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TripAdvisor Reviews

Updated 11 April 2015
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  1. Helpful (4)

    Unwelcome changes

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Centrally located office in London. Opportunity to travel to overseas offices. Free snacks. Relaxed dress code

    Cons

    Poor leadership from the Exec team. Focus on saving money. Lack of promotion opportunities

    Advice to Management

    You have some great people working for TA. Look after them. Money saving activities and centralisation of key teams is going to lose you some very good and experienced staff. Senior people that make poor decisions should not then be rewarded with promotion

  2. A great company to work for but lack of opportunity career wise

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good people, working conditions, benefits, office

    Cons

    difficult to move internally from a career perspective. Lack of opportunities. Things move fairly slowly for a web company.

  3. Helpful (4)

    Nice company to work with

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

    I have been working at TripAdvisor full-time (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very friendly atmosphere but the job it self can be very stressful and makes you to go for different opportunity.Nice people, good social life.

    Cons

    High level of stress, lack of written procedures.I won't advise to a friend

    Advice to Management

    In this place opportunities are for everyone, so sometimes management can be very young and without experience

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  5. Helpful (6)

    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 (more than 3 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

    TripAdvisor Response

    Oct 09, 2014Director of HR

    I agree—TripAdvisor is filled with smart people---and not just in engineering and product management. While Product and Engineering are important for our success, there’s so many other teams that are ... More

  6. Helpful (3)

    Good benefits but salary could be more competitive

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  7. Helpful (1)

    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 (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  8. Helpful (3)

    It all comes down to your manager"

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

    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

  9. Helpful (3)

    The customer is irrelevant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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!?

  10. Helpful (2)

    Exciting Business

    • 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

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Cool co-workers, fast paced, a lot to do and learn

    Cons

    political environment clogs up process and innovation.
    HR dept is useless; KG is the worst human.

    Advice to Management

    get over the favoritism and office politics.

  11. Helpful (9)

    Used to have a great culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Newton, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Newton, MA (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    -- Coworkers are very intelligent
    -- Flexible work schedule
    -- Standard perks -- beer and wine at happy hour, foosball table and video games, food all the time
    -- About to move into a giant new headquarters

    Cons

    -- Engineering culture has become very fragmented. In the years since I started, the social community has faded and it's harder to connect with engineers outside of your team.
    -- It's harder than it should be to switch teams, and hard to figure out how to advance your career.

    Advice to Management

    Do more to promote community among the engineering teams. Teams feel more isolated and less cooperative than they used to. Maybe provide mentors for new employees to introduce them to the culture and help them make connections to the established personalities -- it's very hard to get on the good projects or advance within the company without those connections.

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