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Fantastic place to work

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  • Career Opportunities
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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Chicago, IL
Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Chicago, IL

I have been working at Orbitz Worldwide

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

- Great culture of technical excellence - Really smart, sharp people - Management has a clear direction and good execution - Free breakfast foods and drinks - Eco-friendly office - The best location possible in Chicago - Very good compensation - Very flexible hours - Travel agent benefits - Work from home possible - So many opportunities to learn and work on what you want - Technology-agnostic as long as it gets the job done - Hundreds of restaurants in walking distance - Company throws parties periodically with kegs and they are fun. The annual party is awesome!

Cons

- No stock options - Provides Blackberries which is a type of phone they used to make - A bit too much employee turnover

Advice to Management

Management is doing a fantastic job in the last couple years. We need to somehow retain people more so we don't lose knowledge. It's already a fantastic place to work though so I'm not sure how they'd do that!

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  1. Helpful (4)

    They keep "eliminating positions" of really good employees

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Orbitz Worldwide

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I have a great boss and my team functions well.

    Cons

    Yesterday, a new manager was allowed to "eliminate the position" of someone who had worked here for years and was really, really good at her job. Everyone who worked with her was shocked. She was on an extremely business critical project and doing a great job. Now one of my team members has to pick up the slack and do her regular job at the same time. What's interesting is that the job ithat was supposedly eliminated is posted as an open position now. Nice euphemism for firing someone who wasn't "one of the boys". This is not the first time this has happened and, unfortunately, it won't be the last. And management wonders why morale is so bad.

    Advice to Management

    Stop letting middle managers build and run their little fiefdoms at the expense of the company's and employee's well being.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Smart people, casual work environment, mentally challenging/stimulating work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Orbitz Worldwide

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Orbitz employees are generally smart, laid back and approachable, which makes this a great place to work -- you're always surrounded by and working with great people. The casual work environment and general start-up feel of the company/work (despite its huge size) is also a huge plus. Top-down communications explaining new initiatives and plans are frequent; under Barney Harford, company goals are crystal clear.

    Cons

    It's a known problem within Orbitz that it can sometimes be challenging to get things done due to the sheer size and complexity of the company and the various groups' roadmaps that compete for developers and resources. However, management has acknowledged this as a legitimate issue and is doing everything it can to get cross-departmental teams working together in order to break away from this widely-believed notion. Career development plans tend to be unclear; it's widely believed that career advancement at Orbitz requires proactive conversations with management that some (if not most) would deem awkward. Management/HR could do a better job of making sure these conversations (if desired) occur so that employees and their managers are on the same page and have similar expectations come review time.


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