TripAdvisor Reviews

Updated March 27, 2015
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  1. Great experience, fast paced and fun environment where they actually get stuff done.

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Newton, MA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Newton, MA

    I have been working at TripAdvisor full-time

    Pros

    "Speed Wins" is the mantra... the entire company works fast in order to stay current. It's great to see projects actually happen, unlike other companies where everything moves too slow. Well rewarded when you make an impact. Good people... and smart. It makes you learn more.

    Cons

    With the speed, things can be higher stress at times. (But the two free kegs available at all times helps). Titles are weird... don't match the industry, and can sound inferior.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep this a "start-up" culture, and don't lose sight of the people actually running the business. I used to see Steve a lot more when his office was in the middle of the building. The company has grown a lot, which may create more fires... but at the end of the day you need your engineers and analysts to keep the company afloat.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 10 people found this helpful

    I wish I could turn back time. This used to be a great place to work for

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    Current Employee - Telesales in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Telesales in Boston, MA

    I have been working at TripAdvisor full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    There are great benefits to working for TripAdvisor: Great benefits like, free food 3 times a week, company shuttle to the T, so if you are like me and need to take public transportation this is huge, free health insurance, company events in the summer, typical big company perks. And throughout my time here I've met so many smart and talented people.

    Cons

    2 years ago this used to be a great place to work for. People were happy and were making money, especially if this was your first sales job. Last year it seems like everything just fell apart. If you have worked in Sales, DO NOT work her! No matter how hard you try, or how good you are, you will NOT be compensated. Their compensation plan is a complete JOKE. Less than 18% of their sales floor hit their quota and the goal is unrealistic and over-inflated.

    I would advise those who are ambitious, intelligent and go-getters not to work for this company, as a Sales Rep. For the graduates, there is not any well structured compensation plan and there are consistent brick walls. The culture is strong and they make you believe it is the greatest place ever but it is not. In reality, the sales department is a shambles and is only successful off the other products that they offer.

    The product hasn't changed in ages, but prices change every few months, so the sales reps and customers are confused and don't believe in it anymore. I have to admit that I have seen people getting promoted here, but almost all of them are either gone or looking for jobs. There's no job security anymore and everyone is afraid of losing their jobs, while managers pretend that there's a light at the end of the tunnel and are always having non-sense meetings trying to boast people's morale. The reality is no one makes money, the managers don't know what they are doing and they lack experience. Total broken attitudes of pointing fingers at employees a total management failure; it's despicable!

    **TURNOVER RATE IS OUTRAGEOUS*** [for a reason!] It's sad because TripAdvisor was a once fantastic company that is collapsing quickly.

    Again, this review is solely based on the sales department. I know many people from other positions who seem to be happy there. Who knows?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop blaming your staff for your failures. Have Dara Khosrowshahi train your CEO for a month and teach you some sales techniques.
    Don't pride yourself when your staff quits, look at yourself and see where the problem comes from. So many good talent are walking right out the door.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 8 people found this helpful

    Used to have a great culture

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

    I have been working at TripAdvisor full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    -- Coworkers are very intelligent
    -- Flexible work schedule
    -- Standard perks -- beer and wine at happy hour, foosball table and video games, food all the time
    -- About to move into a giant new headquarters

    Cons

    -- Engineering culture has become very fragmented. In the years since I started, the social community has faded and it's harder to connect with engineers outside of your team.
    -- It's harder than it should be to switch teams, and hard to figure out how to advance your career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do more to promote community among the engineering teams. Teams feel more isolated and less cooperative than they used to. Maybe provide mentors for new employees to introduce them to the culture and help them make connections to the established personalities -- it's very hard to get on the good projects or advance within the company without those connections.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 4 people found this helpful

    A good Place to start

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

    I have been working at TripAdvisor full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits and a strong salary even for entry level positions. The free lunch 3-4 times a week is good plus the unlimited snacks and drinks. A nitpick here is that they tend to restock the drinks nobody likes and cycle out the ones that I like and are gone.

    Developing is fast paced and changes can be shown to others very quickly after completion. This is a full stack development which allows for all engineers make their own design decisions for the implementation. There is good communication with the product managers which allows the engineer to give a fair amount of input.

    The people at the company are awesome. The culture tends to be laid back in the teams and the environment promotes asking other engineers for help on difficult sections.

    There are a bunch of training classes for spoken languages and other trainings. However they are not easily accessible or I never felt that they were easy to seek out. It would be better if fewer were offered at a time and have a visible place to access and sign up. There is some support for this but it could be better.

    There are plenty of things to do at the office, including video games, board games and a foosball table. But aside from the foosball table, these get rarely used if at all.

    Cons

    Mobility within the company is difficult. In order to switch teams or offices you need to be excellent at your current position. The culture for this is one of blame. Bugs you introduce are tracked and remembered indefinitely. These all detract from the excellent rating. This is a serious problem, if you are placed on a product that doesn't interest you, it is difficult to excel and switch to another part.

    Work life balance is not the greatest. Engineers are advised that 40 hours is the minimum, and working beyond that is a good way to show their exceptional work.

    The code base is not in the best state. Code is often copied and pasted which leads to errors or outdated code permeating the entire website. Encapsulation is not very well achieved because of this. Similarily the opposite can occur, where several different ways of doing the same thing are implemented as part of different projects which introduces inconsistencies. Code is rarely cleaned up, however there seems to be a push to do more cleanup projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give measurable goals and expectations for the employees. Give career advancement classes to the non managers and give incentives to do so. Promote a better culture where non-engineering tasks can be accomplished. This can be done by giving recommended break times or moving the entertainement stuff to a more accessible area.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Amazing community and work atmosphere

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    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Newton, MA
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Newton, MA

    I worked at TripAdvisor

    Pros

    Great office culture with free lunches, snacks, and activities. Everyone seems happy to be at work and excited to be there.

    Cons

    Communication between departments can be difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on talking with your employees and focusing on the amazing culture

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. TripAdvisor among the best in tech

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Email Marketing Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Email Marketing Manager in Boston, MA

    I worked at TripAdvisor full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Work-life balance is highly valued and actually achieved, unlike many tech companies who talk the talk but do not walk the walk.

    Cons

    Upward growth potential, no career track per se.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep including us in your plans and share the successes and failings openly, as is already being done.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newton, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newton, MA

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

    Pros

    Great company feel - they plan a lot of activities for the employees and make sure you have everything you need in house.

    Cons

    Low salary - they really don't pay enough for employees to be able to afford living near the office/Boston - people live hours away and commute due to low salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure it out!!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    Excellent company with fantastic people, but satisfaction depends upon your role.

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    Former Employee - Content Specialist in Newton, MA
    Former Employee - Content Specialist in Newton, MA

    I worked at TripAdvisor full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company offers excellent benefits, encourages personal growth, and sees genuinely invested in their employees' development and happiness. Overall, the company is comprised of whip-smart, innovative people who are fully engaged in their job and the company's success.

    Cons

    Adequate compensation and personal satisfaction varies from department to department. If you are an engineer, it seems you are catered to and are the top priority at the company. If you originate in a different department, however, your experience may be very different. It will also vary depending on whom is guiding your team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management tries very hard to maintain an open line of communication with employees and encourage innovation, but I think the "boots on the ground" employees, such as those who work on actual reviews, are often overlooked and the true potential of each individual can go unrecognized and untapped. Perhaps, more time with lower level employees would assist in strengthening that communication and open up new possibilities for innovation and growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Good company that is rapidly growing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Advertising Solutions in Newton, MA
    Former Intern - Advertising Solutions in Newton, MA

    I worked at TripAdvisor as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    The culture was great and they have a lot of young employees. One of the benefits for full time employees is they get 4 "summer Fridays" during July or August.

    Cons

    They are growing quickly, and they can't hire fast enough. Therefore current employees are left with a lot of work, and sometimes long hours.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 13 people found this helpful

    Good place for a starting engineer

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

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

    Pros

    --Development--
    For engineers who are just entering the workforce, TripAdvisor is an awesome place to start a career. The mandate of full-stack development allows engineers to gain crucial experience on many common, though somewhat antiquated, coding frameworks. At TripAdvisor, there are plenty of examples of winning strategies and failing strategies. Observant engineers will learn as much about what not to do in software development as they will about what to do, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. Experience in both frontend and backend development, along with guidance from talented fellow engineers, will set engineers up well for their next employment jump.

    --Benefits--
    TripAdvisor employees get a $250 once per year personal travel bonus to help compensate a hotel stay or plane ride. The medical package is good for single employees and decent for employees with families. There is free lunch on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.

    --Culture--
    There are a lot of very smart people, engineering and otherwise, who are social, friendly, and inviting of newcomers.

    Cons

    --Environment --
    TripAdvisor prides itself on moving quickly, our motto is "Speed Wins". Sadly, that motto is more often used to justify making poor design decisions to quickly finish small projects than on identifying new trends within the industry and acting on them. As a result, many sections of the codebase are in disrepair. Poor code from previous projects often hinders developers' ability to achieve the goals of their current projects and are frustrating to encounter on a deadline. Upper-management is also reluctant to spend money and man-power fixing problems that slow down development.

    --Compensation--
    TripAdvisor is a good place to start a career, but it is not a good place to continue one. Hard work is rarely rewarded and the pay raises are relatively flat. Last year's bonus cycle brought modest pay raises that were about on-par with cost of living increases. The realization that new hires are compensated on par with or better than employees who have been around and know the codebase creates morale problems. Many engineers here take this is a signal from management that unseasoned engineers are worth as much as current engineers and that career advancement is limited.

    --Benefits--
    Although the company has offices around the world, engineers are discouraged from visiting them. It isn't that the benefits here are bad, it's that there is nothing that really stands out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Prove to employees that we are worth keeping around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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