Airbnb Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated Dec 16, 2020

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  1. "Great company and culture"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Technical Sourcer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Airbnb for more than a year

    Pros

    Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner. Beer and Kombucha on tap. Great work-life balance and great people to work with!

    Cons

    It's hard to find parking nearby so must get there very early.

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    "Great culture but with weak leadership and some bad apples"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Data Scientist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Airbnb full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Company takes care of you. - Work life balance can be achieved without too much pressure. - Smart colleagues

    Cons

    - Leadership and middle management mostly unvetted with little experience. - Self-promotion leading to unideal outcomes for users and the company (eg., tech debt, not telling full view of results). - Cutting corners leads to long term costs and over-hiring of teams to maintain unmaintainable systems. - Poor feedback loop means managers and leaders are left not accountable.

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    "Amazing culture and work-life balance"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - University Recruiter in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Airbnb full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Airbnb has the most amazing company culture. People are mission and values-driven, are incredibly intelligent and very collaborative. You're able to have work-life balance and contribute to broader company initiatives based on your interest.

    Cons

    Given the size and age of the company, it's still working on scaling itself and being streamlined internally.

  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great place"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Legal Counsel in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Airbnb full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Provides a good work life balance

    Cons

    Culture and morale is damaged

  5. "Good Place to Have Work-life Balance"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Operations Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Airbnb full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Take care of its employees, friendly team-working environment and great work-life balance and flexibility

    Cons

    There's a gap between junior level and senior positions--lack of promoted mid-level manager. Hard to climb the ladder inside the company.

  6. Helpful (29)

    "Messy."

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Research in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Airbnb full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    All of the usual tech company perks, plus a quarterly travel credit.

    Cons

    *Young, inexperienced mid and senior level management, who leadership believes are "great." These young managers are catty, entitled, don't understand people who aren't 25, and don't have a baseline understanding of what they can and cannot legally say and do. *Lacking diversity when it comes to age + race or ethnicity *Top down leadership style *Work/life balance is lacking for many areas *If research doesn't say what design and PMs want, then it doesn't count. If you are a researcher, RUN, and run FAST.

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    "Overall a great place to work"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Software Engineer() in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Airbnb full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Great people and culture - Flexible working hours and good work/life balance - Relatively diverse team - Leadership is very open to feedback from employees

    Cons

    - Technical debt is rampant - Product and Design decisions generally usurp technical ones

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    "Enriching work environment"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Operations Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Airbnb full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Commitment, dedication and innovation is incredible at Airbnb. Everyone works together to build a trusted community and sees any mistakes along the way as an opportunity to grow and learn. Such an enriching work environment!

    Cons

    Often decision makers are lacking and work/life balance can be challenging.

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    "Explosive growth with an excellent culture and mission!"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Airbnb full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Summary: I'm really happy here and it's the best job I've ever had. That said, details: 1. People: The people here are really smart, really nice, and really accommodating of healthy work/life balance which is CRAZY important for longevity and long-term happiness. The people are a pleasure to work with, they're helpful, knowledgeable, and REALLY passionate about the company. I have an amazing Manager who advocates for me and it's been such a great experience. 2. Projects: The projects here are those you can't find elsewhere simply because Airbnb is a one-of-a-kind company. A lot of the operational problems we're building and fixing haven't been navigated before. You have a chance to create new processes, projects, and impact in this industry. 3. Culture: This place is serious about its culture or "Core Values": do the right thing, advance the mission, don't backstab, don't throw people under the bus, and stand up for the underdog. To give you an idea of the kind of people we want: one of our people raised $20 million for immigrant kids separated from their parents on Facebook-- the largest fundraiser in Facebook's history. 4. Benefits + Compensation: They'll comp you properly, trust me. Airbnb gives a generous total compensation package with lots of stock, fully covered health care/dental/vision for you, $500 in Airbnb credits per quarter, free food (breakfast/lunch/dinner), and all the cool Silicon Valley perks. 5. Flexibility: Work from home, work remotely, take PTO-- just make sure your projects get done. A+++ on this.

    Cons

    1. Disorganization: Hyper growth mode has created some disorganization and issues with accountability. It can be difficult to get things done with random PTOs and a softer culture when it comes to communication. 2. Career advancement: Upward mobility/ career advancement expectations can be slow or unclear because of the disorganization. You have to advocate for yourself and develop a great relationship with your manager. 3. Liquidity: Airbnb isn't a public company so those looking to sell their stocks need to wait for a liquidity event or for the company to IPO. As much as stocks are great, they can't pay the bills so giving employees more opportunity to cash out is important for those of us who aren't billionaires. FYI leadership listened to this complaint and they recently gave us a new way to cash out some of our stock + comp which is a great start.

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    "Program Manager"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Airbnb full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Culture, benefits, Work life balance, wonderful people, and a mission that lines up well with my personal values.

    Cons

    Our CEO has amazing ideas and moves very quickly, however our technical infrastructure, and the rest of the company seems to move like dinosaurs

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