TripAdvisor

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TripAdvisor Reviews

Updated 23 January, 2015
Updated 23 January, 2015
209 Reviews
3.5
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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.  

    Very fast moving company, a lot to learn

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous in London, England (UK)

    I worked at TripAdvisor full-time

    Pros

    You will work with very clever people and learn a lot. You always have to keep up to date on everything which is great. Management gives you quite a lot of freedom. Nice perks such as free gym membership.

    Cons

    Very high goals : as in most of very successful companies, goals are high which is normal. However, on my last year they became unrealistic which tends to demotivate people a lot.

    Not the most social place : even if most of the people are nice, the atmosphere is not great. People rarely see each other outside of work and when there is an event organized by the social team, not even half of the employees are coming.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Goals should be high but remain reachable.
    Please make the place more sociable.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    TripAdvisor among the best in tech

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Email Marketing Manager in Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Email Marketing Manager in Boston, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance is highly valued and actually achieved, unlike many tech companies who talk the talk but do not walk the walk.

    Cons

    Upward growth potential, no career track per se.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep including us in your plans and share the successes and failings openly, as is already being done.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good company

    • 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

    Nice benefits and salary
    They have nice working environment
    Everyone is friendly

    Cons

    There is nothing negative about this company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Creative professionals beware! (SmarterTravel, T.A. branch office)

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

    I worked at TripAdvisor full-time

    Pros

    Compensation was reasonably competitive at the time I was hired, and the perks are great (catered lunches, stocked kitchens, etc). Many of the people are friendly, extremely smart and passionate about their work. The CEO is a very passionate, inspiring leader.

    Cons

    The higher-level leadership on the creative team (in the Boston Branch office called SmarterTravel) is of the lowest quality I've come across in my career. I've had the pleasure of working with many talented creative leaders over the years, but this office employs perhaps the greatest exception in the field. There is extremely high turnover on the creative team. I would suggest that designers stay far, far away if they're interested in learning from their leaders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider the source of the high turnover rate on the creative team. It's a very easy fix.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good company to work for

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    • 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 full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Smart co-workers. Great benefits and health insurance. Pretty nice office in a good location.

    Cons

    Salary stagnates with very minimal increments. Promotions are slow. Bonus schemes for non-sales people are meagre.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    More..

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

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

    Pros

    Great company feel - they plan a lot of activities for the employees and make sure you have everything you need in house.

    Cons

    Low salary - they really don't pay enough for employees to be able to afford living near the office/Boston - people live hours away and commute due to low salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure it out!!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent company with fantastic people, but satisfaction depends upon your role.

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

    I worked at TripAdvisor full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company offers excellent benefits, encourages personal growth, and sees genuinely invested in their employees' development and happiness. Overall, the company is comprised of whip-smart, innovative people who are fully engaged in their job and the company's success.

    Cons

    Adequate compensation and personal satisfaction varies from department to department. If you are an engineer, it seems you are catered to and are the top priority at the company. If you originate in a different department, however, your experience may be very different. It will also vary depending on whom is guiding your team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management tries very hard to maintain an open line of communication with employees and encourage innovation, but I think the "boots on the ground" employees, such as those who work on actual reviews, are often overlooked and the true potential of each individual can go unrecognized and untapped. Perhaps, more time with lower level employees would assist in strengthening that communication and open up new possibilities for innovation and growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Fantastic people

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

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

    Pros

    Great people, fantastic environment. Each single colleague is a fantastic person: he/she has both great skills and a fantastic attitude. You could not wish for better people to work with.

    Cons

    Not innovative: it is very difficult to introduce changes. The company is doing well and see any change as a threat.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are doing great but it would be nicer if engineers could have more motivation to learn new things and improve, being less conservative

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good company that is rapidly growing

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

    I worked at TripAdvisor as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    The culture was great and they have a lot of young employees. One of the benefits for full time employees is they get 4 "summer Fridays" during July or August.

    Cons

    They are growing quickly, and they can't hire fast enough. Therefore current employees are left with a lot of work, and sometimes long hours.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 10 people found this helpful  

    Good place for a starting engineer

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    --Development--
    For engineers who are just entering the workforce, TripAdvisor is an awesome place to start a career. The mandate of full-stack development allows engineers to gain crucial experience on many common, though somewhat antiquated, coding frameworks. At TripAdvisor, there are plenty of examples of winning strategies and failing strategies. Observant engineers will learn as much about what not to do in software development as they will about what to do, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. Experience in both frontend and backend development, along with guidance from talented fellow engineers, will set engineers up well for their next employment jump.

    --Benefits--
    TripAdvisor employees get a $250 once per year personal travel bonus to help compensate a hotel stay or plane ride. The medical package is good for single employees and decent for employees with families. There is free lunch on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.

    --Culture--
    There are a lot of very smart people, engineering and otherwise, who are social, friendly, and inviting of newcomers.

    Cons

    --Environment --
    TripAdvisor prides itself on moving quickly, our motto is "Speed Wins". Sadly, that motto is more often used to justify making poor design decisions to quickly finish small projects than on identifying new trends within the industry and acting on them. As a result, many sections of the codebase are in disrepair. Poor code from previous projects often hinders developers' ability to achieve the goals of their current projects and are frustrating to encounter on a deadline. Upper-management is also reluctant to spend money and man-power fixing problems that slow down development.

    --Compensation--
    TripAdvisor is a good place to start a career, but it is not a good place to continue one. Hard work is rarely rewarded and the pay raises are relatively flat. Last year's bonus cycle brought modest pay raises that were about on-par with cost of living increases. The realization that new hires are compensated on par with or better than employees who have been around and know the codebase creates morale problems. Many engineers here take this is a signal from management that unseasoned engineers are worth as much as current engineers and that career advancement is limited.

    --Benefits--
    Although the company has offices around the world, engineers are discouraged from visiting them. It isn't that the benefits here are bad, it's that there is nothing that really stands out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Prove to employees that we are worth keeping around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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