Lonely Planet

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Lonely Planet Reviews

Updated August 1, 2014
Updated August 1, 2014
25 Reviews
2.9
25 Reviews
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Matthew A. Goldberg
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lonely Planet full-time

    Pros

    Lonely Planet is full of people who are passionate about travel and are determined to stay innovative.
    Executives are open to your ideas on how to move the company forward. Office culture is creative, fun, and laid back.

    Cons

    Lonely Planet is undergoing an overall in it's digital department. In that, many decisions need to be made. Goals need to be met and momentum needs to stay strong. Sometimes there are so many paths to take, it becomes difficult in choosing one. I think LP currently needs to improve on choosing a destination for itself and then be relentless in reaching it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make decisions and stick with them. Be fearless despite competition.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    While trying to stay competitive in a increasingly digital world, LP has slid downhill quickly in the past few years.

    Former Employee - Author  in  Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Author in Oakland, CA

    I worked at Lonely Planet as a contractor for more than 8 years

    Pros

    People jacked up by travel and adventure.

    Cons

    Uncertainty. Decreasing budgets, near constant changes in strategy, poor author appreciation and attention.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it about people again. Not just content.

    Negative Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Struggling to find itself

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    Current Employee - Developer
    Current Employee - Developer

    I have been working at Lonely Planet full-time

    Pros

    Working here is an incredible journey, fast paced projects, brilliant people who truly love what they do. You're constantly surrounded by travel, and by proxy, the world. Schedules and vacation are flexible, sick time is generous, environment is fun and friendly.

    Cons

    There is a disconnect between projects, teams, vision, and day-to-day. There aren't many opportunities for advancement or personal development. There have been efforts to rectify both issues, but they largely go nowhere. The growing pains are terribly noticible at times, and often the left hand doesn't even know the right exists.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The disconnects need to stop. Half finished concepts cannot be effectively executed, nor is revising in deployment or production a brilliant idea. Openness and honesty are critical. Start sharing the big picture a little so we can help get there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    inspiring product

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA

    I worked at Lonely Planet full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    great people who are passionate about travel, incredible vacation policy, laid-back atmosphere, strong brand

    Cons

    pre-historic technology, unable to commit to a direction as a company- in my tenure there at least 3 different "5 year plans" were presented, not much room for growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    making decisions based on emotion is not good for business

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Once-great media organization floundering in the digital age

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    Former Employee - Publishing
    Former Employee - Publishing

    I worked at Lonely Planet full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good benefits, casual culture, ability to travel, fun subject matter, passionate people who care about the brand and mission of travel overall

    Cons

    Poor salary. Management really mishandled the conversion from print to digital. Mixed messaging as a result of multiple sales of the organization. A bit directionless of an organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust local employees and stop consolidating decisionmaking in Australia. Importing more pedigreed MBA's hasn't helped and if anything has knocked the company further off its path.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    With key roles now centralized in London it will be interesting to see how well they serve US and Australian travelers

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lonely Planet

    Pros

    Smart, passionate people who truly understand travel

    Cons

    Boys' club management
    Ability to retain talent
    Silos

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    All that is left is a shell of what was once a fantastic place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Oakland, CA

    I worked at Lonely Planet full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Casual work environment, personal space, and good work/life balance.

    Cons

    No bonus, low wages, and no room for advancement, lack of innovation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Overall it's an excellent place to start your career, develop, move up and move on

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director of Sales  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Sales in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Lonely Planet full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    If you're talented you're allowed to create your own path and role. Excellent management culture and work life balance. Outstanding benefits - medical & vacation.

    Cons

    Not ideal for those seeking to move to senior executive roles due to the lack of availability of those roles.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great Company Culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern  in  Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at Lonely Planet

    Pros

    The culture is laid back and everyone is very nice. There are lots of fun social events and it is genuinely a great place to be. The product is also great and it's easy to become excited about the company because of this. Finally, the work/life balance is excellent and they are accommodating to employees

    Cons

    I haven't been given much training on the technical aspects of my job which, as a student, would have helped my professional development

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Passionate People, Culture and Environment Changing due to BBCW

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Marketing Executive  in  Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Executive in Oakland, CA

    I worked at Lonely Planet

    Pros

    Very passionate and bright people to work with
    Always surronded by travel related topics at work
    Lonely Planet strong passion brand opens doors at work and outside of work
    Great time off perks

    Cons

    After BBC aquisition, much more emphasis on bottom line profits
    Has been several rounds of layoffs
    Flat organization so sometimes difficult to advance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't loose the original Lonely Planet vision, stay true to doing what's best in the name of travel
    Don't sell out the brand please

    No opinion of CEO

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