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Expedia Reviews in Bellevue, WA

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
918 Reviews
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Expedia President and CEO Dara Khosrowshahi
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Pros
  • The company is really a fun place to work and embraces a great work life balance (in 127 reviews)

  • Good working environment, nice people and travel benefits and good work life balance (in 64 reviews)


Cons
  • work/ life balance *might* make up for this when compared to some companies (in 39 reviews)

  • Upper management is always looking to offshore your job so if you don't kiss a lot of butt you're out (in 33 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Really nice people, messed up management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Expedia full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Everyone I've met here is sincerely nice. They help one another instead of throwing them under buses. I've not heard people complain about one another behind each other's backs either, even people who have been let go. The bar is set realistically on performance. You can choose to bust your bottom for a promo and be rewarded, or you can put in moderate effort and still get by OK. Projects are not thrust upon you, you are allowed to push back and have some autonomy.
    They are dedicated to charity in a very deep way. It's really impressive how much time and energy is devoted to non profit and charity events.

    Cons

    They haven't really decided if they are a tech company or a travel company. Hence, tech people may not be used to the politics of cross-brand initiatives. They are NOT customer centric in the least. Nor are they developer centric. They seem to be lost in the weeds, but have been addressing this lately with the ouster of the previous CTO. They seem to want to be more customer centric, and Dara proclaimed that Expedia is a travel company at the last all hands, so I guess that's the goal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to be less top-down and homogenous white male. You have a lot of valuable women in this organization that are being passed over time and time again in favor of promoting white middle aged heterosexual Christian males. It's tired. Get over the frat house sausage fest.

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  2.  

    The Perfect Blend of Travel & Technology

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

    I have been working at Expedia full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    HQ in the heart of Bellevue, fun collaborative working environment where high caliber results and work life balance are equally important.

    Cons

    None to report at this time.

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  3.  

    Wonderful and challenging (in a good way)

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Optimization Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Marketing Optimization Manager in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Expedia full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Compensation, desire to take risks and focus on technology. Constantly changing, improving and upgrading

    Cons

    Limited scope for growth in company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More seating space. Open seating structure is not optimum.

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    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Fast paced, energetic environment that makes it fun to come to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Expedia full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I love working for a company that believes in work/life balance while still being an industry leader. We have a fantastic environment where my colleagues are top notch, supportive and I learn something new every day.

    Cons

    Not the highest paying company, however, work/life balance is immeasurable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe more of an investment into maternity leave.

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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Finally a company that supports the work of software developers

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Expedia full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I've worked for Expedia for four months. My most important criteria when selecting a company during my job search this past year was a company that gets it. I mean a company that understands software engineering best practices and doesn't just pay lip service to them. I'm so sick right now of the general industry where "management agile" totally misses the point of the principles of Lean and XP when it comes to building software that works for the customer and whose creation isn't mired in bureaucratic processes which make it miss the point. Thankfully Expedia gets it! They make working on their software a pleasant experience. While the team I'm on isn't perfect, they do understand what's important to the customer and care about working with high face-to-face communication and collaboration. The tools and processes in place are state-of-the-art and the complexity at scale is managed very well. All around I am impressed by the entire operation and glad to work here. The benefits, pay, and work/life balance (which is extremely good) are all just icing on the cake.

    Cons

    There have been very few cons. I would characterize this as the best job I've ever had. There are still improvements that can be made. I feel that estimation is not well-understood or executed as well as it could be right now in my team. I also think that there could be more stringent filtering of user stories into the sprint. Sometimes we get stories that aren't well groomed, do not have well-defined acceptance criteria, or that are missing key sign-offs from collaborating teams. Most notably, the highly cramped space given to employees (essentially you get a four foot by two foot desk and a rolling set of drawers in an open area crammed up next to your co-workers) is a con that needs to be addressed soon before it becomes a bigger issue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the space issue, focus on smarter selection of user stories for sprints based on what is most valuable to the customer, and continue the emphasis on engineering excellence to keep velocity high.

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  7.  

    Great atmosphere, casual environment with the best employees.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Expedia full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great place to work if you're looking for a fast changing, innovative environment. This is a great place for fostering a test and learn environment which always leads to more learnings, whether they fail or not. The work life balance is awesome, you are not forced/expected to work on the weekends but always have the option. There are a lot of affinity/diversity groups to get involved with and the charitable programs are fantastic. Expedia employees really care about their surrounding areas and it shows with all the events they have. Most teams work well together and seem to all follow the same vision which is great for improving collaboration throughout the company and across the globe. There are always a lot of projects to get involved in which in turn help build skill set. I can definitely see myself being here for a few years to come and would recommend this company to a friend.

    Cons

    Sometimes it seems we move too fast and and could work on being more transparent. Seems a bit top heavy in some departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more development on your entry level ICs and work to improve their skills. Continue in driving women's initiative efforts.

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  8.  

    High energy environment with opportunities to make an impact

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Expedia as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    For me, the best part is knowing that if you want to make an impact, there are plenty of opportunities - whether suggested by others or found on your own. Creative solutions are embraced - and while it's a fairly large company, most teams don't face a lot of red tape to move ideas forward. Benefits are great and I really like working with a company that encourages volunteerism. Also like the relaxed, fun-loving atmosphere...definitely not stuffy in these parts.

    Cons

    Sure, no company is perfect and there can be challenges in any job. For me, the most frustrating thing can be the matrixed org which can sometimes lead everyone to think their opinion is equal on every topic. :) (on the flip side...there are great collaboration opportunities and most people are willing to lend time and talents when asked)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage more with front-line employees to help them connect to you and the company's vision/goals. The more they connect to you as leaders, the more passionate they will be to make that vision a reality.

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    Positive Outlook
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  9.  

    New Hire Assessment - Expedia

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Expedia full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Overall great atmosphere, very accommodating to flexible scheduling. Strong team environment, everyone willing to pitch in and help. Leadership is hands on, and very approachable.

    Cons

    A loose culture that is maturing and figuring out where the short falls are. Great opportunity for personal growth.

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  10.  

    TPM

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Product Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Technical Product Manager in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Expedia full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    0. Great benefits.
    1. Great people. Everybody I've had to work with is very smart. Committed. Wants to move forward.
    2. Great headquarters.
    3. Salaries within industry. And WA state does not have income task. A matching salary in any other state should be a lot higher if I want to receive the same paycheck.
    4. You choose your own growth path: individual contributor, manager, principal, etc. Independently of the title, you can shape your own success.
    5. Great communication from CEO. He has a blog and we can ask him any question we want. And he answers! Never before had a CEO delivered on his "open communication" promise before.
    6. Open communication of where the company is going, what's happening at every level.
    7. Free soda, sparkling water, milk.
    8. Lots of events: halloween contest, Xmas party for all the company, parties within groups in the company.
    9. Did I say really smart people? Granted, not every single person. But the majority.
    10. Particular groups of interest that you can join and attend depending on what you want to do.
    11. Great technology to work with. It's not the latest but only a little tiny bit behind.
    12. I can ask for whatever I want to be able to work better: ergonomic desks, monitors, mice, keyboards.
    13. You have the choice of a PC or a Mac.
    14. Work/Life balance is fantastic! Here I work over the weekend because I want to finish something. Not because I have to. It's not expected that I reply to an email over the weekend.
    15. We are strongly encouraged (and I believe it's almost mandatory), to take all the vacation. FANTASTIC! I haven't seen this in another company.
    16. Possibility to work in other cities where there are offices.

    Cons

    1. That it's not the 100% of people the ones committed to make it work.
    2. Relationships are very important here. What about delivery and facts? Not really. It's more about negotiation.
    3. Workspace is really tight. I have a desk and two tiny drawers. I don't mind the open space but I'd like to have more than two drawers and a desk a little bit wider.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the communication open
    Promote people not based on how well they are doing in their current job but on what they could accomplish in the next one. Not everybody is a great manager.
    Involve everybody at all levels. I know it's hard because we are big and some people suffer from apathy. But keep working on it.
    Money, free time: those are always great ways to show someone your appreciation.

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    Positive Outlook
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  11.  

    Work Hard, Play hard

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Expedia full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The team I work on tries very hard to maintain a healthy work/life balance. The number of hours you work per week are not as important as meeting your commitments. This means that there is not pressure from management to log heavy hours outside of a typical business day. The company overall seems like a place that encourages a fun, social environment with frequent company events. The work is interesting and I was able to jump right in with my own product that I am responsible for. Compensation is competitive and good benefits.

    Cons

    There can be some bureaucratic red tape that slows down progress, but for the most part it seems to be a necessary evil with a company of this size. It does not bog down production too much.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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