TripAdvisor - Great place to join, bad place to stay. | Glassdoor.co.in
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    "Great place to join, bad place to stay."

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Needham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at TripAdvisor full-time for more than 3 years

    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 - Outdated technological stack and senior management resistant to change.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.

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    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.

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    TripAdvisor2018-06-09
  1. Helpful (1)

    "System Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at TripAdvisor full-time

    Pros

    .work life balance . Decent pay

    Cons

    . Messy management . Lack of transperency

    TripAdvisor2018-12-03
  2. "Great company to work with"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at TripAdvisor full-time

    Pros

    The peers are and managers are good

    Cons

    There are no downsides of working here

    TripAdvisor2019-07-11

    TripAdvisor Response

    July 16, 2019Recruiting Operations Coordinator

    Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience working at TripAdvisor. It really is our employees that make TripAdvisor a great place to work, so hearing directly from employees about how their colleagues have supported and enriched their experience is always great ...

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