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11 October 2018

How are the career development opportunities at Tripadvisor?

Pros

Free lunch once a week, good work life balance, great variety of snacks and drinks at the pantry, nice colleagues, best insurance coverage, great location, lots of fun events.... Overall the company has amazing perks

Cons

Not much career progress opportunity, a horrible manager who likes to micromanage yet doesn't really do much job and doesn't even know how to manage the team, very little amount of bonus

Advice to Management

HR should take employee's feedback seriously and take necessary actions otherwise all the good talents will be gone....I am so glad I don't have to deal with the unnecessary stress caused by my previous boss but there are some people who are still suffering from him and the company should help them out.

Not much career progress opportunity, a horrible manager who likes to micromanage yet doesn't really do much job and doesn't even know how to manage the team, very little amount of bonus

11 October 2018

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8 June 2018

What kind of career opportunities exist at Tripadvisor?

Pros

- A great place to learn coding style conventions, scoping of large projects, and many other skills necessary for software engineering careers. - Free lunch. - Great place to network with engineers. Lots of startups in the area are founded by ex-TripAdvisor employees.

Cons

- Little opportunity for advancement, and company badly attempts to hide this by promising more opportunities 'if you work hard.' - Vague guidelines for how to properly utilize engineering rotation. - Extremely poor management of technical debt. - Outdated technological stack and senior management resistant to change. - Tolerance of management/groups that are uncommunicative and insular. - HR department is behind the times. - Very little standardization of technology between groups or even employees. Having employees configure their own dev boxes is a prime example that cost enormous amounts of productivity for minimal learning gains. - Code base is collapsing under its own weight. To their credit, they hired a senior engineer solely to mitigate this issue. When I left the company, morale was quite low. Not only are there very few senior roles available, it is not attractive to take a senior role because the technologies and design philosophy are falling behind industry standards, hobbling ability to jump to other companies or even to change position within the company.

Advice to Management

First and foremost, I left because my technical manager was not managing. I was assigned a project that required around 50 days more work than my manager expected (not a typo). My requests for assistance or better scoping of the project were met with victim-blaming, lambasting me in front of the rest of my group every week for not having completed a Sisyphean task. TripAdvisor does not have structures in place for employees to share their concerns about management. My situation shouldn't even have been possible. In this position, the only way senior management can regain employee trust is to be honest and encourage transparent communication. Publish statistics regarding promotion rates and how much various employees like their teams. More importantly, publish how much employees like working WITH other teams. Have employees meet with HR quarterly to discuss their concerns about their work environment.

- Little opportunity for advancement, and company badly attempts to hide this by promising more opportunities 'if you work hard.'

8 June 2018

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6 April 2020

Does Tripadvisor have any sort of mentoring programme?

Pros

So many great benefits. They take you out on a lot of events. Free food and cold brew on tap. Internship itself was a great learning experience. My manager was a great mentor to me and gave me a lot of work but not overwhelming. I felt like I could actually add value to the company and provide meaningful work. There was a shuttle to/from Boston and Cambridge so I didn't have to live in Needham.

Cons

Business interns typically don't get full-time return offers.

My manager was a great mentor to me and gave me a lot of work but not overwhelming.

6 April 2020

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30 April 2020

Why do Tripadvisor employees quit?

Pros

You're surrounded by tons of really intelligent, hard-working coworkers. The culture is very focused on helping each other and working together, no toxic competition. Great perks at the office (free lunch, snacks, beer, games). Good compensation and raises. Flat organizational structure (although sometimes this means that promotions are less frequent).

Cons

Takes awhile to adopt new technology, seems like we were often a couple steps behind other companies in the industry. The 2020 COVID crisis hit Tripadvisor really hard, I was laid off because of it and a lot of fringe benefits (like the free lunch) were cut (perhaps only temporarily though) for the remaining employees. I do not blame Tripadvisor at all for that, and they handled it very well with good severance and outplacement help. However, it is something to keep in mind, as a business they are very exposed to world events that harm travel.

I do not blame Tripadvisor at all for that, and they handled it very well with good severance and outplacement help.

30 April 2020

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6 March 2019

How are promotions handled at Tripadvisor?

Pros

Good benefits, smart people, free food, and an amazing HQ office. Great place to 'reach' above your job description and do more advanced work than you would otherwise be doing at a different company.

Cons

This is often because teams run lean, while management have very lofty goals. Lots of friction when working with other departments. Promotions and team changes are glacially slow.

Advice to Management

Not everything can be automated away. Invest in teams that help the company function.

Promotions and team changes are glacially slow.

6 March 2019

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