphere.
Eliminate the sabbaticals for the VP's, or create a program where everyone gets one after 5 years or something

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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The Communications department is a mess

PR Manager (Former Employee)

I worked at TripAdvisor full-time for more than a year

Pros- Well known brand
- Good employee perks, e.g. $250 yearly personal travel stipend

Cons- Leadership is not focused on coaching, developing career paths, or skill building
- Environment can be stressful
- Everyone does administrative work - "all hands on deck"
- Coordinating over global time zones is difficult and often it takes days/weeks to receive an answer to a simple request
- Projects require several levels of red tape, approvals, edits. The "Speed Wins" mentality does not ring true here
- PR department has suffered a retention problem - 5 employees resigned in 12 months

Advice to Senior ManagementHire a VP in the U.S. who has strong management experience and can be accessible to the team. Someone who can LEAD, not just execute. Hiring a new junior PR assistant to offload some of the administrative work wouldn't be a bad idea either.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Disappointing

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Newton, MA (US)

I have been working at TripAdvisor full-time

ProsStarted when part of Expedia. I loved the benefits and perks. We lost some perks when spinning off from Expedia. When I started, the company was smaller, teams were about 1/3 of the size they are now and I felt as though the treated their employees like gold....with mediocre pay but awesome bonus structure. Snacks, lunches, outings etc are great...but not enough to create career satisfaction.

ConsVery poor management and very top heavy. "Lead by example" is not something practiced here. Nothing is confidential with your manager or HR. Teams are heavily micro-managed. Individuals who are successful in their positions are encouraged to stay in their position. Management is incredibly short sighted thinking you're best for the company at status quo instead of grooming you for greater things. They have lost many talented people due to this practice. Poor performers are consistently promoted due to "friendships" they have with senior management. That being said, promotion from within is incredibly limited especially when considering upward mobility within your own team. Morale is incredibly low. Annual raises are below industry standards and below cost of living adjustments.

Advice to Senior ManagementClean house. The idea that you can find better outside the company for positions instead of within your own 4 walls is shortsighted. No one responds to the confidential surveys honestly. My team is "coached" on how to respond...on every survey you send out. Have employees review their managers and their manager's managers in the way they review themselves. Confidentially; and not TA confidentially but truly confidentially.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Happiness means not working at TripAdvisor

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Newton, MA (US)

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

ProsNicely designed environment, beautiful salt water fish tank, free food & drinks (if that's what your going for in a career move), some (SOME) really good talent, useful website and excellent Iphone app.

ConsCompany projects itself one way, but internally acts very differently. Hugely political, so plan to play the game and it's not always nice. Roadblocks everywhere. Very poor to no leadership. Creativity killer. So quiet most days (w 200ish people), I used to call it the morgue. No objectives or plan laid out, just day to day work, nothing to work towards. No collaboration, no communication. Non-competitive salary (I make a lot more now that I have left).

Advice to Senior ManagementLead. Inspire. Motivate. Manage. Like you've been hired to do. Recognize the talents and assets on your team, and tap those. Respect the members of your team. Take your ego down a few notches so you can actually see who is working for you. Don't (repeatedly) blow people off. Everyone's time is valuable, not just yours. Recognize that people come w skills and experience, so let them use them. LISTEN once in awhile.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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London office better than Newton

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London, England (UK)

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

ProsSoho Square location with roof terrace
Social committee who try to get engagement amongst people
Multi-cultural staff
Great product in marketplace

ConsNewton power struggle to maintain control across a 'global company'
Internal politics
Pathetic HR leadership in Newton
No career growth pathways

Advice to Senior ManagementFoster more team work and spirit amongst employees - Newton is a morgue and london will head the same way soon too.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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A JOKE

Director (Current Employee)
Newton, MA (US)

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

Pros- great benefits/perks
- catered lunch
- gives back to the community
- smart people
- awesome product

Cons- HR team is a joke. talk about the most useless group in the company. if you tell your HR rep something be prepared for the entire company to know. The leaders of this group are the worst i have ever seen
- Managers who can't manage.
- Lead by fear and intimidation
- Speed wins isn't real. Everything takes forever to get done.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop promoting people because you like them. Not everyone should be a manager or a leader. This was an amazing company years ago. Talk about going down the drain.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Was a good company, going downhill really fast!

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

Prosdecent salary
some fun co workers
generally flexible management

Consincompetence at many levels of management
"speed wins" is a huge lie
every day the place is getting more and more political
no more innovation, very close to stagnation
HR is useless
no real vision
not necessarily the best place to feel engaged and working on exciting stuff
culture of pointing fingers, not really interested in learning from mistakes first figure out who to blame.
the TripAdvisor for Business side of the business is a complete mess of politics, incompetence, and goal less paddling. everyone is trying to be out for themselves, no real team work. suck up to your boss and however retarded ways they might work. management go back to school and learn about basic "organizational behavior" may be you will figure out a way to fix things up.

Advice to Senior Managementwhat happened to you folks? why is this company falling apart (people wise)? why have you stopped taking risks and trying to go and do some real innovative work. stop talking and start doing. "Speed Wins" doesnt seem to exist. some really great people are leaving your company, figure out ways to keep them engaged and provide them with a real vision.
close down T4B and re-organize that side of the business with better goals and better people.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good highs, followed by lows.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at TripAdvisor

ProsThere's a common theme around the posts and my experience is no different. Benefits are great, they have tried to create a collaborative environment and the office space is great. You like coming in to work.

ConsThe bosses. As others have mentioned, it's one thing to work for Steve, another to work for some of the people populating the second rung of leadership.

Advice to Senior ManagementPeel back the growth in traffic numbers and look at actual projects - see what's actually lived up to its promise and what hasn't. There's some very arrogant people in the second tier who take credit for essentially achieving nothing on their own. What happens, is inspite and not because of them.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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