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"The right balance between tech giant and high-growth startup"

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - BI/Strategy Associate in London, England
Current Employee - BI/Strategy Associate in London, England
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

You feel like you’re playing a role in building something
The Apples and Googles of this world are great, everyone knows they’re great, they’re probably still going to be great in 10 years. For me working at companies at the top of the tree feels a little more like being a cog in the machine than someone who can grow the company and make it better and I find that very disengaging. Related to this is company size, HomeAway is big but not so big that it’s tough to feel like you’re contributing or be recognised for doing so.

An established and profitable company
HomeAway is developed and successful enough to compete on comp with larger tech players which most startups can’t. HomeAway is a well capitalised and profitable so you avoid the uncertainty that accompanies many startups reliant on external funding.

Work/Life balance is great
I find people are committed and focused on their jobs but equally to their lives outside of work. This means working time tends to be more flexible, working from home (at least part of the week) seems to be an option in most roles. I work hard but I love the control I have over when this is, I feel I can leave as early or late as I feel is appropriate given my workload without anyone thinking better/worse about me for doing so

Cons

As per the title HomeAway strikes a great balance between a tech giant and startup but that doesn’t make it perfect

Brand
A company with a great brand is instantly recognisable and can (rightly or wrongly) give you instant credibility as an employee. You won’t get this with HomeAway. Most people (even in the tech industry) don’t know of the company and certainly don’t recognise its scale.

Speed
HomeAway can feel slow relative to a smaller company at times with can frustrate some people. I tend to see this as an inevitability as a company gets to a certain size but am sometimes disappointed by what feels like a constrained ability to iterate and improve our product offering

Responsibility
Although HomeAway is not so big that it’s difficult to be recognised you’re still not going to get the roles and responsibilities you would in a smaller company as quickly

Other Employee Reviews

Other Employee Reviews

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Best company I have ever worked for!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and top management

    Cons

    The company is growing very quickly, decisions are not always thought through properly


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Fabulous company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in London, England
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HomeAway full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Before working for HomeAway, I didn't realise that there was such a workplace where you LOOK FORWARD to Monday mornings. The laid back and friendly environment makes for a productive and outstanding place in which to work whilst everybody is always on hand to assist you if you need help.

    The fact that the company is so large & international only further adds to its appeal as there is plenty of scope for career development and there are so many ways in which you can be aided in working towards your desired position within the company.

    Cons

    Right now, there are none.

    Advice to Management

    Very very little to fault except perhaps management spending less focus on the level of score you receive in customer service surveys and take into account the actual content of the case to see why a certain score was provided.

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