Expedia Reviews in Seattle, WA

Updated September 7, 2014
Updated September 7, 2014
841 Reviews
3.6
841 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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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Solid employer, but you need to advocate for your own career growth

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

    I have been working at Expedia full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Benefits are nice, and work/life balance is much nicer compared to other regional tech companies

    Cons

    Perpetual re-orgs and politics can make upward mobility tough. You can spend months winning favor with a director or VP and then *poof* they are gone and it's like no one knows you or your work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being afraid. Operationally we are REACTING. There are numerous ecommerce companies with far bigger footprints that move more nimbly. Look at netflix, amazon, google. If they aren't afraid of the technical risks, why should we be?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good Work-Life Balance

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

    I have been working at Expedia full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Recommends this place.

    Cons

    Can't think any at the moment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Can't think any at the moment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion 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

    I have been working at Expedia full-time for more than a year

    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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fun but lacking in direction

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator  in  Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at Expedia full-time for more than 5 years

    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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fun company culture. Mantra: Work smarter, not harder

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

    I worked at Expedia full-time for more than 5 years

    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.  

    Technical Product Manager

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

    I have been working at Expedia full-time for more than 3 years

    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
  8.  

    Experiences vary greatly depending on department

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

    I worked at Expedia full-time for more than 3 years

    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
  9. 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

    I have been working at Expedia full-time for more than a year

    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
  10.  

    Excellent culture and benefits

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 for more than 8 years

    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
  11.  

    Test Manager

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

    I worked at Expedia full-time for more than 3 years

    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

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