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"Best peers I've ever worked with in a long IT career"

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Technical Manager in Chicago, IL
Current Employee - Technical Manager in Chicago, IL
Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I have been working at Orbitz Worldwide full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

Flexibility of working from home/remotely on occasion
Flexible office hours.
Perks, benefits, bonus, and discounts are a major plus.
Getting travel industry discounts
The people are great. Friendly and genuine peers is the highlight of my day frankly and I appreciate the openness to all walks of life without any prejudices whatsoever.

Cons

Sometimes the late notice of changes due to some excessive secrecy but it is expected in a public company.
End of year performance evaluations are rather bias and with some managers, completed poorly and without supporting information.

Advice to Management

Get more technical people involved early in business decisions so that your plans are properly laid out. When Business folks plan for things they are completely clueless as to the impact on current projects and the resources both human and technical, that is required to meet deadlines set by those who do not understand. This is especially important in a "Technology" Company.

Other Employee Reviews for Orbitz Worldwide

  1. Helpful (12)

    "Challenging work, great peers but difficult to understand management"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Orbitz Worldwide full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A lot of the work involves many technical challenges that keeps the engineers really focused and excited to work on the upcoming and current projects we have. The challenges we face are things that are great to people if you're a problem solver and love to work on things that will make the platform stronger and better. One of the most important things to look for in a company is how you can grow in the company. The lighter form of beaucracy allows you to communicate with different departments such as operations and business fairly easily to push forward a new idea that engineers may be interested in. This really allows you to seek new opportunities that you may not have otherwise thought about.

    Cons

    Many people seem to think of the company as having a "startup culture", but in my experience, that is far gone. With cost savings in mind, management has taken away a lot of things that keeps employees happy. The benefits package is average, the "healthy food" breakfast has been trimmed down significantly, and there are few perks such as rewarding good innovative ideas. Compensation is based on average market forces in the area, etc.

    The office dynamic is fairly mixed. As a cost savings measure, many software engineering positions are off-shore creating a VERY poor work/life balance. With the time zone difference, you would be expected to work at 10pm-11pm or come in early between 7am-8am just to communicate with the rest of your team. This creates a very tiring cycle of work which makes it very hard to be productive during the day. In addition, the significant amount of work off-shore is starting to have an impact on the quality of the software being wrote which as Software engineers, you'll find to be very infuriating to work with.

    Another significant office culture dynamic is the increasing amount of contract work. Although you may find yourself with a better work/life balance, our fellow contract co-workers are facing even more harder work conditions simply because HR doesn't handle them. This causes an increasingly stressful work environment where people are becoming less relaxed and less "startup culture" and becoming more of a company where people are expected to be worker bees.

    Advice to Management

    Very poor work/life balance especially in teams with off-shore components. The quality of the software is decreasing and this makes it hard to work for on-site employees. Consider having less off-shore contractors and having smaller sized teams instead.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Data Analyst"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible timings
    good Work culture
    High potential for career growth

    Cons

    Small company
    legacy internal systems
    need to focus more process

    Advice to Management

    Improve upon internal tools, IT Procedures

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