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Airbnb CEO & Co-Founder Brian Chesky
Brian Chesky
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    I look forward to each day at Airbnb

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Data Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Airbnb full-time (less than an year)


    Industry competitive compensation (including equity program), 100% coverage for health, dental, and vision insurance. This year (2014), we'll be shutting down the office for the last two weeks in December (in addition to my 2 weeks of vacation + 5 Holidays).

    Working in data at Airbnb is an exciting place to be. We're currently a small team (but scaling upward), which allows for a lot of creative input into the future direction of the company's data culture. In my 6 months at Airbnb, I've gained ample exposure to trending Bay Area data technologies (Hadoop/Hive/Presto), and work with a highly capable team of tremendously smart individuals.

    Food Program:
    All meals are provided (free of charge) by our world class culinary team. This includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and various snacks throughout the day. We also have an excellent coffee/tea program (Da La Paz coffee/Four Barrel Espresso/). If it's your thing, you can also make your own espresso drinks on an industrial La Marzocco machine (after going through a training session).

    Office Space:
    The Airbnb office space is incredible. Ours is an open workspace with tons of natural lighting (skylights and large windows). The workspace has become a bit crowded/noisy in recent months, but things should improve when the 3rd floor renovation is complete. This will increase our available floorspace and meeting room capacity by 150%. We're also planning to move to 100% self-actuating sit/stand desks in the future.

    The working culture at Airbnb is very relaxed, allowing you to show who you really are. People are very accepting and genuine, so there's no need to put on your corporate work facade each day. The company also works hard to keep a good social element. Weekly Friday happy hours (rotating between creative on-site events, and bartabs at local establishments) are always a good place to start your weekend, and meet folks in other teams. We also have seasonal parties (Thanksgiving, Winter Holiday Party, Summer Celebration, One Airbnb ), which are highlights on the social calendar. For Summer Celebration this year, we bussed the entire company to Russian River for a full day on the river.

    Travel Culture:
    Being a travel/hospitality company, we're highly encouraged to use our product. We're given a $2000 travel stipend on Airbnb ($500 quarterly). Long multi-week vacations are encouraged.


    No 401k Match available

    Airbnb is a relatively young company, where there still figuring things out. Things are moving fast, which can be frustrating for some people. Yesterday's strategy may differ entirely from todays, which may require more adaptability than is typical for most jobs. Prior to joining Airbnb, I worked for large companies with more traditional data cultures. Best practices were better established, and the tools were more stable. At Airbnb, things are quite the opposite, which has often led to frustration. But, overall, I think the challenge is worthwhile.

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Airbnb Interviews

Updated 14 Dec 2014
Updated 14 Dec 2014

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    Software Engineer (Backend) Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Airbnb.

    Interview Details

    The interview process is one phone screen , followed by a day of onsite.
    The phone screen question was difficult, however I could solve it systematically, it was a DP problem with a use case for airbnb. I found their onsite to be increasing difficult as the day progressed . They make you write real code in a pc, which in my opinion is too less of a time, given the complexity of the problems they ask. It usually advanced DP and graph problems.

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Headquarters San Francisco, CA
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 2008
Type Company - Private
Industry Information Technology
Revenue Less than £1 million (GBP) per year
Competitors Unknown

Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world — online or from a mobile phone.

Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 34,000 cities and 192 countries. And with world-class customer service and a growing community of users, Airbnb is the easiest way for people to monetize their extra space and showcase it to... More

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