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HomeAway Reviews

Updated June 22, 2017
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  • Work/Life balance can sometimes be a challenge (in 12 reviews)

  • Sometimes upper management can get in the way of work or advancement (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (4)

    "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Incredible people and work environment
    - Competitive salary packages and benefits
    - Weekly updates from executives and upper management
    - Free food and drinks
    - Modern offices w amenities (gym, ping pong, foosball, shuffleboard, video games, etc...)

    Cons

    I've loved every minute of working at HomeAway!!!

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!


  2. Helpful (192)

    "great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    HomeAway technology stack has come a long way. One of the most appealing things about working here is the fact that you get to work with cutting edge technology. In addition, the engineering team are super smart, so working here is a great networking opportunity too.

    Cons

    Company is getting pretty big, and if you end up on the wrong team, you may find it that it is difficult for you to be impactful.

    Advice to Management

    Some people have never been very good. With those, be more quick to get rid of them. Don't try to shift people around who already proved to not be great.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Overall great company, inexperienced management, Expedia pains"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at HomeAway full-time

    Pros

    Great engineers, great work/life balance, amazing C-Suite engagement, good pay, great benefits

    Cons

    A few inexperienced, ego-driven managers who undermine business goals for personal gain. Huge silos, monolithic engineering stack, loss of "the voice of the consumer", no stability (constant Expedia reorganization), wasted time in useless meetings, lack of true agile fundamentals, no true owner of anything leading to lack of accountability, and a broken understanding of traveler journey. The values are stated but not followed. VERY political company, almost every meeting has political commentary that is offensive.

    Advice to Management

    Middle management needs to listen more to the executive team in executing the company's vision. Rely less on the 'data is everything' and listen to the traveler.

    As a people manager, i would strongly recommend discussing the limitations of political commentary. Many people expressed to me they were uncomfortable. I get that most people in Austin are liberal but there are a number of conservative employees at HomeAway who are isolated.


  4. "Best mix of Startup Mentality and Global Scale Market Leader"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director of Engineering in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Director of Engineering in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great leadership, huge business potential, great sense of culture and importance of people over process, great career opportunities. Huge believe in scientific methods and ability to challenge status quo.

    Cons

    Very rapid growth in the last few month and coming month which requires you to stay on your toes, be good with ambiguity and change


  5. Helpful (1)

    "5 years going strong"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent total compensation packages, great advancement opportunities available, mostly smooth transition after Expedia acquisition, best time off policy I've ever heard of (4 weeks paid vacation), great atmosphere where great teams work together

    Cons

    Entire platform stability could be better


  6. "Great Technologies to work on"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1) tech stack
    2) there is that freedom when required to experiment and select technologies that fits the teams roadmap
    3) smart people to work with
    4) dynamic environment, at the same time the work life balance is not bad.

    Cons

    nothing mentionable and the negatives would not be any different from most other corporate companies.

    Advice to Management

    keep hiring smart people


  7. "Invigorating workplace - Don't just live for the weekends anymore!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Approachable and Intelligent People
    An environment that encourages global collaboration
    Weekends are sacred - Work/Life balance exists
    Work place environment that is motivating and tied to brand culture.
    Customer Service Oriented
    Opportunities to give back to the community
    Career development opportunities
    Mentorship programs

    Cons

    Improve backend corporate services tools
    Divided between multiple offices

  8. "Ok"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Start up feel, kitchen with snacks, lounge areas. Co-workers are very friendly and there to help cause you won't get it from your manager.

    Cons

    Micro manage micro manage micro manage micro manage micro manage micro manage micro manage micro manage micro manage micro manage

    Advice to Management

    Be more open and friendly


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Office administrator"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HomeAway part-time

    Pros

    Great benefits friendly workers much room to grow flexible hours very patient and train well. Always looking for was to better the staff and the company as a whole.

    Cons

    Long drive log drive long drive long drive long drive long drive long drive long drive long drive long drive long drive long drive long too long of a drive.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  10. "Great Place, Lots of Opportunity"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Soft in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Soft in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - opportunity to impact change
    - big problems to solve
    - kind, caring, fun culture
    - great perks
    - good work/life balance

    Cons

    - big problems to solve
    - slow to move
    - corporate culture resists change

    Advice to Management

    Become a Day 1 company.


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