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Expedia Inc Bellevue WA

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Current Employee - Application Engineer  in  Bellevue, WA
Current Employee - Application Engineer in Bellevue, WA

Pros

I've worked here a year and can say that I enjoy the people very much. And the management has it right as far as setting an example, listening to the engineering teams and being willing to try new things. The environment is very fast paced and learning who to talk about this takes some time.

Cons

As an engineer I have to touch a lot of servers, load balancers, documentation etc. Plus I have tools like splunk, remedy and etc that I need to use. It literally took months to get access. It should almost be automatic based on the group you are in. And making requests to other groups can be very tiresome. Remedy basically sucks and everyone has gone around it in some way or other except to write the final change request.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Fix some of these internal nagging issues for requests or access to systems.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Invasion of McKinsey consultants makes progress really difficult

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Senior Director
    Former Employee - Senior Director

    Pros

    Smart, fun people. Excellent pay and benefits. Dara (the CEO) is engaged and interested in winning - which keeps you on your toes but is fun.

    Cons

    If you speak McKinsey, you'll thrive. If not, you will be endlessly bogged down in revisions to "decks" that talk a lot but don't actually say anything. You spend an inordinate amount of time navel-gazing instead of doing, along with specializing in opinion management. It's a tiring way to work. Plus the people of Seattle are VERY passive-aggressive...which really gets in the way of moving quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop with the B-school management consulting hacks. Stop bringing in so many people from the outside when you have great people ready to advance. Promote qualified women more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's fine if you're ok with working in a B-class company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Release Engineer  in  Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Release Engineer in Bellevue, WA

    Pros

    *) Lots of technology and lots of change.
    *) Lots of money so it's fairly easy to get hardware and software requests through.
    *) Company is always trying to move forward.
    *) Lots of alcohol at work - many people have kegerators and beer fridges.
    *) Frequent motivational events with food and drink.

    Cons

    *) Due to chaos management routinely asks (expects) resources to work weekends.
    *) There is very little communication and technology sharing between the teams, which results in each team running in their own direction with their own choice of technology.
    *) Technical managers know absolutely nothing about the technology. Words like API and Tomcat are alien and simply do not exist in most managers vocabulary.
    *) Review process is from the late 90's Microsoft days - in short, even in high performing team, someone has to get a bad review as not everyone can be 'best'.
    *) There is a reorg every few months.
    *) Manager turnover is amazing. In one year I saw 6 people come and go in a team of 50.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire technical managers that actually know how to turn on a computer.
    Read 'DRIVE"
    Implement SCRUM.
    Promote sharing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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