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HomeAway – Why Work For Us?

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


Financial/Performance Opportunities

  • Stock options
  • Restricted Stock Units
  • Bonus plan
  • 401(k)
  • 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

 

Cultural Perks

  • 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!

 

Career Services

  • 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:

The Birdhouse 


Perched above the corner of Fifth St. and Lamar Blvd., this two-story structure is an exact replica of the HomeAway logo.  Be on the look out- we love to decorate it during the holidays!

The Lobby


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

The Office

 

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.  

Boardwalk

 

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!

Everest


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.   
 

The Kitchen Table

 
The original sites HomeAway acquired were scrappy, highly-successful start-ups, literally run from the founders' kitchen tables.  Today the HomeAway "kitchen table" pays homage to that entrepreneurial spirit we were founded upon and hosts Friday "Table Talks."    

HomeAway Reviews

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    Very strong executive leadership team

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at HomeAway full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The VR industry is evolving quickly and HomeAway is a major reason why. The leadership team is solid, and their strategic decisions are sound. While the company is global, and fairly large, it still feels like a young and nimble company.

    Cons

    The business is complex due to the acquisitions. Complexities are always underestimated in planning and it can result in over committing and/or under delivering.

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    Keep the open dialog. I have to take my hat off to management. They encourage questions, listen, and respond openly. This is critical to maintaining a culture that feels empowered to make a change.

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HomeAway Interviews

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Updated Sep 3, 2014

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Austin, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
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    I applied online. The process took 1 week - interviewed at HomeAway in March 2013.

    Interview Details

    Pretty straight-forward questions. Interviewed with Training Dept and Customer Support Manager/Director. Nothing unexpected and fairly easy. Questions were along the lines of customer support and training techniques. Pretty straight-forward questions. Interviewed with Training Dept and Customer Support Manager/Director. Nothing unexpected and fairly easy. Questions were along the lines of customer support and training techniques.

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    Positive Experience
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HomeAway Awards & Accolades

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America's 100 Most Trustworthy Companies, Forbes, 2014
CEOs to Trust in 2014, The Austin Phoenix, 2014
50 Most Engaged Workplaces, Achievers, 2012
Best Apps and Websites for Travelers, Travel and Leisure, 2012
Entrepreneur of the Year - Central Texas, Ernst & Young, 2012
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Additional Info

Website www.homeaway.com
Headquarters Austin, TX
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 2005
Type Company - Public (AWAY)
Industry Information Technology
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year

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... More

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