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Airbnb Overview

San Francisco, CA
1001 to 5000 employees
2008
Company - Private
Travel & Tourism
$500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world — online or from a mobile phone.

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Glassdoor Awards

Highest Rated CEOs:2015 (#48)

Best Places to Work:2017 (#35), 2016 (#1)

Company Updates

  • If you’re traveling for work, don’t forgo your daily wellness routine. In fact, a little mindfulness can help ease any work trip-related stresses. Here are some quick tips.

    Best Ways to Loosen Up Before the Big Presentation on the Road

    Giving a good presentation on the road is really hard. Just ask countless celebrities, CEOs, and athletes who are great at home but choke when they're not on their turf. The security of your daily routine is often the grounding force that keeps you calm and collected.

  • Opening your home to others is always a meaningful act. When those people are in crisis, it can be a life-changing one. With our new Open Homes Platform you can now connect with organizations to provide short-term shelter to those who need it most.

    Airbnb Open Homes

    Airbnb's 5-year goal is to provide free short-term housing to 100,000 people in need. Join us by donating your home and help make a difference.

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Airbnb – Why Work For Us?


Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world — online or from a mobile phone or tablet.

Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 34,000 cities and 190 countries. And with world-class customer service and a growing community of users, Airbnb is the easiest way for people to monetize their extra space and showcase it to an audience of millions.

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CTO & Co-Founder

Nathan is the co-founder and CTO at Airbnb. He oversees the technical strategy of the company, and is dedicated to building a team of world-class engineers to keep Airbnb at the forefront of the industry. Nathan became an entrepreneur early on running a business while he was in high school, selling to clients in more than 20 countries. He received a degree in Computer Science from Harvard University and held several engineering positions with Microsoft, OPNET Technologies and Batiq before becoming a co-founder at Airbnb.

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CEO & Co-Founder

Brian is the co-founder and CEO at Airbnb. He drives the company's vision, strategy and growth as it provides interesting and unique ways for people to travel and changes the lives of its community. Under Brian's leadership, Airbnb stands at the forefront of the sharing economy, and has expanded to over 1,000,000 listings in 190 countries. Brian met co-founder Joe Gebbia at the Rhode Island School of Design where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in industrial design.

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CPO & Co-Founder

Joe is the co-founder and CPO at Airbnb. He leads the product team in creating meaningful experiences through intuitive design, and oversees Airbnb's brand and product development. Joe draws on his previous experience as a designer at Chronicle Books, as well as his development of a green design site and several consumer products. He earned dual degrees in Graphic Design and Industrial Design at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he met co-founder Brian Chesky.

Together at Airbnb

No global movement springs from individuals. It takes an entire team united behind something big. Together, we work hard, we laugh a lot, we brainstorm nonstop, we use hundreds of Post-Its a week, and we give the best high-fives in town.

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Be a Host

Serve others so they feel they belong. We stretch our empathy until our guests feel 100% appreciated. Everyone is a guest.

Champion the Mission

Create a global experience of belonging for anyone, anywhere. Those who work for, in, or around Airbnb agree to champion the mission by living it.


Every Frame Matters

Think holistically. Execute with obsession to detail. Success is measured by pride, not credit.

Be a "Cereal" Entrepreneur

Everyone is creative. Think scary big. Volunteer for impossible situations. Get things done.

Simplify

In every complex or impossible situation, we so clearly define the outcomes that all distractions are eliminated.

Embrace the Adventure

We have fun welcoming uncertainty. We master chaos through flexibility and youthful curiosity.

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We Learn from the Best

We're dedicated to constant learning. That's why we organize Fireside Chats, which bring in industry leaders to share their experiences and wisdom. From CEOs to musicians, these leaders always have something invaluable to teach us.



Building at Airbnb

Airbnb is the world's largest marketplace for space, and we keep getting bigger every day. With 10 million nights booked and counting, we're constantly tackling challenges in search algorithms, payments, fraud prevention, and growth — all while maintaining a beautiful user experience. We want to build solutions to these problems that are scalable, performant, and elegant, and we're looking for talented people to help us do just that.

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Learn Together

We believe that engineering is a continuous process of learning and improvement, and that the best way to learn is by getting help from your fellow engineers. All of our engineers hang out in chat rooms so that we can keep informal knowledge sharing (and meme bombing) flowing — and because coding is more fun when you do it together. We host biweekly tech talks, both internal and external, so that everyone gets a chance to become the best at their craft.

Pixelwax

That's our word for the dedication and craftsmanship we bring to our work. For us, engineering isn't just a job but a practice that we want to perfect. We aim to keep our systems modular, our code clean, and our documentation clear, and we follow the Cub Scout philosophy of leaving things better than you found it. It's not just about the code — putting the right processes and tools in place to make developers happy and efficient is important to u s because it gives us the time to focus on polishing the product.


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University Recruiting at Airbnb

We're listeners and advocates, mentors and hosts. We view students as individuals, the recruiting process as a shared adventure, and decisions as conversations. Our mission is to open Airbnb's doors to the next class of interns and new grads who are ready for a life-changing experience and excited to create a world of belonging.

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New Graduates

At Airbnb, we look for new grads who are ready to dive into our codebase and have an immediate impact on our product and the millions of lives it touches. Our exponential growth over the past year has come with immense technical challenges. As a new grad, you will be trusted with diverse, critical projects, and you'll be empowered to build tools, features, and infrastructure, often from scratch. We welcome technically agile new grads who are passionate about reimagining the travel industry and who seek to be part of a company that's creating a new kind of global community.

Engineering Intern Program

During your twelve weeks as an engineering Airtern, you'll be integrated into a team where you'll write and ship challenging projects to develop new features on our platform, strengthen our infrastructure, and delight our community of guests and hosts. Your manager, team, and our incredible Airfamily will strive to be superhosts for you during your summer with us. We'll provide the support, mentorship, fun, and real world experience needed to accelerate your learning and make a real impact on our product, as we revolutionize what it means to Belong Anywhere in the world.

Belong at Airbnb

We believe that embracing differences within Airbnb's teams is key to promoting innovation and accessibility in our global community. We seek to host employees who express a diversity of cultures, interests, thinking, and identities. Just like each listing is unique, so is each person, and we work to build a culture where everyone can belong and thrive.

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Airbnb Reviews

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    "Amazing place to work BEST EVER"

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    I have been working at Airbnb full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Culture (It's all about love, love guests, hosts, employees, the societies, the communities, THE WORLD)
    Collaborative environment
    Extremely friendly and talented staff and coworkers
    Benefits (Free & healthy food, early dinner)
    Events (Belo day is amazing, talent show (This is new this year), a lot to come...)
    Bootcamp(This is amazing!)
    countless earning opportunities (training, hands on)

    Cons

    No match for 401k plan :(

    Advice to Management

    Keep the culture

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Airbnb Photos

Airbnb photo of: Dogs welcome!
Airbnb photo of: Brooklyn, our Lobby in SF.
Airbnb photo of: Open space to collaborate at the office.
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Airbnb Interviews

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    Interview

    Superb recruiter, and most interviewers were really awesome. What frustrated me though was an algo section where the interviewer wasn't clear about requirements and made contradictory statements. The interviewer also sat almost uncomfortably close to me and then proceeded to look at her *own* computer, not mine. It was super weird, and very frustrating, because algorithms is my strongest suit, having done over a hundred leetcode on my own, and I didnt get a chance to show it. I felt this was the biggest reason for my rejection.

    Interview Questions

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Airbnb Awards & Accolades

  • Best Integrated Campaign, Travel Marketing Awards, 2016
  • Culture Media, Sport & Travel Marketing Communications Campaign of the Year, PR Moment Awards, 2016
  • Winner in Financial Services, The Shory Award, 2016
  • Excellence in Brand Awareness, Marketing Excellence Awards, 2015
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