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Secret Escapes Reviews

Updated 8 November 2018
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  1. "Would recommend a friend.."

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

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

    Pros

    Clear strategy
    well-communicated values
    Great career opportunities
    Free breakfast!

    Cons

    None really come to mind.

    Advice to Management

    Keep helping the world to escape!

    Secret Escapes Response

    1 Oct 2018 – Talent Administrator

    Thank you so much for your post, we really appreciate your feedback and it's great to hear you would recommend Secret Escapes to a friend! We love that our colleagues are passionate about the... More


  2. "A chance to grow"

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    • 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
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You are faced with different and exciting challenges every day that not only test what you know but provides insight into how you can better yourself and those around you.

    Cons

    At times there seems to be a disconnect between senior management and those below them which means that a positive relationship isn't possible to build unless you are in a role that allows you to engage with them.

    Advice to Management

    It would be great for something like annual or bi-annual team building events outside of the office which allows employees to build a strong working relationship with fellow colleagues.

    Secret Escapes Response

    30 Nov 2018 – Talent Administrator

    Thank you for your post and taking the time to write a glassdoor review about your experiences at Secret Escapes!

    It’s lovely to hear how much you enjoy your work, and that you feel challenged and... More

  3. "working at secret escapes"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Secret Escapes full-time

    Pros

    -free breakfast and snacks
    -flexible
    -company takes care of employees

    Cons

    -no clear career progression
    -impersonal salary review

    Secret Escapes Response

    8 Nov 2018 – Talent Administrator

    Thank you for your post and for taking the time to write a glassdoor review about your time at Secret Escapes. We value all comments and will take your views on board.

    It’s lovely to hear that you... More


  4. "Sociable, fast paced company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Secret Escapes full-time

    Pros

    Great perks and smart people

    Cons

    Has grown very quickly and so isn't without it's growing pains


  5. "Worklife at SE"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends

    I worked at Secret Escapes part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere around staff and management team.

    Cons

    Lots of overtime and weekend shift.

    Secret Escapes Response

    2 May 2018 – Talent Administrator

    Thank you so much for your feedback on what it was like to work at Secret Escapes!

    Some of our positions do require weekend work, but we hope our great atmosphere and management team made this... More


  6. "Terrible place to work! Avoid"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Secret Escapes full-time

    Pros

    Nice people and free breakfast

    Cons

    Terrible management, old thinking, lack of creativity, no innovation. No motivation and too many politics. I wasted my time there. Bad choice of career.

    Advice to Management

    Replace managers with skilled and human employees.

    Secret Escapes Response

    30 Apr 2018 – Talent Administrator

    Thank you very much for taking the time to write this review. It looks like you’ve had a mixed experience during your time at Secret Escapes. But are delighted you thought our people and perks were... More


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Secretly disappointing"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Secret Escapes full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people who love what they do and have a passion for the company and its product. Beautiful website, great travel deals.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership and vision leads to apathy.

    Advice to Management

    Hire some new, top players who can move the needle and drive business.

    Secret Escapes Response

    31 Jan 2018 – Talent Administrator

    Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us feedback on your time here at Secret Escapes. We are always looking to deliver the best experience we can for people and we know feedback is an... More

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Production coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Production Coordinator in London, England
    Former Employee - Production Coordinator in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Secret Escapes full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Free drinks on Friday night

    Cons

    Really bad management
    No recognition
    Very low salary
    No review salary after 1 year and a half

    Secret Escapes Response

    5 Jan 2018 – Talent Administrator

    Thank you for your post and for taking the time to write a glassdoor review about your time at Secret Escapes. We value all comments and feedback and will take on board your views to try and improve... More


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome place to work as a Software Developer"

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

    I worked at Secret Escapes full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    * Dedicated time to work on your own personal development through hack days and personal objectives

    * Everyone is super friendly and always willing to help out

    * Recognition for when you do something good!

    * Constant strive to improve processes and code base

    * Good software development practices (code reviews, TDD, retrospectives etc.)

    * Team rotation ensures things never get too stale

    Cons

    * Application is becoming a bit too large of a Monolith.

    Advice to Management

    Try and grow tech team significantly larger so time can be dedicated to restructuring and splitting up the app into separate services using better languages/frameworks

    Secret Escapes Response

    16 Nov 2017 – Talent Administrator

    Thank you for your post and for taking the time to write a glassdoor review about your time at Secret Escapes - we really value your comments and feedback.

    Great to hear you enjoyed your time... More


  10. "Great work experience and smart people"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in London, England

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

    Pros

    Great company culture and very data driven company. It's a place where you can get involved in various projects and grow them as big as you can - as long as you show initiative and communicate, there are a lot of possibilities. The staff perks improved massively last year: staff training and coaching available, discounted health and dental insurance, and enhanced maternity package after you've worked there for 1 year. Quite flexible with working times too, you can leave at 5:30 if you take a shorter (30 min) lunch break. Office looks great, people are friendly. Would recommend anyone to work here - great place to work yourself up (especially at entry and mid-level) and get involved with a fun, respectable brand.

    Cons

    Some projects move along quite slow but this seems to be mostly due to lack of tech resource or not being prioritised by senior management (for reasons which may be fair enough but don't always have visibility on that). At times the company changes direction quite sudden - but you could also argue that is a good thing.

    Advice to Management

    Get the different departments to interact more with each other.

    Secret Escapes Response

    13 Oct 2017

    Hey, thank you for taking the time and effort to write a review on Glassdoor.
    We appreciate it.

    It’s fantastic to hear that you feel there are plenty of opportunities to take projects as far as... More