Despegar.com Reviews

Updated 2 Jun 2020

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4.0
87%
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70%
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Despegar.com CEO Damian Scokin
Damian Scokin
68 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great place to work in big distributed systems(in 6 reviews)

  • "In my experience it has been a good place to learn(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Too many teams, too many managers, too many directors and horizontal positions with unclear resposibilities(in 1 reviews)

More Pros and Cons
  1. COVID-19

    "My career core"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Buenos Aires
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Despegar.com full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Very diverse and awesome tech stack (java, kotlin, scala, nodejs, linux, Cassandra, MongoDB, Redis, etc)... Microservice oriented architecture... - Very important product company..Is a tech unicorn - Depend on the team, but openness on adapting different technologies - Good people in general

    Cons

    - Lately, the company is declining in many aspects...It doesn't know how to innovate anymore, it just thinks on improving market share in their business...its a management problem really - Burocracy, we are now a big enterprise - A lot of the best people Despegar had in the last years is lefting the company, and nobody is doing nothing...Its depressing - The coronavirus impacted and will continue to impact badly to the tourism industry, we don't know right now what will happen, but it looks bad

  2. "Nice place to learn and leave"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Java Developer in Montevideo
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Despegar.com full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Excelente environment and cool stuff

    Cons

    Hard to progress on Seniority

  3. "Good place to learn."

    3.0
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Buenos Aires

    I have been working at Despegar.com full-time

    Pros

    In my experience it has been a good place to learn. Not being afraid of using new technologies. The moto is to fall in love with problems instead of falling in love with technologies.

    Cons

    It highly depends on which team you are, weather you will be using new techs and starting new projects/

  4. "not great for career advancement"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Montevideo
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Despegar.com full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    young and talented team. lots of opportunities to learn and be included on interesting projects.

    Cons

    most people are seen as a cost. no real opportunities for career advancement.

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  5. "Great company to work with"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Java Developer in Buenos Aires
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Despegar.com full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great company, many benefits, interesting projects.

    Cons

    The human reosurce policy sometimes sucks

  6. "Data Scientist"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Despegar.com full-time

    Pros

    Good bonus, some discounts for buying flight tickets.

    Cons

    Not customer centric at all.

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  7. "PM"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Despegar.com full-time

    Pros

    The focus and dependancy in the Digital teams

    Cons

    The actual Economic situation Latam

  8. "Very bad way to manage people"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Reporting Analyst in Montevideo
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Despegar.com full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You can arrive at office some time after the normal hour

    Cons

    Be prepared to spend hours and hours there. You don't know at what time you're going to leave the office. There's no respect for people's feelings.

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  9. "Stable job, Corporate revenues, below average salaries"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Team Lead 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Despegar.com full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Well established company, leading its market. Safe job. Good if you are starting your career or if you have parent-like responsibilities. Top tier technical challenges, good place to learn new backend and web frontend technologies combined with site reliability.

    Cons

    Require more technical talent and expertise than what they are willing to pay for. Experts are leaving seeking better pay and life/work balance. Meritocracy is a faux claim in their values. Mid management is plagued with people placed by friendship / obedience / convenience rather than merit.

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  10. "Great company to work and learn."

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Java Developer in Montevideo
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Despegar.com full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The best company for work and improve your skills

    Cons

    This is a perfect company for work and improve your skills. No Cons!

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