Smarter Travel
4.0 of 5 23 reviews
www.smartertravelmedia.com Boston, MA 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated May 25, 2014
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4.0 23 reviews

                             

88% Approve of the CEO

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David Krauter

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83% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Very nice place to work

    Senior BI Engineer (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsFast paced development
    Challenging problems to work with
    Stress free environment enables to learn a lot and try new/creative things
    Employees are treated very decently. Great employee value
    Work/life balance is great
    Lots of talented, smart people to work with
    Constant opportunities for learning all kinds of new things

    ConsI have none to say at this moment

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great for a co-op or internship

    Co-Op (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsAs a co-op I was treated liked a full-time employee and got to work on very interesting products and technologies. Company benefits are everything you can imagine -- great outings, unlimited snacks, catered lunches, happy hour kegs and in office games.

    ConsSome of the products are more interesting than others...i.e., Jetsetter versus some core sites.

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

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    Fun perks & Tech company feel

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    Pros-Given meaningful responsibility early on
    -give you the freedom to test out ideas you have
    -good work/life balance
    -smart employees
    -just relocated from Charlestown to downtown Boston into a very techie office
    -good benefits
    -free snacks, drinks, lunch on Thursdays, happy hour Fridays, ping pong tournaments, casual dress, etc.

    Cons-still some construction going on in the new office during workhours, but that should be completed soon
    -Starting salary is competitive but annual raises are a bit disappointing.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Best place to learn new stuff and have fun!

    Software Engineer Co-Op (Former Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsBest place to learn new stuff and have fun! The dev team is so exciting and always have beer with colleagues.

    Consthere is no downside from now.

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It was a great experience

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexible environment, great team, fast paced learning

    ConsI have no regrets for doing my co-op there

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    nice company for starters

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosget to learn new technologies

    Consbuilding location not good. They are relocating shortly.

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    Great Benefits, Amazing Team

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Charlestown, MA

    ProsEveryone is friendly, polite and accommodating here. People form friendships easily and the social atmosphere feels warm and caring. The workplace is bright and overall a young, energized vibe. The company is growing, having just acquired Jetsetter.com . Also, the fringe benefits are excellent - full medical, dental, vision, 401k with matching, etc.

    ConsLow pay relative to city-wide averages for the same position.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt's worth it to make employees feel they are being paid what they're worth.

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

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    software developer

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsThe parent company to smarter travel media is Tripadvisor, this is an awesome place to work, The office staff and employees are very nice.

    ConsIts a small company, most of the work that is interesting is on two of their products that is TIngo and SniqueAway, all the other products are mostly to generate advertising revenue and generate traffic to parent company.

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

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    Migrating to a transaction/commerce company; not a media company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsThe company has build a number of niche products filling the voids between the big OTAs. These products are all commerce/transaction based.

    ConsNone of the new products (since 2005) are producing market moving revenue figures (the 2nd oldest product - BookingBuddy - is still the biggest producer and profitability is on the decline). The company should change it's name to Smarter Travel Commerce since it isn't much of a media company anymore (it used to make all it's money from industry marketers... now it collects directly from travel consumers).

    Advice to Senior ManagementAsk every member of the organization what they think when you meet with them. Be sincere. You'll be surprised at what you get back in return (the dictatorial ways of top down management don't go very far in a consumer/marketer driven industry). Lesten to the people closest to the consumer and marketer.

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

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    Fantastic company to work for

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsExciting, early-stage web products to work on
    Top notch team of engineers to work with
    Great work life balance with summer Fridays and happy hours in the winter
    Honest, open communication with everyone I've ever interacted with. Very little office 'politics' and red tape preventing progress

    ConsWork occasionally gets repetitive (but what job doesn't?)
    Office location is pretty isolated

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep taking risks. We have some great opportunities here but the only way we'll truly get ahead of the competition is to keep innovating.

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