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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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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 resonate with...
Marketing
Stamford
The Position: The primary responsibility of the Internal Controls & Compliance Associate is to assist in conducting activities related to Sarbanes-Oxley ("SOX") compliance. The successful candidate will be detail-oriented, organized, a team player, have a solid understanding of testing and evaluating controls and IT systems, be able to multitask and have strong communication skills. This role has the option to be based in either San Francisco, CA or Stamford, CT. Responsibilities: Assist in performing annual risk assessment and update Company risk matrices as needed....
Corporate Functions
Stamford
The PositionKAYAK is growing rapidly and seeks to hire an IT Support Engineer to bolster the IT Support team for a 6-month period. The ideal candidate will understand the basics of troubleshooting hardware and software. A friendly demeanor, great communication skills and a can-do attitude are very important to ensuring success. The position will be based in Stamford, CT.Responsibilities IT on-boarding of new hires (account creation, laptop configuration) Deploy new software and hardware to our employees. Provide software and hardware support to our employees in office. Manage...
IT/Systems/Networking
Stamford
The Position: KAYAK is seeking an Accounting Manager who is specialized in statutory audits, transfer pricing, and tax. Responsibilities Coordination of all statutory audits globally Establishing timeline for audits in each country Working together with Accounting to provide all supporting documents for audits Coordinating with Accounting the preparation of US GAAP to local GAAP bridge files Preparing statutory Financial statements for all entities Preparing tax calculations and tax returns together with external advisors Managing all special audits related to payroll, taxes,...
Corporate Functions
Stamford
ABOUT THE ROLE:Reporting to the Payroll Manager, the Payroll Specialist is responsible for managing the semi-monthly and monthly payroll for the US for both KAYAK and OpenTable. Your objectives in this role include: Responsibility to ensure payroll is paid timely and accurately Manage payroll change processing raises, retro pay, commission, bonuses, benefit deductions, location moves and terminations. Process tax changes, direct deposits, garnishments, pension payments, deduction goals, and retroactive adjustments. Maintain payroll records and follow established SOX processing...
Corporate Functions
Stamford
The Position: As the HR Business Partner, you are a senior member of the People Team at KAYAK and OpenTable, providing partnership and guidance to all levels including senior leaders and individual contributors. You will collaborate on key global initiatives taking ownership and accountability for the Global Finance and Marketing functions to ensure seamless service delivery and strategic HR influence to this group. The Responsibilities: This is a unique opportunity in which you will work closely with the Finance and Marketing teams across KAYAK and OpenTable brands to...
Corporate Functions
Cambridge
Position KAYAK is the worlds largest travel search site, helping people find the best travel choices easily by searching data from hundreds of sites at once. As an SEO Analyst based in our Cambridge office, youll help us intensify our SEO initiatives globally and have a major impact on the shape and development of our products. With access to a dedicated SEO development team, a dedicated SEO content team and a wider network of SEO product analysts and managers, you will collaborate with different stakeholders in the company to help KAYAK portfolio brands namely momondo,...
Marketing
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 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 performer and have great...
Marketing
Cambridge
Position KAYAK is looking for a bright and motivated Software Engineering intern who has some basic knowledge of automation testing. The ideal candidate is a strong team player with great interpersonal skills, quality conscious, organized, and has excellent written and verbal communication skills. You will be part of a international QA team, working in an exciting, fast paced, highly energized innovative environment! Responsibilities Learn the KAYAK automation framework and developer environment - Selenium, Bamboo, Junit, etc. Writing Selenium based user interface...
Software Engineering/QA
Cambridge
The Position KAYAK is looking for a smart and enthusiastic intern with the drive to accomplish big projects in a short time. Responsibilities Work with our email team on developing and improving emails which reach hundreds of thousands of users a day. Participate in innovation, design, and architecture of email system. Requirements/Qualifications College Junior-level Computer Science or programming skills Solid programming fundamentals Some java experience Soft Skills Enthusiasm for code quality, rigor in testing. High energy, hungry to learn, not...
Software Engineering/QA
Cambridge
Position KAYAK is looking for a smart and enthusiastic intern with the drive to accomplish big projects in a short time. Responsibilities / Activities Work with our front end web development Work on new and existing features in our UI layer Basic Qualifications College Junior-level Computer Science or programming skills Solid programming fundamentals Intermediate or higher HTML, CSS, and JavaScript Basic to Intermediate Java SQL experience is a benefit, but not required Soft Skills Ability to work with visual designs, with attention to aesthetic...
Software Engineering/QA
Cambridge
The Position KAYAK islooking for an energetic and passionate user experience designer with a strong background in developing intelligent and delightful solutions.This role requires customer focus, a data-driven approach and awareness of current practices for app and web UX design. The ideal candidate will be passionate about user-centered design and be able to thrive with minimal process and direction. Responsibilities Work collaboratively with product managers, designers and developers to identify user problems and design innovative solutions Champion user focus throughout the...
Software Engineering/QA
Cambridge
Youre an independent problem solver who loves working with data and enjoys making a business impact. You want to work on a team of people who are smart and hold themselves to a high professional standard, but still care about each other, help each other, and enjoy the occasional team dinner together. You want to work for a manager that cares about you, helps you grow, and gives you the space you need to be your best. The Marketing Data Science Team creates the advertising bidding systems that attract millions of customers to KAYAK. Our team is critical to the financial success of KAYAK with...
Software Engineering/QA
Cambridge
Position We're looking for a Data Scientist Intern to join our SEO Machine Learning team. You will be working with a global team of Data Scientists, SEO experts, and engineers focused aggressively growing KAYAK's presence in multiple markets and online channels. Responsibilities Develop machine learning and deep learning models for Computer vision and Natural language processing tasks Build efficient data pipelines with Python, MySQL and Hive databases Build tools to improve the productivity of the team with reusable and scalable AI-based systems Communicate with various teams...
Software Engineering/QA
Cambridge
Position KAYAK is 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 inferences...
Software Engineering/QA
Cambridge
The Person KAYAK is looking for an engineer to be part of a small team focused on building and maintaining the KAYAK API. Our team is constantly iterating, designing, and coding our way to excellence. If you're an engineer who wants to work on a team of similarly talented, driven individuals, then we'd love to hear from you. Requirements 4+ years Java experience, experience with Java web development a plus Amazing programming fundamentals API development experience a plus Working knowledge of SQL, Hive/Hadoop a plus Qualifications Team...
Software Engineering/QA
Cambridge
The Position The ideal candidate has expertise creating innovative mobile consumer technology products and thrives in an agile, collaborative and data-driven environment. This position reports to the Director of Product Management. The candidate will leverage their deep experience with mobile consumer products to identify, define and deploy innovative features that enable KAYAKs millions of users to plan and have the perfect trip. This role requires a strong understanding of consumer behavior and the ability to work closely with cross-functional teams to iterate on and prioritize...
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 goal is to...
Software Engineering/QA
Cambridge
Trade your daily grind for a career that lets you show-off your passion for travel. Join KAYAK to work on the tools that millions of travelers use every 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 craziest 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 and enthusiastic frontend...
Software Engineering/QA
Cambridge
The Position KAYAK is looking for a highly intelligent backend developer whowill be to develop, create, and modify the computer applications that support the KAYAK platform ad network. Responsibilities backend development of KAYAK ad network software applications, including ad targeting, bidding, content management, and other adjacent sub-systems individual and team-based design and development of new features and products related to the KAYAK ad network utilize and develop against several different types of data storage systems that support the KAYAK ad...
Software Engineering/QA
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

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...
July 19, 2018
Our mission at KAYAK is to help people experience the world by giving them the information they need to make the right decision on hotels, flights, and rental cars. Images are a key element. They act as storytellers. They are one of the first things that capture our attention — well maybe after the price!In this post, I will discuss how we use deep learning to categorize our hotel images.What’s The Issue?Users seek out hotel photos before making a decision to book. We integrate these ...
July 17, 2018
By Emil S. Jørgensen, Imran Kocabiyik and Rasmus N. VellingA key aspect behind the success of KAYAK lies in the way we do marketing. Today, our company portfolio consists of 6 brands operating in 60+ countries around the world, and successful marketing strategies are vital to ensure further global expansion. To aid our strategic decisions, we apply a range of advanced analytics tools to measure and compare the performance of different marketing activities. One challenging problem in particular...