Orbitz Worldwide Reviews

Updated February 13, 2015
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  1. Software QA

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Orbitz Worldwide full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to work with good benefits.

    Cons

    There were some distraction and meetings.

  2. Solid but Inefficient Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Intern in Chicago, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It has a top-notch location. As being a travel site, their employee benefits are good if you are into travel.

    Cons

    They do not offer a very challenging environment. They have a very small research team, thus somewhat not an agile company.

  3. Helpful (3)

    A good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Orbitz is over all a good place to work and encourages professional growth. Management overall trusts employees and from where I worked in product management there is a fair bit of latitude in how one gets the job done.

    Cons

    Although the company says that they value the employees, their actions do not support their words. Employees are looked at as interchangeable parts without consideration of skills and knowledge.

    Management also at times seems to be rudderless, and resources are wasted on the latest hot project, only to then have it tossed aside for the next new thing.

    Advice to Management

    Stop and think before you set wheels into motion.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Great company to get in and learn for 1-2 years, but very limited upward mobility thereafter.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Orbitz Worldwide

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    In most departments, the work life balance is very good allowing employees the ability to work from home if needed. Office culture if friendly and laid back. Relaxed dress code. Monthly in office happy hour events are fun. Great people to work with.

    Cons

    If you are not in a select few departments, it is very difficult to surface new ideas/business concepts. Promotions to advance your career are very hard to come by. You need to have the good fortune of being on the right project at the right time. There is no real career path for growth within the company.

    Advice to Management

    The SLT needs to develop a way to get new ideas for innovation heard by top executives. They also need to do a better job at defining a path for promotion and career development for employees.

    Orbitz Worldwide Response

    Jan 7, 2015Dir. of Talent Development

    Appreciate your honest feedback, and we have recently taken steps to more clearly define available career paths across the company. For example, we published a Global Career Framework to outline the ... More

  6. Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    * Fast paced
    * Really great people
    * The management actually cares about people

    Cons

    * Bad salary
    * Confusing titles- A Product Manager is called a Sr Product Analyst !
    * Especially for Product roles, the business seems to set the roadmap

  7. Helpful (1)

    Micro Management is a big concern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Enineer_Business Intelligence Teams in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Software Enineer_Business Intelligence Teams in Chicago, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1) Orbitz provides opportunities for personal growth.
    2) Daily Breakfast
    3) Adoption of latest technologies.
    4) Convenient to commute.

    Cons

    1) Work - life balance is a big joke. Working in agile model makes this place less fun.
    2) No employee appreciation
    3) Micro Management.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage employee appreciation and eliminate micro management. Encourage team outings / lunches so there would be a good bond with in the team.

  8. Decent company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Orbitz Worldwide full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, professional. Understanding of work-life balance. Good benefits. Decent work culture. HQ located near train station, easy to commute.

    Cons

    The people are great for the most part, but I found it difficult to grow my career there. I'm sure there are stories of people growing there, and I'm not taking away from that. It just didn't happen to me.

  9. Helpful (4)

    People are great, tech is interesting, the rest...

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

    I have been working at Orbitz Worldwide full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    ~People are collaborative and smart
    ~Culture is laid back and respectful
    ~Mostly data-driven decision making
    ~Interesting technology

    Cons

    ~Incoherent management across different business and technology groups;
    ~Poor career guidance, it is essentially non-existent; even when you raise your hand and ask; you will get more responsibility but don't think that means anything in terms of growth, new opportunity, or compensation
    ~Weak strategy (large generic goals to talk about the quarterly meetings but not much more)

    Advice to Management

    Customer opinions and experience should matter far more. EBITDA is a ridiculous thing to constantly say to employees and tout; we get it costs are bad, profits are good. Shareholders are not the customer though.

    Hold leadership accountable

    Empower the technology team to truly innovate the travel space. You have nothing to lose, except your feeling of control.

  10. Helpful (2)

    GREAT Environment, dependent on your department

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

    I have been working at Orbitz Worldwide

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    fun atmosphere
    fun employees
    great location
    good benefits

    Cons

    HR need to perform more reviews of management

    Advice to Management

    don't promote people who are not leaders

  11. Helpful (5)

    Not a bad place to work at

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Orbitz Worldwide full-time (more than 5 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    * Office is conveniently located inside the Ogilvie train station and across the street from Union Station.
    * Casual dress code.
    * Company offers good health benefits

    Cons

    * Work life balance is not valued at Orbitz. As a technology company it is unfortunate that work from home policy is not instituted and frowned upon. Flex work schedule is difficult to work out. This is KEY for happy employees.
    * Too much focus on perception and not the end result.

    Advice to Management

    Value your long term employees! Orbitz has a complex infrastructure, and hiring and training new employees is not an easy task. It can take years for an employees to learn and master their area to become a subject matter expert.

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