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8 people found this helpful  

Was the smartest and best place around to work, now just the smartest

Product Manager (Former Employee) Newton, MA

Pros-Super smart
-Has to be the leading engineering team in the web space today
-Great marketing and engineering relationship, great team work
-Office space is incredible
-Great free lunches
-Great tech support and hardware
-Very quick, speed wins attitude, means a lot projects going on at once

Cons-Very poor senior management structure, and very political system at the 2nd/3rd tiers of the company
-Lots of power plays and controlling attitudes at the middle management level
-Lots of bureaucrats at mid manager level, weird for a supposed 'startup'
-Not a lot of attention payed to career growth and promoting top achievers- the same few people get promoted each year because they were favorites, while other positions are unnecessarily backfilled when they should be filled by internal promotions
-Pay is fair for managers, but not much over what other companies will pay

Advice to Senior ManagementThe company used to be a great place to work when it was truly a startup, and then a few bad apples were grandfathered through the ranks and have more or less ruined the fun, smart, and friendly company atmosphere. From what I understand, some have been demoted or left now, so maybe it's better now, but this awful political system at the top caused a landslide of quitting in the worst economy we'll ever see- so you know it was bad if so many were that desperate to get out.
Overall, I would never go back, but if I were to start over I would do it again. If not for the petty politics and a few harpies at the top of the company, this is hands down the best company you'll ever work for.

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    11 people found this helpful  

    Good reputation, but going down hill fast

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Newton, MA

    I worked at TripAdvisor

    Pros: Good reputation, fast pace, free lunch, snacks, games on site, nice… Cons: No career development, no pats on the back for a job well done, you're just hassled when things aren't going 100% as planned (think "office… Advice to Senior Management: Listen to your employees - you hired them for a reason so you should at least consider what they have to say. It shouldn't be… More
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    Love it at TripAdvisor!!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Newton, MA

    I have been working at TripAdvisor

    Pros: First and foremost, the best reason to work at TripAdvisor is the great people here. People work hard and take their jobs and careers… Cons: Some "growing pains" as the company has doubled in size each of the last several years.… Advice to Senior Management: It is important to keep up and even increase more proactive communication with… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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