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TripAdvisor Reviews

Updated February 23, 2015
Updated February 23, 2015
143 Reviews
3.6
143 Reviews
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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. 2 people found this helpful  

    A good Place to start

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and a strong salary even for entry level positions. The free lunch 3-4 times a week is good plus the unlimited snacks and drinks. A nitpick here is that they tend to restock the drinks nobody likes and cycle out the ones that I like and are gone.

    Developing is fast paced and changes can be shown to others very quickly after completion. This is a full stack development which allows for all engineers make their own design decisions for the implementation. There is good communication with the product managers which allows the engineer to give a fair amount of input.

    The people at the company are awesome. The culture tends to be laid back in the teams and the environment promotes asking other engineers for help on difficult sections.

    There are a bunch of training classes for spoken languages and other trainings. However they are not easily accessible or I never felt that they were easy to seek out. It would be better if fewer were offered at a time and have a visible place to access and sign up. There is some support for this but it could be better.

    There are plenty of things to do at the office, including video games, board games and a foosball table. But aside from the foosball table, these get rarely used if at all.

    Cons

    Mobility within the company is difficult. In order to switch teams or offices you need to be excellent at your current position. The culture for this is one of blame. Bugs you introduce are tracked and remembered indefinitely. These all detract from the excellent rating. This is a serious problem, if you are placed on a product that doesn't interest you, it is difficult to excel and switch to another part.

    Work life balance is not the greatest. Engineers are advised that 40 hours is the minimum, and working beyond that is a good way to show their exceptional work.

    The code base is not in the best state. Code is often copied and pasted which leads to errors or outdated code permeating the entire website. Encapsulation is not very well achieved because of this. Similarily the opposite can occur, where several different ways of doing the same thing are implemented as part of different projects which introduces inconsistencies. Code is rarely cleaned up, however there seems to be a push to do more cleanup projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give measurable goals and expectations for the employees. Give career advancement classes to the non managers and give incentives to do so. Promote a better culture where non-engineering tasks can be accomplished. This can be done by giving recommended break times or moving the entertainement stuff to a more accessible area.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Used to have a great culture

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

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

    Pros

    -- Coworkers are very intelligent
    -- Flexible work schedule
    -- Standard perks -- beer and wine at happy hour, foosball table and video games, food all the time
    -- About to move into a giant new headquarters

    Cons

    -- Engineering culture has become very fragmented. In the years since I started, the social community has faded and it's harder to connect with engineers outside of your team.
    -- It's harder than it should be to switch teams, and hard to figure out how to advance your career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do more to promote community among the engineering teams. Teams feel more isolated and less cooperative than they used to. Maybe provide mentors for new employees to introduce them to the culture and help them make connections to the established personalities -- it's very hard to get on the good projects or advance within the company without those connections.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TripAdvisor

    Pros

    Great company. I had the chance to work with great people and a chance to meet some great people. I recommend it to those looking for a start!

    Cons

    I do not think the growth was very rapid in terms of moving up in employment. It is a great place to start, but I will not be here for 10 plus years.

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  5.  

    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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    More..

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

    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
  7. 11 people found this helpful  

    Good place for a starting engineer

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

    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
  8. 13 people found this helpful  

    Not structured for scale

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

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

    Pros

    Free lunches 3x a week
    Complimentary snacks/beverages
    Travel reimbursement
    Nice people

    Cons

    When I interviewed for my role, every person I talked to emphasized that we're a "speed wins" culture. Now that I'm in the company, I realize it's just words. You can't actually do anything without approval from the CEO. Every request for new headcount requires his approval, and in some cases takes month to finalize. He often pushes back on headcount requests for reasons such as "don't agree with years of experience" or "role should be a level J, not a K". I haven't been able to figure out if he's a micro-manager or if he doesn't trust his leadership team (or both). Additionally, I believe the company is grossly inefficient. Many acquisitions have been made, and it doesn't appear as though there are any plans to integrate the companies. I understand sometimes that is done for strategic reasons, but I don't see how the company will scale with so many engineering teams, so many marketing teams, so many distinct sales organizations, etc. Sadly, everyone I've talked to who has joined TripAdvisor from larger, more established companies seems to feel the same way. The company has such a strong employment brand, but then you join and can't wrap your head around how the company has been able to be successful at all. I suspect TripAdvisor is trying to hold on to the "small company, start-up type" culture, but sometimes a company needs to accept that they're not small anymore (almost 3k people now) and needs to start acting like a larger company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please trust your managers to make decisions for their own orgs. If you don't trust them, find people you can trust.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Very satisfying

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

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

    Pros

    FANTASTIC work environment, beautiful new office, excellent managers, summer Friday program, benefits galore. Best practices tend to be followed on a day-to-day basis, and it is clear that everyone cares about the product we're putting out. Professional development is stressed through the company's Compass program. I was able to complete CISSP training for free, and I'm currently learning new programming languages in addition to Russian.

    Cons

    The Cruise Critic brand is located in Pennington, NJ which is just about the midpoint between New York and Philadelphia. Because of the location it is difficult to fill Software Engineer positions, as many people are not willing to travel so far to get to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It might be a good idea to move the tech department of Cruise Critic closer to New York (or Philadelphia) in order to expand the talent pool.

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

    Great place to work!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TripAdvisor

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Very smart people to work with. Very fast paced environment.

    Cons

    Be prepared to move really fast.

  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Treats their acquisitions like dirt!

    • 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

    Company benefits are way above others. Very generous! Good job!

    Cons

    As a newly acquired employee, they have treated us like second class citizens, talking down to us, and come across completely uncoordinated in their approach toward acquisitions.

    A cast of thousands all doing their own thing with no communication and coordination amongst each other.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out your acquisition strategy and figure it out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    TripAdvisor Response

    Oct 9, 2014Director of HR

    Welcome! And thank you for your frank feedback. I’m disappointed to hear that you haven’t had a positive experience. However, we’re continuing to learn how to best manage acquisitions. We recognize ... More

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