Orbitz Worldwide

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Orbitz Worldwide Reviews

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Orbitz Worldwide Chief Executive Officer Barney Harford
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Pros
  • Management emphasizes the work/life balance and encourages you to take vacation (in 74 reviews)

  • Flexible work from home policy; good place to grow if you have the right manager (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • Depending on your department, work life balance can be tough at times (in 13 reviews)

  • It's very hard to achieve unrealistic goals when Senior Management doesn't value experienced employees (in 15 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sr Orbitz manager - considerable career advancement opportunities

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    Current Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Orbitz Worldwide full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great place to evolve a career - i have had many unique roles and worked on some very cool projects. Orbitz plays at the intersection of two great areas - travel and Internet. Great, talented colleagues. Great collaborative culture. The culture and work environment may be the most important attribute to me. Best mobile offering in travel.

    Cons

    Workload can be intense (at times); Operates in a very competitive sector so needs to be scrappy; need to be scrappy to get financial resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be aggressive and keep innovating. Play for the long ball!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great opportunity to work with smart, motivated people in a very interesting industry.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Orbitz Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    1) Great diverse team with good access to leadership
    2) Innovative technology with a focus on mobile
    3) Opportunity to work on localizing products for customers across the globe

    Cons

    1) Would benefit from a more focused strategy
    2) Complicated technology sometimes slows progress in some areas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to pivot a bit faster. When we talk about change, it seems to take too long to put it into action.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    tech company with strong cultural and marketing focus

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager of Analytics in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager of Analytics in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Well balanced work and life. Strong leadership. Lots of programs for employee to learn and grow.

    Cons

    operate like a startup but without the startup perks: free lunch and other stuff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Play a role in changing the way the world buys travel!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on meaningful projects that impact millions of consumers in a category - travel - that's really FUN. We're not selling dog food here :)

    Orbitz is on the cutting edge of technology, marketing and analytics. Great opportunity to learn while working with highly talented and engaged team members.

    Fun, flat, non-hierarchical culture where ideas and execution are what matters. People move around the global organization to broaden their experience set.

    Nice HR benefits like a week off between Christmas and New Year on top of decent vacations, 401K w matching and frequent social events. Some cool travel industry discounts including access to some really spectacular industry rates at hotel chains including Fairmont, Starwood and Marriott, plus 20% off hotels booked on Orbitz!

    Good work/life balance, and the Orbitz offices in Chicago are on top of a major train station, making commuting really easy. Similarly Sunnyvale offices are right next to the Caltrain, and London offices are very close to Barbican tube station.

    Cons

    Ultra-competitive industry, the pace is very fast, there's always a lot of stuff to be done, and often the need for some tough prioritization decisions.

    Chicago can be cold in the winter. Offsetting that, it's a world-class city, with amazing restaurants, and loads of top-notch culture of all varieties, from classical music to blues, stand-up comedy to Shakespeare.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain the focus on measuring and rewarding strong performance, even if it can be uncomfortable at times. The caliber of the team has improved so much over the last few years as a result of this.

    Keep up the broad sharing of information about what is going on across the company. There's a lot going on and it can be tough to keep track of everything. The weekly newsletter helps a lot, as do annual all-hands meetings and frequent town-halls.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Fun company with talented individuals

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is excellent. The people are all talented, bright, and supportive. Upper management encourages growth and originality in an atmosphere of fairness. The projects are interesting and challenging, and the product of these projects are heard, considered, and applied in some cases.

    Cons

    The organizationation is relatively flat so opportunities for advancement is limited. While Orbitz is constantly pursuing new ideas and enhancing its business model (which makes the work interesting), growth is uncertain.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Interesting technology and plenty of growth opportunity

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    The open and collaborative working environment couldn't be better. Everyone looks to help each other succeed in their jobs and displays a positive attitude.

    Orbitz has a heavy focus on technology and attract top talent. When you work with so many talented people, you can't help but constantly learn from them. There is a constant drive to innovate everything from website/customer features to small process improvements.

    Cons

    With so much focus on innovation and new features some projects get done halfway. This leads to unneeded complexity and long standing technical debt. Solving some of these complex problems can be very rewarding, but frustrating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to support the career growth in the way that you do today, it's great.
    Set clear goals for addressing technical debt and give them equal priority to product goals. This will ultimately help deliver products faster and more efficiently.
    Plot a path to more quickly pay down the company's debt. Available cash would give Orbitz the ability to make larger strategic moves and take market share from competitors.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Excited to work more

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Awesome technologies here. There are really a lot of technologies that you can work in, you can be an expert in anything that you choose. Not a conservative company at all, will encourage new ideas. Very employee friendly. I didn't think online travel agency would be so technical until I joined here. Lots to learn here. I love that I get a chance to work with a group of very smart people.

    Cons

    Not a lot of cons that I can think of at the moment. However, I feel the pay is a bit less compared to the other companies in Chicago area.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    It's all about the people.. and the technology... and the customers

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Management in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Working at Orbitz in a highly collaborative environment is just amazing. What keeps it interesting, besides the great people, are the interesting challenges, cutting edge technology, and the focus on delivering value to our customers as quickly as possible.

    Cons

    Sometimes it takes too long to get things done, but it's all relative. Each year we get better than the last and the desire to continuously improve is a good thing too.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to keep the business focused. The more laser focused the company is, the better the results will be for both our customers and our employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Stimulating

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    Current Employee - Management in Remote, OR
    Current Employee - Management in Remote, OR

    I have been working at Orbitz Worldwide full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Challenging and innvotative work. Intelligent and motivated people to work with. Performance oriented environment where what you do is rewarded over who you know. Innovative and creative culture that enjoys pushing the envelope

    Cons

    More meeting space at HQ as conference rooms are at a premium and are over-booked as a result of the cube-based floor plan

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more frequently to your remote staff than the quarterly all-hands

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to be that keeps you motivated and challenged

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

    I have been working at Orbitz Worldwide full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Always trying to be at the cutting edge, experimenting with new technologies
    - Lots of smart people that are always willing to help and share
    - You are allowed to take risks and try new things, even if you sometimes fail, as long as you learn something
    - Great work/life balance

    Cons

    - Can be hectic sometimes, not for people who like to take it easy
    - Benefits could be better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the company focused

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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