HomeAway, Inc. based in Austin, Texas, is the world's leading online marketplace for the vacation rental industry, with sites representing over one million paid listings of vacation rental homes in 190 countries. Through HomeAway, owners and property managers offer an extensive selection of vacation homes that provide travelers with memorable experiences and benefits, including more room to relax and added privacy, for less than the cost of traditional hotel accommodations. The company also makes it easy for vacation rental owners and property managers to advertise their properties and manage bookings online. The HomeAway portfolio includes the leading vacation rental websites HomeAway.com, VRBO.com and VacationRentals.com in the United States; HomeAway.co.uk and OwnersDirect.co.uk in the United Kingdom; HomeAway.de in Germany; Abritel.fr and Homelidays.com in France; HomeAway.es and Toprural.es in Spain; AlugueTemporada.com.br in Brazil; HomeAway.com.au and Stayz.com.au in Australia; and Bookabach.co.nz in New Zealand. Asia Pacific short-term rental site, travelmob.com, is also owned by HomeAway.
HomeAway also operates BedandBreakfast.com, the most comprehensive global site for finding bed-and-breakfast properties, providing travelers with another source for unique lodging alternatives to chain hotels.
Founded by Brian Sharples and Carl Shepherd in February 2005, the idea behind HomeAway was to revolutionize the historically-fragmented vacation rental industry and establish the company as the clear market leader. The entrepreneurial spirit of the pioneers who created the very first vacation rental sites, many of which are now part of the HomeAway portfolio, fueled the early growth of the business and set the tone for the company culture that exists today.
At HomeAway we work as a team, we work hard and we're competitive, but we always make time to celebrate our successes. From peer-nominated awards for those who have exceeded expectations with a free vacation, to company parties that celebrate holidays and achievements, we strive to maintain a culture where everyone's content and proud to call HomeAway their "home away from home!"
Hear more about the growth of HomeAway from the men who started it all:
We know one of the keys to HomeAway's continued growth is our significant network. As a broader selection of vacation rentals become available on our sites, more travelers turn to HomeAway for their vacation planning. And with more travelers, comes a new wave of homeowners and managers who want to advertise with us.
Internally, our organization continues to expand to keep up with the business, growing from 87 employees in 2005 to nearly 1,200 in 2012. Here are all of the locations in which HomeAway has teams:
- Austin, Texas - World Headquarters
- Denver, Colorado
- Basalt, Colorado
- Pensacola, Florida
- Seattle, Washington
- New York, New York
- London, England
- Frankfurt, Germany
- Marseille, France
- Paris, France
- Geneva, Switzerland
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Melbourne, Australia
- Madrid, Spain
Collaboration and communication are essential in managing our globally-dispersed team. As a result, HomeAway executives implemented a weekly all-staff meeting, known as "Table Talks" that gives employees updates on the progress of the business, addresses questions and/or concerns, and gives project managers the opportunity preview their latest accomplishments.
While there are many benefits to working at HomeAway, here are just a view of the tangible ones:
Health and Well-being
- 4 weeks paid vacation, including 10 paid holidays
- Group medical, dental and vision insurance
- Life insurance
- Flexible spending account
- Short-term and long-term disability
- Stock options
- Restricted Stock Units
- Bonus plan
- Quarterly individual awards based on performance - peer nominated, winners receive a $2,000 vacation
- Quarterly team awards based on performance - winners receive company-paid for dinner
- Weekly breakfast during all-staff "Table Talks"
- Nantucket-themed Boardwalk game room in the World Headquarters
- Two paid time off volunteer days
- Break rooms stocked with healthy snacks, drinks and an ever-so-important espresso machine
- Everyday is "Casual Friday"
- DeskAway - Work from any HomeAway office in the world for up to 2 weeks!
- Employee training/development opportunities
- Employees can check out Rosetta Stone learning materials to improve their language skills
The HomeAway World Headquarters is located in downtown Austin, Texas. Employees love the proximity to restaurants, bars and retail — especially to the unofficial company cafeteria, the Whole Foods Market flagship store. The office space is also situated off of Lady Bird Lake, which has a fantastic hike and bike trail.
HomeAway's four-story, 86,000-square-foot, mixed-use building was awarded Gold-level LEED certification in April 2010 for its use of eco-friendly materials. The design is vacation-themed and features a giant replica of the birdhouse from the HomeAway logo. Here are just a few of the other highlights of our unique workspace:
Postcards from destinations far and wide line the walls around the elevators and make up an art piece created by HomeAway CEO Brian Sharples, giving the lobby a unique look that epitomizes travel. Oh and that's Kelly, our friendly receptionist.
The Roof Top Deck
More than just a place to get some fresh air, the HomeAway Rooftop Deck provides employees and guests a unique perspective of the Austin skyline. The deck comes complete with a top-of-the-line grill for summer fun and a fireplace for the rare cold nightss
With the Texas sunshine flooding the office space throughout the building, it's not hard to feel energized and ready to start your day. The open, newsroom-style cubicles were designed to encourage group interaction and the imagery on the frosted glass reflects the theme of each floor &mdash mountains, cities or beaches.
This Nantucket-themed game room lets employees take a break and unwind. The "Boardwalk" includes a ping pong table, dart board, foosball table and video games!
With a name like "Everest," you know serious business happens here. Highlights of our executive boardroom include a birdhouse chandelier and artwork created by CEO Brian Sharples.
The Snow Globe Collection
What began as a pipe dream to build the world's largest snow globe collection became a goodwill effort that connected the 10 (at the time) HomeAway offices around the world. Each of the more than 500 unique snow globes that decorate the office halls represents a $50 donation to a deserving charity.
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- Comp & Benefits
- Work/Life Balance
- Senior Management
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
I have been working at HomeAway full-time (Less than a year)RecommendsNeutral OutlookApproves of CEORecommendsNeutral OutlookApproves of CEO
Great culture, nice people, great events, snacks, games, very flexible schedule and environment. Amazing vacation and decent benefits.
Not many growth opportunities and due to the company growth there is a lot of turnover and voices not being heard. This also depends on the team you are on and on management. Some teams are better at this than others.
Advice to Management
Find out why people are leaving and work to make employees happy, not just make money. Happy employees will make growth even more successful. Overall, it is still a great company.
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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I applied online. The process took 5 weeks – interviewed at HomeAway.
I'm pretty disgusted with the whole process... First I was emailed a list of questions from the Recruiter that the hiring manager wanted answered. The questions were generic for the most part and was expecting them to be more specific in order to measure my competencies for the position. Regardless, I put a lot of thought and time in answering the questions and sent them back for review. They were forwarded on to the hiring manger (by the recruiter) and heard nothing for weeks.
Then weeks later, the Recruiter reached out again and wanted to have a brief chat. I chased for almost two weeks in trying to get a call setup. The communication was horrible...I was asked for dates and time, gave whole days of availability within my schedule, and was told none of those times worked. I finally just asked for the recruiter's availability. I figured this person was busy and I will adjust my schedule accordingly to get this call booked. But, I would then get a date and time, said I was availability, and try to confirm it only to not get a response in time. When the response came, another time was offered up. I again said I was good with the new time and then again told the time no longer worked. The topping was when the date and time was actually confirmed (after several iterations) the recruiter never called! Hours later, that same day, the recruiter sent an email and asked if we could do it later in the day...to be exact, 25 minutes from the time the email was sent! I was so disgusted by this point that I almost pulled my application as I felt this was very unprofessional, but I figured I had gone this far I might as well see it through. So, I emailed back and confirmed the time...I didn't get a response back but I was called...roughly 10 minutes after the scheduled time but at least we finally connected.
After all of that, the kicker for me was when the recruiter started asking some off the cuff questions. What does variance analysis mean to you? If you were trapped in an elevator and had 30 seconds to tell somebody about your current job, what would you say? Are you kidding me??? The variance analysis question was the same I answered in the initial email. Why was I being asked it again? Did no one read my email??? Furthermore, how could you make a determination about anyone asking them to explain their current job in 30 seconds!?!? I felt like I was being jerked around, and as a current working professional for a multinational company, I was tempted to say I can't explain 15 years of experience in 30 seconds! It reminded me of dating...where you meet someone for the first time, get asked some generic questions, and immediately the other person forms an opinion of you before they even know who you are! I think the recruiter and hiring manager forget this is a two way street! I didn't need this job...I already had a good one, but I wanted to explore options with Homeaway as I read good things about the company.
After all of that, that evening the recruiter sent me an email and said the hiring manager decided not to bring me in for a 1 to 1 and other candidates were a better fit. I was almost relieved at this point after the experience I had. I don't need to work for someone that makes a valuation of someone with 15 years of experience (doing the type of work the role required) by asking the generic odd ball questions I was asked. I didn't understand this process at all...maybe that was the point and why I didn't get called in for a 1-1? If that is the case, they deserve what they get...if that is not the case, then they are letting talent go without doing the proper due diligence of vetting them correctly. Either way, good job Homeaway!
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HomeAway, Inc. based in Austin, Texas, is the world's leading online marketplace for the vacation rental industry, with sites representing approximately one million paid listings of vacation rental homes in 190 countries. Through HomeAway, owners and property managers offer an extensive selection of vacation homes that provide travelers with memorable experiences and benefits, including more room to relax and added privacy, for less than the cost of traditional hotel accommodations. The company also makes it easy for vacation rental owners and property managers to...