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Skyscanner Reviews

Updated 4 February 2018
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Skyscanner Co-founder & Chief Executive Gareth Williams
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Pros
  • Great working culture - sociable, smart people who respect work/life balance (in 15 reviews)

  • Flexible working, your views matter, great culture, treated amazingly (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Constant change/very fast paced which is unsettling if you're not used to it (in 5 reviews)

  • Seems quite a bit of nepotist culture as well (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Skyscanner full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Strong management
    Competitive pay
    Talented peers
    Competitive benefits

    Cons

    Can't think of any. A loyal employer.

    Advice to Management

    Continue doing what you're doing!


  2. "Good company in general"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Skyscanner full-time

    Pros

    Good company culture
    Not micromanaging

    Cons

    Lacking international perspective, tend to just copy what worked in Europe to the rest of the world.


  3. "Skyscanner Graduate Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    * awesome culture
    * interesting problems to solve
    * an awesome place to grow and work
    * people oriented
    * understanding and warm people

    Cons

    * lack of senior engineers sometimes


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  5. "It's a great place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Skyscanner full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A lot of learning, talented Engineers, good carrier growth, very good benefits, excellent work life balance.

    Cons

    Outside the Eng world there's quite a lot of confusion. Senior Management is still a question mark as there are quite a few of mediocre managers.


  6. "Wouldn't want to leave"

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

    I have been working at Skyscanner full-time

    Pros

    Culture, people, office environment, autonomy to make decisions and implement new ideas

    Cons

    Some teams/people seem to 'get away with murder' while others shed blood, sweat and tears over work. The culture (although good overall) seems to vary within teams.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Product Manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Skyscanner full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Flexible working
    -Great offices, especially the Edinburgh one
    -Good range of benefits and perks

    Cons

    -Constant changes
    -Heavy politics
    -Slow career progression
    -Poor and arrogant mid- managers
    -Too much performance pressure, high stress levels

    Advice to Management

    You are not as good as you think you are. Please follow the advice you are giving and stop sounding like corporate robots.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great place for long-term employment and development"

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

    I have been working at Skyscanner full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Changes. Some might pull it to 'cons', but it is what makes the company succeed and an employee to stay for many years - company changes all the time. Lots of opportunities for horizontal movement and learning news skills up to complete change of what you do.
    People. International gang of highly motivated individuals with ambitions, but also with a friendly attitude.
    Benefits. Lots of cool things in the office and corporate culture that smartly add up to 'goes-without-saying' good salary.

    Cons

    Changes? No, just joking.
    Just bring on more people to execute all the nice things that we planned for.


  9. "Skyscanner"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Skyscanner full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Using up to date technologies such as Node.js with a challenging environment building highly scalable distributed systems. Skyscanner allows employees to own their job and determine the best ways to achieve their goals.

    Cons

    As the company scales it is becoming more bureaucratic

    Advice to Management

    Encourage more proof of concept experimentation


  10. Helpful (13)

    "Great company culture, poor engineering culture"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Skyscanner full-time

    Pros

    - Good benefits, well looked after and thought about in terms of people
    - Open, transparent comms and business direction
    - Flexible work/life balance
    - Nice offices / rooms / desks
    - Good range of benefits

    Cons

    Overhyped by the job agent who assured me I won't have worked at a company before with a culture as good as Skyscanner. Wrong.

    It's like any other company yet with a poor engineering culture and management (in the London Office). It thinks it's an agile culture, but it's a long way off. Very enterprise-like in many respects...
    - Very little autonomy
    - Lots of upfront design and documentation, sign-off
    - Isolated squads, people working individually (almost expected so)
    - Micro-management, bureaucracy
    - Code first, test later

    If you want to learn how to become a good developer/engineer this isn't the company to do so. Products are long and progress slowly as do decisions around them.

    Career progression is slow and lacks visibility. Too much dependency on being liked by managers (who are a large part of the problem) rather than just being good at what you do. Too much chain of command/feedback as part of it.

    Poor hiring policy. Seem to value CV titles from large enterprise companies, which affects the culture hugely.

    Advice to Management

    If you're hiring the best engineers, then trust them and let them get on with their jobs.

    Get to know your engineers beyond their line-managers and promote the people actually doing a good job and adding value (and not the ones who makes themselves look busy/important).

    Skyscanner Response

    31 Oct 2017 – Skyscanner Team

    Thanks for your feedback. You call out a number places where you see the opportunity for positive change and we’d really appreciate you giving us the chance to explore these with you further. Please... More


  11. "Best place I've ever worked!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Skyscanner full-time

    Pros

    Flexible working, your views matter, great culture, treated amazingly!

    Cons

    N/A - no cons to speak of.


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