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Skyscanner Overview

Edinburgh, Scotland
1001 to 5000 employees
2003
Unknown
Travel Agencies
Unknown / Non-Applicable

Mission: To lead the global transformation to modern and sustainable travel.

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Skyscanner – Why Work With Us?


We're the travel company who puts you first.

When we started in 2003, we set out to do things differently. We wanted to show all flight options in one place, creating a simple alternative to the confusing sites that make travel feel like hard work.

Fast forward to today and we’ve gone from a flight search engine to a global leader in travel. We're proud that more than 100 million people across the world (that's quite a few!) rely on our app and website each month to help them with their travel plans.

Dedicated to making travel as simple as possible, we help each and every one of them find the best options across flights, hotels and car hire to book the perfect trip.

But we’re not stopping there: it's our mission to lead the global transformation to modern and sustainable travel.

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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    "Awesome company and brilliant culture!"

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    I have been working at Skyscanner full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Just had a quick read through some previous reviews and the negative ones really do baffle me. I'd hate for any potential new employee to be put off by these. While everyone has their own unique experiences, depending on variables such as line manager and team etc, some of the negativity is quite frankly, just nonsense.

    If someone is unfortunate enough to feel that they are being bullied or are suffering from feeling a lack of inclusivity then there are several channels for employees to report this (Glassdoor probably shouldn't be the starting point), whether this be confidential or otherwise. The company is so protective of its unique culture, especially as the number of employees grows.

    Personally, I've never worked with such a diverse bunch of humans - it's brilliant! So many people from different countries, faiths, gender identities, sexualities (the list goes on).

    The company are inherently generous. They are always looking at new ways to make sure we are happy at work. Never settling for just the 'standard', they always try to go over and above. Whether that's something small like a fully stocked soda fridge and fruit bowl or amazing summer staff BBQ's or the lump sum they give us every year towards our own holiday. We're so lucky.

    The way Skyscanner has handled the current COVID pandemic internally has really been quite outstanding. While our travellers and partners remain our priority, the Exec team have made every effort to ensure employees don't have undue pressure during what is a difficult time for everyone. On a personal level, it's helped me massively - knowing that there's breathing space. The consistent motto has been "do your best" and they know and trust that every single one of us will.

    Cons

    None, zilch, nada, nein, ninguno (there was a 5 word minimum requirement).

    Advice to Management

    Pander less to the naysayers. I've noticed that recently the number of employees who ask awkward, loaded or defensive questions at Town Halls seems to have increased, either that or my tolerance has decreased...and while I love the fact that we have a company-wide open forum where no question is off limits, don't be shy to remind the negative Normans* that no one is forcing them to be here.

    *Disclaimer - this is not in reference to any specific person named Norman :-)

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Skyscanner Photos

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Skyscanner Interviews

Experience

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience

    Interview

    Initial coding task that doesn't take long to finish, which is great, followed by 2 interviews one involving cultural questions, another involving questions about technical projects I did in the past.
    Finally the on-site interview consisting of culture interview, and 2 system design interviews. The culture interview was one of the best and toughest nice had the interviewer was very experienced. One of the system design interviews was conducted by a manager, which caused some issues when I received his feedback, there were some bits of the feedback that didn't make sense at all. One feedback was "you decided to go with a monolith when microservices would better suit" which is quite a personal opinion and wouldn't be mentioned by a sincere and experienced engineer.

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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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