TripAdvisor Reviews

Updated 27 August 2014
Updated 27 August 2014
186 Reviews

3.7
186 Reviews
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TripAdvisor President and CEO Stephen Kaufer
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Nice company

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    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

    The people, they are simple amazing! Very nice office.

    Cons

    Not carrer oportunities in another countries. All Europe, middle East and Africa is done from Oxford and London offices.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    If you are a fee earner its fantastic. If you are a support function its terrible

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I worked at TripAdvisor full-time

    Pros

    Fee earners are paid fantastically, with plenty of promotion opportunities.
    Office environment is fun and casual
    The benefits are brilliant
    Great level of autonomy in many roles

    Cons

    Poor salaries for support staff
    Poor promotion for support staff
    The Newton office (Head office) are treated like an ivory tower

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    start to appreciate support staff who are the unsung hero's of your business

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Not as good as it used to be

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    • 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good benefits but salary could be more competitive

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    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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good company to work for, but...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Career progression
    Relaxed atmosphere in the office

    Cons

    Fast becoming detached from clients' reality
    Too centralised from Newton
    Lack of internal communication

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time listening to your sales agent, they know their clients.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    TripAdvisor Response

    Jan 23, 2014Global Manager, Talent Acquisition

    Thanks! We’re pleased that you’re a fan of our benefits, career pathways (especially since we’ve been working on better defining these), and casual office atmosphere.
    Your feedback on communication
    ... More

  7.  

    Fun enough

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    Current Employee - Telesales  in  Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Telesales in Oxford, England

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

    Pros

    good pay
    good incentives
    good staff parties

    Cons

    the job's enjoyability decreases as the telesales team grows in size
    all the cons of any sales job
    being away from the HQ in London

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not bad, but could do better

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    • 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    It all comes down to your manager"

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    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

  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    The customer is irrelevant

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    • 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
  11.  

    Great brand, good margins, smart people

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

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

    Pros

    Dynamic, fast paced, forward thinking, smart, CEO accessibility (flat org)

    Cons

    Too centralised and sometimes too US focused

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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