TripAdvisor Reviews

Updated March 23, 2015
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  1. product manager assistant/editor/product context designer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TripAdvisor

    Pros

    Love traveling. Get the first-hand info of traveling tips.

    Cons

    Not challenging enough. Depend on the position.

    Advice to Management

    Perk up.

  2. Helpful (4)

    Great place to work if you're an engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Recruiter
    Former Employee - Senior Recruiter

    I worked at TripAdvisor full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Work life balance. Smart co-workers. Can't say enough things about how awesome the engineering group is, I really loved them and would encourage any engineer to strongly consider working there.

    Cons

    If you're an engineer then your skills will speak for themselves and you'll be fine, but if your area of expertise is non-engineering, then company politics get in the way. Maybe every tech company is like that?

    Advice to Management

    For non-engineering departments, consider peer reviews. In the case of recruiting, consider reviews by the hiring managers who interact with the recruiter.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Good company for engineers

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

    I have been working at TripAdvisor as a contractor (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    TripAdvisor hiring process is very selective and they hire top-notch engineers from top schools (MIT, Harvard), but TA also has no ass*e policy.
    Very technical environment. The CEO has software background. It's a data driven company.
    Very good perks: Free catered lunches 3 days a week, soda, snacks, pizza, gym on site, Mac laptops. Tech talks every Wednesday.
    Good compensation.
    Flexible hours, could work from home.
    The company promotes from within.

    Cons

    Hectic environment, some people put more than 60 hours/week.
    "Speed wins" mantra doesn't always work.
    The communication between the teams could be improved.
    Huge code base and sometimes difficult to maintain.

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  5. Good atmosphere, smart people

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

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

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

    Pros

    - My team, and the people who manage my team, are really driven and focused. This makes work very interesting. We are encouraged to bring crazy ideas to the table and are given the go-ahead to work on these ideas.

    - Work culture: Free lunches, team bonding events, casual, free beer, your co-workers can be your friends

    - Data driven

    - Engineers and non-engineers are given equal prominence (at least on my team)

    Cons

    - Your managers greatly influence your experience at TripAdvisor. I am really lucky to have good managers but a lot of my other co-workers aren't

    - Salary: Could be better :)

  6. Helpful (2)

    Innovative and fun environment!

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

    I worked at TripAdvisor full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Innovative, social, foster teamwork. If you ask, you will receive...maybe not immediately but in time.

    Cons

    Like I said, it takes time for ideas/projects to get approval. Little support from management so it can be difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Create more opportunities to move up within the company, or even to explore other departments.

  7. Busy

    • 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

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

    Pros

    Benefits, compensation, oh and the company is a rocket ship.

    Cons

    The company grew faster than its infrastructure so all its supporting systems are unable to scale for the growth it has had/is planning. Management needs to recognize that speed wins can only get you so far and you need to fix the foundation.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in more people from the outside that have done this in bigger companies.

  8. Great experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TripAdvisor

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

    Pros

    Fun co workers, great benefits, career advancement

    Cons

    Location is not ideal but it's OK.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain positivity

  9. The best first job I could have hoped for.

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

    I have been working at TripAdvisor full-time

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

    Pros

    I say it's the best "first" job because by being expected to work on the full stack, and being surrounded by the most intelligent and helpful people you will ever meet, you learn a ton of software engineering skills very quickly. Also I want to note that in the time I've been here, the company has been growing quite a bit, and some of us had started getting concerned about losing some important parts of our culture, but upper management took this issue very seriously. The CEO himself set aside a lot of time to chat with us in a small group setting about specific aspects of the culture that we felt were important to maintain. I'm not sure exactly how much an hour of his time is worth in company dollars, but it absolutely solidified my company spirit. We're getting bigger, but not too big to care about the little things.

    Cons

    There was a time earlier this year when things got hectic. It was not a good time. I think that has passed. Let's hope it doesn't happen again.
    (Then again, I suppose there are a lot of companies out there which constantly have that level of stress.)

    Advice to Management

    I've noticed team managers have a lot less time to spend with their actual teams, they seem overcommitted. Also, please pick one project-tracking system and stick with it. I'm losing track of all the places I have to consult for project specs and update with my status. It's a little silly.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Great company culture

    • 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 (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Friendly environment, great company culture that encourages personal career growth and movement within the organization.

    Cons

    Some of the reporting tools and resources used are in house and not as robust as other companies.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Good Internship, flexible hours, small fast teams

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TripAdvisor

    Pros

    Good people, lots of fun. Located in Boston which is a nice change from the software's push towards California and NYC.

    Cons

    Not as many perks as other tech companies with which they compete for employees, fewer intern activities than desired.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. Could be more emphasis on employee satisfaction.

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