SmarterTravel Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

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Pros
  • "Additionally I really appreciate how work life balance is emphasized(in 14 reviews)

  • "not to mention you get the benefit of a smaller company but the perks of a large company with the parent being Tripadvisor)(in 12 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Senior management makes decisions behind closed doors without consulting stakeholders(in 7 reviews)

  • "After the departure of DK (former president), there was constant structural change and people getting swept up by TripAdvisor constantly(in 5 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      The People Make It Great

      Oct 21, 2016 - Senior Product Manager in Boston, MA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      You will work with really smart, driven people. It's a complicated, ever changing-industry, but you get to own it. The perks are great (4 summer Fridays that you can take off and they DON'T count toward vacation + a personal travel stipend.) Work life balance is AMAZING. There's a reason people start their families here. They want to make it as easy as possible to be a mom or dad and make a big impact at work - if that requires an unconventional schedule, they are ok with that. Bottomline: Even when frustrating things happen and we are short handed, I always stop and think that I really love this job and everything we're doing.

      Cons

      This company is evolving in how it make big decisions and keeps everyone in the loop. It's not great, but I still think its better than a lot of companies. Promotion raises are low. There are a lot of politics about promotions and when you finally get one, it's kind of underwhelming.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    2. 1.0
      Former Employee

      It isn't what it used to be.

      Nov 17, 2010 -  in Charlestown, MA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - the employees (not management) are friendly - there is a good work life balance - it is a good place to get experience in an online advertising enviroment.

      Cons

      - no career development or mentorship. - no internal knowledge sharing. - disorganized - unprofessional - human resources is dismal, there is no one to turn to if you are facing issues or problems. - the "perks" ie free lunches, snacks, parties do not help to boost morale in a struggling industry - many people are granfathered into management positions that have no experience and should not be there. - employees wasting company resources are often giving other positions instead of being dealt with properly. - CEO is clueless as to how people live and only cares about the revenue figures. - There is no careerpath, people are supposed to be happy staying in entry level positions while they seem peers who are unqualified move up. - Managers are not taught to help employees but rather are just watching their own back and making sure their job is safe.

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      5 people found this review helpful
    3. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Fantastic company to work for

      Aug 19, 2012 - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Exciting, early-stage web products to work on Top notch team of engineers to work with Great work life balance with summer Fridays and happy hours in the winter Honest, open communication with everyone I've ever interacted with. Very little office 'politics' and red tape preventing progress

      Cons

      Work occasionally gets repetitive (but what job doesn't?) Office location is pretty isolated

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    4. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great place to work

      Jun 27, 2016 -  in Boston, MA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      * Broad spectrum of work/opportunities/challenges * Part of big organization, but flexible and agile just like a startup * Work life balance * Excellent benefits & perks * Great office culture * Nice and easy co-workers + manager * Good location (5 min from North Station)

      Cons

      * Not enough interaction and a little disconnected with other companies within TripAdvisor Media Group

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Very nice place to work

      May 25, 2014 - Senior BI Engineer in Boston, MA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Fast paced development Challenging problems to work with Stress free environment enables to learn a lot and try new/creative things Employees are treated very decently. Great employee value Work/life balance is great Lots of talented, smart people to work with Constant opportunities for learning all kinds of new things

      Cons

      I have none to say at this moment

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great place to work

      Dec 10, 2008 - Manager in Charlestown, MA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Respect for people, variety of brands, great team camaraderie, and, good work-life balance

      Cons

      The company has grown so much the current building is very tight - but they are moving to a new fantastic space in Jan 09

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    7. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great place to work, for now

      Jun 19, 2015 - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Awesome benefits and culture. Ownership by TripAdvisor a big plus for professional growth and travel resources. Great work/life balance.

      Cons

      Changes come down the pipeline with little to no warning for non-managers. Option to grow within company is pushed by management and HR, but actual movement is torturously slow, if it happens.

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      4 people found this review helpful
    8. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great engineering team working on interesting problems

      Jul 29, 2012 - Senior Software Engineer in Charlestown, MA
      Recommend
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      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

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    9. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Fun perks & Tech company feel

      Mar 23, 2014 - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      -Given meaningful responsibility early on -give you the freedom to test out ideas you have -good work/life balance -smart employees -just relocated from Charlestown to downtown Boston into a very techie office -good benefits -free snacks, drinks, lunch on Thursdays, happy hour Fridays, ping pong tournaments, casual dress, etc.

      Cons

      -still some construction going on in the new office during workhours, but that should be completed soon -Starting salary is competitive but annual raises are a bit disappointing.

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    10. 4.0
      Former Employee

      good experience

      Nov 30, 2015 - Sales Manager in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      amazing benefits, very free in the day to day job and overall great company to work for. The work life balance is amazing!

      Cons

      Senior Management should be more present in general

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