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Expedia Reviews

Updated August 13, 2014
Updated August 13, 2014
845 Reviews

3.6
845 Reviews
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Go Anywhere...Be Anything

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development
    Current Employee - Business Development

    Pros

    At Expedia, you have the ability to become nearly anything. You have the opportunity to go anywhere. Your goals are only limited by your own imagination. Expedia is an excellent company to work for and have benefits that will make you ask..."and you're still going to pay me!?"

    Cons

    In such a large company, it is hard to get recognized for outstanding achievement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep a closer look at mid level management and be sure they are promoting growth and not afraid of it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    not good enough for the effort

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    colleagues and some of the supr visors

    Cons

    not organizd at all and disapointing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Experiences vary greatly depending on department

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun but lacking in direction

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun company culture. Mantra: Work smarter, not harder

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  7.  

    Company is vertically crippled.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    Pros

    Global presence. Company has enough market share with it's many brands to excel in the e-travel industry under the direction of a competent leader.

    Cons

    Poor leadership from the top down. No vision and at times completely incompetent. This is a firm that is missing out on a ton of opportunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think outside of the box, evaluate your leadership team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Vision...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Administrator  in  Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - Associate Administrator in Chandler, AZ

    Pros

    Very large startup which is nice in some regards which can prove comforting as they seem to have very good directioin.

    Cons

    They are still trying to find there way as far as technology goes. What tools to use, and how to use them. Automation is just starting to ramp up for even the simplest of tasks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the employees, some of them have been in the industry a long time and know much more then there current role that they are in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A true learning experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The company has pretty good perks.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, management, growth/development, career advancement are issues throughout the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Uneven

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    Pros

    Travel benefit on hotel rooms
    Vacation days the longer you stay
    A new hire you can move very quickly.
    Luck, timing and being sharp can be leveraged. The company can be very responsive
    Salaries better on tech side.

    Cons

    Lip service to women placement. May be better than average local metrics inn some departments, but still very uneven. Women vs men fall very short, for same job performance, tenure, qualifications...even if they index better than Seattle state.
    Women who commit for the long run rarely get ahead vs new hires

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a real assessment of women vs men talent by department. Leadership, therefore men should have x2 as many women's meeting. It is not vey useful for women to have these meetings if they do not have the power to make any changes. Women should not beed to become more like men to get ahead

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Technical Product Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Product Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Technical Product Manager in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    Relaxed enviroment, room for growth, work life balance

    Cons

    the company is over all slow to change, they are very set in manual and labour intensive methods of change management. There is little serious work in data driven and system automation at scale.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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