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Expedia Bellevue Reviews

Updated June 23, 2017
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  • Very demanding, need better work life balance (in 86 reviews)

  • High upper management has in the last 3 years or so started cronyism (in 46 reviews)

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  1. "Amazing company if you are lucky. Loved the company but got in the wrong team"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Expedia full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits; company culture; some remote working

    Cons

    middle management; micromanagement; location; teams ruled by gossips and incompetence

    Advice to Management

    Advice to Higher Management:
    Be more involved in the everyday experiences and invest in your people. Do not allow high school culture to settle in work life


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Its a good place to start"

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance ... travel benefits

    Cons

    compensation is low compared to other tech companies in the area

  3. "Software developer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company is good, good work culture. Work is good too, get to work on new things

    Cons

    They pay less, no free food, should be more active


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Expedia Bellevue"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    not too intense, nice people, great benefits

    Cons

    not great salary at lower levels


  5. "Great benefits and relaxed engineering culture"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of employee perks. Strong benefits. Decent work/life balance.

    Cons

    Especially in an engineering role, it's far better to work under a "brand" or other profit center. While the pressure may be a bit higher, you will get more funding sooner for improvements and technical leadership are more likely to test ideas.

    This is considerably less true within IT, eCP and other shared services.

    Advice to Management

    For over 5 years I've witnessed the transition from 50/50 tech company/travel company, to 30% tech and 70% travel. I get it, the tech is a means to an end goal of selling travel. Though with some major technology boulders to overcome, you need a more prescription strategy than "make sure it scales".


  6. "Team Lead, Lodging Partner Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends

    I worked at Expedia full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    salary and benefits are great. management, from low to highest levels, is very approachable and happy to get feedbacks from employees. opportunities to be involved in projects with other departments that make you better understand the overall picture.

    Cons

    talent acquisition strategy seems to be focused only on recruiting young people, just graduated and with zero opportunities to negotiate their salary. no way to jump from a support role to a commercial one.

    Advice to Management

    management should work on a closer integration between support and sales and find ways to make them cooperate.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Software Development Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Expedia full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Overall work-life balance is great with flexible work hours and schedules but this can be team dependent
    - Generally very friendly and nice people with a mostly relaxed and laid-back work environment
    - Decent benefits including travel and wellness reimbursement, travel discounts, standard 401k matching, good vacation policy, healthcare, and matching charitable donations
    - "Test and Learn" culture makes data the main driving force for product decisions

    Cons

    - Generally poor middle management and heavy politics at management levels
    - Some engineering teams have bad ratios of technical product managers/engineering managers to developers that create too much overhead and slow initiatives down
    - Very unclear promotion paths and requirements. This causes a clash between the diversity initiatives and the meritocracy that the company preaches and can lead to a sentiment of unfairness during promotion cycles.
    - Overall average engineering quality with some exceptions. Unable to maintain solid talent from leaving to other companies in the area (seems like Amazon is becoming a top destination)
    - Expedia advertises itself as a tech company, but the culture of average compensation makes the company lag behind tech companies in the area.
    - Constantly playing catch-up to competitors which creates less opportunities to pursue features that innovate or distinguish Expedia in the market
    - Some product decisions feel short-sighted. Just because the conversion numbers are good does not mean it is good in the long run.

    Advice to Management

    - Keep pushing initiatives to look into employee happiness and making adjustments or improvements. This is preached at the top but needs to trickle down to middle management. The Glassdoor rating for Expedia has been dropping for a reason.
    - Keep fostering transparency and openness. Take all feedback seriously. Some questions asked may seem ridiculous, but if they're being asked that means there is not enough transparency into the matter.
    - Push harder on initiatives to modernize the technology stack and performance. There should be no excuses as to why the website is as slow as it is right now.
    - Don't be afraid to try to improve or remove poor performers and management
    - The management stack can be much leaner

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent travel portal company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Expedia (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good working atmosphere and gained knowledge.

    Cons

    There is no transport facility.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing


  9. "Application Lifecycle Management Engineering"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Expedia full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent travel benefits. Great working environment. Good team fit. Management is flexible and allows working from home. My manager does not micro-manage me.

    Cons

    Processes can sometimes be cumbersome and delay required action. Many tools are antiquated and no longer supported. Some products lack required documentation


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Below avg tech company"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    you can slack, No need to work beyond 2 hrs per day. A company for losers, who are industry rejects, who cant get a job elsewhere.

    Cons

    Pay is below wayyyy avg. Example:market rate is 200K, expedia pays 125k. Middle management is extremely heavy. More managers than developers.
    The tech stack is a joke and outdated. Every 5-8 people team has a incompetent director who are yes-men to their bosses. The team morale is low and keep missing deliveries. The teams are composed on incompetent industry rejects. There is no company wide initiative to build tools which help everyday dev work , like build systems deployment systems, there is no capacity planning. Company gets hacked breached by intruders as the security of the network is very weak. The expedia website goes down and remains downs for hours. The management does not care about customer experience and does not refund customers who are eligible to get refund (Like cancellations, bad experience),Company looses bookings and customers are not even refunded. People who give glorious review are paid reviews. The employees are paid by $100 gift cards to give glorious reviews.

    Please dont work for them. Doing a minimum wage job is better than working at expedia. Anyway pay is also similar to min wag job. This company will not exist in business in 5-6 years.

    Advice to Management

    Time is up, pack off and get ready to close the company down. The outside competition will kill you. you are walking while others are driving.


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