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HomeAway Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
163 Reviews
4.4
163 Reviews
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HomeAway CEO Brian Sharples
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance is ideal - if work is getting done, you can do what you need to do (in 15 reviews)

  • Fun and social work environment - lots of social events to get to know colleague's even better (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • The pay is good, plus commissions , the work-life balance is definitely positive (in 8 reviews)

  • The company is growing FAST - generally more of a positive than a negative, but communication between departments could be improved (in 6 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good people, focused top brass, tough to move up

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Austin, TX

    I have been working at HomeAway full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are amazing, the people who work here want to be here, and there is a feeling that we're on the cusp of great things. People are genuine and friendly and there aren't too many corporate games to play.

    Cons

    Moving up is difficult. There is rarely a clear succession plan and raises and promotions seem to come at random. In order to get a new position within the company, you have to be "in the know" as opposed to just a great fit for the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage managers to guide their employees toward the skills they need to move up. This will keep employees engaged and working hard to move forward with the company.

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

    The people are nice, but the drive is lacking

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at HomeAway full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    HomeAway has a lot of great people, who are easy to get along with. The friendly culture lets you feel extremely welcome in the office, and the company provides great benefits.

    Cons

    There are a lot of complacent employees, the drive seems to be lacking. Lack of recognition and compensation for great work leads to a low level of motivation. Communication of these issues is also extremely low between peers and their management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication is key to keeping everybody happy. Make sure every employee gets personal exposure to management with a good environment to candidly discuss concerns.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great family to be a part of

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Support Representative in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Customer Support Representative in Austin, TX

    I worked at HomeAway full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Without a doubt the best company I've wirked for. People are very friendly, there is a real sense if comradery. The business takes very good care of employees too, and management is keen for employees to be given lots of responsibilities to encourage their careers to evolve.

    Cons

    When I left the company, it was going through a transition from a start up to a public company. Consequently a lot of new burocracy was introduced and a lot of people who had been with the company for years were unceremoniously let go by new department heads who were brought in from the outside. I was unaffected by these changes, but the new atmosphere was not one in wish I wanted to continue working, hence I started looking for other opportunities elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that the people working for you care a great deal about the company's success - and each other. When you treat one person as disposable, you are likely to lose a lot of others out of protest.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Nice enough place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Denver, CO

    I have been working at HomeAway full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are a lot of smart people here and some of them are working on interesting projects and are eager to share the experience with the rest of the company. Input from every team member is given due consideration when problem solving. There's some leeway for self-direction and (theoretically) the opportunity to move between teams while here. The benefits are great, the work day and week are almost always accommodating to each person's desired schedule.

    Cons

    There isn't a career path beyond senior/staff developer that can be worked towards with tangible feedback. Many of the listed benefits are diminished or not available unless you're in the headquarters in Austin. In some respects, the vacation rental industry is about a decade behind other tech companies. Intervention about problem team members is unlikely to happen without a major incident.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company culture, everyone can be a contributor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Everyone at HomeAway can be a contributor; it's an environment where fresh ideas and hard-work are valued. As a manager, my work-life balance is very manageable. I feel very motivated to come to work every day, and the pay-back is flexibility, great benefits, and a feeling of inclusion.

    Cons

    As the company succeeds and expands globally, it is hard to maintain a sense of inclusion across all global offices. I manage a global team, with some team members in the US and a few in Europe. The company is extremely Austin-centric, but I believe that everyone at the C-Level understands this challenge and is working to ensure that we have a unified, global team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to hire experienced, talented C-level team members globally.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Denver Office == Supremely casual...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Denver, CO

    I have been working at HomeAway full-time

    Pros

    The Denver office is right at Speer and I-25, so it's easy to get to and it's very laid back. Everyone is nice and there's really no bureaucracy. I go to very few meetings and get to work on cool web technologies including Microsoft stacks & Java stacks. There's lots of cool things to do in the UI layer here too. I get to tinker with lots of JavaScript frameworks. My co-workers are all smart& laid back, we get to learn from each other regularly.

    Cons

    You are a remote worker from the main HQ, so there's the anonymity that comes with that. It's not super bad, but it exists. Also, I hate logging JIRA tickets for everything in the world, but you do that here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Management in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Engineering Management in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    The best part of HomeAway are its talented and helpful employees, highly engaged and professional senior execs and an environment that encourages work-life balance

    Cons

    The only con I can think of for HomeAway and Austin is the unbearable heat during 3 months of summer. But for those who moved here from cold regions of the country, the Summer in Austin is no different from Winter in North East.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the open honest communication to the whole company every friday and the relentless focus on 3 year goals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's great to finally work for a SUCCESSFUL company that CARES about its employees.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at HomeAway full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    HomeAway doesn't waste time or resources. Everything I build as a software developer gets used and adds value to the company. I can't tell you how many man-years worth of development I've seen thrown away at other companies because they built something nobody wanted or needed.

    Our leadership is strong, has a vision, and knows how to execute on that vision. At some companies leadership talks but nothing happens. I don't see that happening at HomeAway. Our leadership is in command of our business and I see change, good change, every year that I'm here.

    HomeAway is successful and they share that success with employees. I'm very satisfied with my salary, bonus, benefits, and incentives. It's clear to me HomeAway cares about retention and doesn't see me as just another cog in the wheel.

    Cons

    We have very interesting problems to solve but not all of our work here is glamorous. Yes, there are a lot of legacy solutions around that still have to be kept up so not everything we work on is earth shattering or exciting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the amazing job. Keep us nimble and continue to be fearless about change and doing what it takes to take our success to the next level.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    By far the best company I have worked for

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

    I have been working at HomeAway full-time

    Pros

    Pay is above the Austin average and yet the company culture truly values work/life balance. This is the first time in my life that I feel I have been treated like an adult at work. The laid back atmosphere makes coming to the office an enjoyable experience. Management is very open and friendly and employees are given excellent hardware. Combine that with greater than average PTO, modern tech stack/development processes, and free snacks and you have a winning combination.

    Cons

    Free snacks, meals and breakfast tacos require a larger than imagined amount of self control.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep everything the same! Keep work/life balance a center pillar of HomeAway's company culture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Contract worker

    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at HomeAway as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great environment, snacks, open lay out

    Cons

    Only a temp, can't really answer

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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