Orbitz Worldwide

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Orbitz Worldwide Reviews

Updated January 11, 2015
Updated January 11, 2015
400 Reviews
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Orbitz Worldwide Chief Executive Officer Barney Harford
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Management emphasizes the work/life balance and encourages you to take vacation (in 75 reviews)

  • Flexible work from home policy; good place to grow if you have the right manager (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • Depending on your department, work life balance can be tough at times (in 15 reviews)

  • It's very hard to achieve unrealistic goals when Senior Management doesn't value experienced employees (in 15 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Stop and think before you set wheels into motion.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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

  3.  

    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 an year)

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    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

    Pros

    fun atmosphere
    fun employees
    great location
    good benefits

    Cons

    HR need to perform more reviews of management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't promote people who are not leaders

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to start a career

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible work from home policy; good place to grow if you have the right manager

    Cons

    Lack of real career paths and development opportunity; very low morale after corporate down-sizing

    Neutral Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good culture, nice people but terrible benefits!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers (peers and higher-ups) are nice, and there's a young and fresh company culture.

    Cons

    Pay is on the lower end of the scale and benefits are not good. They do not offer ANY maternity leave, which is very surprising given the size of the company and the culture/age demographics of younger professionals they try to attract!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider adding benefits to make your employees happier (definitely some kind of maternity leave policy, and maybe other things that won't cost any money like vacation buy, etc).

    No opinion of CEO

    Orbitz Worldwide Response

    Aug 29, 2013Dir. of Talent Development

    Maternity Benefits are covered under the Company’s Short Term Disability Policy. New mothers get 25 weeks of coverage once they’ve been with Orbitz for at least 6 months – at a range of 70% to ... More

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