HomeAway Reviews

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
139 Reviews
4.4
139 Reviews
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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 12 reviews)

  • Great benefits and a world wide presence means travel opportunities (in 10 reviews)


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

  • Even though you could easily work from home it is not allowed in these departments (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Proud to be working for this company!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - BI Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - BI Analyst in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    It's super exciting to be part of a successful and fast-growing company! Good salary, great benefits, and a very enjoyable working environment.

    Cons

    Brace yourself for changes! There is no way you can get bored since the company is in constant evolution!
    It can be a bit stressful though, and you sometimes wish you could enjoy a few more months before next reorganization!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company with excellent working environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Marketing in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    HomeAway offers a great working environment with strong emphasis on staff development and retention. There are excellent career progression opportunities for those that want it. The office is a fun place to work with nice little touches on offer such as hot/cold drinks, fresh fruit, Monday morning pastries and regular social events.

    Cons

    As with all reasonable size corporate organisations the wheels sometimes can move slowly which results in some frustrations from time to time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great job - great people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Global Database Marketing Specialist in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Current Employee - Global Database Marketing Specialist in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)

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

    Pros

    HomeAway is a great company to work for. They take good care of their employees and give opportunities to grow - from a professional perspective as well as a personal one.
    If you work in a global function you not only work with colleagues from all over the world but also get the opportunity to travel to some of the other offices, too.
    If you start as an intern you have good chances to be hired full-time.
    The offices and the employees are great and make coming to work every day a lot more fun.

    Cons

    As this is a growing company, processes might change and take longer to be adapted as there are various offices and brands.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    HomeAway is a great international Company to work for - very employee oriented

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)

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

    Pros

    - we have a great and motivated Team
    - We have the Chance to work with international Teams that give you the Chance to get to know different cultures and which makes work more interesting
    - HomeAway is very employee oriented; the employees are treated with respect
    - We have a great culture
    - We have very nice, modern Office space in all Locations, espccially in Frankfurt :-)

    Cons

    - we have the challenge of a matrix organisation which means that several employees have remote Managers at different Locations instead of direct line Managers at the same Location to whom they can go directly and have face-to-face Meetings
    - Due to the Matrix organisation many Meetings are necessary to ensure that employees are on the same page

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Homeaway adds a new experience in how work can be fun and exciting!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Online Marketing in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Current Employee - Online Marketing in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)

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

    Pros

    HomeAway is exceptionally good in having a good balance between life and work. The company is constantly searching for a way to make work fun and still being able to be productive.

    Cons

    Innovation and inspiration are key in this company, but the whole company will inspire a person to have it. Perhaps only the cooperation between different departments can be improved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Carry on!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Fun and enjoyable experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Trust and Security Representative in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Trust and Security Representative in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great company benefits, very few companies offer the same.
    Strong leadership team, always interacting with employees at all levels.
    Fun and social work environment - lots of social events to get to know colleague's even better!
    Suggestions and feedback are considered when trying to improve processes and procedures.
    Lots of opportunities to progress if you work hard and show ambition.
    Great views of Central London.

    Cons

    Sometimes, new releases are delayed significantly which impacts on the customer.
    Team's can 'lose sight' of employees 'well being'.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage with employees more on the issues that are affecting them (i.e Day to day work et)!
    Regular sit down chats with senior management would be ideal as sometimes Managers' aren't empowered to make big decisions!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Perfect balance between a startup and a large company.

    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Business is full of challenges and fun, talented employees, executive team has a great vision, the company treats the employee very well and there are opportunity to work with teams all across the globe.

    Cons

    The fast growth brought some red tape in various process that sometime impedes creativity and pace of innovation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain the vision and the culture to keep HomeAway being a great place to work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Informal culture.
    Great people.
    Good opportunities.
    Excellent benefits.
    Good oversight of company strategy and roadmap.

    Cons

    Some product and organisational complexity.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    Great company with great leadership

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

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

    Pros

    HomeAway is the first company that I have ever worked for that does what is says it will do. They foster an environment of career development. They make a genuine effort to accommodate work life balance. They offer challenging work in a fast-moving and new industry. The leadership knows what they are doing and they communicate with their employees consistently.

    Cons

    Accelerated growth sometimes outpaces the infrastructure required to handle it but this is a good challenge to have.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work with creating a customer AND employee-focused company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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