Kayak.com Reviews

Updated October 10, 2014
Updated October 10, 2014
17 Reviews
3.3
17 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun and rewarding fast-paced engineering environment.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Concord, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Concord, MA

    I have been working at Kayak.com full-time

    Pros

    Agile style development
    Little time spent in meetings
    Very team-oriented environment
    Very little micromanagement
    Flexible schedule, good work/life balance

    Cons

    Location outside of the city

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

    Horrific management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT

    I have been working at Kayak.com full-time

    Pros

    Strong business model, excellent growth potential. Dedicated peers and colleagues. Fun, generous CEO.

    Cons

    C-level executives are astonishingly bad at management. Google them and you will find proof. Their personal lives bleed into their professional work. The CFO and CMO are married. The CFO also runs HR. All misbehavior from C-level personnel is ignored. No regard for human resources policies, protocols, career development. Employees are disillusioned. Morale is low, and good people are quitting by the day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Save the company and replace yourselves immediately.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    The turnover continues.....

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    Former Employee - Commercial Team in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Commercial Team in Stamford, CT

    I worked at Kayak.com full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Benefits are good. Product pretty well known.

    Cons

    They cannot keep sales team staffed which is very telling.... Also lost lots of key engineers which makes quality of product suffer.. Suck ups promoted over top performers. Very passive aggressive culture instilled by management team. Starting to constrict the flexibility that was once one of the pros of working there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Priceline mgmt- Open your eyes!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good experience!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kayak.com full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart people and good atmosphere. I learned a ton.

    Cons

    Management is ok at best. Sometimes kayak's upper management seemed over boastful and cocky when they really shouldn't.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thinking and making decisions based off of money is good to include but don't let it be your only focus. Remember where Kayak came from and how it became what it is. Keep the boasting for your bowling league.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Growing Experience at KAYAK.com

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kayak.com full-time

    Pros

    Fast-paced environment where the work you do really makes a difference on the product. Executive team is brilliant.

    Cons

    Very low job security. Minimal feedback on performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Conduct employee reviews more frequently.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    All sizzle no steak

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwalk, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwalk, CT

    I have been working at Kayak.com full-time

    Pros

    Kayak is a good product. The engineering team was very strong however several of the top members of the engineering team resigned right after the completion of the Priceline merger as did a Sales VP. Giving options to the team years ago was great however this does not benefit new hires.

    Cons

    With merger complete. Some key people starting to leave the company. Lack of communication within org and general feeling of lack of direction. Also team is paid below market value which is something the company admits to and does not apologize for. Invisible fence between senior management and "the rest of us". If you like a double shot of arrogance with your espresso in the morning than this may be the place for you. They also run fast and lose on the ethical/moral front and lots of overpromising and under delivering when it comes to commitments made to employees which is important to be aware of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is not a worthwhile exercise as they do not regularly solicit advice because they seem to think they know it all. Besides if you were to give them unwelcome advice or disagree with them too often then you might just find yourself without a job. Seen it happen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Nirvana

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Level Tech in Concord, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Level Tech in Concord, MA

    I have been working at Kayak.com full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The team is by far the most brilliant I've ever worked with. More important, egos are left in the parking lot.

    Cons

    New-hires, especially younger, aren't always given the guidance they need to be successful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't lose the startup mentality and speed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    It's a great place to work, but management is weak.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, MA

    I worked at Kayak.com

    Pros

    Great corporate culture. The people are nice and very smart. The benefits are generous. There are a lot of fun company outings. And the company is about to IPO.

    Cons

    Many senior managers lack basic people management skills. Projects are disorganized and often cancelled. The technology group is located 3 hours away from the business group, which sometimes makes it difficult to get things done.

    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great name on a resume, a terrible place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, MA

    I worked at Kayak.com

    Pros

    Big complex site (almost too big for itself)
    Fun co-workers (as long as they are underlings)
    Name recognition for your next job

    Cons

    No work/play balance
    Developers don't care about after-hours or fixing problems
    Terrible management gets hired and promoted
    Executives are out of touch with the people who work for them except for 1
    You will never be heard by anyone that matters
    Lost the startup feel years ago

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the little guys, ensure each team is treated fairly, don't keep zero's around who destroy the team morale

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    fun, fast paced, customer focused, successful and growing

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Concord, MA

    I have been working at Kayak.com

    Pros

    the coffee is really good, the friday beer is ok too; there is a nice sound system that anyone can mess with from running sonos at their desk

    Cons

    if you can't handle a two minute meeting, you should not work at kayak; they usually get stuff done very quickly

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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