TripAdvisor Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
186 Reviews

3.7
186 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 14 reviews)

  • benefits are good, free lunch, outting, etc (in 27 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor performers are consistently promoted due to "friendships" they have with senior management (in 9 reviews)

  • Sure, the company went through some growing pains, which is understandable (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    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 for 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
  2.  

    Great!

    • 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 for less than a year

    Pros

    Amazing benefits including free healthcare, gym reimbursement, shuttles from Central and Kendall Square, free snacks, and much more

    Cons

    Not many, but some might pop up with the continued rapid expansion of the company. So far, so good with work-life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Amazing place to work!

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

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

    Pros

    Tons of great benefits, flexible schedule, relaxed work environment. TA is a company that understands the needs of your personal and family life, and is very flexible when situations arise. Exciting to work for a company that is still growing and has so much room to grow.

    Cons

    I honestly can't think of any cons.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Work/Life Balance in a "Speed Wins" Environment

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

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

    Pros

    The work environment is very collaborative and enjoyable. The company truly cares about their employees and offers great benefits. Everyone at this company is incredibly smart and you will learn something new from your peers every day. Things move very fast at TripAdvisor as the company still tries to keep its "start-up like feel" even though it is well beyond that point. Despite the "Speed Wins" Motto, this company promotes a great work-life balance and encourages its employees to travel and have fun.

    Cons

    If you are looking to grow laterally or switch tracks within the company it can be harder to do than at other companies. They offer classes in other areas to encourage their employees to grow, but in terms of making an actual title/role switch it seems hard to do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Fast Pace, Data Driven

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Analyst  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Analyst in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    If you like to be at company that's winning, TA is a good place for you. The company is very data driven and is both innovating and iterating at a pace that will keep it ahead of competitors for a long time.

    Pay is also competitive and there are many benefits and perks.

    Cons

    The pace is so fast that sometimes it can be overwhelming. Hiring can sometimes be slow which puts extra pressure on current employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dream Job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Web Developer  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at TripAdvisor full-time

    Pros

    Excellent team dynamics, exemplary management, free lunches, great location, flexible schedule, good family vs work balance, very high overall employee skill level, great mentorship, and last but not least, the company raison-d'etre is awesome.

    Cons

    Harsh technical interviews, not in line with daily tasks & environment. Salary is good, but not great given the expected skill level & throughput

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is great.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    High growth company

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

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

    Pros

    -Great benefits
    -Solid work/life balance
    -Good salary/bonus/stock
    -Free lunch and other perks

    Cons

    -Sometimes stressful (during deadlines, etc)
    -Headquarters technology isn't great for communicating with colleagues in other offices

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to listen to employee feedback---in all locations. Communicate how the company scales its values and processes with global growth--and really apply it to how we work in the day to day and the culture overall (in all offices). But overall, great co with a strong future.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    glad I made the move

    • 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 full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    great leadership, free development classes (including language class), vibrant culture

    Cons

    sometimes feel too siloed in own group

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    TripAdvisor Response

    Nov 14, 2013Global Manager, Talent Acquisition

    We also love our new Learning and Development options--including the language classes. We have a ton of new classes offered all the time, across the globe. And, we agree that our culture is pretty ... More

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Never the same day twice; always a new challenge.

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

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

    Pros

    TA employees are encouraged to get things done; speed wins. Our CEO acknowledges in moving quickly, we'll break s---t, but we'll fix it the next time around and be better for doing so. Everyone is smart, motivated, and wants to help each other. Lots of perks and it's clear that the executive team cares about its employees. Seems like a great place to grow your career, skills and earn a competitive salary doing so.

    Cons

    Poor internal tools and infrastructure to manage so many moving parts. While there are initiatives to improve this, it can be a bit frustrating to get on board and hit the ground running without spending time on things already asked and answered.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    TripAdvisor Response

    Nov 14, 2013Global Manager, Talent Acquisition

    We're proud of our smart, motivated, and helpful employees---and agree that we offer excellent career development to grow your career (with competitive salaries and benefits!) We're also glad that ... More

  11.  

    Growing company, great leadership.

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

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

    Pros

    Growing company, great leadership. A place where stock actually matters.

    Cons

    Not as friendly with flex time or working from home as other companies I have been at.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    TripAdvisor Response

    Nov 14, 2013Global Manager, Talent Acquisition

    Glad to hear that you're a fan of our company and leadership--thank you! Thanks also for your feedback on flex time and working from home. We pride ourselves on having a flexible working culture and ... More

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