TripAdvisor Reviews

Updated 1 October, 2014
Updated 1 October, 2014
187 Reviews
3.7
187 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 16 reviews)

  • Free lunch, unlimited free snacks, great italian coffee machines all over the bldg and refrigerators stocked with every drink imaginable (in 28 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Fast Pace, Data Driven

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Analyst  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Marketing Analyst in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    If you like to be at company that's winning, TA is a good place for you. The company is very data driven and is both innovating and iterating at a pace that will keep it ahead of competitors for a long time.

    Pay is also competitive and there are many benefits and perks.

    Cons

    The pace is so fast that sometimes it can be overwhelming. Hiring can sometimes be slow which puts extra pressure on current employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good company for engineers

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

    I have been working at TripAdvisor as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    TripAdvisor hiring process is very selective and they hire top-notch engineers from top schools (MIT, Harvard), but TA also has no ass*e policy.
    Very technical environment. The CEO has software background. It's a data driven company.
    Very good perks: Free catered lunches 3 days a week, soda, snacks, pizza, gym on site, Mac laptops. Tech talks every Wednesday.
    Good compensation.
    Flexible hours, could work from home.
    The company promotes from within.

    Cons

    Hectic environment, some people put more than 60 hours/week.
    "Speed wins" mantra doesn't always work.
    The communication between the teams could be improved.
    Huge code base and sometimes difficult to maintain.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 11 people found this helpful  

    Great Product but Turnover is a major problem

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

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

    Pros

    Free lunches, free food and drinks almost all the time. Young, fast moving culture and a great office space, moving to an even bigger office in the future. Great product, trusted source of travel reviews, company is making money.

    Cons

    Turnover! It seems like most of the groups are being impacted by turnover, a lot of employees have left the company for greener pastures, the performance rating process and raise %'s being very low for a company that is very profitable, seems to be the common thread. The HR team is non-existent, adds no value to the employees or senior management, and has had more turnover than any other group at Trip, even the most senior leader of HR left along with the leader of compensation. Not sure Senior Mgt knows how bad the turnover problem actually is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire a consulting firm to determine the sources for all the turnover, outsource HR until a new team can be built from the ground up. Figure out the retention issue.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Ruthless Corporate America

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

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

    Pros

    Compensation is good and the stock is on a tear. Good place to work if money is the motivation.

    Cons

    Work is not really interesting. You will work on a lot of one week tweak projects. Competitive culture. But also a culture of fear codified by a speed wins mantra. Management is cold and ruthless. Classic corporate America. The company will do well because of its ruthless attitude.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Couple of token social projects will not really hide the kind of company you really are.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    TripAdvisor Response

    Mar 24, 2014Dir of HR

    Thanks for your feedback and we're sorry that your time at TripAdvisor wasn't what you hoped it would be. We've noted your feedback on our projects and culture. Whether small or big, we believe that ... More

  6.  

    Good atmosphere, smart people

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

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

    Pros

    - My team, and the people who manage my team, are really driven and focused. This makes work very interesting. We are encouraged to bring crazy ideas to the table and are given the go-ahead to work on these ideas.

    - Work culture: Free lunches, team bonding events, casual, free beer, your co-workers can be your friends

    - Data driven

    - Engineers and non-engineers are given equal prominence (at least on my team)

    Cons

    - Your managers greatly influence your experience at TripAdvisor. I am really lucky to have good managers but a lot of my other co-workers aren't

    - Salary: Could be better :)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Super corporate atmosphere run at the top by power hungry close minded individuals

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

    I have been working at TripAdvisor full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    the common people at the company

    Cons

    upper management is pretty awful and only getting worse since they have globalized

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    encourage ideas and remember what got you there

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    TripAdvisor Response

    Mar 19, 2014Dir of HR

    Thank you for your feedback--we're sorry that your experience at TripAdvisor isn't currently what you want it to be. Your feedback is very useful as we continue to focus on growing our culture and ... More

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Quickly evolving company

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of smart people and perks

    Cons

    Salaries for non-engineers are no longer competitive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Innovative and fun environment!

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

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

    Pros

    Innovative, social, foster teamwork. If you ask, you will receive...maybe not immediately but in time.

    Cons

    Like I said, it takes time for ideas/projects to get approval. Little support from management so it can be difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more opportunities to move up within the company, or even to explore other departments.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    High growth company

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

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

    Pros

    -Great benefits
    -Solid work/life balance
    -Good salary/bonus/stock
    -Free lunch and other perks

    Cons

    -Sometimes stressful (during deadlines, etc)
    -Headquarters technology isn't great for communicating with colleagues in other offices

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to listen to employee feedback---in all locations. Communicate how the company scales its values and processes with global growth--and really apply it to how we work in the day to day and the culture overall (in all offices). But overall, great co with a strong future.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good company to work for, but...

    • 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 full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Career progression
    Relaxed atmosphere in the office

    Cons

    Fast becoming detached from clients' reality
    Too centralised from Newton
    Lack of internal communication

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time listening to your sales agent, they know their clients.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    TripAdvisor Response

    Jan 23, 2014Global Manager, Talent Acquisition

    Thanks! We’re pleased that you’re a fan of our benefits, career pathways (especially since we’ve been working on better defining these), and casual office atmosphere.
    Your feedback on communication
    ... More

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