TripAdvisor Reviews

Updated 10 August 2014
Updated 10 August 2014
186 Reviews

3.7
186 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work life balance, fun atmosphere, they try hard to please employees with functions and swag (in 14 reviews)

  • benefits are good, free lunch, outting, etc (in 27 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor performers are consistently promoted due to "friendships" they have with senior management (in 9 reviews)

  • Sure, the company went through some growing pains, which is understandable (in 7 reviews)

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Not as good as it used to be

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    You get to work with really smart people. Benefits are fantastic and the company really supports charities.

    Cons

    Your time at TripAdvisor really depends upon which department you are in, we are continuously told that we are an engineering and product company which doesn’t do much for morale if you’re not in one of those teams.
    Employees who joined the company a few years back are being left behind when it comes to salary increases and career development.
    We talk a lot about risk taking, but this doesn’t really apply when it comes to recruitment as senior roles are often open a long time and employees take advantage of the situation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start valuing employees outside engineering and product, its not just them that make the company successful.
    The Exec Team need to be more visible and communicative rather than assume they know what’s going on.
    Stop saying we’re a small company that just happens to have a lot of people – we're neither.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good benefits but salary could be more competitive

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive  in  Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Oxford, England

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

    Pros

    You get a great benefits package, which I never had in my previous jobs.
    Nice modern office
    Fruits and snacks for free, lunch discounts

    Cons

    Salary is very low and changes and decisions are made without thinking and testing them first.
    Sales Agents and Account Executives have to find out on their own (or by customer complain) about changes made to site, prices or CRM messaging.
    Employees are always asked for feedback, but in the end it always goes the other way round and their opinion is not counting at all.
    No internal communication between different departments.
    Management not qualified to lead a multi billion dollar company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the feedback give by the people on the phone, they speak with the customers and feed back what is really going on, and don't just act and than find out if it works or not.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not bad, but could do better

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Oxford, England

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

    Pros

    Good perks - healthcare, travel allowances, leisure subsidies and free fruit

    Cons

    Chaotic structure, and ongoing disconnect between project management, customer facing teams and the consumers who use their services

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start seating development teams and project management teams together so that they can resolve problems on the spot and stop the culture of isolation and prioritisation that ensures that simple issues take months to resolve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    It all comes down to your manager"

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Manager  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in London, England

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

    Pros

    Great brand, great concept and great industry to work in.

    Cons

    Many of the managers I have come across are not qualified as 'managers' - to coach, mentor, challenge and grow their staff.

    Some managers are intimidated by smart employees and deal with this by micro-managing.

    Employees are not held responsible for deadlines or delivery or work.

    As the company has grown, global policies have been implemented across operations, sales, pricing etc. that do not fit with specific market needs and way of working.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop having favourites, don't be intimidated by smart staff below you and be proactive in managing your team members.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    TripAdvisor Response

    Nov 06, 2013Global Manager, Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for your feedback on our global policies and manager development. We recognize that we continuously need to review and iterate on our company policies to ensure that they scale as the ... More

  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    The customer is irrelevant

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I worked at TripAdvisor full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Salaries are competitive, the benefits are good, the office location in London is very central.

    Cons

    For a consumer brand TripAdvisor cares little about what the consumer actually wants. It is almost entirely a technology/product focused company with little insight into consumer behaviour, trends, or demands. In other words, it's all about "the click", or the short-term financial gain, as opposed to the long-term view of building a well-loved consumer brand.

    They still use pop-ups - need I say more!?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great benefits but low on internal promotions

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TripAdvisor full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are amazing: Yoga at work, catered lunch 3 days a week, travel benefits and more!

    Cons

    Once you're in a position it's very tough to get promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put your money to promoting your current internal employees and you won't need to provide huge bonuses for referrals.

  8.  

    Great fun at the Singapore office.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at TripAdvisor

    Pros

    For the most part, great colleagues regardless of rankings who are willing to answer your queries at any time. Awesome get-togethers organized by the young and vibrant recreational committee. Great benefits too.

    Cons

    Salary stays stagnant with very minimal (emphasize minimal) increments and no bonus. Make sure you're getting a very good basic salary! Not all management are gusto and on-the-go. Some are hibernating and know nothing but take credit for solutions their team minions come up with. Different employees feel differently about their respective team and managers so it really depends on which team you're in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 7 people found this helpful  

    Has so much potential but really needs to slap some wrists in upper management.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at TripAdvisor full-time

    Pros

    Great work life balance, fun atmosphere, they try hard to please employees with functions and swag

    Cons

    I agree with previous posts that poor performers are promoted due to "friendships" with management. Advancement is not based upon performance, it is based upon who you suck up to. HR is incompetent. When you reach out with an issue or a harassment case, they do everything in their power to sweep it under the rug rather than handle the situation. Those employees who do harass others are only reprimanded if they are not apart of management. If they are, forget it, everyone turns their head the other way. 360 reviews were supposed to be in effect for the past 2 years but still has not been enforced. Hoping that action would be taken if there was negative feedback. LOTS OF POLITICS

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to your employees! The little people, the ones putting in all the work. They have concerns and comments. Take action when something isn't right. Have an open door policy for concerns so employees have a place to go when HR won't help. When more than 8 people quit because of one manager, I would start to look at the manager and not the employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    The great stuff is fantastic and the not so great stuff is not so great.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Support Function  in  Newton, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Support Function in Newton, MA (US)

    I worked at TripAdvisor full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There are some wonderful people across all the departments; very smart, engaging, passionate about their work. I genuinely looked forward to seeing my co-workers every day. Their benefits are amazing and they do a really great job of staying on top of what the competition is doing in order to attract and keep talent. They feed you great food several times a week and the snack options are free and have everything from fruit to fritos. They are incredibly generous about trying to keep their employees happy with "stuff". The CEO is incredibly generous when it comes to supporting a variety of charitable organizations.

    Cons

    With the exception of one or two folks, the executive team seems completely uninterested in what the "worker bees" on their teams are doing. I think in the time I was there the exec for my group spoke to me a total of 10 minutes and that was because I approached her. I never saw her walk around and check in with folks -- I recognize they are extremely busy, but how hard is it to take 15 minutes a few times a month to walk around their departments, talk to people and make them feel like having them there makes a difference? The company is not THAT big and if you are still selling yourself as a start-up then you should know the folks on your teams.
    If you want to be promoted WHO you know is far more important than WHAT you know. Being a SME in your field and working hard is great, but it probably won't get you promoted, it will just get you more work.
    I will still refer friends to certain departments or teams, but I would make sure they know the good, the bad and the ugly and let them decide for themselves whether or not they want to pursue a career at Trip.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The exec team needs to put an emphasis on something other than core engineering (or at least place as much emphasis on...) and be more thoughtful and transparent around departmental "re-organizations" that make no business sense and address needless attrition of solid performers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    It really all depends on the people you work with

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TripAdvisor

    Pros

    Great flexibility in schedule, good people to work with, great location and the company is making money. Benefits are good, some groups work well and are collaborative.

    Cons

    Being satisfied really depends on the group you work in. There are some people around the company who have been there a long time and aren't growing with the company and they are not so great to work for. They are more concerned with hiring new great talent from top schools than to cultivate the people they already have. Its extremely hard to move up or to another group if you don't have a champion. It really isn't based on merit but who you know and who likes you. You can fail at something and get promoted. Seems odd.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really disappointed that the CEO just told the world that he still runs a 2000 person company like a start up. There is a reason other companies don't do that. Maybe he should go study business.
    Explore the talent you have in house rather than pursue outside talent. Grow from within because they understand what is going on and will stay loyal.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    TripAdvisor Response

    Mar 19, 2014Dir of HR

    Thanks for your feedback! We agree that we work with amazing people--and that we have a great culture that includes fantastic benefits, flexibility and excellent work locations. Thanks also for your ... More

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