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Daniel Houghton
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    Learning to change

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Lonely Planet full-time

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    Pros

    Lonely Planet is a great place with a great history. There are a lot of wonderful people working at the company. It's nice to come in to work and talk/think about travel. There's an awesome legacy and culture that we have the opportunity to build upon.

    Cons

    The legacy and culture that Lonely Planet once had is taking on a new face. The headquarters has moved from Melbourne to London to Nashville. A such, its culture is morphing. Each office has its own individual feel, but the Nashville office is in the key spot of either leading that cultural change or turning into every other American business.

    Advice to Management

    Empower leadership. Change brings change in personnel, and therefore leadership. We need someone with strong vision and direction to align our priorities with. That vision needs to be disseminated and the company needs to be powered up around it.

Lonely Planet Interviews

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    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Lonely Planet.

    Interview

    I talked to an internal recruiter for an introductory chat. This was good - set the expectations for both sides. Since a developer was not available (vacation or sick or both). They gave me an take home assignment. It was not a difficult assignment, just time consuming. I was applying for a Ruby on Rails position and hence I used Rails to solve the problem. After reviewing my assignment, they decided not to continue. They provided feedback (which I appreciated) but it was a disappointing to find out why they decided not to continue.

    They specified that I used deprecated methods (which wasn't the case, I double checked after since I started to doubt my choice). They thought Rails was difficult to setup (again, applying for a Rails position). They seemed to have a lot more comments about the tests rather than the code, so beware.

    Interview Questions

    • Take home assignment - not that difficult, but time consuming   Answer Question

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Additional Info

Website www.lonelyplanet.com
Headquarters Nashville, TN
Size 150 to 499 Employees
Founded 1972
Type Company - Private
Industry Information Technology
Revenue $50 to $100 million (USD) per year

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