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Hotels.com Reviews

Updated 14 November 2014
Updated 14 November 2014
35 Reviews
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  1.  

    Modern management

    Former Employee - Senior SEM Specialist in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior SEM Specialist in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Hotels.com as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great office, multi-cultural, hassle-free environment, socializing activities.

    Cons

    Hard to stand out, low sinergy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage and pay attention to ideas and opinions from employees at all levels.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great Place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Travel Specialist in Springfield, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Travel Specialist in Springfield, MO (US)

    I have been working at Hotels.com full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Travel benefits, a lot of vacation time. positive environment.

    Cons

    I don't have any cons about working here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Stressful job but good pay and benefits.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lodging Support Services Agent in Springfield, MO (US)
    Former Employee - Lodging Support Services Agent in Springfield, MO (US)

    I worked at Hotels.com full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay with yearly increases, benefits, bonuses and time off. Great co-workers. There are some great supervisors that are willing to help you. Ask you fellow employees about the supervisors because you will be able to bid for new hours 1 or more times a year depending on new hires. You may not get the hours you want the first time but hang in there. You will bid again in a few months.

    Cons

    Time off must be requested in advance even if sick. Stressful job with daily pressures. Large turnover rate. Make sure you get a copy of all procedure changes and not just verbally. If you have kids and need to work days Mon-Friday, it won't happen at first but stick with the job. Time goes by fast and you will get the hours you need.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To only some supervisors and leads, be consistent and stop playing favorites. Be more invested in all employees under you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Not the greatest pay, but a fun work environment and great people.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Editor/Writer
    Former Employee - Editor/Writer

    I worked at Hotels.com full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    People here are professional and friendly. It's a good working environment. They don't micromanage and allow you to work independently. Great way to get your foot in the door.

    Cons

    Technology equipment and software is pretty outdated. Definitely could use improvement in the innovation department.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Felt like a prison, and the phone were shackles

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Agent in Springfield, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Agent in Springfield, MO (US)

    I have been working at Hotels.com full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    If you're unbelievably good at telesales and enjoy a fast-paced work environment in which "positive thinking" and a cheerleader mentality win the day, you'll love it here and you will probably make good money. For those invested in the job, there are opportunities to move upward.

    Cons

    If you're an average-to-good telesaleperson, you'll make slightly above minimum wage, like most people here do. Success depends largely on ruthlessness and an "us versus them" approach to customer service.

    Whether or not you make commission depends on many different factors, a large percentage of which lie totally outside of your control. This has been especially true ever since they implemented a phone system that directs high-paying customers to high-selling salespeople, and low-paying customers to low-selling salespeople, resulting in a vicious circle.

    People are marked off for taking bathroom breaks outside of pre-allocated break times, regardless of whether or not they have notes from a doctor.

    There is a fake "cheerleader" atmosphere that many will find cloying and off-putting. The building itself can start to feel like a prison after a while, and you will be marked off for taking bathroom breaks outside of your pre-allocated break times, regardless of whether or not you have a doctor's note.

    Hotels.com are particularly bad at working with the disabled, refusing to assist those who have trouble walking with parking issues. Additionally, it's like pulling teeth to get them to accommodate the disabled with the necessary seating arrangements. Those with hearing problems will have to pay out of their own pockets to acquire a special headset.

    Finally, hotels.com are big fans of changing the terms of your contract without warning. Be very careful before agreeing to new terms.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Positive: Keep up the good work when it comes to motivating your employees and making them feel at ease. Most managers genuinely excel in this area. It is not because of, but rather in spite of your management efforts that many of us are dissatisfied with our job.

    Negative: Don't lie so much to your employees. Many of us are a lot smarter than you think, and to us it's obvious when you're playing mind games.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to learn independently

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Marketing in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Hotels.com as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    You are given a great autonomy to learn and develop knowledge without being micromanaged. Twice a month on a Friday there was free breakfast provided from Paul which was a wonderful treat. There are also regular beer and pizza evenings where staff are encouraged to engage more.

    Cons

    Everything is done in the last possible minute without long term planning. Many employees appear to promoted to management for being good at their job without management training and therefore have a lack of empathy towards staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make some long term decisions to give employees enough time to execute effectively.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Work with fun, super smart and creative people on new challenges every day

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hotels.com full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Big open planned office in a central part of London. Big roof terrace which is great during the summer. The benefits package is pretty good and includes a fair few travel perks. Not a pro for everyone but you get to travel quite a bit for work which can be good fun.

    Cons

    Can push the boundaries even more than we have done and create more of a balance between using data and listening to what our customers are telling us. Though this has been addressed more this year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Wonderful workplace overall

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - User Experience in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - User Experience in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Hotels.com full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great office with large roof terrace, team building events.A top notch benefits package including hotel discounts and excellent family health insurance. Friendly people and a very relaxed, informal culture. A world class brand to be proud of.

    Cons

    There is no appetite for innovation. There is very little strategy. The company is so big that much knowledge gets lost between teams. A/B testing rules everything even though it sometimes seems flawed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick a strategy and stick to it, use it to justify every decision from VP level down to the lower level workers. Experiment, innovate, play....try new things.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Fun, fast-moving, energetic company

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    • 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 Hotels.com full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits (e.g. travel discounts) and fabulous people. The offices are all modern and open plan, which creates collaboration.

    Cons

    The leadership at times seems a bit random, and their does not seem to be a consistent strategy. This creates a bit of chaos as priorities and focus tends to change moment to moment. Also, the data is a mess.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lacks direction, but the new ads are good!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hotels.com

    Pros

    They are a leader in the business. It's fun to work in travel, generally.

    Cons

    Lots of favoritism, sucking up to managers, phony enthusiasm. They keep changing direction. Technology is not cutting edge. Also, with direction coming from London, no clear cut goals or priorites.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Watch out for competitors or you will become less and less relevant. Pay your "lower level" employees better. They work hard and produce quality.

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