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Airbnb Software Engineer Reviews

Updated May 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Great Management/Support for Work/Life Balance (in 18 reviews)

  • Some great benefits, lyft for work,travel coupons etc (in 31 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance could be better (in 46 reviews)

  • growing pains as a result of rapid growth (in 22 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (44)

    "Amazing place to work BEST EVER"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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


  2. Helpful (2)

    "An inspiring and fulfilling place to work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Genuinely supportive and invested coworkers
    - Founders are very focused on not stagnating as we grow
    - Engineers can choose their own team, so you can find a team that suits you in terms of work-life balance / productivity. There's no global company culture of "workaholics" or "slackers", you really can just find the right role for you
    - Similarly, it's easy to find the kind of eng role you prefer (product, front-end, infra, etc)
    - Diversity efforts are the best I've ever seen or heard of in a large tech company. Estaff is very committed to increasing our internal diversity and also making sure there are no problems with discrimination of any kind. (Our mission is "belong anywhere" and leadership takes that very very seriously, including internally.)
    - Leadership is constantly working to fix any employee issues that arise, we take tons of happiness surveys and have lots of communication on how they're planning to improve things that are issues
    - Basically Airbnb has always seemed very committed to employee happiness, via perks and transparency and inclusion, and it works!

    Cons

    - Sometimes the growing pains can get frustrating and things can move kind of slow, but in my experience it's better than most companies this size
    - Gym memberships are not included in perks

    Advice to Management

    - Don't let Experiences make everyone else feel like second-class citizens!
    - Keep on focusing on the culture, it's the reason I don't want to leave.


  3. Helpful (5)

    "People are nice, sometimes overly nice, almost hypocritical"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Airbnb (More than a year)

    Pros

    People are nice to each other. Lots of positive thinking; lots of cheerleading. My team is hosting birthdays, anniversaries for every member.

    Definitely politically correct, sometimes feel like overly correct.

    Cons

    Cannot speak for other teams, but in my team, performance is purely based upon results. And not on any good results, but certain results desired by the management. You could easily find your contribution "annulled" because those results aren't what are cared about by managers.

    People tend to avoid direct confrontation and being nice in the first place, then you might find yourself backstabbed. Are there lots of politics? I've seen worse in other places. Lots of people pretend to be caring about core values, cultures, goodness but actually what they care might just be stock units and compensation. This is frustrating to me as I sincerely joined because of some idealistic belief. Now I'm just loathing myself for being naive and stupid.

    Well, guess I'll just have to eat the xx up and carry on....

    Advice to Management

    Needless to say. There are a ton of surveys carried out every half a year. Any improvements?


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  5. Helpful (7)

    "Kool Aid Like You Have Never Seen"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Airbnb full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Culture, food, people are good. The CEO has a good vision for the future and always surprises me with how forward looking he is. The product is great, changing the world of travel as we know it.

    Cons

    I work in engineering. This company likes to pretend they are a non profit but it's all about the $$$

    Airbnb thinks they are Gods gift to employees. The trips project was truly horrible resulting in very low morale and nobody stepped in here, instead the attitude is "you are so lucky to be given a seat on this rocket ship"

    People throw kool aid terms at you when you raise concerns and it's hard to have real conversations.

    People are treated like cattle. Management is inexperienced, many first time managers who have no idea how to motivate or handle people. People switch teams in order to hang on when they have miserable experiences and just bide time until vesting.

    Not easy to do what is right for the company because you have to always defend your groups contribution in a zero sum game against other groups, results in lots of infighting and people taking credit for each others work.


  6. "Amazing environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Airbnb as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The best part about Airbnb is the brilliant working environment. It's the best I've seen in my life

    Cons

    I don't think there was any. It was the best experience of my life. But one thing they could possibly work on would be a smoother integration of interns into the company.


  7. Helpful (11)

    "High expectations, low impact"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and pay. Definitely a cool company to work for resume-wise. A good IPO will be a big pay day to employees but if you don't care much about money maybe other companies can be more challenging and better for your career.

    Cons

    Engineering management is really bad. Managers do not pay attention to career growth given that career ladder is taboo inside the company, nobody talks or knows their position is, so don't expect your manager to advice you much about how to go from level a to level b, c ... etc.

    When people get bored at their current position they either switch teams or branch out to management (lateral moves) which feeds back into the problem where management focuses on reporting green numbers to upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in training managers to focus on people and their careers, less on project and risk management.


  8. Helpful (14)

    "Feeling insecure all the time"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Airbnb full-time

    Pros

    The company is still growing very fast.

    Cons

    The company is very very political due to the way it evaluates its employee performance. The management is not putting much thought into the overall employee experience of the company.


  9. "Best place to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing people who are genuinely happy to do what they are doing.
    Super awesome fresh home cooked tasty food. I have never eaten healthier food in my life.
    Really good perks.
    Company culture is really great.
    Management knows what they are doing.
    Great work life balance.

    Cons

    Company does not provide 401k match

    Advice to Management

    Continue doing the magic you are doing.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good food, culture, people, and product.

    Cons

    Some growing pains as the company scales so quickly


  11. "Best place to work ever!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Software Engineer Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Current Intern - Software Engineer Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Airbnb as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Extremely beautiful office
    - Very nice, friendly and helpful people - "Be a Host"
    - Dog friendly
    - Interesting and challenging working environment
    - Healthy food

    Cons

    - Food (lunch and dinner) in general is not very tasty
    - Working space is a bit packed

    Advice to Management

    Can't say much about management but the intern program is very nice.