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    Airbnb employee from the early days

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    The employee experience at Airbnb has improved over the last year and I believe it will keep getting better. I started as an hourly employee and the company has rewarded me for hard work, creativity, and ongoing contributions by allowing and encouraging me to work in a variety of roles. I've been able to learn from multiple teams and mentors and that has strengthened my cross-functional skills. The company also encourages travel and they help employees offset the cost. Additionally, I'm constantly encouraged to take ownership of my primary role within the company and I feel like a business owner within the business. I feel very valued as an employee here!

    Cons

    I do wish that employees could work remotely more, and not just under special circumstances. But I understand why we can't. I also think there's some managers within the company that still "look down upon" those who strive for work-life balance. They need to stop that or people, really quality employees, will leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My direct manager is fantastic, and has also been with the company many years. But if I could advise other managers who didn't start with Airbnb in the early years, it would be to not feel threatened by your direct reports and the initiatives they want to take. Don't micromanage them and don't insist on being apprised of every single idea they have. Let them grow, let them take chances, and let them learn from their mistakes. Don't be power hungry because everyone will see right through you. Your type is very easy to spot, and not easy to trust.

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Airbnb Interviews

Updated Feb 26, 2015
Updated Feb 26, 2015

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    Site Reliability Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a dayinterviewed at Airbnb.

    Interview Details

    The usual: friendly people, good tour, beautiful office, good food. The loop varied: one of the people doing a culture check seemed somewhere from wary to hostile; for another, the scheduled interviewer had a production outage, and the guy they dragged in as a replacement was extremely hostile and didn't want to be there. Everyone else was nice.

    And the questions! My heavens, the questions. They're not screening for software or operations engineers, they're screening for people who can write code to solve solipsistically complex math problems under pressure.

    Interview Questions
    • Pairing with someone to write a function to calculate the area covered by a Hilbert curve of degree n. I had to stop myself from walking out.   View Answer
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Website www.airbnb.com
Headquarters San Francisco, CA
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 2008
Type Company - Private
Industry Information Technology
Revenue Less than $1 million (USD) per year
Competitors Unknown

Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world — online or from a mobile phone.

Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 34,000 cities and 192 countries. And with world-class customer service and a growing community of users, Airbnb is the easiest way for people to monetize their extra space and showcase it to... More

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