Mission: Skyscanner is a global travel meta search engine enjoying phenomenal growth right now. Behind our brand is a culture of continual innovation and right now we’re doing great things to drive transformation in online travel search. We’re proud to employ the best ...
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Great guest blog by our Director of Growth, Rebecca Moore looking at how we transitioned our teams into the squads and tribes model - and why you should do the same!
Skyscanner is a leading global travel search site, a place where people are inspired to plan and book direct from millions of travel options at the best prices.
We are unbiased and free, which means that the 60 million people who use us every month can trust our comprehensive range of flight, hotel and car hire options.
Our secret is in our unique proprietary technology that connects people directly to everything the travel industry has to offer. We also power travel search for over 1200 partners through our Skyscanner for Business products.
Our highly-rated free mobile app has been downloaded over 70 million times. We're global but local and our products are available in over 30 languages and 70 currencies.
Founded in 2003, we employ over 900 staff, with offices in Barcelona, Beijing, Budapest, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Miami, Shenzhen, Singapore and Sofia. Skyscanner is part of the Ctrip group.
Skyscanner is always free for travellers and we never charge travellers commission. We work with our airline and online travel agent partners in a number of ways: some partners agree to give Skyscanner a commission for every booking made through us or for every time travellers visit a partner’s website. Other partners advertise on the Skyscanner website and app. We always make sure any adverts are labelled or separate from any search results so users know exactly what’s what.
We all live in a perpetual state of wanderlust, with difference and distance coming together to create a tonic for the soul.
At Skyscanner, we put travellers at the heart of everything we do and we’re obsessed with turning their travel dreams into reality. And we’re only 1% done!
Highly curious. Highly motivated. Highly skilled. We bring great minds together to make the hard stuff easy for travellers. Are you one them?
We each need to be nothing short of our very best. That’s why we’re big on personal development, having regular feedback conversations with you and offering a wide selection of learning opportunities through Skyscanner University to help you grow as we do.
We won’t put you in a box, either. Want to try something new, broaden your skillset or explore a different discipline? That’s a conversation we’re excited to have with you.
Skyscanner launched in 2003, when Gareth’s personal skiing obsession collided with a deep frustration (trying to find the best flights to the French alps). He drafted his idea for the company on the back of a beermat while in the pub with two friends – that’s how all great things start, right?
Fast-forward 15 years and more than 60 million people use Skyscanner each month to plan and book their travel. So how did we go from beermat to billion-pound travel brand?
Our people. Their passion.
We are proud of what we do and the way we go about it, so it’s really important that we look after and nurture our company culture.
At Skyscanner, we put the traveller first. If it doesn’t work for them, it doesn’t work for us. Share the same passion to create the very best experiences and, in return, we give you challenge, autonomy, development and reward.
We also know how important it is to strike a healthy balance so you can be at your best, own your role and make work, well, work for all of us.
Skyscanner musings: check out our blogs
Sharing our successes, failures and learnings is something that's very much embedded in our company culture and we love to share our thoughts externally too. Code Voyagers is our engineering blog, where you'll find our latest musings on everything from experimentation to code design. The Skyscanner Growth blog looks at the ways in which we're striving towards continued hyper-growth. Bonus: rather listen than read? We like a podcasts: so much so, we've two of them. Find them on SoundCloud.
I have been working at Skyscanner full-time (More than a year)
- Supports and encourages constant personal development / learning
- Unafraid to admit to mistakes, learn from it and move on (right up the the CxO level)
- Exciting product with huge ambition for the future
- Trusting working environment with great options for flexible work
- Beautiful central London office
- Recruitment sincerely cares about culture fit of their new hires which works well for Skyscanner and those starting new positions
- They employ grown-ups: none of the infantilising tech company gimmicks to be found here
- Strategy amendments appear to happen quite frequently - think twice about applying if you're not comfortable adjusting to change [kind of a con but I'm happy about it if we're making changes for the right reasons]
- Strenuous and tiring interview day process - I was shattered afterwards!
- Strategy changes take a while to materialise and the interim period can feel a bit like you're spinning your wheels
Advice to Management
Work on keeping people focussed and motivated during strategy changes. Continue the high bar with recruitment especially with respect to culture - it's my number one favourite aspect of working here.
I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Skyscanner (Glasgow, Scotland) in May 2018.
They start with a screening phone call trying to find out about you and sell you the company. This was followed by a take home test, video call interviews and then a day on-site.
The whole thing felt very impersonal due to the fact that they keeping putting off talking to you in person. The interviews are a mix of basic experience questions ("Tell me about a time when...") and technical pop-quiz questions. Some of the technical questions were relevant to the role and some were wildly different. There is a strong preference for the kind of knowledge studied at university over experience and past work. This includes the kind of whiteboard algorithm programming popular in the US except they want it explained verbally.