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Holiday Extras Overview

Hythe, Kent, South East England, England
501 to 1000 employees
1983
Company - Private
Travel & Tourism
£100 to £500 million (GBP) per year
Holiday Extras is a 30+ year old company with the mentality of a start up, based in the heart of the Kentish countryside. It is a Sunday Times 100 Best Company to Work For (a whopping 11 times!).

We’re the UK market leader for travel add-ons - with ... Read more

Mission: HX's mission is to 'make every trip a better trip'. Every person here works hard each day to do just that. Our People Mission is to make HX a truly amazing place to work and learn. As a result we have a reputation for being an ... Read more

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Holiday Extras – Why Work For Us?


We are building the future of travel 

Our people make us who we are. We pride ourselves on being able to offer exciting challenges whilst also providing a flexible, fulfilling environment in which to work. Although we are a fast-paced online travel company with agility and flexibility being key to how we work, our custom built campuses in rural Hythe are a world away from the hustle and bustle of the City.

Holiday Extras' fabulous open-plan spaces have kitted-out meeting rooms, shared work areas, quiet areas as well as kitchens and canteens where you can break out to play pool or table tennis. Or if the weather is good you can chill outside on a Holiday Extras deck chair in summer. 

The team like our campus so much it's almost a shame to take advantage of our flexible working approach which lets you work anywhere with your Apple Mac, any hours so long as you're contactable. Our Learning Academy, quiet lounge, supportive enviroment and focus on personal development help our team members grow. Add in days off on your birthday, summer BBQs, sportsdays and our annual paper-plane competition and you have no reason at all not to take a look!

About Holiday Extras

Our CEO

The company's Group CEO, Matthew Pack, is committed to the vision of hassle-free travel. Since taking on the role of chief executive in 2009 - then Group CEO in 2015, he has inspired the Holiday Extras team to explore increasingly creative and innovative directions, across all areas of the business.

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Onsite Learning Academy

We want our team to learn! Thats why we’ve built an amazing Learning Academy. Four innovative spaces to help our team collaborate, innovate and learn, learn learn. We have a quarterly calendar which has all L&D activity, including regular groups like our Coaching Clinic and Book Club and monthly Masterclasses to build skills

Personal development plans

Your learning is always tailored to you. Each person has a personal development plan so that you can always achieve your best.

Mentoring and coaching

Our learning isn’t just formal. Every day you’ll have the opportunity to learn from your expert team mates through mentoring and coaching.

Conferences

Conferences are key to everyone’s development. We want to know what’s happening out there so we can stay ahead of the game. We attend and speak at conferences all over the country and overseas.

We love conferences so much that we run our very own! At these events we share knowledge, best practices and the latest trends in tech and travel. 

Meet ups

We don't just share knowledge internally but hold regular meet ups for the region (and beyond!) at our main campus. 

Buzz sessions

We all like to know what’s happening around the business, so fortnightly – sometimes more often – we have the opportunity to listen to what other teams are up to and how they are contributing to the success of the business. Great opportunities to catch up on where we are with our strategy and trading too. It feels good to be well informed.

Educationals

The customer is at the heart of everything we do. To gain a greater understand of their needs, we send our guys off to the airports, so they get a real insight into the products we sell and how we can delight our customers. Of course, it’s not all learning: there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy breakfasts, lunches, dinners and drinks laid on by our lovely hotels too.

 

Our people make us what we are.

We have an awesome bunch of talented individuals who are given the freedom to experiment, innovate and make a real difference. People are at the core of everything that we do.


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Holiday Extras Awards

An award-winning mentality

We take pride in achieving the highest possible standards at Holiday Extras. We believe that the hard work by the entire team is key to our success, which is reflected in the wide selection of awards we have received. Over 50 of them in the last 10 years! Check out a few of them below

Holiday Extras Awards

Sunday Times 100 Best Companies To Work For - 11 Years Running!

The Holiday Extras team have featured in the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies To Work For list for 11 years running! In 2017 we won the Best Companies Special Award for Wellbeing. 


Best Travel Insurance Provider

In 2016 Holiday Extras was voted as the travel trade’s Best Insurance Provider at the Travel Weekly Globe Awards for the eight year running.


Best Holiday Essentials Supplier

Holiday Extras scoops the Best Holiday Essentials Supplier's award at the Scottish Passenger Agents Association's (SPAA) awards for the third year running.Thanks to all the Scottish travel agents who voted for us to win this award!

Travel Essentials Company & Car Hire Supplier of the Year

We were very proud to have won, not one but two important travel industry gongs at the Travel Trade Gazette's 2016 annual award ceronomy. 


Travel Bulletin Star Award

Star Holiday Add-Ons Operator at the Travel Bulletin Awards 2014 - Clair Purvis, Partnerships Development Manager and Head of Partnerships, James Lewis with the Holiday Extras award at the Travel Bulletin event


Here is a high level overview of the benefits of working at HX. Check out our careers site to find out more!


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Holiday Extras Reviews

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashford, Kent, South East England, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashford, Kent, South East England, England
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Holiday Extras (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazing support and hard working teams, flexible working hours, Family orientated for a work/life balance and continued support to progress.
    Rewarded for hard work and dedication with a lot of FOOD!
    Regard for wellbeing

    Cons

    i need to go to the gym to shift the cake!

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to staff as usual and implement ideas.

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Holiday Extras Interviews

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    Web Engineer University of Kent Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Hythe, Kent, South East England, England
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    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Holiday Extras (Hythe, Kent, South East England, England) in February 2017.

    Interview

    Group presentation of who we would deal with a given scenario related to holiday extras, followed by a technical test and an interview. Everyone is extremely friendly and approachable, the interview was very casual and used competency based questions.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell us what you know about holiday extras?
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Holiday Extras Awards & Accolades

  • 100 Best Companies to Work For, Best Companies Group, 2017
  • Best Companies Special Award for Wellbeing, Best Companies Group, 2017
  • 100 Best Companies to Work For, Sunday Times Best Companies, 2016
  • 100 Best Companies to Work For (Ranked #5), The Sunday Times (UK), 2015
  • 100 Best Companies to Work For, Best Companies Group, 2014
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