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Hythe, Kent, South East England, England (UK)
501 to 1000 employees
1983
Company - Private
Travel Agencies
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Unknown
Holiday Extras is a 30+ year old company with the mentality of a start up, based in the heart of the Kentish countryside. It is a Sunday Times 100 Best Company to Work For (a whopping 11 times!).

We’re the UK market leader for travel add-ons - with ... Read more

Mission: HX's mission is to 'make every trip a better trip'. Every person here works hard each day to do just that. Our People Mission is to make HX a truly amazing place to work and learn. As a result we have a reputation for being an ... Read more

Holiday Extras Reviews

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Holiday Extras CEO Matthew Pack
Matthew Pack
91 Ratings
  • "Great, but always room for improvement"

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    I worked at Holiday Extras full-time

    Pros

    Holiday Extras has a great attitude to accommodating staff welfare – most particularly flexible working hours when it comes to making appointments, last-minute family priorities and general life admin that doesn't warrant taking holiday. The people are generally great and the company has a good overall culture when it comes to balancing work and personal commitments.

    Cons

    For all the benefits, flexibility, training and fun activities available to staff, sometimes you just want a salary and/or job title that reflects and rewards your contribution to the business fairly, because as wonderful as summer BBQs may be, they certainly don't pay the mortgage.

    Pay and progression seem to be a very taboo subject despite the forward and progressive attitudes in other areas of the business.

    Advice to Management

    Pay reviews and the progression of staff needn't be shrouded in mystery – open up the system and bring clarity to your benchmarking process. The secrecy is frustrating and leads to contempt, and I'm sure even resentment in some cases, which should never be the case.

    Furthermore, invest in developing the skills of your staff rather than relying so heavily and willingly upon external resources. Leaders are more readily and widely respected when they're seen to earn their position on their merit.

    Also, more diversity on the board of directors is always welcomed.

    Aside from all the above, you've got a great thing going and I was very sad to leave when I did. I'd 100% consider working here again in the future if the opportunity arose and you wanted me back.

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Holiday Extras Interviews

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Hythe, Kent, South East England, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Holiday Extras (Hythe, Kent, South East England, England (UK)) in June 2015.

    Interview

    I applied online by submitting a CV and covering letter through Holiday Extra's own form on their
    recruitment website. There were several stages to the interview process:

    - A telephone interview where we discussed the role, team working and my interest in the job
    - A technical task to be completed from home, taking roughly a working day
    - Face-to-face interview with prospective line manager and HR representative
    - Face-to-face interview with technical staff to discuss previously completed task and experience
    - 'Meet the team' panel chat with a cross-section of technical staff
    - 1:1 pairing on a current piece of work with an existing member of staff.

    At each stage everyone was friendly and approachable making it a lot less stressful as interviewee. The process felt very thorough which gave me confidence in the other team members I could be working with.

    The whole process took 2-3 months in total and there were points where I didn't hear any feedback for 2-3 weeks. This did make me think that I had not been successful.

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Holiday Extras Awards & Accolades

  • 100 Best Companies to Work For, Best Companies Group, 2017
  • Best Companies Special Award for Wellbeing, Best Companies Group, 2017
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