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Austin, TX (US)
1001 to 5000 employees
2005
Company - Public
Internet
£100 to £500 million (GBP) per year
HomeAway.com, Inc., an Expedia brand, is an online marketplace for vacation rentals, with over 1.2 million online bookable listings. Founded in 2005 and based in Austin, Texas, HomeAway® connects owners and property managers with travelers seeking memorable ... Read more

Mission: At HomeAway, our mission is to make every vacation rental in the world available to every traveler in the world through our online marketplace. With a broad global reach, we’re committed to helping families and friends find the perfect vacation rental to create ... Read more


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HomeAway, a world leader in the vacation rental industry, is the place to book beach houses, cabins and condos with more than two million places to stay in 190 countries. The site makes it easy to find and book the perfect vacation rental for any getaway, often for less than the cost of traditional hotel accommodations. HomeAway is part of the Expedia Group family of brands.

Top 10 Facts About HomeAway 

  1. HomeAway, Inc. was founded by Brian Sharples and Carl Shepherd in February 2005.
  2. In December 2015, HomeAway was acquired by Expedia for $3.9 billion.
  3. In September 2016, John Kim became President of HomeAway.
  4. Today, there are more than two million unique places that can be booked on HomeAway. Of those, more than one million are instantly bookable with no wait for confirmation.
  5. The rentals listed on HomeAway’s sites provide enough beds to accommodate the entire population of New York City.
  6. HomeAway operates more than 50 websites in 23 languages with rentals in 190 countries.
  7. During Q3 of 2017, HomeAway grew online gross bookings to $2 billion, a 44% increase year-over-year. HomeAway also delivered $305 million of revenue, representing an increase of 45% year-over-year.
  8. The average traveler is a 35-to-50-year-old female who travels with family, typically a group of four or more people. Vacation and special occasions are the most common reasons for a trip, with an average stay of seven days.
  9. After staying a vacation rental for the first time, 82% of travelers plan to do so again in the future.
  10. By renting a vacation home, many travelers can get twice the space for half the cost of a hotel.

At HomeAway, we work as a team, we work hard, and we're competitive, but we always make time to celebrate our successes. From peer-nominated awards for those who have exceeded expectations that entail a free vacation to company parties that celebrate holidays and achievements, we strive to maintain a culture where everyone's content and proud to call HomeAway their "home away from home."

HomeAway values:

Scientific Mindset

We move quickly and deliberately, using data to guide our decisions and testing to achieve breakthroughs.

Openness

We welcome new ideas and opinions, especially if they challenge our beliefs. We actively listen with humility and respect.

One Team

We play to win and openly discuss options when our goals compete. We unite to deliver results for our company and customers.

Participation

We communicate directly, share feedback at all levels, and engage in debate while maintaining our objectivity.

Mastery

We offer an environment of continuous development where you can do, and become, your best.

Health and well-being

  • 25 days annual leave +Bank Holidays
  • Excellent on the job training and on-going core skills development
  • Life assurance
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Private Health Care

Financial/performance opportunities

  • Quarterly, peer-nominated individual awards based on performance
  • Salary Protection scheme
  • Access to a pension scheme
  • Annual appraisal and salary review

Cultural perks

  • Weekly breakfast
  • Table Talks: access to leadership at bi-monthly all-staff meetings
  • Break rooms stocked with healthy snacks, drinks, and an ever-so-important espresso machine
  • Relaxed Dress Down; every day is Dress Down Friday

If you’re ready to begin a career that gives back to you, check out our open opportunities on our careers page.

Step into the London office, and you're greeted by an open and inviting reception area with fantastic views of the city. Down the hallway, you'll see coworkers on the phones helping customers. Around the corner are a few open areas with cushions and seats for impromptu meetings, and in the kitchen, there are snacks and drinks available for your break. At HomeAway, we are problem solvers, and our work transforms the technology that drives the online travel industry. Here, you'll work alongside the best and brightest to make booking a place to stay easier for our customers. Our London teams are just one part of our global footprint that includes offices all over the world. Where will you go?

HomeAway worldwide office tour

HomeAway London Office Tour

We know one of the keys to HomeAway's continued growth is our global network. As a broader selection of vacation rentals becomes available on our sites, more travelers turn to HomeAway for their vacation planning. And with more travelers comes a new wave of homeowners and managers who want to advertise with us.

Internally, our organization continues to expand to keep up with the business, growing from 87 employees in 2005 to over 2,000 in 2018. Here are all of the locations where HomeAway has teams:

United States

  • Austin, Texas 
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Seattle, Washington

Europe

  • London, England
  • Frankfurt, Germany
  • Marseille, France
  • Paris, France
  • Rome, Italy
  • Madrid, Spain

Latin America

  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Asia Pacific

  • Sydney, Australia
  • Newcastle, Australia
  • Singapore, Singapore

Collaboration and communication are essential to managing our globally dispersed team. As a result, HomeAway executives implemented a weekly all-staff meeting known as "Table Talks" that gives employees updates on the progress of the business, addresses questions and/or concerns, and gives project managers the opportunity to preview their latest accomplishments.

You can find HomeAway properties across our global sites. Our portfolio also includes VRBO.com and VacationRentals.com in the United States, HomeAway.co.uk and OwnersDirect.co.uk in the United Kingdom, HomeAway.de in Germany, Abritel.fr and Homelidays.com in France, HomeAway.es and Toprural.es in Spain, AlugueTemporada.com.br in Brazil, HomeAway.com.au and Stayz.com.au in Australia, and Bookabach.co.nz in New Zealand. Asia Pacific short-term rental site, travelmob.com, is also owned by HomeAway.

HomeAway also operates BedandBreakfast.com, the most comprehensive global site for finding bed-and-breakfast properties, providing travelers with another source for unique lodging alternatives to chain hotels.

Check out what opportunities we have globally on our careers page.

Vrbo Reviews

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    "Empowering workplace where you can grow, enjoy awesome benefits and great work/life flexibility"

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    I have been working at Vrbo full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Big investment in your development e.g. last week I attended Product Academy learning about design thinking in San Francisco, I'm a part of a coaching program, lots of investment in functional training

    - Awesome benefits including travel discounts, competitive salary, bonus, RSU's, health insurance for me and my family, dental insurance, health and wellness reimbursement and up to 20 weeks parental leave

    - Open, transparent and empowering management

    - If you love to travel and want to travel with work - being a travel company you will have the opportunity to connect and be a part of global teams

    - I work from home once a week - great work/life balance

    - Lots of opportunities to be involved in projects

    Cons

    - Old building e.g. bad plumbing, poor air-con BUT we are moving to new offices in less than 6 months

    Advice to Management

    I love coming to work everyday and appreciate the flexibility you give me to test and learn, grow and feel empowered at work.

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Vrbo Photos

Vrbo photo of: President, John Kim hanging out on the D11 terrace
Vrbo photo of: Partner Success team
Vrbo photo of: Expedia Group CEO, Mark Okerstrom visiting the team in Singapore
Vrbo photo of: Working the VRBO Citrus Bowl in Orlando
Vrbo photo of: All-hands meeting in Singapore
Vrbo photo of: Our first Partner Hackathon
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    I applied online. The process took 8 weeks. I interviewed at Vrbo (London, England) in October 2017.

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    They forgot to call twice and do not reply to any emails.

    Was supposed to have a call with HR - they forgot
    Asked them again - they forgot a second time
    The third time they were rude and annoyed on the phone as if it had beem my fault that they are disorganised and can't keep track of applicants.
    Then had a call with the hiring manager. The call went ok but it has been weeks and since they do not reply to any of my emails for an update I can assume I haven't been successful. It is just annoying when companies disrespect candidates.

    AN overall negative experience that makes them seem disorganised.

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Vrbo Awards & Accolades

  • Gold Magellan Award Winner, Travel Weekly, 2016
  • Top 10 Coolest Offices in Asia, Human Resources Magazine, 2017
  • #1 on Newsweek's Best Customer Service Companies, Newsweek, 2018
  • Top 100 Internship Programs of 2017, WayUp, 2017
  • Top 10 Employer Brand in Austin, Hired.com, 2018
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