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Vrbo Staff Software Engineer Reviews

Updated May 4, 2019

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2.7
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  1. Helpful (43)

    "Great tech + great culture"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vrbo full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Always jumping on the latest tech, so opportunities to learn new things are frequent. Collaboration is great, few egos that I've encountered. Most people and managers are genuine and very open/approachable. Frequent parties and celebrations Free breakfast every Friday Free snacks + coffee Plenty of free leftovers floating around the office at lunchtime. Domain location is more vibrant than your typical office complex Can work from home easily and often

    Cons

    Sometimes is like drinking from a firehose bcs the tech adoption moves so fast I think different teams work in vastly different ways, so everyone's experience may not be like mine A little too much big company process creeping in as we adopt Expedia practices and policies Too much agile focus now (too many meetings)

    Vrbo2018-12-29
  2. Helpful (22)

    "High Turnover + Mgmt has zero backbone + Low Pay + Toxic Culture + EXPE Politics + Dark firing of employees = AVOID !!!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Vrbo full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Engineering Managers have no backbone whatsoever and provide zero value-add function since the EXPE buyout. That is, they have no influence or power other than to approve vacation for direct reports. New EXPE Product forces are running the show now. So, what you get is Engineering Managers randomizing slack chats and starting fires to look busy. They stay greenlit at all hours of the day/night on slack, but yet provide zero business value unless you count asking unbelievably stupid questions in standup just to act like they are contributing. It's all a horrible painful political game. New world order EXPE product says jump and Engineering Managers say how high. Management who are at risk of being managed out are now firing direct reports for NON-work misconduct. I know because a colleague was recently fired for outlandish reasons. I'm writing this review because I want my colleagues' story to be known (and some of my own experience). My colleague, who worked in a different group put in for vacation (2-3 weeks) as time off to help her elderly father in poor health. My colleague's manager said that was fine and to report back with weekly updates. Two days later her manager asked if she wanted to take FMLA (family medical leave). She said that wouldn't be necessary. Two days after that she received a voice mail from her manager that Friday at 5 pm stating her position had been terminated due to unapproved time off. She said that after having 6-7 friendly email exchanges with her manager prior to the "you're fired" voice mail there was not one mention that her time off was unapproved. Her attorney said the reason they asked about FMLA is that employers can't fire you if you are on FMLA. She filed for unemployment and documented everything. Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) ruled in favor of my colleague, stating that the firing was improper. TWC wrote: "Our investigation found that your employer fired you for the reason that was NOT misconduct connected with the work." HomeAway fired her with no severance and terminated her benefits that same day. At least she was able to get unemployment. Do you really want to work for a company who treats their employees like this? Go work for Google, Facebook, Apple or for that matter anybody other than HomeAway/Expedia or whatever they are calling themselves these days VRBO.lol.

    Cons

    Too many to list here! Toxic work environment like others have noted, low pay, managers are two-faced poker players and have zero backbone when it comes to making decisions but are really good at throwing their own direct reports under the bus. Product and non-Engineering functions are running this company into the ground and people are leaving in droves, especially experienced A+ players who will not tolerate a toxic environment where you can't disagree about anything, less being looked at as an antagonist and trouble maker. Since the EXPE buyout, HomeAway is very draconian in process, childish in how they treat their senior/staff engineers, product has ego the size of TX, incompetent scrum masters who call themselves technical project people run scrum/agile from textbooks from the ’90s, and the politics and political correctness is like a cliquish high school. Don’t believe the positive canned reviews created by HomeAway HR Branding. The majority of the positive reviews are canned and similar in language and structure (i.e. “Great Place”, “Great Place to Work”, “Great Jon”, “Great tech + great culture”, Great for Families”, “Excellent place to work”, etc.). Seriously? These canned reviews are being propped by HomeAway HR Branding Content personnel because attrition is at an all-time high. If these (fake) HomeAway sponsored positive reviews weren’t in place the company would have a 2.0-star rating and John Kim a 39% approval rate.

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    Vrbo2019-05-04

    Vrbo Response

    May 17, 2019Sr Mgr, Talent Experience

    Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. We were not able to locate a report or any information regarding the situation or circumstances you have described, but I invite you - as well as your former colleague—to contact me directly to talk about your concerns. Of course, we want to make Vrbo a great place to work for everyone, and we welcome the opportunity to discuss your ideas about how we can best achieve that goal, especially since you’ve had eight years of experience and gone through lots of changes with us. You can reach me on slack or via email: Melissa Bitner mbitner@homeaway.com. Alternatively, if you would feel more comfortable raising an issue or asking a question through the Expedia Group Ethics Helpline, you always have that option to do so anonymously. Thank you again for sharing your concerns.

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  3. "Great Technologies to work on"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vrbo full-time for 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.

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    Vrbo2017-05-11
  4. Helpful (1)

    "One of the best company to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vrbo full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flex work schedule; Great benefits for health; Enough vacations & leaves; Always move towards latest tech platform;Get latest tech devices for you to work on eg: the mac machine I use easily would cost $2.5K; Fun office themes and great people to be around; People are from various backgrounds & companies ranging from Apple, Amazon etc., Having offices around world;

    Cons

    Not a great 401K program

    Vrbo2015-12-10

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