TripAdvisor Reviews

Updated 21 September 2014
Updated 21 September 2014
191 Reviews
3.6
191 Reviews
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TripAdvisor President and CEO Stephen Kaufer
Stephen Kaufer
150 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work life balance, fun atmosphere, they try hard to please employees with functions and swag (in 17 reviews)

  • Free lunch, unlimited free snacks, great italian coffee machines all over the bldg and refrigerators stocked with every drink imaginable (in 29 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor performers are consistently promoted due to "friendships" they have with senior management (in 9 reviews)

  • So far, so good with work-life balance (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Nice company to work with

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at TripAdvisor full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very friendly atmosphere but the job it self can be very stressful and makes you to go for different opportunity.Nice people, good social life.

    Cons

    High level of stress, lack of written procedures.I won't advise to a friend

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In this place opportunities are for everyone, so sometimes management can be very young and without experience

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Great benefits but low on internal promotions

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TripAdvisor full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are amazing: Yoga at work, catered lunch 3 days a week, travel benefits and more!

    Cons

    Once you're in a position it's very tough to get promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put your money to promoting your current internal employees and you won't need to provide huge bonuses for referrals.

  3. 8 people found this helpful  

    Has so much potential but really needs to slap some wrists in upper management.

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

    I worked at TripAdvisor full-time

    Pros

    Great work life balance, fun atmosphere, they try hard to please employees with functions and swag

    Cons

    I agree with previous posts that poor performers are promoted due to "friendships" with management. Advancement is not based upon performance, it is based upon who you suck up to. HR is incompetent. When you reach out with an issue or a harassment case, they do everything in their power to sweep it under the rug rather than handle the situation. Those employees who do harass others are only reprimanded if they are not apart of management. If they are, forget it, everyone turns their head the other way. 360 reviews were supposed to be in effect for the past 2 years but still has not been enforced. Hoping that action would be taken if there was negative feedback. LOTS OF POLITICS

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to your employees! The little people, the ones putting in all the work. They have concerns and comments. Take action when something isn't right. Have an open door policy for concerns so employees have a place to go when HR won't help. When more than 8 people quit because of one manager, I would start to look at the manager and not the employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    TripAdvisor Response

    Oct 09, 2014Director of HR

    Thank you for your feedback. We take all allegations of harassment very seriously. We endeavor to respond quickly to ensure a swift resolution and communication of the outcome. Since Steve started ... More

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    Great fun at the Singapore office.

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

    I have been working at TripAdvisor

    Pros

    For the most part, great colleagues regardless of rankings who are willing to answer your queries at any time. Awesome get-togethers organized by the young and vibrant recreational committee. Great benefits too.

    Cons

    Salary stays stagnant with very minimal (emphasize minimal) increments and no bonus. Make sure you're getting a very good basic salary! Not all management are gusto and on-the-go. Some are hibernating and know nothing but take credit for solutions their team minions come up with. Different employees feel differently about their respective team and managers so it really depends on which team you're in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Not as good as it used to be

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

    I have been working at TripAdvisor full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You get to work with really smart people. Benefits are fantastic and the company really supports charities.

    Cons

    Your time at TripAdvisor really depends upon which department you are in, we are continuously told that we are an engineering and product company which doesn’t do much for morale if you’re not in one of those teams.
    Employees who joined the company a few years back are being left behind when it comes to salary increases and career development.
    We talk a lot about risk taking, but this doesn’t really apply when it comes to recruitment as senior roles are often open a long time and employees take advantage of the situation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start valuing employees outside engineering and product, its not just them that make the company successful.
    The Exec Team need to be more visible and communicative rather than assume they know what’s going on.
    Stop saying we’re a small company that just happens to have a lot of people – we're neither.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    TripAdvisor Response

    Oct 09, 2014Director of HR

    I agree—TripAdvisor is filled with smart people---and not just in engineering and product management. While Product and Engineering are important for our success, there’s so many other teams that are ... More

  7. 6 people found this helpful  

    The great stuff is fantastic and the not so great stuff is not so great.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Support Function in Newton, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Support Function in Newton, MA (US)

    I worked at TripAdvisor full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are some wonderful people across all the departments; very smart, engaging, passionate about their work. I genuinely looked forward to seeing my co-workers every day. Their benefits are amazing and they do a really great job of staying on top of what the competition is doing in order to attract and keep talent. They feed you great food several times a week and the snack options are free and have everything from fruit to fritos. They are incredibly generous about trying to keep their employees happy with "stuff". The CEO is incredibly generous when it comes to supporting a variety of charitable organizations.

    Cons

    With the exception of one or two folks, the executive team seems completely uninterested in what the "worker bees" on their teams are doing. I think in the time I was there the exec for my group spoke to me a total of 10 minutes and that was because I approached her. I never saw her walk around and check in with folks -- I recognize they are extremely busy, but how hard is it to take 15 minutes a few times a month to walk around their departments, talk to people and make them feel like having them there makes a difference? The company is not THAT big and if you are still selling yourself as a start-up then you should know the folks on your teams.
    If you want to be promoted WHO you know is far more important than WHAT you know. Being a SME in your field and working hard is great, but it probably won't get you promoted, it will just get you more work.
    I will still refer friends to certain departments or teams, but I would make sure they know the good, the bad and the ugly and let them decide for themselves whether or not they want to pursue a career at Trip.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The exec team needs to put an emphasis on something other than core engineering (or at least place as much emphasis on...) and be more thoughtful and transparent around departmental "re-organizations" that make no business sense and address needless attrition of solid performers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good benefits but salary could be more competitive

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Oxford, England (UK)

    I have been working at TripAdvisor full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You get a great benefits package, which I never had in my previous jobs.
    Nice modern office
    Fruits and snacks for free, lunch discounts

    Cons

    Salary is very low and changes and decisions are made without thinking and testing them first.
    Sales Agents and Account Executives have to find out on their own (or by customer complain) about changes made to site, prices or CRM messaging.
    Employees are always asked for feedback, but in the end it always goes the other way round and their opinion is not counting at all.
    No internal communication between different departments.
    Management not qualified to lead a multi billion dollar company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the feedback give by the people on the phone, they speak with the customers and feed back what is really going on, and don't just act and than find out if it works or not.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Quickly evolving company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Newton, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Newton, MA (US)

    I have been working at TripAdvisor full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of smart people and perks

    Cons

    Salaries for non-engineers are no longer competitive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 12 people found this helpful  

    if you work in a team with good managers then it's great company; if not...

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

    I worked at TripAdvisor full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    good benefits, provided lunches, sponsored great parties, lots of employee support.

    Cons

    it's absolutely true that who manage your team 99% decides your life at this company. If you are lucky to be in a team with good, experienced managers who know how to reward and respect employees' work, then you are happy; If you are unfortunately fall in a team that the managers are unprofessional, then you are miserable. It was so funny that my team went through a series of org change and the managers are new to the team. Since they took over, people kept leaving. What they did accordingly was to hide as much as possible the news of people leaving, instead of clearly and openly talking to current employees. And once i told that i wanted to quit, the vice president of the team stopped talking to me, pretending that i was not in existence any more. This is not mature and unprofessional and selfish and silly.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    TripAdvisor Response

    Dec 05, 2013Global Manager, Talent Acquisition

    Thanks for your review. We agree that your manager hugely impacts how you feel about your job and the company overall. Given this, as we noted in an earlier response, we've worked on improving our ... More

  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Financially rewarding, but not a lot of fun.

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

    I worked at TripAdvisor full-time

    Pros

    The company continues to grow and has products that put it ahead of the curve in the travel space. It continues to innovate and diversify it's products and has placed itself in a position to continue to do well.

    Compensation and benefits/perks can be very good.

    Cons

    It can be a very political environment, you need to have relationships with the right people to succeed in the long term. Often management is not concerned with how things are done, just that they get done. This trickles down the chain and employees are often viewed as resources to achieve a goal regardless of the impact to them. In many groups you either sink or swim and if you sink you can get thrown under the bus and can become the scape goat for a unsuccessful project or initiative.

    I also agree with a previous reviewer that noted that TripAdvisor is keenly aware of glassdoor reviews and strongly encourages current successful employees (those that just got promoted, had a good experience, etc) to write positive reviews on working at Trip. While there may be nothing technically wrong with this, the approach seems odd for a company based on unbiased reviews.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    TripAdvisor Response

    Dec 05, 2013Global Manager, Talent Acquisition

    Thanks for your feedback. We're thrilled that you found TripAdvisor financially rewarding. We're also pleased that you think we build cool products that are ahead of the curve--we think so too! We're ... More

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