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Skyscanner Overview

Edinburgh, Scotland
1001 to 5000 employees
2003
Subsidiary or Business Segment
Internet
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Skyscanner is the world's travel search site, saving you time and money by finding the best travel options wherever you want to go.

We are free and unbiased - over 70 million travellers around the world trust us each month to help them find ... Read more

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 ... Read more

Company Updates

  • "It’s telling when a young person with a love of reading enters the workplace...They tend to have a constructive attitude and a willingness to learn and then excel. As a consequence of reading, they have had a deliberate exposure to the considered written thoughts of others from different places and times." �� Skyscanner Chairperson Gareth Williams on his love of reading and the business books that helped him thrive on his startup journey http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQ3V5

    Skycanner owner on what books he reads and why they're vital to business success

    I have lived the last 15 years too busy to do many things I wanted because I started a business that I am passionate about with two friends. I focused heavily on that intense and all-consuming endeavour. Yet another great love of mine remains as constant now as before starting that journey - a love of reading.

  • How do Growth professionals run effective experiments in markets where they have relatively few users? Skyscanner's Elisabeth Norberg shares her playbook for learning big lessons in small markets. Check it out: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQ3VC

    Small market, big lessons - Skyscanner Growth - Medium

    Small market size, or perhaps just small market share, equals small user numbers. And when that's the case, experimentation takes a little bit longer. Or a lot longer. At Skyscanner, we embrace experimentation as part of our daily routine, regardless of whether we work in Product, Engineering, or Growth.

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Skyscanner – Why Work For Us?


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.

We’re a high-growth business with a simple aim: to inspire travellers around the world and make travel search as easy as possible through our world-class technology.

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.

Travel joy.
It's what we're all about.

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?

Grow with us

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.

From 0 to 60 million users. Where next?

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?


Life at Skyscanner People


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.

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 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.

Skyscanner Reviews

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England
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    I have been working at Skyscanner full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - 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

    Cons

    - 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.

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Skyscanner Interviews

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Edinburgh, Scotland
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Skyscanner (Edinburgh, Scotland) in October 2013.

    Interview

    I applied online, first for Researcher Engineer. Then, they told me that my profile was not a match for a researcher, but they had positions for software engineers, if I have interested, and I said yes. After a week, they send me a coding session (Codility), I did it, and I passed to the next stage. Then, I got a phone interview with a PM, and a TL. It was hard, about software dev, processes, tools, advanced programming questions, sql server (indexes). I did not passed this stage.

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Skyscanner Awards & Accolades

  • Deloitte Technology Fast 50, Deloitte, 2013
  • Travel Brand of the Year, Travolution Awards, 2013
  • Best Use of Search Engine Marketing, Travolution Awards, 2013
  • The Sunday Times Hisco Tech Track 100, The Sunday Times (UK), 2013
  • Travel Brand of the Year, Travel Marketing Awards, 2013
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