Hostelworld Group Reviews

Updated 21 Jun 2020

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2.8
54%
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37%
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Hostelworld Group CEO Gary Morrison
Gary Morrison
25 Ratings
Pros
  • "Atmosphere - monthly social events plus last Friday drinks and pizza in the office, cake for birthdays etc, people are nice in general(in 9 reviews)

  • "Great people and amazing company benefits(in 8 reviews)

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 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Exciting challenges ahead"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    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.

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  2. COVID-19
    Helpful (3)

    "Ruled by madmen and chaos"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer 
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Hostelworld Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Teammates and coworkers make the day and place enjoyable. - Company offers a good benefit package

    Cons

    - Tech debt is one of the reasons that company struggles to release new features which then leads to: - Insane pressure to deliver things, rushing the teams to release brand new products full of bugs. - IT management has no clue of what they are doing, things are decided on their own terms, they don’t listen to the teams and force hard deadlines that cannot be met due to technical difficulties cause by tech debt or other priorities in a sprint. - Everything in a sprint is a top priority and tomorrow if your team is lucky, they will have another urgent priority to work on. You can’t focus in a single feature in a sprint, you work in 3 or more features in each sprint and they are equally important (not to mention the low dev and QA resources for the volume of work). - If you’re not good friends with certain level people in the company your concerns won’t be heard, you need to be friends with upper management to get what you want or to be heard. I’m afraid if you keep going as you are the company won’t survive, and it’s not because of the covid situation, it’s because of the lack of leadership and vision (specially on the tech side).

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  3. Helpful (7)

    "Avoid"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical in Dublin, Dublin
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hostelworld Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    People are nice, and not responsible for the bad management and old fashion technology and company culture. Drinks and snacks provided, and a free meal once a week.

    Cons

    Management is unskilled and unprofessional, following old procedures and giving opportunities for career growth only based on relationships. Decision making is based also on relationships within the company and not on merit. Their technology is outdated and changes take far too long.

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  4. "Great people"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Executive in Dublin, Dublin

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

    Pros

    Lovely industry, properties and final consumer very laid back.

    Cons

    No opportunity to grow in the industry.

  5. "Great People"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive 
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, very social, nice environment

    Cons

    Lack of direction sometimes, leading to confusion

    Hostelworld Group Response

    February 18, 2020Talent Acquisition Specialist

    Thank you for your review, delighted with your positive experience! Hope all goes well for you in your future role! Thanks,

  6. Helpful (7)

    "Sinking Ship"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 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

    Good people are there if you can find them

    Cons

    Management are supporting pushing staff out the door. There is a constant dark cloud in the office. Immense pressure on some staff which can't be good for mental health and work life balance. Social club events, company events and anything fun all canceled due to cut backs , it's all long hours no reward. Communication is so poor and feedback ignored. No investment in staff and only offer pointless initiatives that go now where but look good on paper. Is now a place to avoid on Tech market

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    Hostelworld Group Response

    February 18, 2020Talent Acquisition Specialist

    Thank you for your feedback and sorry to hear your experience at Hostelworld is not great. Will make sure your advice is shared with the management. Thanks again,

  7. Helpful (1)

    "Salary disparity poor"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hostelworld Group full-time

    Pros

    Product very interesting and people are lovely

    Cons

    Deadlines are the death of innovation

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    Hostelworld Group Response

    January 8, 2020Talent Acquisition Specialist

    Thank you for your review, I will make sure your suggestions are considered and discussed internally. Thanks again and all the best!

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Stay away if you care about your mental health"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hostelworld Group full-time

    Pros

    Great potential, interesting challenges,

    Cons

    Its a dead duck. Management has no inkling of leadership. Its a career killer

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    Hostelworld Group Response

    February 18, 2020Talent Acquisition Specialist

    Thank you for your feedback and really sorry to hear your experience at Hostelworld wasn't as great as you had hoped. Will make sure your advice is shared with the management. Thanks again and good luck,,

  9. Helpful (2)

    "Mature environment, but there are areas to improve"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

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  10. Helpful (2)

    "Mediocrity everywhere"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Dublin, Dublin
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Hostelworld Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It used to be good environment

    Cons

    Career development based ONLY on relationships

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