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SmarterTravel Overview

Boston, MA
201 to 500 employees
TripAdvisor
1998
Subsidiary or Business Segment
Internet
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Priceline.com, Kayak.com, Orbitz Worldwide
SmarterTravel, a TripAdvisor Company, offers travelers a portfolio of several distinct travel sites to help them find the right trip at the right price.

Over 30 million unique visitors come to our sites each month, and we send over 300 million emails to our ... Read more

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
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    I have been working at SmarterTravel full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Clear ability to make meaningful contributions in lots of areas. Minimal red tape. Talented friendly coworkers.

    Cons

    Minimal red tape. Lots of different strategies in motion.

    Advice to Management

    Continue empowering the team to deliver results.

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SmarterTravel Photos

SmarterTravel photo of: Reception
SmarterTravel photo of: The SmarterTravel & FlipKey team celebrate their first year in our Causeway Office. Cheers, team!
SmarterTravel photo of: Our President, David Krauter, sharing SmarterTravel's story and answering questions at the NewCo Boston Festival in April 2016
SmarterTravel photo of: Best. Costume. Ever. Great work, SEM team! (Halloween 2013)
SmarterTravel photo of: SmarterTravelers enjoying our 2014 Summer Outing to Thompson Island
SmarterTravel photo of: Our marketing team went for a "fresh fruit" theme for our 2014 Halloween Costume Contest. Great costumes, team!
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SmarterTravel Interviews

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    Computer Programmer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at SmarterTravel (New York, NY) in December 2009.

    Interview

    Had a Skype interview with one of their developers. He seemed disappointed I didn't have a webcam, even though the interview had been described as a "phone" interview. We spoke a bit about my background and goals, and about what I thought my strengths were. The interviewer gave me a programming problem which did seem to draw upon my strengths: write a function in C to compress a string using Run-Length Encoding. He watched (using a sort of remote assistance product from JoelOnSoftware.com) as I entered the code in Visual Studio. We never tried to compile or run it. I thought I got the function basically done (90% or so) and then talked about it a bit. I thought I did well, but I was quickly informed via e-mail that I would not be receiving an offer. In retrospect, I answered incorrectly on a question about the worst-case size of the output- it can actually be significantly bigger than the input. (This fact hit my during my morning commute the next day). Also, I correctly identified some edge cases but left them marked with "to do" comments. I guess the interviewer didn't like that, but frankly I find these sorts of Rube Goldberg Remote Desktop / extemporaneous interviews to be agonizing, and I guess I'm going to have to either get lucky or find an employer that values other things. The staff at Oyster.com seemed like decent people, though, and they didn't waste any more of my time than was absolutely necessary, which I liked. I do think that luck and what I'll call IT / home theater ability played a bit too much of a role here.

    Interview Questions

    • Write a C function to encode a string using RLE encoding   1 Answer
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