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11 people found this helpful  

Don't believe the hype

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Software Developer in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Former Employee - Software Developer in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

I worked at Booking.com full-time (more than an year)

Pros

- Fun international environment
- Great end-of-year partys
- Okay bonus scheme - if you qualify
- Half-decent lunches, by Dutch standards
- Developers get a certain amount of autonomy - depending on the team/system
- Technical environment designed for Perl & Linux hackers

Cons

- Disappointing base salary compared to other tech companies, for juniors and seniors
- Developers, sysadmins, DBAs, & network admins kept segregated - be prepared to file lots of tickets in JIRA
- IT department in general, and sysadmins particularly, resist new technology
- Lots of politics in some sections, and two-faced behavior from management
- Dull and noisy office environment - some renovations have been done, but not enough
- Bad allocation of hardware and developers - the company uses hindsight rather than foresight (strange when making so much money)

Advice to ManagementAdvice

- Provide more than just bread and circuses - partys are fine, but not everybody drinks alcohol
- Increase base salary
- Be more transparent - lots of coworkers in many departments hear one message from management but see something different in reality
- Put more effort into the office, it's still dull and grey

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Lots of good people, changes and turnover

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Booking.com full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    International environment; you meet people from everywhere in the world.
    Fast pace, growth, dynamic and young.
    You can relocate to multiple destinations but you have more opportunities if you are an account manager.

    Cons

    High turnover of people, politics and not always fair in employees evaluation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 8 people found this helpful  

    It was my dream company to work in - I didn' t know that in a hal year I will leave dissapointed.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Booking.com

    Pros

    People - but not all, some of them.
    Work place-the only thing proffessional there- but it was only after the renovation.
    No house work.

    Cons

    Completely unproffessional environment. "Low" management without trainings and rude.
    No effective HR, internal trainings completely useless, pointless, waist of time.
    This company was a waisting of time. I decided not to continue after a half year. This is the corporation with all its negatives, only money - that matters there. They make money even on their employees, paying them minimum salaries.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop making a show for yourself and start spend money on proffesional trainings.

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