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Great work life balance but not much innovation

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Former Employee - Software Development Engineer  in  Bellevue, WA
Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Bellevue, WA

I worked at Expedia full-time for more than 10 years

Pros

Great work life balance and work culture. Company offers travel benefits incl. IATA membership.

Cons

Company is not agile as it used to be. Core product still includes a lot of legacy code.

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Innovate

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Good perks, bad management - Concierge

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    Former Employee - Concierge  in  Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Concierge in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Expedia full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You get lots of perks from the local restaurants and theme parks. Pretty good with time off requests.

    Cons

    Terrible management; hard to move up; very little pay.

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    Don't talk about employees behind their backs. That's the worst management ever.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Techies don't always make good managers

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    Former Employee - Technical Product Manager  in  Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Technical Product Manager in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at Expedia as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Well known brand
    Large and complex systems offer great experience

    Cons

    Promotion to management based on tech knowledge
    The culture is individual based -- everyone thinks they are a rock star; that they are the quarterback
    Capacity planning and cost tracking are not done -- this leads to over-allocation of resources, slipped dates, and not even having the data to know why things aren't getting done
    Like most tech companies, they have vision but don't ever do any analysis to asses the cost of the vision or whether achieving it will actually result in a positive outcome -- shooting from the hip is the norm

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    People who understand technology don't necessarily know how to manage a group and its resources. I've seen middle-managers with virtually no management skills that can barely keep their on-shore team functioning -- the manager would rather spend their time working on "cool" design problems that should be left to their leads. Their offshore resources are running around like chickens with their heads cut off -- lucky to achieve 1/4 of what they should be able to. In turn, these managers' bosses either aren't paying enough attention to notice or are, likewise, too weak to do anything about it.

    Also, before being so quick to promote that apparent rock star for their last success, you should take the time to make sure that they didn't just create a gilded turd for the next guy to clean up. I saw a few cases of that here -- people who rose rapidly and, unfortunately, left a trail of issues in their wake. No one ever tied the problems to their performance because they had already moved on by the time the problems were uncovered.

    You need to start holding your own management accountable. This means paying enough attention to understand the root causes of issues so that you can identify the real people who are struggling and can either get them some help, move them to a more suitable position, or let them go.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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