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LateRooms.com Overview

Manchester, England (UK)
51 to 200 employees
1999
Company - Private
Advertising & Marketing
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Booking.com
LateRooms.com was born in Salford, Greater Manchester in 1999, starting life as an 'on the day for the day' booking site for unsold hotel rooms.

Today, it’s the UK’s leading online accommodation site ... Read more

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  • "Continuous improvement culture and staff engagement focus"

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    I have been working at LateRooms.com full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people are always the focus at Laterooms and have been since I started. The team work is fantastic and the opportunities for challenge and growth among staff is like nowhere I have ever worked before.
    There are challenges like with every changing business but the open and honest culture allows people to talk through the issues and try to work them through without fear of reproach or judgement which is refreshing.
    The HR team are working tirelessly on making staff benefits better and more aligned for all and they take a lot of criticism without the understanding that they are a very small team and stretched in a lot of directions. Personally I have always had someone I can turn to if I needed advice or a sounding board which cannot be said for many HR teams I have worked with previously.
    The absence of a CTO at present seems to have solidified the IT leadership team and allowed a more direct line into the board - feedback to this effect has been submitted to the SLT directly and it is very positive to hear that staff are secure in times of change.
    There are always areas to improve in any organisation but the bonus of LateRooms is that staff are listened to and the organisation as a whole are genuinely trying to make improvements wherever possible to ensure the success of the business and the people that make the place.

    Cons

    Things tend to take time at Laterooms when business wide change is required it would be good to see the organisation as a whole be more agile to deliver internal changes at pace.
    Senior people need to get out of the shrinking mindset - the organisation structure had to change to move forwards and build a new product. That product is now live and we need to shift the mentality of cost cutting and trimming down to support our future growth plans - stop challenging staff replacements with lesser roles and start to understand that we must support partners to the best of our ability and to do that we cannot run as lean as we have been in recent years.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to your people. Continue to drive the appreciation culture across the business. Aim to become a market leader for staff wellbeing and benefits - it’s not just the salary that people consider for jobs nowadays. Change your mindset to one of growth now - ahead of the curve. Appreciate the challenges of running teams and technology too lean for too long - systems and applications need TLC too stagnation leads to issues with knowledge, expertise, availability and stability directly impacting customer experience and conversion.

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LateRooms.com Interviews

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    Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Manchester, England (UK)
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    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at LateRooms.com (Manchester, England (UK)) in January 2013.

    Interview

    Pair programming exercise with a 30 min time limit, 1 to 1 interview to discuss your development experience focusing primarily on how much unpaid out of hours self training you did per week and how much Test Driven Development experience you had. There was also an emphasis on peer pressure to attend regular weekend developer TDD conferences (in London) again unpaid and expected to be self funded as far as entrance tickets, hotels etc.

    Interview Questions

    • Mostly C sharp/TDD questions, also they want to know if you have worked on any large user base commercial websites before.   Answer Question
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LateRooms.com Awards & Accolades

  • Medium to Large Digital Business of the Year, Digital Entrepreneur Awards, 2017
  • Advertising Campaign of the Year, Travel Marketing Awards, 2017
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