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SmarterTravel Overview

Boston, MA
201 to 500 employees
TripAdvisor
1998
Subsidiary or Business Segment
Information Technology
Unknown / Non-Applicable
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

SmarterTravel – Why Work For Us?


SmarterTravel, a TripAdvisor Company, offers travelers a portfolio of travel sites to help them find the right trip at the right price.  We are a team of passionate professionals who push and drive and innovate like a start-up, but we also have a track record of success and we benefit from being a part of a large, public company.

At SmarterTravel, we have built an open & collaborative environment and we hire the people we want to work with (not just the ones with the right qualifications), but who also think different than us and challenge the status quo.  We empower people, giving the support and autonomy needed to succeed.  We embrace data to make decisions and overcome obstacles.  We choose speed over perfection, but not at the expense of quality.  We do what we do well, but we’re always looking to make it better.  Let us know if you’d like to help.


SmarterTravel is one company operating several online travel brands. Here's a short overview of each of them:

Smarter Travel is our namesake and is one of the largest online travel resources of independent expert advice for the budget-conscious traveler. The Smarter Travel editorial staff provides advice and analysis to help travelers find the best deals and get the most value from their trips.

Airfarewatchdog is the most inclusive source of up-to-date airline deals that have been carefully researched and verified by a team of dedicated airline experts.

BookingBuddy is a travel shopping site that gives travelers easy access to the best airfare, hotel, car rental, cruise, vacation rental, and vacation deals, plus prices from 140+ travel sites. Travel search made simple.®

Cruise Critic is the world's largest cruise site, offering a comprehensive resource for cruise travelers with cruise reviews and a most active online cruise community.

Family Vacation Critic features reviews of family-friendly hotels, resorts, destinations, and attractions, as well as deals for family travel.


HolidayWatchdog is one of the top travel advice and review websites in the UK, providing reviews written by real travelers about destinations worldwide.

Jetsetter is a community of travelers that provides members with insider access, expert knowledge and exclusive deals on the world´s greatest vacations.

OneTime is a comparison shopping travel site that allows highly qualified travel shoppers to conduct itinerary-based, multi-site searches for flights, hotels, cruises, vacations, and car rentals.

Oyster “tells all” about hotels and hotel prices with undoctored photos and honest write-ups. It’s all motivated by the site's mission to find you the perfect hotel at the lowest price.

Tingo is the first hotel booking site that automatically rebooks hotel rooms at a lower price if the rate drops—and then automatically refunds the difference to travelers' credit cards.

At Smarter Travel, we center ourselves around 5 core values, which we refer to as "The Smarter Way". These values inform decisions that we make across all areas of our business.  They are:

Empower People: Team up with the best – then give them the latitude, support, and respect to achieve success.

Think Different: Keep looking until you see past the obvious – then pursue what’s been revealed.

Overcome Obstacles: Shift gears, try new angles, find the right collaborators, ask for help – then keep moving forward.

Choose Speed: Test the best solution you can quickly – then learn from it and react.

Embrace Data: Take the quantitative and qualitative measurements you can – then decide.


We're working on some BIG things!  Here are some interesting facts & figures about us and the things we're working on:

OUR WORK:

800,000,000 SEM keywords

300,000,000 emails sent to subscribers per month

30,000,000 average monthly unique views across our sites

20,000,000 newsletter subscribers

20,000,000 user sessions customized by predictive models each month

6,000,000 personalized e-mails sent per day

$1,550,000 given back to Tingo.com users so far

OUR COMPANY:

5 offices - Boston, MA | New York, NY | Ewing, NJ | El Segundo, CA | London, UK

280+ full-time employees

293 balloons required to fill one of our cubes


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    Pros

    Its a great culture for growth, i feel like i'm becoming a better engineer every day. Additionally I really appreciate how work life balance is emphasized. One of the great things about working at SmarterTravel is the way that it feels like a startup, but you get all of the benefits/perks of being under TripAdvisor. There are the "perks" like unlimited free snacks, as well as beers on tap for Friday night "happy hour" to finish off the week. Then there are the benefits, like partially covered parental leave, non business travel reimbursement, covered monthly charlie cards, etc. Overall I don't really expect that I'll work at many places better than this.

    Cons

    while the parental benefits are good, considering what you get in america, i'd personally appreciate not having to blow through all my vacation and sick time just to get a reasonable amount of time with my newborn.

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SmarterTravel Photos

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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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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
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    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at SmarterTravel (Boston, MA) in June 2017.

    Interview

    SmarterTravel took much longer than promised to book each one of my interviews, although the HR representative was friendly and apologetic about the delays. When I did finally come in for a face-to-face interview (after an HR phone screen and an odd technical phone screen with an individual from a completely different office that I would never work with), it seemed like the majority of the various teams were not prepared for it.
    The first interviewer (who might ultimately have been my manager, they implied that would be up to me) did at least explain the history and role of the high volume site I would be running and developing completely by myself (that was made clear--they "run lean"). When the back end team came in, they gave me Java code problems to whiteboard with for my PHP/LAMP interview. I had also brought a computer connected to a live server environment to develop with, but was told there was no way I could use it, as they were only comfortable evaluating whiteboard code. It was also obvious that nobody from that team had looked at my GitHub repository, not that I am sure it would have done much good, as they kept saying how "rusty" there were at PHP. I never did receive a straight answer as to whether the long-term intent was to keep the site I would be running in a LAMP environment, which was concerning, at best.
    The front-end team was at least open to developing with a computer, and obviously we developed with the same language (JavaScript), and that team had at least glanced at my personal code. There were very few code questions (just exercises), and absolutely none of the exercises covered SQL (I'm not sure if it was not a required skill for the position after all, or if it again was poor preparation on the team's part for the interview). Also, there was no coverage of CSS or HTML for the front end, just JavaScript. I have no idea if that was a requirement for this position either.

    Interview Questions

    • (Again, for a LAMP Interview):
      Write a utility function what is responsible for ensuring that:
      - each open parenthesis must have a corresponding closing parenthesis
      - No closing parenthesis can occur before a matching open parenthesis
      The signature for this function will look like this:
      public boolean isBalanced (String expression);   Answer Question
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