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Hostelworld Group Reviews

Updated 20 Nov 2019

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3.2
53%
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37%
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Hostelworld Group CEO Gary Morrison
Gary Morrison
17 Ratings
Pros
Cons
  • "There are no career opportunity, short training and poorly structured, low salary(in 5 reviews)

  • "Lots of legacy code, some reluctance to pay down technical debt(in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Exciting challenges ahead"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leopardstown
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hostelworld Group full-time

    Pros

    New technology leadership bringing fresh perspective, introducing better tech/tools and tackling the underlining tech debt Technology undergoing cultural change towards a more empowered, motivated, focused mindset with modern tech and tooling to support. Many improvements for employees since the new CEO came on board. Employee feedback really gets listened to and actioned. Plenty of exciting challenges... ahead Great location in Leopardstown, close to Luas Free lunch on Wednesdays Plenty of opportunities for training, career growth, personal development etc

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    Cons

    Many of the rotten eggs have left since new senior leadership started. A few still hanging around though causing a smell. Company seemed reluctant to deal with them in previous years. Several good people left due to this. But now hopefully this has changed. Negativity culture persists in some areas. Challenging OTA space up against some big players. Tough to come up with more cons.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing

    Hostelworld Group2019-10-12
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Mature environment, but there are areas to improve"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Leopardstown
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hostelworld Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - modern office - good social events - diverse technical environment

    Cons

    - career progression opportunities poor or non-existent - slow decisions - restricted freedom of choices in software development

    Advice to Management

    Make career progression opportunities clear. Give developers more freedom about the code, contrary to strong guidance. Make decisions faster.

    Hostelworld Group2019-11-20
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good Potential, Poor management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hostelworld Group full-time

    Pros

    Nice Office. Social committee. willingness to improve.

    Cons

    Outdated stack. Poor technical leadership. Reactive mindset

    Advice to Management

    More transparency and genuine concern for employees.

    Hostelworld Group2019-10-29
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Company Going Downhill Fast, Avoid"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Dublin, Dublin
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent people still remain but are leaving each month Tech is good in parts Some middle management are nice to work with and people on the ground are great to work with

    Cons

    Share price and bookings are at a all time low creating a lot of pressure and a tense atmosphere. Every month staff are leaving due to the many problems in the company A very negative culture exists, staff morale is at a all time low and management don't care and keep making the wrong moves Recent cutbacks mean there's no real perks which come as standard at Technology companies elsewhere , canceling the... Christmas party is the new budget cutting measure and a real screw you to staff Communication is non existent, failed attempts of townhalls where the same questions are asked but never answered and promises never delivered CEO is cold and no where to be seen

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    Advice to Management

    Try treat your existing staff that you have left with respect and common decency and people will naturally work harder. Forcing people to leave and creating a horrible atmosphere is no way to run a business and creates a toxic environment

    Hostelworld Group2019-11-14
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Culture"

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

    I have been working at Hostelworld Group full-time

    Pros

    Flexi culture. No checking emails after work. Not expecting to read or reply to emails after 6pm which is great.

    Cons

    Culture is toxic. Unrealistic deadline agreed to the board which had caused a mass exodus of staff.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the teams. Stop acting like a cowboy. It’s not all about your bonus.

    Hostelworld Group2019-10-18
  6. Helpful (3)

    "unpredictable future..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hostelworld Group full-time

    Pros

    Good social events and nice office.

    Cons

    Managers give little direction. There is a lack of knowledge about the products due to a high attrition rate. The market share for Hostelworld seems to be slipping.

    Hostelworld Group2019-07-10
  7. Helpful (3)

    "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hostelworld Group full-time

    Pros

    Great people. Hugely interesting industry. Lots of fun.

    Cons

    No ambition for the industry. Zero imagjnation. Profit and Cost based chairman & Board.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the industry.

    Hostelworld Group2019-06-21
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great experience"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Executive in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hostelworld Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Anything, from the management team to your colleagues environment

    Cons

    no chance growing inside the company

    Advice to Management

    Some of you is doing great :D

    Hostelworld Group2019-04-25
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Fun Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hostelworld Group full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits - health insurance, pension, free lunches and snacks, taxsaver scheme. Atmosphere - monthly social events plus last Friday drinks and pizza in the office, cake for birthdays etc, people are nice in general. Office- The office itself is really nice and open

    Cons

    There could sometimes be a bit of a lag in communication from top down. People could be negative about things which had a bit of a domino effect. I think a lot of issues depended on the department.

    Advice to Management

    Keep working on retaining staff.

    Hostelworld Group2019-04-15
  10. Helpful (3)

    "career path just for Irish"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hostelworld Group

    Pros

    - good office - nice company events - good potential

    Cons

    - just Irish can be promoted to higher positions - huge tech debt and no signs to solve it - mid management unskilled

    Advice to Management

    - solve ASAP tech debt - meritocracy - give to everyone opportunity to grow not just to Irish

    Hostelworld Group2019-05-19
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