TripAdvisor Reviews

Updated September 14, 2014
Updated September 14, 2014
183 Reviews
3.8
183 Reviews
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TripAdvisor President and CEO Stephen Kaufer
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work life balance, fun atmosphere, they try hard to please employees with functions and swag (in 14 reviews)

  • benefits are good, free lunch, outting, etc (in 27 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor performers are consistently promoted due to "friendships" they have with senior management (in 9 reviews)

  • Sure, the company went through some growing pains, which is understandable (in 7 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great group of people!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TripAdvisor as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great team dynamics and fun office culture. Learned a lot from people throughout the company, not just those on my team. And the pay was really good! You get a lot of independence both as a team and within your teams to work on your own project and really make a big live-site impact.

    Cons

    some antiquated tools and code holds development of new features back. they made great strides in improving systems like code review and others during my time there, but still room for improvement. for some another con might be the suburban, rather than city location, but i found this made the commute more pleasant (with parking being so easy).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Very satisfying

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Pennington, NJ
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pennington, NJ

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

    Pros

    FANTASTIC work environment, beautiful new office, excellent managers, summer Friday program, benefits galore. Best practices tend to be followed on a day-to-day basis, and it is clear that everyone cares about the product we're putting out. Professional development is stressed through the company's Compass program. I was able to complete CISSP training for free, and I'm currently learning new programming languages in addition to Russian.

    Cons

    The Cruise Critic brand is located in Pennington, NJ which is just about the midpoint between New York and Philadelphia. Because of the location it is difficult to fill Software Engineer positions, as many people are not willing to travel so far to get to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It might be a good idea to move the tech department of Cruise Critic closer to New York (or Philadelphia) in order to expand the talent pool.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TripAdvisor

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Very smart people to work with. Very fast paced environment.

    Cons

    Be prepared to move really fast.

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  5.  

    Great!

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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 for less than a year

    Pros

    Amazing benefits including free healthcare, gym reimbursement, shuttles from Central and Kendall Square, free snacks, and much more

    Cons

    Not many, but some might pop up with the continued rapid expansion of the company. So far, so good with work-life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Treats people really well, limited opportunities for promotion

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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

    Pros

    Great place to work, as it's a culture that cares if you get your work done, but lets you have a good time while doing it. Camaraderie is great within teams, and collaboration between teams is getting better. Very flexible for work/life balance.

    Cons

    Not a ton of opportunities for growth, communication between teams could use improvement

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Don't ruin your career by working here

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Newton, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newton, MA

    I worked at TripAdvisor full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great benefits
    very flexible
    some great people

    Cons

    no room for growth
    too flexible - ruins good work habits
    management is seriously bad in a lot of groups
    company is all about the best and the brightest without building a strong foundation first
    CEO has no business sense and lucked into this, his words
    bad employees were allowed to bully people and nothing is done about it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house at the top
    look within to find great talent, they know your business and have lots of ideas
    speed doesn't win, seriously, it doesn't
    build you business, don't run around like you have ADHD
    create accountability
    get rid of those people who make others miserable

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great benefits but low on internal promotions

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TripAdvisor full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are amazing: Yoga at work, catered lunch 3 days a week, travel benefits and more!

    Cons

    Once you're in a position it's very tough to get promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put your money to promoting your current internal employees and you won't need to provide huge bonuses for referrals.

  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great business, 'OK' Engineering culture

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer II  in  Newton, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Newton, MA

    I worked at TripAdvisor full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Many promotion and raise opportunities if you do great work. Many smart people to learn from.

    Product is getting better and better. Business is doing very well. You will learn many interesting things about running a large website.

    Company favors incremental changes with metrics and emphasizes speed to market.

    Cons

    Nearly impossible to do an overhaul of a major page or a component, because it's so metrics driven. But it does happen sometimes, if the person pitching the idea is persuasive enough.

    Related to the previous point, it's hard for designers and engineers to innovate and get company to invest on various ideas so they keep those to themselves. This is reflected by low hackweek participation rate and low activities in open source community and local tech events.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 18 people found this helpful  

    DON'T BE FOOLED - TRIPADVISOR HAS A DARK SIDE!

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    Current Employee - Sales  in  Newton, MA
    Current Employee - Sales in Newton, MA

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

    Pros

    A lot of down-to-earth nice employees to work with...you can make some great friends here. The company will give you some cool swag every now and then and some fun work outings to keep you happy. The benefits are also very good.

    Cons

    Sales is a complete disaster due to extraordinarily poor management. It's pretty bad when 50% of a sales team leaves in one month (and more to go soon) because of 2 people. A complete mass exodus is going on here! The majority of the junior and senior team are trying to move internally or leave the company all together. Goals are extremely inflated so that it is impossible to collect monthly commission. The big heads simply do not want to share revenue with the little people. Work goes unappreciated.

    The structure of the account model is a mess. Territories were taking away...moving to an automated system which has been broken since January. The Speed Wins culture is a joke...it only means that they launch systems without thoroughly checking...resulting in larger messes and more fires to put out that before.

    Managers have a closed-door policy. They only know your name when you are making money. The second you have a bad month...don't expect a hello in the hallway.

    There is zero upward mobility based on merit. If you suck up to the managers then you will be ok...but if that isn't your style then you are out of luck. You can be a top performer but if the boss doesn't like you for whatever reason than you will rot on your desk for years to come.

    So to recap - no organization, terrible leadership, no upward mobility, no commission...and some of the worst base salaries compared to other tech companies from within the industry. It's a great name on the resume but honestly not worth the headache and depression you will get. Also to put the cherry on the top - HR is corrupt and in cahoots with management, so if you every have a serious problem with your manager...don't bother going to HR.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open your doors and start listening to your employees! Don't promote employees just because you like drinking the same beer with them. Don't talk about employees to your other employees...be professional! Don't be a coward and hide in your office when the entire team is suffering without commission pay and a broken lead model. Promote from within for once (this rarely happens)! Go to some management classes instead of thinking that you already know everything. Management is using tactics from 1952. They like to answer your questions with another question to avoid addressing your concern. Wake up and change!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 7 people found this helpful  

    Has so much potential but really needs to slap some wrists in upper management.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at TripAdvisor full-time

    Pros

    Great work life balance, fun atmosphere, they try hard to please employees with functions and swag

    Cons

    I agree with previous posts that poor performers are promoted due to "friendships" with management. Advancement is not based upon performance, it is based upon who you suck up to. HR is incompetent. When you reach out with an issue or a harassment case, they do everything in their power to sweep it under the rug rather than handle the situation. Those employees who do harass others are only reprimanded if they are not apart of management. If they are, forget it, everyone turns their head the other way. 360 reviews were supposed to be in effect for the past 2 years but still has not been enforced. Hoping that action would be taken if there was negative feedback. LOTS OF POLITICS

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to your employees! The little people, the ones putting in all the work. They have concerns and comments. Take action when something isn't right. Have an open door policy for concerns so employees have a place to go when HR won't help. When more than 8 people quit because of one manager, I would start to look at the manager and not the employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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