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Updated 11 Feb 2020

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Tripadvisor President and CEO Stephen Kaufer
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  1. Helpful (11)

    "Best possible culture, amazing office. Uncertain path forward"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Needham, MA
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Tripadvisor full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I've been at Trip for over 3 years and have been incredibly happy. Unlike most companies Trip actually cares about people being happy. They actively find ways to make the day better and your work environment the best it can be. It's something you notice every day you are there. The food is almost too good and the office has a very comfy / vibrant feel. The snack game is strong and constantly has new stuff. Everywhere in the office has a feeling like it was built to make you smile and not to cram as much productivity per square inch as possible like many other companies. You are always working on stuff that people will see. No matter what team you are on it's easy to see your impact in the product. Similarly everywhere you go you will see Tripadvisor stickers, which is super cool. People really do love the Trip brand. The CEO has an actual heart. Many times when not so great things have happened in the world he has stood up to say what's right. He doesn't hide behind what he thinks will have minimal shareholder impact but is maybe the right thing. He consistently takes a stand that I'm proud of.

    Cons

    Trip has a rough road ahead. Google has been pushing into the market and that has a massive impact on what the company can do going forward. They need to make some big choices to deal with that and those won't be easy. There's a ton of aging code and UIs that are difficult to work with. Obviously there are projects to deal with that but they are slow and you'll have to deal with some pretty old stuff. Projects can easily spend more time dealing with old cruft then actually writing the new stuff. Similarly there's way to many people working in oversized, unwieldy codebases. You never know when something will change out from under you or another team could break your code. That's supposed to be balanced by a group "design review" system but I've never had much faith in design-by-committee. At best people are impartial and at worst you end up with nit picking. Most of the time it's a smooth process but there's not really enough buy in from people to make it worth it. Almost all the work is either reactionary or focused on bottom line impact. Projects are always focused on short term goals and rarely think of the longer term impact, market positioning, or brand value. If it raises profits by more than x% we ship it. Everything is an a/b feature test which get's piled into the code. As a result nothing is ever done with strong intent to get it right. Get ready for changes. Your working team will change every couple months. People are constantly shifted into new squads, team structures, re-orgs, etc. I can't think of a quarter where there wasn't some major change in who I worked with.

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    Tripadvisor2020-01-15
  2. "Review for a co op position"

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer Co-Op in Needham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tripadvisor for less than a year

    Pros

    Awesome team, great work life balance, really nice campus

    Cons

    30 min commute to needham from the shuttle at Hynes

    Tripadvisor2020-02-11
  3. Helpful (10)

    "It's 2020 And This Feels Like A Sinking Ship"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Tripadvisor full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Smart engineers, challenging problems and great benefits.

    Cons

    Upper management is a disaster and has been for years. The company changes course every six months and every new idea is presented as THE IDEA that will fix everything, though often it's something only a few people at the top think is worth doing and everyone on the ground knows will fail. There are highs and lows but the company has been trending downward the last year or two. It's a shame because at its core TripAdvisor is a really great product and something that users love. Unfortunately the company has spent far more time and money on failed marketing campaigns and redesigns than it has in on improving its infrastructure in a way that actually benefits users.

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    Tripadvisor2020-01-31
  4. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tripadvisor full-time

    Pros

    Great people, good culture, and they feed you too!

    Cons

    Dealing with development environnement issues can eat up your day

    Tripadvisor2020-01-23

    Tripadvisor Response

    January 24, 2020Talent Acquisition Specialist

    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We appreciate employee comments that highlight our strengths as well as areas we can improve upon.

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  5. "The best place to work!"

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    Current Intern - Software Engineer in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tripadvisor for less than a year

    Pros

    The best working environment I've seen or heard of! Everyone there is lovely and always willing to help you out if you get stuck with anything. Their pay is really good as well.

    Cons

    No cons I can think of.

    Tripadvisor2019-12-08
  6. "Good starter job"

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    Current Employee - Junior Software Engineer in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Tripadvisor full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers Good learning environment Decent stock grant Great perks

    Cons

    Oxford is expensive to live in Depressing company all hands as of recent

    Tripadvisor2019-12-04

    Tripadvisor Response

    December 10, 2019Recruiting Coordinator

    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We are appreciative of employee comments that highlight our strengths as well as areas we can improve upon. 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 news. As one of our company values is “we never stop learning” it is great to hear that you have found TripAdvisor to be a positive learning environment where you can grow and develop. In the spirit of our value “we believe in transparency” it is important that employees understand both the opportunities and the challenges the company experiences as it continues to grow and evolve.

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  7. Helpful (3)

    "'Speed wins' does not guarantee you success for long term"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Dublin, Dublin
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Tripadvisor full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Good benefits - There was one time when company was well known for traveling but now any hotel/restaurant I talked to, all over Europe or anywhere in the world, everybody hates company.

    Cons

    Since the time they started booking on their website without any advertisement/marketing, the company has gone down really low that they started charging for everything on hotel/restaurant which they were not charging before. The result that People started hating company and move to different to different booking sites. - Very high expectations to each employee. The reason is above. You will be given 4 days work to finish in 2 days without considerations of any meetings/reporting/monitoring tasks. So you end up working during the nights/weekends. And there is no appreciation of it as it is expected from you. - No work life balance. You work in Dublin hours but you might also need to end up working with US hours too. The engineering team in Dublin reduced to 8-10 from 35 in numbers. Now you can imagine Why? - Poor management in Dublin and specially in US. The management from US put blames on you for even small things in front of whole team in the meeting and your manager from Dublin will keep quite and not even represent you. - No appreciation of hard work. No matter how hard you work, they said "This is expected from you" - Every Friday, Manager will have meeting to talk about your weekly performance which is like a torture no matter how hard you work. It ruins your weekend. Though you end up working on weekend to mitigate that. - There is just one person in the name of Human resource management which will only listen to you and ignore. No action is taken, no matter how much you try to explain. The end reason people leave. - Last but not least, Speed not always wins if you want to run your business for long terms.

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    Tripadvisor2019-11-15

    Tripadvisor Response

    December 3, 2019Talent Acquisition Specialist

    Hi there,Thank you for your candid feedback and for taking the time on it. We greatly appreciate and value thoughtful feedback since we strive to be always learning from our shared experiences. I understand that your particular experience was not positive, and that is of course regrettable.I agree that we set high expectations for our teams and stick to our %E2%80%9Cspeed wins%E2%80%9D philosophy as one of our core values. Both have contributed greatly to our success over the years. We work closely with team members who act like owners to build their perspective, skills, experience, and contribute to and grow their career during their time here. We are always looking to improve in this regard, and I believe we have made great strides over the last couple of years in being more in tune as a team and broader distributed group (as we work with multiple offices such as the US, Canada, London and the Ukraine). This leads to an amazing team, with team members that love to meet interesting and challenging projects head-on, giving great job satisfaction and provides frequent opportunities for valuable mentorship.We do our best each day on teams and in the broader company setting to appreciate and acknowledge employees in these efforts in the business. Along with the rich and varied benefits that come with the role, we keep in mind that individuals matter, and we offer as much flexibility where possible to accommodate a diverse set of perspectives on work/life balance. The management team and individual managers (in Dublin and around the company) are always learning, ensuring that on-the-ground training is an ongoing pursuit so that we can better support the teams and deliver on the products and services for the business. I absolutely agree the engineers and all employees are the ones building the company and we do our best to manage the collective efforts in the most supportive and transparent way possible. We strongly believe in helping to build and instil a great, positive team dynamic resulting in an open, helpful and friendly working environment.As ever, I would be happy to discuss any particular points in more detail and value any other feedback, be it positive or constructive. And I wish you the very best with your future endeavors.Steve %E2%80%93 Technical Manager, Dublin

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Smart and humane"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Needham, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tripadvisor full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Great culture: The flat structure is truly implemented. - Smart people: A great set of people who really care about what they are doing - Great perks: Apart from free lunches, loads of things to make it easier for you to handle life! Very thoughtful!

    Cons

    You will not be able to leave (I have been interviewing and getting monetarily better offers, but still haven't found a place that feels better. Hence, haven't left!)

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    Tripadvisor2019-09-18

    Tripadvisor Response

    October 8, 2019Talent Acquisition Specialist

    Thank you for your positive remarks. We value opinions from employees across all levels and departments; we're glad to hear that this has been your experience. We're also happy to hear that you've found our benefits package, as well as our beyond work benefits to be helpful.

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  9. "Great Intern Experience"

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    Former Intern - Software Development Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tripadvisor for less than a year

    Pros

    Fantastic team and mentorship, great office location in Palo Alto

    Cons

    The office catering could have been better, but it was not HQ

    Tripadvisor2019-08-05
  10. Helpful (1)

    "good company"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Tripadvisor full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    culture is good in all and you need to be at a good team

    Cons

    tech is just average and pay is also average

    Tripadvisor2019-08-08

    Tripadvisor Response

    October 8, 2019Talent Acquisition Specialist

    Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed being a part of the TripAdvisor team. Technology is a field that's constantly changing and we do our best to stay up-to-date. Regarding our compensation, we believe it's competitive with the current market.

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