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2 people found this helpful  

Excellent place to work with lots of opportunity for advancement

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  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Developer in Austin, TX
Current Employee - Senior Developer in Austin, TX

I have been working at HomeAway

Pros

I think there is a great culture on the development team - quarterly "hackaways", opportunity to open source projects, lots of sponsorship of community events (like the "3 day startup" in Austin). I highly respect management from my direct boss all the way to the CEO. Lots of advancement opportunity - a couple of employees come to mind who started at HomeAway fresh out of school who are now running large parts of the business, and there are lots of regular promotions.

Cons

HomeAway is a big company now - over 1000 employees worldwide. Also, since HomeAway was built by acquiring lots of small companies throughout the world, integration of all these parts and bureaucracy can be a major headache. I think management has a good handle on this (weekly "table talks", for example), but that doesn't mean that bureaucracy isn't still an issue.

Also, it is the case that your fondness for HomeAway is most likely related to your immediate team, and given HomeAway's size there can be a lot of variation between teams. I've worked on some awesome teams, but I can also sympathize with those who have not been as fortunate as I have regarding their bosses and/or peers. If you are considering working for HomeAway, be sure to meet with your prospective manager and other people on the team.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

I think solving the bureaucracy problem is the biggest issue. I'm not sure I have any advice on how to do this, as it's a tough problem and one that's difficult to work around, but management should be really focused on this because leaner competitors won't have the same issues.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work, company is getting pretty big

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineering in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineering in Austin, TX

    I have been working at HomeAway

    Pros

    Great communication
    Treat engineers well
    Good vacation time and benefits
    Great people who are smart
    Promote inovation 10% time
    Great Work life balance

    Cons

    The promote but its hard to get approval to take a innovated project forward, hard to use your 10% time because of other work priorities.
    Corporate environment and bureaucracy is slowly creeping in since company went IPO

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower developers

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Welcome to office space

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Austin, TX

    I have been working at HomeAway

    Pros

    Weekly senior leadership table talks

    Cons

    cubicle police, we can put anything on top of our desks, monthly police walks on ego trips take things off filing cabinets, yet senior leadership types have all sorts of things in their offices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Culture is terrible, everyone is over worked with little/no recognition.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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