Orbitz Worldwide

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Orbitz Worldwide Reviews

Updated December 20, 2014
Updated December 20, 2014
393 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.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Information Architect in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Information Architect in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Orbitz Worldwide

    Pros

    Clean, modern, has all the gadgets, week off between Christmas and new years

    Cons

    they grade on a curve

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Did the curve really help?

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

    Great culture, great opportunity, great business

    • 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

    Pros

    Orbitz fully supports a healthy work-life balance, understanding that life happens and hours spent in a cube aren't the sole metric for gauging quality work. They support their employees by offering, and even encouraging, the pursuit of various career opportunities, even if it is in a different area of the company. Personal growth is also a focus with various groups for mentoring, for women, etc. There is an overall happy "vibe" and management is very accessible - great culture.

    Cons

    Salary isn't quite what of some major companies can offer. However, the company is continually growing, and the work-life balance takes a huge stress off compared to the lifestyle at some of those other compaies. Some adjustments still being made as far as company organization, but that is to be expected with a growing company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Conduct follow-ups during the first couple weeks of onboarding to ensure new hires are acclimating well to their new roles.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Orbitz Worldwide Response

    Dec 3, 2014Dir. of Talent Development

    Glad to know you appreciate the work/life balance at Orbitz and that you have found numerous opportunities for personal growth. Thank you also for the idea to conduct follow-up meetings shortly after ... More

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great analytical environment

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

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

    Pros

    As an analyst, I'm happy to be in a place with tons of data and a sound data structure. They are open to what ever software helps their employees produce the best results. Good leadership and happy teammates. Good benefits and a fair amount of free stuff.

    Cons

    Nice building, but I have had better views.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to switch from greenplum to hadoop

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

    Great career opportunities, great people!

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

    I have been working at Orbitz Worldwide full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I love the fact that no two days (or two years) are the same. I have really enjoyed the variety of career options i have had. And love the fact that i work with such great people (smart, hard working, non-political) at a company that is at the intersection of two great areas...Internet and travel. Chicago is an awesome city.

    Cons

    We operate in a very competitive sector with large and small competitors. This keeps us on our toes, which makes for an exciting enviorment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Momentum is strong...keep it up. Keep up communications.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Absolutely Great Place to Work and Grow

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

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

    Pros

    Challenging work to make complex transactions appear simple and easy. Have a global impact and at the end of the day the general public cares about what you do. Smart people who are hugely supportive and willing to drop what they are working on at any time to provide help. Open culture that encourages sharing with the greater tech community.

    Cons

    Very self-directed culture that gives you lot's of freedom but not always clear on the priorities. Very competitive industry makes it feel like there's always a zillion things to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clarify strategic goals and where we're going to focus to differentiate from the competition.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Very stimulating place to work, great opportunities for growth and development

    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Orbitz is remarkably unpolitical for a company of its size. There are so many opportunities to learn about the company, and about different functions within the organization. For a company that's at the cutting edge of many areas that translates into a very unusual opportunity to learn about at scale web technologies and e-commerce.

    The company has been consistently focused on 3 strategic themes for several years now: loyalty, mobile and international expansion. The company's consumer brands have industry-leading loyalty offerings - Orbitz Rewards in the US and ebookers Bonus+ in Europe - and very successful mobile apps. Internationally the company is expanding into high growth markets through its own brands, private label and corporate (managed) travel. It's nice that there is consistency of these strategic themes, so we're able to invest against them and build meaningful technology to support each of them, versus flip flopping all the time like many companies seem to do.

    The Orbitz tech platform is very strong. They went through a multi-year replatforming that finished early 2012, which sucked a significant amount of resources at the time. However now it's in place it means the cycle time is way reduced. New hires on the tech side now typically ship code to the live site by the end of their first week, which is pretty cool.

    Cons

    It's a super competitive industry so there is always a list of things to do that is way longer than what we can get done in any given time period, which means prioritization becomes really important, and not everyone's projects are going to get done.

    The performance management process compares people across different parts of the company, and means the company is able to target rewards towards the highest performers. Some people don't love this approach but it has certainly increased the caliber of people at the company quite significantly over the last 5 years or so.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Opportunties to get together informally with others in the company such as "Thirsty Thursdays" are great, find ways to increase the frequency and variety of these gatherings. Also do more of the "brown bag" educational sessions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great people and environment, ideal place to work

    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Lack of bureaucracy, down to earth people, laid back yet fast paced environment

    Cons

    Needs better tuition reimbursement policy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Truly a fantastic place to work

    • 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

    Pros

    Orbitz is full of smart people, engaging technical challenges, and a great culture. It gets better and better every year. Remarkably free of politics. Great work-life balance, good benefits. Very collaborative and friendly environment.

    Cons

    Used to be difficult to understand career path past a certain level on the technology side, but they've been working on that and the path is becoming clear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue focusing on a culture of work hard/hard play hard and continuous improvement. Laser focus in the last couple of years has helped galvanize the organization toward common goals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best Tech Company in the MidWest!!!

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

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

    Pros

    Great people, cutting edge technology, great pay/benefits, and work-life balance

    Cons

    May be too fast paced for some...work hard/play hard environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to share all the news with us...we can handle the good, bad and ugly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Still the best damn place to work in Chicago!

    • 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 8 years)

    Pros

    Great company, incredible culture and still undervalued. I have work at and talk to many others about opportunities in Chicago, and Orbitz is by far the best. Incredible progress towards dev-ops and daily deploys. Solid use of agile, and no one is holding still at OWW.

    Cons

    OWW is small in comparison to the competition such as Expedia and Priceline. Requires us to compete with a fraction of the resources and makes us scrappy. We are also highly recruited from for the Bay area.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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