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KAYAK Company Overview

Our mission at KAYAK is to provide the world’s favorite travel planning tools. With every query, KAYAK searches other sites to show travelers the information they need to find the right flights, hotels, rental cars and vacation packages. And because our tech team is always on the lookout for ways to make travel planning and trip management even easier, we offer a variety of tools and features such as KAYAK Trips, Explore and Price Forecast and are constantly evolving our app, Facebook Messenger and Slack bots, Alexa skill and related A.I. innovations.

In addition to KAYAK, we manage a portfolio of metasearch brands including: SWOODOO, checkfelix, momondo, Cheapflights, Mundi and HotelsCombined that together process more than two billion consumer queries a year. KAYAK is an independently managed subsidiary of Booking Holdings Inc. and operates sites in more than 60 countries and territories.

Awards & Accolades

  • KAYAK has earned 10 Webby Awards: People’s Voice award, travel website category (2008), the Webby in the travel website category (2009), the People’s Voice award in the mobile travel app category (2011), the Webby and People's Voice awards in the travel website category and People's Voice award for mobile travel apps (2012), Best Travel Mobile & App for Handheld Devices (2013), the Webby and People’s Voice award in Best Travel Mobile Sites & Apps for Tablet and Other Devices category (2014), People’s Voice Award for Mobile and other handheld devices (2015).

  • Time highlighted KAYAK in its list of 50 Best Websites (2009), Best for Last Minute Flights on its list of The Best Sites for Booking Last-Minute Travel (2013) and in its list of 50 Best iPhone Apps (2014).

  • World Travel Awards presented KAYAK with the World's Leading Flight Comparison Website award (2015 and 2013) and the World's Leading Travel Search Website award (2011).

  • Mashable featured KAYAK first on their list of 10 Budget Airfare Tools Every Traveler Should Know (2012).

  • PC Mag named KAYAK first in their list of Top 5 Travel Search and Booking Apps for iPhone (2013) and was named a best travel site (2014).

  • Travel + Leisure named the KAYAK app one of the Best Apps for Business Travelers and one of the Best Apps and Websites for Travelers (2013).

  • UK Travolution Awards chose KAYAK as the Best Mobile App and Best Metasearch/Price Comparison Website (2013).

  • Wired featured the KAYAK iOS App in their list of The 8 Best Apps for World Travelers (2014).

  • BostInno named KAYAK as a finalist in their Coolest Companies competition (2015, 2016).

  • Fortune named KAYAK one of the 100 Best Workplaces for Women (2016).

  • Fortune named KAYAK one of the 100 Best Medium Workplaces (2016).

  • The Boston Globe named KAYAK #2 on their list of Top Places to Work among Medium-size Employers (2016).

Jobs at KAYAK

 
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Cambridge
KAYAK is seeking an experienced, analytical and passionate product manager to join our product team in Cambridge, MA. In this role, you will report to the Sr. Director of Product and be responsible for understanding our travelers needs and translating those needs into a set of seamless and intelligent mobile experiences that our users love. This position requires a solid understanding of consumer behavior and the ability to work closely with cross-functional teams to iterate on and prioritize features. You are an effective communicator, know how to use quantitative and qualitative data to...
Software Engineering/QA
Cambridge
Person We are looking for people who love working with data - parsing, analyzing, investigating, interpreting, modeling, and extracting knowledge from large volumes of data. Good candidates will have a passion in processing data to help drive better business decisions or to develop new features, in a fast-paced environment where many small and diverse projects are the norm Responsibilities Extract data from databases, write scripts to parse, clean, combine, and process them Prepare graphs or visualizations of processed data, spot trends, anomalies Draw...
Software Engineering/QA
Stamford
The Position We are seeking a Manager to support the Accounting and Reporting team at KAYAK and OpenTable. The Managers primary responsibilities will include preparing consolidated reporting deliverables, enhancing internal reporting and analysis, developing accounting guidelines, and maintaining the monthly close timeline. The successful candidate should have experience with internal reporting and analysis, a solid understanding of US GAAP, display a strong sense of ownership and accountability, have exceptional communication skills, and possess an eagerness to learn and produce...
Corporate Functions
Stamford
The Position In addition to great food, dining out is about sharing experiences and connections. At OpenTable, we have a real passion for enabling these great moments - and you will play a vital role in driving diners to experience these moments. In this role, you will be providing maternity leave coverage for our Senior Designer, and helping bring our marketing campaigns to life to drive new diner growth. We are seeking a full-time, 6-month contract Junior Designer to help support and elevate OpenTables marketing, digital and content strategy. This position will work out of...
Marketing
Cambridge
The Position: Product Performance Engineers test the performance and efficiency of one or more KAYAK products, analyze the results of those tests, identify bottlenecks and underperforming algorithms, recommend improvements to the implementation of those algorithms and may build proofs-of-concept for the recommended improvements and performs tests that confirm the effectiveness of the improvements. Required Experience: 3 years or more of designing and implementing high performance, real-time, mission critical computing...
Software Engineering/QA
Stamford
The Position KAYAK is looking for a Programmer / Data Analyst to join our Enterprise Systems team based in our Stamford, CT office. In this role you will be dedicated to building and developing our financial and enterprise systems. This position will report into the Senior Manager, Enterprise Systems. Your responsibilities Design, define, and develop new custom integrations for financial systems and products Collaborate with Finance teams to build and expose relevant data. Optimize workflows and structures of various financial systems (including payments, budgeting,...
Corporate Functions
Stamford
The Position KAYAK is seeking a highly-motivated Associate Manager of Commercial Partnerships who will be helping our commercial activities in North America, building and maintaining business relationships with our distribution partners in flights. The ideal candidate has a strong understanding of consumer behavior, superior analytical skills and the ability to effectively communicate with KAYAKs engineering, design, and business teams. Candidates must be self-starters and able to thrive in an agile, fast-paced and data-driven environment. If you are a numbers junkie...
Sales & Business Development
Cambridge
The Position KAYAK is looking for smart, enthusiastic web developers to take our industry-leading website to the next level. Our team is constantly iterating, designing, and coding our way to excellence. We're building the compelling user experiences that keep our product a step ahead of the competition. If you're an experienced engineer who wants to work on a team of similarly talented, driven individuals, then we'd love to hear from you. Requirements 1+ years experience developing real world web...
Software Engineering/QA
Cambridge
The Position KAYAK and OpenTable are looking for a business-oriented, flexible Staff Attorney to help navigate the challenging and fun legal hurdles of travel and dining. Based in KAYAKs Cambridge, MA office, your role as a member of the legal team will involve primarily supporting the global advertising and marketing business, providing legal guidance for various business and product initiatives, and other legal matters that may arise (including IP, litigation and employment). The role requires good judgment, a strong work ethic, the ability to excel in a...
Corporate Functions
Stamford
The Position In this position, you'll be responsible for activities related to Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) compliance including the performance and documentation of design and operating effectiveness testing, and the maintenance of risk matrices and process flow diagrams. In addition, you will drive the planning and execution of special purpose projects related to process and system improvements, and ensuring they are SOX compliant. You are a fit if you have experience with SOX and internal controls, display a strong sense of ownership and accountability, have extraordinary...
Corporate Functions
Stamford
We are seeking a Director, NA Communications to play a leadership role on the global communications team at KAYAK. The Director is a comms professional who will help build, manage and enhance KAYAK's reputation via strategic PR efforts. You will becomfortable managing senior execs and leading best-in-class creative PR programs. This role will sit in our Stamford, CT Headquarters and report into the VP of Global Communications. Responsibilities Create and lead creative, integrated PR programs in close coordination with teams across the organization Shape stories that...
Marketing
Stamford
About our role This position will support the Tax Manager in the day-to-day tax operations of KAYAK's global business. In this position you will work closely with various Finance team members (AR, AP, GL, and Finance Systems to mention a few) and other departments at KAYAK and OpenTable. In this position you will: Prepare monthly, quarterly, and annual income tax provisions (prior ASC 740 experience a plus) Prepare income tax provision, supporting workpapers which include ASC 740-10 (FIN 48) calculations, tax account roll-forward schedules and return to...
Corporate Functions
Cambridge
KAYAK is seeking an analytical product manager intern to join our Flights team in Cambridge, MA this summer. The ideal candidate has experience solving complex problems and thrives in an agile, collaborative and data-driven environment. The candidate will help identify, define and deploy features and enhancements that will deliver a great end-to-end travel experience for KAYAKs millions of users. This role requires a strong understanding of consumer behavior and an ability to work closely with cross-functional teams to iterate on and prioritize features. The successful candidate will be an...
Software Engineering/QA
Cambridge
Trade your daily grind for a career that lets you show off your real passion for travel. Join KAYAK to work on the tools that millions of travelers use every single day. Make them good, make them great, make them your favorite. Work with us to deliver the best personalized results, latest travel trends and the travel tools that our users dream of. Plus, youll get to try out your most exciting ideas during our HackWeeks. And youll get to be the first to play with new and exciting travel features (while getting paid for it). Position We are looking for smart, self-motivated...
Software Engineering/QA
Cambridge
Position KAYAK is looking for people who love working with data and have a strong interest in learning systems from recommender systems to anomaly detection and natural language processing. Good candidates will be well versed in machine learning advancements and be comfortable with quickly testing and iterating over new ideas. Responsibilities Extract, clean, transform and plot massive amounts of data Build learning systems based on data to improve the website's user experience Communicate results through presentations ...
Software Engineering/QA
Cambridge
Position "Love numbers" is one of KAYAK's core cultural values, and being the leading travel search engine worldwide means that we have a lot of numbers and data. Our marketing data science team uses that data to better enable KAYAK to share our product with travelers around the globe- we want to enable everyone to be confident in travel planning. Were looking for a Senior Data Scientist to join our team. As a team built on diverse backgrounds, we are looking for an experienced problem-solver to contribute the strengths of their own experiences and expertise. Our ultimate...
Marketing
Cambridge
KAYAK has a unique opportunity for a top digital marketer who is passionate about App Store Optimization (ASO) to help us grow the user base for our portfolio of mobile apps including some of the worlds best known and most loved apps: the OpenTable and KAYAK apps. This is a high impact, high visibility position growing the user base for our already very popular apps covering 7 brands in over 50 markets around the world. Help us take a portfolio of apps that is already loved by millions of people to even more people in more places around the world. Position We are looking for...
Marketing
Cambridge
Person We are looking for people who love working with data - parsing, analyzing, investigating, interpreting, modeling, and extracting knowledge from large volumes of data. Good candidates will have a passion in processing data to help drive better business decisions or to develop new features. Responsibilities Integrating with partner web services and data feeds to acquire content Improving the data framework to make this as efficient and as automated as possible Basic qualifications College Junior-level Computer Science or programming...
Software Engineering/QA
Stamford
The Position As the Director, Global Tax, you'll be an integral part of both the tax and finance organization's drive to build a world-class operation for KAYAK and OpenTable, both key brands of Booking Holdings Inc.. The Director will work collaboratively as a leader to manage the strategy and operations of the global tax function. This role is highly visible and will liaise with senior management, the finance team and the broader business. The Director will promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that embodies KAYAK and OpenTables values and...
Corporate Functions
Cambridge
Position Reporting to a Manager of Quality Management, the Quality Manager is a key member of the team who is responsible for ensuring the delivery of high quality software at KAYAK.com, a worldwide leader in Internet travel search. In collaboration with product managers, developers and testers you will identify, analyze and document quality related requirements. You will have an overview of manual and automated test cases, identify inefficient test coverage with potential risks, monitor test executions and report findings to the product team. You'd monitor and use our quality metrics to...
Software Engineering/QA
Stamford
As Vice President of NA Marketing for KAYAK and OpenTable, you will lead a team charged with improving company growth (visits and revenue) through marketing activities. This highly visible role will report directly to the Chief Marketing Officer and collaborate with key internal and external partners to effectively conceive, plan and execute integrated marketing campaigns - on and offline. Drive thought leadership, develop engagement, and demand for four brands in North America: KAYAK, OpenTable, momondo and Cheapflights. Confirmed expertise in demand generation, marketing communications,...
Marketing
Stamford
The Position We are currently seeking an Associate Campaign Manager responsible for supporting advertising initiatives for a variety of airline, hotel, car and vacation clients. This position will be based in Stamford, CT. Resume and Cover Letter required. Responsibilities Manage all aspects of advertising campaigns from start to finish Analytically track and optimize campaigns to meet client objectives Collaborate closely with sales team to build and maintain relationships with clients that includeongoing strategic consultation and...
Sales & Business Development
Stamford
The Position KAYAK is seeking a highly-motivated Associate Manager of Commercial Partnerships who will be helping our commercial activities in North America, building and maintaining business relationships with our distribution partners in rental cars, package and cruise. You will be great in this position if you have a strong understanding of consumer behavior, excellent analytical skills and thrive working closely with engineering, design, and business teams. To succeed you are a self-starter and able to thrive in an agile, fast-paced and data-driven environment. This...
Sales & Business Development
Stamford
The Position KAYAK is seeking a highly-motivated Manager of Commercial Partnerships who will be helping our commercial activities in North America, building and maintaining business relationships with our distribution partners in rental cars, package and cruise. You are great for this position if you have a strong understanding of consumer behavior, amazing analytical skills and the ability to work closely with KAYAKs engineering, design, and business teams. If you are a self-starter and able to thrive in an agile, fast-paced and data-driven environment than this position...
Sales & Business Development
Cambridge
The Position KAYAK is seeking a highly-motivated Manager of Commercial Partnerships who will be helping our commercial activities in North America, building and maintaining business relationships with our distribution partners in rental cars, package and cruise. You are great for this position if you have a strong understanding of consumer behavior, amazing analytical skills and the ability to work closely with KAYAKs engineering, design, and business teams. If you are a self-starter and able to thrive in an agile, fast-paced and data-driven environment than this position...
Sales & Business Development
Cambridge
The Position: Product Performance Engineers test the performance and efficiency of one or more KAYAK products, analyze the results of those tests, identify bottlenecks and underperforming algorithms, recommend improvements to the implementation of those algorithms and may build proofs-of-concept for the recommended improvements and performs tests that confirm the effectiveness of the improvements. Required Experience: 3 years or more of designing and implementing high performance, real-time, mission critical computing...
Software Engineering/QA
Cambridge
The Position KAYAK is the worlds largest travel search site, helping people find the best travel choices easily by searching data from hundreds of travel sites at once. We are currently seeking a Junior Social Marketing Manager for our Performance Marketing team in North America working closely together with our Brand team in the region. This position will be responsible for driving both brand and performance marketing effect based on briefs, data insights and learnings to rock our Social Media efforts in US and Canada. The ideal candidate should be a strong...
Marketing
Stamford
The Position: We are seeking a Collections Specialist to evaluate customers'accounts and ensure timely payments are received and properly allocated. The ideal candidate must be detail-oriented, possess strong written & verbal communication skills, be capable of working both independently and with a team, possess acute problem-solving skills, and demonstrate a high degree of professional persistence and drive. Responsibilities: Ability to conduct collection activities tactfully but firmly and effectively at all business levels. Ensure all cash has been...
Corporate Functions
Stamford
About the role: Reporting to the Payroll Manager, the Payroll Project Specialist is responsible for driving the progress of special payroll related improvement initiatives and support the delivery of the semi-monthly and monthly payroll for the Americas for both KAYAK and OpenTable Your objectives in this role include: Responsibility to ensure payroll is paid timely and accurately Be the strategic lead on developing and implementing the support and change management procedures for Workday, along with other applications migrated into the Enterprise group Process tax changes, direct...
Corporate Functions
Stamford
The Position We are currently seeking a Financial Planning & Analytics Manager to support the company with financial insight, analysis and perspective. The Manager of FP&A is responsible for providing Senior Management with forecasts and budgets, performance reporting, fundamental understanding of fluctuations and observed business dynamics, and other financial information to be utilized in strategic decision-making. You are ideal for this position if you love working in a dynamic, driven environment and are passionate about numbers and building something great. This position...
Corporate Functions
Stamford
KAYAK is looking for a temporary Talent Acquisition Partner to be based in our Stamford, CT office. You will be responsible for recruiting fresh talent for Finance, Legal, People, and Marketing in the US. You will also support our sister company, OpenTable's recruiting efforts. You are a driven self-starter who is deeply passionate about candidate experience, diversity and inclusion, and being a key resource for the business. Responsibility: Handle full cycle recruitment responsibilities in partnership with your manager (sources, screen, evaluate and recommend candidates on an...
Corporate Functions
7 Market Street
Stamford, CT 06902
10 Canal Park
Cambridge, MA 02141

What is it like to work at your company in terms of your culture?

KAYAK is dynamic and fast-paced.  We release code every day and have been known to come up with an idea and start testing it a few hours later.  If you want to get things done, see your ideas become a reality and you don’t want to spend a ton of time on process or meetings, KAYAK may be a good fit for you.  

KAYAK hackathon

What’s the best way to get your foot in the door at KAYAK?

Make a connection with someone that works here.  We prioritize employee referrals because if someone on the team is willing to endorse you, it’s more likely you’ll be a good cultural fit and that’s very important to us.  If you don’t know anyone here, check out our BIZZpage and our job postings.

What can someone expect during the interview process?

We move quickly and have been known to make job offers within a few days. If we invite you in to meet with us, expect a little homework and to meet with at least 5-7 members of the team at varying levels.  In addition to making sure that a candidate has the right skill set, we looking for talent that will fit in well with the team.  

What can people expect over the course of their career at KAYAK?

People that work here can expect to make an impact.  We have a flat structure and everyone, including interns, releases code to production and has access to senior management.  We expect everyone to contribute ideas and participate in employee innovation challenges.

If someone has a great idea, regardless of their level, we’ll pursue it. The most successful hires proactively identify improvement opportunities, fill voids, and execute on solutions.

Are there any favorite activities that the employees do together outside of the office?

We host a lot of office outings and have a committee of employees dedicated to planning monthly social events.  This year we held a ski outing at Loon Mountain, a bowling competition and we recently took everyone to the beach near Ipswich.  

KAYAK ski trip, working in boston tech

Are there any fun facts or unique stories that you can share about KAYAK or individuals that work there?

One of our engineers recently took a cocktail class and he’s been bringing his mixology skills to the office, which we have all enjoyed. We also have several amateur photographers and a member of the National Women's Rugby team.

What TV or movie would best describe the working environment and employees at KAYAK?

Back to the Future III. We are part scientist, part cowboy and fun.  And, like the movie's "innovation" we take travelers where they want to go more efficiently. 

Do you have any unique benefits or perks?

We offer free daily massages, a day off on your birthday and we all get four weeks of vacation – not to mention early closings on Friday's during the summer.  We also bring in lunch for the team every Wednesday. 

What’s on tap or in your fridge?

On tap we have Cambridge Brewing Company, Seargent Pepper and Brooklyn Brewery Summer Ale.   We always keep the fridge stocked with fruit, humus, yogurt and snacks.  Chobani, Wasabi Peas, Beef Jerky and string cheese always seem to go the fastest.

KAYAK cafe, working in boston tech

Blog

April 10, 2019
Lessons learnt from working with novel technologiesPart of the allure of working with emerging technologies like Augmented Reality is getting swept away by the endless possibilities. While indulging in imagined worlds of mixed realities and holographic interactions is perfectly acceptable, it can make it harder for creators to bring the focus back to the user. In this context, UX thinking becomes of pivotal significance for innovative products — whether they are a hype or they are here to ...
January 28, 2019
How Madame Kay taught us lessons about teamwork.https://medium.com/media/e0c8e1a773e1a98928f3e424774f6b59/hrefEvery year, KAYAK holds its own version of a hackathon called SWAT Week. During SWAT Week, employees form teams and work on projects of their own choice, competing for the highest impact in areas like conversion or user experience. It’s a time for inspiration, innovation and creativity.For SWAT Week 2018, our team worked on Madame Kay, KAYAK’s own Travel Psychic that predicts your id...
September 14, 2018
At KAYAK, we don’t just try to be an inspiring environment for humans. An integral part of our success is KAYAK’s Doggie Department, so we asked some of our em-paw-yees what they love most about working here.Thanks to Meg, Visual Assets Specialist (Cambridge, MA)TahllulahThere are so many things that I love about working at KAYAK. First there’s the fact that I get to ride in the car with my mom. She lets me stick my head out the window and monitor the traffic situation from the South Shor...
September 4, 2018
A UX Designer’s guide to getting over User Research struggles.Unless you have the luxury of working closely with a UX Researcher, Lean User Research is a term you’ll probably love and hate. You love it, because it means that you can do all the things you want. You hate it, because it also means that you have to do them with limited resources.In my journey as a UX Designer at KAYAK, I’ve been involved in developing our own guidelines of Lean User Research, all the way from evangelizing its ...
July 25, 2018
Persuasion: The UX Copywriter’s PaintboxPersuasion can be a bit of a dirty word in UX circles.“Why do you need persuasion? Just give people data and let them decide what they want!”I see what you’re getting at, but bear with me for a sec.Imagine you’re leaving the house. Now decide whether you’re going to wear a T-shirt or thermals.…What’s that? You need more information? Oh, okay, fine, it’s sunny today. It’s sunny but also minus 20.My point is that giving people data is...