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Skyscanner Overview

Edinburgh, Scotland
1001 to 5000 employees
2003
Unknown
Travel Agency
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Skyscanner is the world's travel search engine site, saving you time and money by finding the best travel options wherever you want to go.

We are free and unbiased - over 80 million travellers around the world trust us each month to help ... 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 we’re doing great things to drive transformation in online travel search. We’re proud to employ the best in the ... Read more

Company Updates

  • Over on our engineering blog Nikolaos Tsipas has just published a great piece about how we built a self-served ETL pipeline for ingesting third-party data - and how you can too. Also worth a read to see how we're using cool technologies like Cookiecutter, AWS Batch and Glue for cutting-edge projects!

    Building a self-served ETL pipeline for third-party data ingestion

    We used Cookiecutter, AWS Batch and Glue to solve a tricky data problem?-?and you can too As much as we'd like to generate all the data we need in-house (and we do generate a lot), there is often a need to import datasets from external sources, and make them available for querying.

  • Here at Skyscanner we’ve been Trello fans (and users) for a long time – and so we were incredibly excited to get the chance to work with them on a very special project – creating ‘power-ups’ for travel planning / trip-themed Trello boards. Read about what we’ve built and create a Trello board for your next holiday today: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vMXjr

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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 80 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 1,200 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 80 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 1,000 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 - Engineering Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in London, England
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    I have been working at Skyscanner full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - A lot of really smart engineers work here
    - Fantastic culture supportive of learning from failures and asking direct questions of leadership
    - Supportive of work/life balance
    - Competitive pay and benefits
    - Internal/employee tooling and support is treated the same as our customers, making me feel very valued

    Cons

    - Frequent strategy changes are disruptive to day-to-day-work
    - Career progression, especially progress beyond a senior engineer, is not very transparent

    Advice to Management

    More transparency, less diruption

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Skyscanner Interviews

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Edinburgh, Scotland
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    Difficult Interview

    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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