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HomeAway Reviews

Updated June 11, 2018
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  • "Work/Life balance can sometimes be a challenge" (in 13 reviews)

  • "It's also impossible to move from a low position like this to upper management" (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (4)

    "The place to be"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Since John Kim has taken lead, the company has transformed to one of continuous learning, intelligent values, and dedicated culture. There is no shortage of things to keep busy with and the bottom-up approach is preached here. Now is the right time to be here. Just read Expedia’s earning reports for the last year. It’s all HomeAway.

    Cons

    The company is running lean so that means dev teams are small and it often feels like there is not enough time to get what you need done. Also, the travel benefit is lacking which is surprising given we are a travel company.

    Advice to Management

    Changes to the culture are great and you’ve managed them well. Get a better understanding of needs from the product development teams.


  2. "Great place to work and play"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Public Relations Specialist in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Public Relations Specialist in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart, fun people. Great benefits. Competitive salary and perks. Working in the travel industry.

    Cons

    Nothing too notable here.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Customer Support Representative- S2 in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Customer Support Representative- S2 in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, some OT opportunities, free snacks /drinks/food. you get a lot of breaks here which is nice and they have stuff in the office you can do while on break. The benefits are good, 4 weeks PTO is amazing, DeskAway seems like a cool program but i've never tried it. All together based on my experience and others here, I would say go for it.

    Cons

    3 weeks training period (paid) is really boring
    Do not mention politics at all... unless you're a liberal. My coworker and I (he's a liberal, I'm very Libertarian) will have nice conversations about issues. We are respectful, don't fight, and just talk like 2 adults should be able to, but we have coworkers who give us backlash about it (which is already ridiculous, I have never given backlash when they talk about socialism or anything, one of the people wore a shirt with a socialist dictator on it- one who killed thousands of people). So we stopped, figuring we were upsetting people and we didn't want that. However, another time at lunch I was watching a speech my Ben Shapiro with headphones on, and someone i'd never met came up to me and was angry that I would watch this (he used exploitives) I was blown away and reported him, don't know if anything was done. Another time I wrote a quote "The power to do good is also the power to do harm" by Milton Friedman (Nobel prize winning economist, economic adviser to Reagan) on my whiteboard and someone erased it, could've been cleaning staff on accident however.
    Pros heavily outweigh the cons

    Advice to Management

    Promote more diverse speech, we have a number of programs to help women in tech, minorities in tech, etc. which is fantastic and I do absolutely support, but make sure people are not getting in trouble/harassed for completely harmless free speech just because it doesn't align with office status quo.


  4. "Senior Account Executive - Distribution"

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at HomeAway (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great progressive company. Great leadership and company culture.

    Cons

    Fast growth, keeping up with demand


  5. "Great Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Support Lead in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Customer Support Lead in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and work enviroment. Plenty of room for growth

    Cons

    none. great place to work


  6. "Customer Service Representative"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I can't think of a reason to not want to work here. They are wonderful, flexible, understanding and truly diverse as well as have great benefits!!

    Cons

    Don't have a single one, even starting pay is very competitive for the industry!

    Advice to Management

    You're doing great. Keep it up!!!!!!!!!!!


  7. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Mobile Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Mobile Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, nice environment, smart coworkers, growth industry, lots of chance to make an impact, work on one of the biggest apps in the App Store, modern tech stack

    Cons

    Organizational challenges, mobile teams are under-resourced, company says “mobile first” but isn’t executing on it yet, back end infrastructure is messy due to acquisitions

  8. "Software engineering manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good tech stack
    - Good benefits
    - Easy lifestyle

    Cons

    - Below par pay
    - very slow moving and too much focus on process and less on execution


  9. "Excellent Future"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HomeAway full-time

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for advancement if you put in the work.

    Cons

    Coordination between global teams can be a challenge.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Software Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really nice environment and smart people
    Good work life balance
    Nice office location

    Cons

    Nowadays stopped giving RSU
    Not competitive pay


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