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"Great engineering team working on interesting problems"

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Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Charlestown, MA
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Charlestown, MA

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

Pros

--Great engineering team with some real superstars
--Good work life balance
--Engineers get new hardware
--Get to work on big, consumer facing web applications
--Free snacks and drinks

Cons

--Product management seems to do little more than formulate new a/b tests. There are some really exceptional engineered here who's talents are being wasted.
--Kind of an old facility

Advice to Management

Get some product management with real vision to match the engineering talent--do something really great.

Other Employee Reviews for SmarterTravel

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Fast-paced, dynamic, exciting, but not enough compensation."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - talented, motivated, invested, and fun people
    - work hard, play hard attitude
    - company events bring coworkers together over drinks
    - food and snacks in the office
    - good resume-builder name (Gilt Groupe)
    - travel perks

    Cons

    - poor interdepartmental communication
    - promotion and firing decisions made in a rash and incomprehensible manner
    - volatile revenue fluctuations, so lack of security
    - difficulty in maintaining values in the wake of sudden company growth
    - huge salary gap between senior and non-senior personnel that makes employees feel unappreciated for long hours and personal investment in the company

    Advice to Management

    Slow down the hiring wave and think ahead before the next one, so that you don't have to retroactively make up for it by having layoffs. Rather support the people currently on staff and pay them more instead of hiring new people. That promotes loyalty and will keep costs and cost projections at a manageable and reliable level. Hiring three new people every week without knowing if you can support them financially and then having to let go of longtime, loyal employees kills morale and team spirit and introduces people into the mix who are not believers of the company values and mission.


  2. "Smart People but be prepared for constant change"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing & Sales in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing & Sales in New York, NY

    Pros

    - Really smart and young team willing to try anything.
    - The company is breaking ground in online travel
    - Many opportunities to advance and learn - career progression is very fast here

    Cons

    - Not a lot of structure
    - Management changes their mind about direction frequently and sets unachievable goals
    - Lay-offs and firings are a regular thing
    - Employees live in fear of being let go
    - There is no loyalty to any employee

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees and treat them with respect.

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