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Updated 21 June 2018
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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 14 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. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Non-stop learning in a friendly and supportive environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Supports and encourages constant personal development / learning
    - Unafraid to admit to mistakes, learn from it and move on (right up the the CxO level)
    - Exciting product with huge ambition for the future
    - Trusting working environment with great options for flexible work
    - Beautiful central London office
    - Recruitment sincerely cares about culture fit of their new hires which works well for Skyscanner and those starting new positions
    - They employ grown-ups: none of the infantilising tech company gimmicks to be found here

    Cons

    - Strategy amendments appear to happen quite frequently - think twice about applying if you're not comfortable adjusting to change [kind of a con but I'm happy about it if we're making changes for the right reasons]
    - Strenuous and tiring interview day process - I was shattered afterwards!
    - Strategy changes take a while to materialise and the interim period can feel a bit like you're spinning your wheels

    Advice to Management

    Work on keeping people focussed and motivated during strategy changes. Continue the high bar with recruitment especially with respect to culture - it's my number one favourite aspect of working here.


  2. "Inspiring!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graphic User Experience Designer in Glasgow, Scotland
    Current Employee - Graphic User Experience Designer in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Skyscanner is a fantastic place to work. Aside from the many benefits like gym discounts, bonus, yoga, mindfulness classes, health and pension there are many reasons to work here! Our teams (squads) work closely on hard problems, designers working alongside project managers and engineers in an autonomous environment. You are encouraged to be the best you can be with regular work in progress sessions and peer feedback. This has helped me in some cases to completely change my thinking and attitude and has helped me immensely. Flexible working environment is excellent. Culture and values are wholesome and genuinely believed, encouraged and form part of our working day. We truly do believe in helping every single traveller and putting them first!

    Cons

    Can be difficult to be promoted as a sole contributor if you do not want to go down a people management route. However it's not impossible, our competencies allow for people to move forward even if they do not wish to people manage.

    Environment can change and pivot pretty fast, you need to be prepared for this and be adaptable to change.

    We are short of engineers and cannot hire quickly enough. We need more engineers please to build the great ideas we have!

    Eager to move forward and cannot go quickly enough.

  3. "Decent, nothing extraordinary."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Growth in Glasgow, Scotland
    Former Employee - Growth in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company perks: annual BBQ, flexibility from your home country and other Skyscanner offices, kitchen filled with snacks and gym incentive.

    Cons

    Career growth and development is all dependent on networking and close personal relationships. No meritocracy in place .

    Advice to Management

    Focus on hiring people by the culture code, not for their skills. You can train anyone anything, but not teach them how to be personally.


  4. "Good place to work but some managers can make it hell"

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of perks, cool environment and lovely colleagues

    Cons

    Some managers are so rigid and not willing to try new stuff.
    Some poor managers can make you rlife hell and People Team do nothing to help.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "OK company generally, bad for product managers"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Product Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    + Nice office environment
    + Clear what you need to do to get promoted (though I’m not saying it’s achievable, just clear)
    + Good salaries
    + Opportunities to travel
    + Reasonable autonomy: your goals come from above but you can decide how to tackle them
    + Plenty of money to spend on equipment, team outings, user research, etc

    Cons

    - Terrible line management: you’ll see your direct manager once a month if you’re lucky and it’ll be a status update rather than a meeting about your personal development. This is true for product but totally the opposite for engineers, who seem to have plenty of great well-trained line managers.
    - Slow pace: it’s like wading through treacle trying to get anything done. There’s so many people you have to consult with/get buy in from and then the engineers in your team will spend a third of their time in meetings not related to the team’s work
    - Zero commitment to diversity and inclusion: there’s a lot of talk but the gender ratio is still worse than Uber’s and nothing actually seems to get done
    - Product managers often placed in teams that don’t need PMs or where the work doesn’t match their skills. You never know what team you’ll be in before your first day at the company, and sometimes it’s totally unsuitable. Once a PM is assigned it’s slow and painful to get reassigned, and even then there’s no guarantee your new assignment will be any better.

    Advice to Management

    Actually commit to fixing problems rather than just talking about them. Start with the bureaucracy and diversity issues. Pay attention to how unhappy PMs are!


  6. "An impressive company to work in."

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

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

    Pros

    High engineer level, rapid development, open culture and great opportunities to start your career.

    Cons

    I cannot think of a big downside of working at Skyscanner.


  7. "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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!

  8. "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.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Product Manager"

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    • 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.


  10. 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.


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