Compare SmarterTravel vs CarGurus BETASee how CarGurus vs. SmarterTravel compare on employee ratings, job openings, CEO approval, business outlook and more.
What Employees Say
I have been working at SmarterTravel full-time for more than a year
-Part of the TripAdvisor family -Amazing and reputable brands: Airfarewatchdog, Oyster, SmarterTravel.com, Family Vacation Critic, Jetsetter, and What To Pack -Teams take accountability and are... passionate about their work -Free lunches are served 2x a week -Sweetgreen delivery outpost on other days of week -Great office location next to TD Garden -Consistently have All Hands with transparency into how business is going -Amazing upper management team with easy access (no closed-door policy) -Dog friendly office -Unlimited snacks -Good work environment -Stand-up desks and Balance Board rentals (to work on that core!) - Summer Fridays -Happy Hour 4pm Every Friday -Flexible work from home policy -Travel stipend that increases for each year you work -Potential for Restricted Stock Units -401k Matching Policy -Partnerships with many gyms around the city
-There was a morale issue when I first started, due to many employees moving over to the TripAdvisor side, which can be seen as a con. However, management took issues extremely seriously and have... implemented ways to improve morale. -Lunch options aren't always the healthiest, but I can't really complain about a free lunch
Advice to Management
Keep being transparent, it's appreciated!
I have been working at CarGurus full-time for less than a year
I feel that the mission, culture, ability to support my quality of life and desire to get things done are all areas that CarGurus meets beyond expectations. One area where perhaps being jaded by... prior experiences I was not expecting to be so happy about was the general quality of the people I interact with every day. We all arrive to work everyday burdened with the worries and frustrations that sometimes affect our lives, but in the short time I have been there the quality of my interactions with all my colleagues has been amazing. I work with talented, intelligent, polite, collaborative and positive people. My interactions have never had a tone of negativity or conflict. Any organization has areas where pressure to deliver and perform cause emotional load, but people seem open to taking opinion, and offering different and sometimes opposing views in a honest and objective way. I always feel I can voice an opinion, and enjoy that same activity from my peers. In my role within the Engineering organization I have access to modern tools and am constantly asked for ways to learn and leverage more of them, which is something that was important to me in a new position. The current state of CarGurus is past crazy startup and well before overly played out, overly middle management ridden destroyer of hope organization. I look forward to coming into work.
CarGurus is pretty open about their expectations that “we feel people do their best work in the office”. Coming from a environment with a really relaxed office presence policy I was fearful this... would be difficult. The fact that there is no limit on reasonable personal or sick time covers the worries about making appointments or taking care of things that come up helps. You are expected to log this time, but it does not count against accrued PTO. I thought this would be more of a “Con” than so far I have found it to be. Three weeks of vacation felt low, but that is non inclusive of 11 holidays. Being in Cambridge the commute can be a bit of a nuisance, but it’s location also means there are more options to commute, and in addition to the normal public transport subsidies CarGurus will alternatively cover a large majority of parking. The parking is in the Cambridgeside Galleria which for me turns out to be a pro when I need to pick up something needed on my way home. I thought the daily free catered lunch was a going to be a bit of a gimmick along with the free snacks, fruit, yogurt, kegs, cold brew, video game area, but not having the daily worry about what to do for lunch is actually nice, and I end up with more money in my wallet at the end of the week. If I want a change there are tons of other options within throwing distance anyways.
Advice to Management
Keep up the good work. Given your growth and success, many of you have been there from the beginning. As you bring on new contributors and leaders from the outside, please continue to be open to... what may seem our crazy ideas, it’s critical to merge those with what has worked to get you to where CarGurus is so we can continue to have good outcomes and see positive feedback on neutral sites such as this one.