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HomeAway Overview

Austin, TX
1001 to 5000 employees
Expedia
2005
Company - Public
Internet
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
HomeAway, a world leader in the vacation rental industry, is the place to book beach houses, cabins and condos with more than two million places to stay in 190 countries. The site makes it easy to find and book the perfect vacation rental for any getaway, often for less than the ... Read more

Mission: At HomeAway, our mission is to make every vacation rental in the world available to every traveler in the world through our online marketplace. With a broad global reach, we’re committed to helping families and friends find the perfect vacation rental to create ... Read more

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HomeAway – Why Work For Us?


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"We give travelers the opportunity to have awesome experiences." -Bhargavi S., Austin 

We believe in the beauty of whole vacations … … for reconnecting and for disconnecting ... … in a place where no compromises have to be made and where no one is left behind. We believe homes away from home are always the whole house … ... where the whole family can come together, and where the definition of “family” is up to you. We believe whole vacations leave you feeling whole again—with full hearts and memories to last a lifetime. 

 HomeAway was founded by Brian Sharples and Carl Shepherd with the idea to revolutionize the historically fragmented vacation rental industry. The entrepreneurial spirit of the pioneers who created the very first vacation rental sites, many of which are now part of the HomeAway portfolio, fueled our early growth and set the tone for the company culture that exists today. Hear more about the growth of HomeAway from the men who started it all:   Make an impact We’re looking for creative, passionate individuals to help us achieve our mission. We want people who are determined to be the best, but who are also not afraid to ask for help and learn from others. If you think you’d be a good fit to work in the birdhouse, visit our careers page to explore open opportunities and apply today.

"Some of my best friends that I've made in Austin have been at HomeAway. We do stuff all the time together—happy hours, hiking, monthly dinners, etc." -Caroline M., Austin

At HomeAway, we work as a team, we work hard, and we're competitive, but we always make time to celebrate our successes. From peer-nominated awards for those who have exceeded expectations that entail a free vacation to company parties that celebrate holidays and achievements, we strive to maintain a culture where everyone's content and proud to call HomeAway their "home away from home”!

Our people have what it takes to succeed...

 

Scientific Mindset 

We move quickly and deliberately, using data to guide our decisions and testing to achieve breakthroughs.

Openness

We welcome new ideas and opinions, especially if they challenge our beliefs. We actively listen with humility and respect.

One Team

We play to win and openly discuss options when our goals compete. We unite to deliver results for our company and customers.

Participation

We communicate directly, share feedback at all levels, and engage in debate while maintaining our objectivity.

Mastery
 
We offer an environment of continuous development where you can do, and become, your best.
 

HomeAway is committed to its employees, regardless of which office they work in or how much experience they have. That’s why you can count on HomeAway to:

  • Be 100% trustworthy.
  • Make it enjoyable to do your best work.
  • Move boldly to transform an industry.
  • Build great careers together.
  • Give you a reason to be proud of HomeAway.
  • Create family, as you define it.

Become a part of our family

Do you have the six characteristics we value in our employees? Visit our careers page to find out how you can join our family.



"Two people in Madrid went to the London office for two weeks to work. I love the system here—all you have to do is login anywhere." -Eva H., Madrid

For a full list of benefits for each country, visit our benefits page on Glassdoor.

Here are just a few that are offered in the US:

Health and well-being

  • 4 weeks' paid vacation, including 10 paid holidays
  • Group medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Flexible spending account
  • Short- and long-term disability

Financial/performance opportunities

  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP)
  • Target incentive bonus plan
  • 401(k)
  • Quarterly, peer-nominated individual awards based on performance

Cultural perks

  • Weekly breakfast
  • Table Talks: access to leadership at bi-monthly all-staff meeting
  • Game rooms in all Austin offices
  • Two paid time off volunteer days
  • Break rooms stocked with healthy snacks, drinks, and an ever-so-important espresso machine
  • “Casual Friday” every day

If you’re ready to begin a career that gives back to you, check out our open opportunities on our careers page.


"The office is big and there's lots of space. We have a rooftop where we go for coffee breaks. The furnishings are detailed and it's a fun place to work." -Kim C., Frankfurt

Ask our employees what they love about HomeAway and one of the most popular answers you’ll hear is “the offices!” While our company is powered by the individuals who work for us, we’re also proud of providing these achievers with beautiful workspaces that make the day-to-day more exciting. From the interior design to building amenities, every HomeAway office is created with our employees in mind. See for yourself why we call HomeAway our “home away from home”!

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Life at the HomeAway Rio office

"We're a global company—you collaborate with people around the world on projects and teams for different brands that are part of the HomeAway umbrella." -Steve R., London

We know one of the keys to HomeAway's continued growth is our global network. As a broader selection of vacation rentals becomes available on our sites, more travelers turn to HomeAway for their vacation planning. And with more travelers comes a new wave of homeowners and managers who want to advertise with us.

Internally, our organization continues to expand to keep up with the business, growing from 87 employees in 2005 to over 2,000 in 2016. Here are all of the locations where HomeAway has teams:

United States

  • Austin, Texas
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Basalt, Colorado
  • Pensacola, Florida
  • Seattle, Washington

Europe

  • London, England
  • Frankfurt, Germany
  • Marseille, France
  • Paris, France
  • Geneva, Switzerland
  • Rome, Italy
  • Madrid, Spain

Latin America

  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Bogotá, Colombia

Asia Pacific

  • Sydney, Australia
  • Newcastle, Australia
  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • Singapore, Singapore

Collaboration and communication are essential to managing our globally dispersed team. As a result, HomeAway executives implemented a weekly all-staff meeting known as "Table Talks" that gives employees updates on the progress of the business, addresses questions and/or concerns, and gives project managers the opportunity to preview their latest accomplishments.

You can find HomeAway properties across our global sites. Our portfolio also includes VRBO.com and VacationRentals.com in the United States, HomeAway.co.uk and OwnersDirect.co.uk in the United Kingdom, HomeAway.de in Germany, Abritel.fr and Homelidays.com in France, HomeAway.es and Toprural.es in Spain, AlugueTemporada.com.br in Brazil, HomeAway.com.au and Stayz.com.au in Australia, and Bookabach.co.nz in New Zealand. Asia Pacific short-term rental site, travelmob.com, is also owned by HomeAway.

HomeAway also operates BedandBreakfast.com, the most comprehensive global site for finding bed-and-breakfast properties, providing travelers with another source for unique lodging alternatives to chain hotels.

Check out what opportunities we have globally on our careers page.



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    Pros

    Since John Kim has taken lead, the company has transformed to one of continuous learning, intelligent values, and dedicated culture. There is no shortage of things to keep busy with and the bottom-up approach is preached here. Now is the right time to be here. Just read Expedia’s earning reports for the last year. It’s all HomeAway.

    Cons

    The company is running lean so that means dev teams are small and it often feels like there is not enough time to get what you need done. Also, the travel benefit is lacking which is surprising given we are a travel company.

    Advice to Management

    Changes to the culture are great and you’ve managed them well. Get a better understanding of needs from the product development teams.

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HomeAway Interviews

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    The process took a week. I interviewed at HomeAway.

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    Heather was my recruiter and i really feel she went above and beyond to accomodate my requests. She really is awesome at her job
    I accepted the offer and went to the orientation but could not start the position at the time due to some unforseen medical issue but i will be honored to one day work for this company.
    The atmostphere at the orientation was pretty welcoming as well.

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HomeAway Awards & Accolades

  • 101 Best Travel Sites, Huffington Post & Global Scavenger Hunt, 2016
  • 17 Companies with Great Work-Life Balance, Glassdoor, 2016
  • 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ in North America, Achievers, 2015
  • America's 100 Most Trustworthy Companies, Forbes, 2014
  • Gold Magellan Award Winner, Travel Weekly, 2016
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