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Expedia Reviews in Bellevue, WA

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
846 Reviews

3.6
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The company is really a fun place to work and embraces a great work life balance (in 117 reviews)

  • Benefits include travel benefits and co-workers love to talk about travelling (in 60 reviews)


Cons
  • work/ life balance *might* make up for this when compared to some companies (in 36 reviews)

  • Without close personal relationships to senior management you will hit a ceiling in your development (in 31 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun company culture. Mantra: Work smarter, not harder

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

    Pros

    Work with smart people and acquire new skills
    Fun events and happy hours
    Casual environment
    Dynamic and fast moving (with some exceptions to old tools and processes)

    Cons

    Always expected to do more with less. This means less staff, need to learn multiple skills above and beyond job description and you often don't get paid for it. If you come into the company at too low a level, it's very hard to negotiate a competitive salary once you decide to move up (like most large companies I imagine). Senior level leadership have their own agenda and politics, to the detriment of getting work done - delays projects and frustrates lower level functional workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Schedule regular 1 on 1s with your staff/ICs. Know that the climate is on the floor. Promote from within, develop your people for future growth opportunities. There's a lot of good internal talent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun but lacking in direction

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator  in  Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Bellevue, WA

    Pros

    Expedia is a nice, stable place to work for the most part. The people are great and the environment is fun and rewarding.

    Cons

    Lack of technology direction and the size of the company causes some poor decisions. What you are working on today may change completely overnight and you are left directionless. They drive to do more with less causes most groups to be severely short-handed and the current technology direction is alienating most of their prior staff causing massive turn-over.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to what you were doing better a few years ago. Focus more on your current employees and give them more aid in what they need now.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Software Design Engineer  in  Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Software Design Engineer in Bellevue, WA

    Pros

    great company to work. No much pressure in general.

    Cons

    Too much legacy code. Salary is not up to market.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Experiences vary greatly depending on department

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA

    Pros

    Some great management, some amazing people, fun product, can be flexibe with time, decent work/life balance

    Cons

    Some insane, immature management and people, doesn't keep up with technology, low pay, no stock rewards unless you're high-level management, located in Bellevue

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your teams, ask for their input, their ideas, collaborate, improve transparency. I've seen millions lost on horribly managed projects and a department fall apart because upper management was naive, didn't talk to those below them, who--with their knowledge--could've prevented all the issues, failures and people bailing. Invest in technology. Pay a better salary and you'll get better talent. Pay attention to peer reviews, lower-level personnel and red flags--take off the blinders, don't promote or keep people because of personal friendships. I saw incredible people lost and horrible employees kept and/or promoted.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fun place to work, good benefits, not a lot of upward movement

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Director in Bellevue, WA

    Pros

    Love the people, supportive environment, good perks and time-off is descent. You can ask for help and people actually respond and help you. Excellent diversity programs. They create a good personal community path as well as a work community environment. Cool wellness benefits.

    Cons

    Once you reach a certain level, there is not a ton of room for advancement. I've also had difficulty in promoting those on my team and can't seem to sort out why. I believe HR has a huge issue here. Also, our recruiting team needs a lot of work - so if you are applying...be patient - it's worth it to get to the other side but I don't think they leave a great impression (external AND internal). Comp is market average but some cool travel and wellness perks.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent culture and benefits

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    Current Employee - Technical Product Manager  in  Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Technical Product Manager in Bellevue, WA

    Pros

    Company is the right size for internal growth without getting lost in a mega-corporation. Lots of great collaborative tools in use. Open floor plan. Excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Very large product. Moving faster than ever, but sometimes seems frustratingly slow. Many teams don't support working from home on a regular basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide better salary adjustment over time/promotions to people who have long tenure in company in order to retain experienced employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Test Manager

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    Former Employee - Test Manager  in  Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Test Manager in Bellevue, WA

    Pros

    Positive work environment. Both teams and individual contributors are encouraged to cooperate. The travel benefits are nice. Group events budget was decent. Lots of dedicated people work there.

    Cons

    Management can't decide if it is a travel company with a technology focus, or a technology company with a travel focus. Thus a multitude of things are either not well thought thru, flip-flop often, or have the wrong priorities. Office space is at a premium, work space is tight, cramped and noisy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work and casual work environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA

    Pros

    great benefits, free drinks, personable managers that know how to work hard but also how to have fun while doing it. Excellent work / life balance.

    Cons

    It can get pretty political among the managers. There is definitely the occassional, "well that's not my problem, that's so-and-so's dept's problem...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work with your business partners in a cooperative manner. Accept change, as the business is constantly growing and changing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Software Engineer In Test

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer In Test (SDET)  in  Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer In Test (SDET) in Bellevue, WA

    Pros

    Good working environment, nice people and travel benefits and good work life balance

    Cons

    Pays less than average when compare to industry

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Satisfaction depends on which organization you work for

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Bellevue, WA

    Pros

    Expedia, like most big companies, is split into silos in order to create more nimble and units. My unit provides clear direction, holds you accountable for things you can directly impact, and invests in the business appropriately. The company offers great benefits, gift matching, and a flexible work environment (depending on what business unit you work for) . I've worked for some of the big companies locally and this is by far the best one I've worked for.

    Cons

    Working between major business units is often slow, so major shifts in policy and or reaction to an area that might be important to the company (but less important to a particular unit) requires a lot of time, which can be frustrating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure that major financial impact items are aligned with organizational structures. Teams will be more inclined to make agile changes when their budget and reporting is impacted.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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