Kayak.com
3.4 of 5 14 reviews
www.kayak.com Norwalk, CT 50 to 149 Employees

Kayak.com Reviews

Updated Mar 27, 2014
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3.4 14 reviews

                             

73% Approve of the CEO

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Steve Hafner

(11 ratings)

50% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Fun and rewarding fast-paced engineering environment.

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Concord, MA

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

    ConsLocation outside of the city

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The turnover continues.....

    Commercial Team (Former Employee)
    Stamford, CT

    ProsBenefits are good. Product pretty well known.

    ConsThey 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 Senior ManagementPriceline mgmt- Open your eyes!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good experience!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSmart people and good atmosphere. I learned a ton.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementThinking 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Growing Experience at KAYAK.com

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    ConsVery low job security. Minimal feedback on performance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementConduct employee reviews more frequently.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    All sizzle no steak

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Norwalk, CT

    ProsKayak 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.

    ConsWith 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 Senior ManagementThis 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Nirvana

    Senior Level Tech (Current Employee)
    Concord, MA

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't lose the startup mentality and speed.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Concord, MA

    ProsGreat 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.

    ConsMany 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.

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Concord, MA

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    fun, fast paced, customer focused, successful and growing

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Concord, MA

    Prosthe 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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A great place to work build on a solid core team.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Concord, MA

    ProsBalance, work and life.
    Great leading edge tech.
    Great culture.
    Driven team that wants to win.

    ConsSome old boy cliquishness.
    It's all or nothing, you're a hero or a zero.
    Company direction or your reputation can turn on a dime.
      (and you can continue to work there, as like NE weather, it can change again)

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere is nothing you can tell them, that is why they are succeeding.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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