TripAdvisor – Why Work For Us?

Exceptional career opportunities. Genuinely cool coworkers. Millions of people who love our sites. Find it all here at the world's largest travel site.

TripAdvisor® is the world's largest travel site*, enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools.

TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 280 million unique monthly visitors**, and 170 million reviews and opinions covering more than 4 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 43 countries worldwide, including China under TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors.

TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) manages and operates TripAdvisor branded sites as well as these travel sites: 

  • AirfareWatchdog
  • BookingBuddy
  • Cruise Critic & CruiseWise
  • EveryTrail
  • Family Vacation Critic
  • FlipKey
  • GateGuru
  • Holiday Lettings
  • Holiday Watchdog
  • Independent Traveler
  • Jetsetter
  • LaFourchette
  • Kuxun
  • Niumba
  • OneTime
  • Oyster
  • SeatGuru
  • SmarterTravel
  • Tingo
  • TravelPod
  • Tripbod
  • Vaction Home Rentals
  • Virtual Tourist

*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, Q1 2014

**Source: Google Analytics, average monthly unique users, Q2 2014; does not include traffic to

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We’re taking the industry we pioneered to groundbreaking levels and reinventing the way travelers plan trips. There’s a lot to do, and we’re pushing ourselves to get it done in new and exciting ways.

At TripAdvisor, you will put your experience to work and watch it pay off. You will make a difference quickly and have a direct impact on our continuing success.

And you’ll do it while working in an energetic, positive atmosphere with really smart, nice people. Innovative, forward thinking is highly valued. We work hard and we play hard. After all, speed wins.

Sound like the place for you? Check out our job listings and get in touch.

Watch your career takeoff:

  • Put your qualifications to work and watch it pay off.
  • Quickly make a difference.
  • Get high visibility at every level.
  • Contribute from the ground up.
  • Make a direct impact on success.
  • Join a diverse and global company with growing opportunities.
  • Work with really smart people.


US Benefits Summary 2013

TripAdvisor is proud to offer its US employees the benefit plans summarized below.*

Health, Dental, and Vision

  • Three national health plan options through Aetna. TripAdvisor fully pays for individual employee medical insurance and has competitive contribution rates for family coverage as well.
  • Two dental plan options
  • Vision

Retirement Savings Plan - Employer Matching

  • TripAdvisor matches fifty cents on each dollar you contribute up to 6% of your eligible pre-tax earnings

Educational Assistance

  • Up to $5,000/year for approved programs

Fitness Reimbursement

  • Up to $600/year toward health club memberships and exercise programs

Paid Time Off

  • 15 vacation days annually and 10 paid holidays per calendar year

Work Environment

  • Free catered lunch, snacks, and beverages
  • Game room and gym on site in Newton location
  • Company sponsored parties, outings, and events
  • No formal dress code

Work/Life Programs

  • Free online learning and development classes including language classes
  • Travel reimbursement and discount programs
  • Concierge and complimentary personal assistant service
  • Summer Friday program
  • Back-up child and adult care services
  • ZipCar discount

And More...

  • Our US employees enjoy life insurance and health programs, shopping and insurance discounts, family care programs, charitable gift matching, and so much more.


BookingBuddy is a service of Smarter Travel Media LLC. It is a free service designed to help travelers search all their favorite travel websites with fewer clicks and in less time. BookingBuddy is here to help you.


Five million visitors strong, Cruise Critic is a critically acclaimed interactive community comprised of avid and first-time cruisers who enjoy the fun of planning, researching and sharing their passion for cruising. No other single resource covers the world of cruising as thoroughly as The Cruise Critic message boards are the most active in the world. is an interactive traveler's exchange and comprehensive online travel guide for a community of travelers who enjoy the fun of planning their own trips and the adventure of independent travel.


In October 2001, frequent flyer Matthew Daimler launched with a single color-coded interactive airplane seating chart. Having experienced firsthand the vast differences between airline seats, he was determined to collect this useful information and share it with other travelers. Over ten million visitors later, SeatGuru has enjoyed incredible success and has expanded to include more than 700 airplane seatmaps from nearly 100 different airlines. is the largest online travel resource for unbiased travel news, deals, and timely expert advice. Our experienced editors spend hundreds of hours each week researching the latest and best travel deals, compiling travel guides for destinations worldwide, and offering money-saving tips for travelers.


Travel Library is an internet travel information site focused on building a sustainable community of contributing users to ensure the information we provide is accurate, interesting and up to date. Travel Library provides such an environment where our visitors can share local knowledge and experiences on destinations and travel services around the world. was released in 1997 when it was introduced as the web's first site to enable its members to create online travel blogs which revolutionized the way people travel and share their adventures with the world. remains, as always, a "for the travel community" service.


FlipKey is a leading vacation rental service featuring the world's largest collection of verified vacation rental guest reviews. FlipKey currently features more than 90,000 vacation home rentals offering vacationers the unique advantages of more personal space, superior amenities and ideal locations throughout the US, the Caribbean, Canada, Mexico and Europe.


OneTime is a travel shopping comparison tool that, quite simply, saves you time. Great travel deals are out there, but with so many online travel sites, finding those travel deals can be cumbersome and time-consuming. That's where OneTime comes in.


Holiday Watchdog is one of the top travel information websites in the United Kingdom. Proving travel and holiday reviews written by real holidaymakers of accommodations and tour operators around the world. With hundreds of reviews being added daily, Holiday Watchdog remains one of the best sources of fresh travel content in the United Kingdom.


VirtualTourist is a worldwide travel community where real travelers and locals share real travel advice and experiences. As one of the largest sources of unbiased, user-generated travel content in the world, VirtualTourist is the premier resource for travelers seeking an insider's perspective.


Airfarewatchdog is part of the Smarter Travel Media Network. The site was created by George Hobica, a travel journalist specializing in consumer issues.


TripAdvisor entered the Chinese market in April 2009 with the launch of, a localized reviews and community site for Chinese travelers. Within the past six months, has become one of China's top ten web sites focused on travel.


Currently the second largest online travel-related web site in China, Kuxun helps consumers find the best prices on flights, hotels, and train travel throughout China. helps frequent flyers earn more miles and travel awards through frequent flyer program participation.


Family Vacation Critic is your new best friend when it comes to trip-planning. It features reviews of family-friendly hotels and resorts, lively discussion forums, tips, travel deals and special offers. Get ideas of where to go, and read reports on accommodations, activities and destinations.




TripAdvisor Reviews

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Newton, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Newton, MA

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


    Good benefits and a strong salary even for entry level positions. The free lunch 3-4 times a week is good plus the unlimited snacks and drinks. A nitpick here is that they tend to restock the drinks nobody likes and cycle out the ones that I like and are gone.

    Developing is fast paced and changes can be shown to others very quickly after completion. This is a full stack development which allows for all engineers make their own design decisions for the implementation. There is good communication with the product managers which allows the engineer to give a fair amount of input.

    The people at the company are awesome. The culture tends to be laid back in the teams and the environment promotes asking other engineers for help on difficult sections.

    There are a bunch of training classes for spoken languages and other trainings. However they are not easily accessible or I never felt that they were easy to seek out. It would be better if fewer were offered at a time and have a visible place to access and sign up. There is some support for this but it could be better.

    There are plenty of things to do at the office, including video games, board games and a foosball table. But aside from the foosball table, these get rarely used if at all.


    Mobility within the company is difficult. In order to switch teams or offices you need to be excellent at your current position. The culture for this is one of blame. Bugs you introduce are tracked and remembered indefinitely. These all detract from the excellent rating. This is a serious problem, if you are placed on a product that doesn't interest you, it is difficult to excel and switch to another part.

    Work life balance is not the greatest. Engineers are advised that 40 hours is the minimum, and working beyond that is a good way to show their exceptional work.

    The code base is not in the best state. Code is often copied and pasted which leads to errors or outdated code permeating the entire website. Encapsulation is not very well achieved because of this. Similarily the opposite can occur, where several different ways of doing the same thing are implemented as part of different projects which introduces inconsistencies. Code is rarely cleaned up, however there seems to be a push to do more cleanup projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give measurable goals and expectations for the employees. Give career advancement classes to the non managers and give incentives to do so. Promote a better culture where non-engineering tasks can be accomplished. This can be done by giving recommended break times or moving the entertainement stuff to a more accessible area.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

TripAdvisor Interviews

Updated Jan 21, 2015
Updated Jan 21, 2015

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    Senior Business Analyst Interview

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    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at TripAdvisor.

    Interview Details

    Normally, there are two round but I ended up receiving an offer after the first round (I believe this is actually fairly common). For the most part, quite standard and fair interview process and they were quick to respond to everything. The offer came quickly and I had about a week to make a decision.

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TripAdvisor Awards & Accolades

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The Boston Globe 100, Best-Performing Publicly Traded Companies, 2013
Boston Globe's Top Places to Work (Midsize) (#35), Boston Globe, 2010
The 25 Best Tech Companies To Work For, Business Insider, 2010
Top Places to Work Globe 100, Boston Globe, 2008
Top Places to Work (Large Companies), Boston Globe, 2013
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Additional Info

Headquarters Newton, MA
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 2000
Type Company - Public (TRIP)
Industry Information Technology
Revenue $500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year

TripAdvisor® is the world's largest travel site*, enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching nearly 280 million unique monthly visitors**, and more than 170 million reviews and opinions covering more than 4 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in... More

Mission: TripAdvisor® is the world's largest travel site*, enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travelers and a wide... More

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