TripAdvisor Reviews

Updated April 12, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Opportunity constantly available

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TripAdvisor

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

    Pros

    In this growing company you create your own opportunities, and you are solely responsible for what you make of them.

    Cons

    Working for TripAdvisor is nor for you if you want to do the same thing every day, year after year.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, they are your greatest asset.

  2. Helpful (2)

    Exciting Business

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TripAdvisor full-time

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Cool co-workers, fast paced, a lot to do and learn

    Cons

    political environment clogs up process and innovation.
    HR dept is useless; KG is the worst human.

    Advice to Management

    get over the favoritism and office politics.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Great experience, fast paced and fun environment where they actually get stuff done.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Newton, MA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Newton, MA

    I have been working at TripAdvisor full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    "Speed Wins" is the mantra... the entire company works fast in order to stay current. It's great to see projects actually happen, unlike other companies where everything moves too slow. Well rewarded when you make an impact. Good people... and smart. It makes you learn more.

    Cons

    With the speed, things can be higher stress at times. (But the two free kegs available at all times helps). Titles are weird... don't match the industry, and can sound inferior.

    Advice to Management

    Keep this a "start-up" culture, and don't lose sight of the people actually running the business. I used to see Steve a lot more when his office was in the middle of the building. The company has grown a lot, which may create more fires... but at the end of the day you need your engineers and analysts to keep the company afloat.

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  5. Helpful (6)

    Used to be a good place

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    • 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)

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

    Pros

    -- Smart coworkers.
    -- Flexible work schedule.
    -- Nice compensation for new grads.
    -- Free food /snack.

    Cons

    - Engineer turn over rate is high. Most Sr. stay, but more SDE-I and SDE-II left during past two years.
    - Spend too much on recruiting Sr. people, but do not try to solve the high turn over rate.
    - Low salary increase, low RSU and low bonus this year. If you were doing great, you get 2% increase.
    - Managers do not have power to help your compensation if you are not satisfied with. Higher management level does not care your dissatisfaction.
    - Small teams with less engineers do not get higher level management's attention which means your compensation and opinions are not important to them.

    Advice to Management

    Higher level managers should care more about the opinions from engineers. Do not just stay in your offices and smile to monitors.

  6. Great company with great people and great products

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Fun place to work, the people are great, casual work environment, dogs in the office, free food, catered lunch 3 times a week... There's really too much to mention.

    Cons

    There's a lot to do and you're definitely pushed. Sometimes there just aren't enough hours in the week.

  7. Excellent! Challenging and interesting work. Great office!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at TripAdvisor

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

    Pros

    No insane hours. Amazing office perks. Great compensation.

    Cons

    Monthly company meetings. Not much else

  8. Helpful (21)

    Disingenuous

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart CEO
    Global leader in the space
    Great, high-margin, sustainable business model
    Known and trusted brand worldwide
    Growing
    Bright, experienced, talented and motivated colleagues
    Usually there is good work-life balance, interrupted by bursty but fairly regular insane stretches

    Cons

    An obsession with measurement leads to missing the bigger point all too often and driving perverse incentives as well as a silo'd, unhelpful org structure. A few examples - a product team wants to experiment with a promising new feature, and suspects it would drive more user engagement. But if that metric has not been previously identified as important or is difficult for someone in sr management to understand, then either the project will get killed or won't be applauded. Meanwhile a minor turn of the screw on a revenue-generating feature will require an all-hands on deck effort ironically without any holistic analysis of the ROI of that effort. In other words, hooray that we raised revenue on that feature by .5% but at what cost (direct cost and opportunity cost)? No one knows, because no one measured it. Further, you have sales or BD teams feverishly optimizing around their singular metric and potentially squandering a customer or partner opportunity for a value trade that is sub-optimal. If teams had better alignment and communication, TA could figure out the best first home for a customer and partner and work out the most logical order to grow that customer and mutual value. Sr management rarely cares about nor addresses this conflicts, it takes a few employees who care about the bigger picture - at direct personal cost to their own short-term success - to effectively do the right thing.

    Lots of hiring but without any evident positive effect on the process and products. One eng group has grown 2-3x over the past year, and the release process is totally chaotic and broken. Honestly things worked better when we had a few great engineers vs this mess of people all stepping on each other.

    The company constantly says that it is metrics-driven and a meritocracy, but when a team or an individual delivers on and *exceeds* stated goals (in some instances by 50%-300%), there is still unbelievably wide latitude given to management with annual reviews, awarding bonuses, and advancing employees -- coupled with the most opaque system I have ever witnessed. Zero transparency on the review, comp and bonus process. People should not be shocked during their annual reviews, especially when they over-deliver; they should be thanked and properly compensated. And - it should go without saying - employees should have expectations properly set by managers well ahead of the annual review. Much more training is needed here, and it needs to be pushed aggressively as a cultural norm to have open and host feedback with regularity.

    Majority of the focus in on a few small teams to eke out teeny tiny improvements to optimize revenue

    The weekly reports and product reviews talk about +.3% wins and similar micro-steps, which on the one hand makes sense for this relatively mature company, but also is about as dull as dirt in terms of interesting projects for smart people to work on longer term career objectives

    Promotions are virtually nonexistent, but the company is happy to ask already-busy people to take on additional roles during times of turn over.

    A lack of interest in retention has led to high turnover by really talented people up and down the seniority spectrum.

    There has not been a head of HR in well over a year, which speaks volumes about where the priorities and values rest.

    Lack of any organized effort to integrate acquisitions - teams, products, assets, etc.

    New opportunities (revenue, tech, partner) have no logical evaluation process or home / team. You could take a promising oppty to 3 different teams without any commitment or next steps from them. As a result, Trip misses out all of the time on being early to market in new areas and then turns around and blames people internally for not being part of the "cool new thing." Also very US-centric sr mgmt team POV. If they have heard of the company or technology personally, then they (sometimes) rally behind it, but if it's huge in a foreign market, good luck getting anyone's attention until it's way too late to structure a substantive agreement.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management should launch an aggressive and humble 360 degree audit of itself and the talent at Trip.

    This has been said before, but the exec team should take on a listening and learning perspective and assume it has strayed quite seriously in serving the broader team.

    Forced ranking systems have been shown to be inherently flawed again and again across the market. What do I do if I have a team of rockstars, do you really want me to force rank someone great into a "needs improvement" category who has outperformed? On what basis?

    Metrics have their place, but if they create perverse incentives, gamification of the system, and overly-complex matrices and endless reports that absorb employees' and managers' time (versus the work they should be doing), it's time to reconsider them. Also, if in some cases the reporting systems are unreliable, why are we tying incentives to them at all?

    When the financial incentive to refer a new employee outpaces the likely bonus available to an existing employee, you can imagine what kind of motivators and messages that delivers.

    Hire a competent COO STAT.

  9. Helpful (13)

    Misleading and Disingenuous, worker mill...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lunch severed 3 days a week
    Snack bar with drinks
    Direct manager is pretty opened to work from home if needed

    Cons

    Where to begin. This is not a rant it is fact of what happened to me and others. They are very disingenuous during the hiring process. you are offered all these promises in the offer letter if you meet the goals. Your director and direct manager gives you a rave review and tells you that you are an exemplary employee and you have met and exceeded your goals and you are set for full bonus and salary increase this year. Then comes to actual salary increase of 0% and a tenth of the bonus promised in your offer letter. I was told this happens to everyone their first year, I had to ask, did I hear that right??? yes I did. very disappointing when one leaves a very good job to come to TripAdvisor in hopes of bettering them selves and then they are lied to during the interview process and in the offer letter. the praise does not justify the raise (or lack of) In good conscience I could not recommend this company for employment. There is a very high turn over here as the work life experience isn't great and the treatment of workers in-regards to compensation. I worked weeks away from my family and 15 to 17 hour days building this company out, and there was no thanks. My direct manager and Director were great but at the VP level i believe they are out of touch and don't allow the lower management to have any intercourse in the compensation benefits other than rating their subordinates. Also it is hard to get anything done as the upper management in my group manages by intimidation, everyone has their management style but in this case it makes lower management overly nervous to take acceptable risk in doing the job. Some may say that this is my experience only but, please read other reviews, I am absolutely sure you will find others just like this, along with some good reviews. For a college hire this may be a good fit and jumping block but for a highly skilled professional like me it was literally a slap in the face and insult. I can understand a low salary increase or bonus if the company was doing bad but, TripAdvisor is doing great.

    Advice to Management

    Middle management should be removed and replaced. Follow through on your promises of compensation and bonus and do not deceive new hires.

  10. Helpful (13)

    I wish I could turn back time. This used to be a great place to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Telesales in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Telesales in Boston, MA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are great benefits to working for TripAdvisor: Great benefits like, free food 3 times a week, company shuttle to the T, so if you are like me and need to take public transportation this is huge, free health insurance, company events in the summer, typical big company perks. And throughout my time here I've met so many smart and talented people.

    Cons

    2 years ago this used to be a great place to work for. People were happy and were making money, especially if this was your first sales job. Last year it seems like everything just fell apart. If you have worked in Sales, DO NOT work her! No matter how hard you try, or how good you are, you will NOT be compensated. Their compensation plan is a complete JOKE. Less than 18% of their sales floor hit their quota and the goal is unrealistic and over-inflated.

    I would advise those who are ambitious, intelligent and go-getters not to work for this company, as a Sales Rep. For the graduates, there is not any well structured compensation plan and there are consistent brick walls. The culture is strong and they make you believe it is the greatest place ever but it is not. In reality, the sales department is a shambles and is only successful off the other products that they offer.

    The product hasn't changed in ages, but prices change every few months, so the sales reps and customers are confused and don't believe in it anymore. I have to admit that I have seen people getting promoted here, but almost all of them are either gone or looking for jobs. There's no job security anymore and everyone is afraid of losing their jobs, while managers pretend that there's a light at the end of the tunnel and are always having non-sense meetings trying to boast people's morale. The reality is no one makes money, the managers don't know what they are doing and they lack experience. Total broken attitudes of pointing fingers at employees a total management failure; it's despicable!

    **TURNOVER RATE IS OUTRAGEOUS*** [for a reason!] It's sad because TripAdvisor was a once fantastic company that is collapsing quickly.

    Again, this review is solely based on the sales department. I know many people from other positions who seem to be happy there. Who knows?

    Advice to Management

    Stop blaming your staff for your failures. Have Dara Khosrowshahi train your CEO for a month and teach you some sales techniques.
    Don't pride yourself when your staff quits, look at yourself and see where the problem comes from. So many good talent are walking right out the door.

  11. Helpful (9)

    Used to have a great culture

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    • 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    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.

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