1,000+ Employees
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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
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
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 The Benefits Analyst will support the Benefits Manager in a variety of tasks, and be involved in all programs development, maintenance, and improvements, as well as special projects. This opportunity will provide a wide range of experiences for a benefits career path, some which can be utilized in other roles, including insight on the global health care and leave laws, benchmarking and research extraction, project management, communicating with executive and finance, insurance companies, brokers, legal, payroll, accounts payable, and employees. This position can...
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....
Corporate Functions
Stamford
About Our Role Reporting to the Director of FP&A, the Financial Analyst is responsible for driving the overall budget, forecast and close related processes. This role will focus on overhead expense and capex reporting and control. You'll be providing consistent excellence in planning, reporting and accuracy of your forecasts. You will collaborate across departments and with your team members daily. You look to improve and streamline processes and reporting to create more visibility and insights for senior management and cross-functional leaders. You will become an expert of our...
Corporate Functions
Cambridge
The Position KAYAK is seeking a highly-motivated Associate 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...
Sales & Business Development
Cambridge
The Position We are currently seeking an Associate Campaign Manager responsible for supporting email and advertising initiatives for a variety of airline, hotel, car and vacation clients. This position will be based in our Cambridge, MA office. Resume and Cover Letter required. Responsibilities Lead all aspects of email campaigns from start to finish Assist on advertising campaigns on an as-needed basis Analytically track and optimize campaigns to meet client objectives Collaborate closely with sales team to build and maintain relationships with clients that include ongoing...
Sales & Business Development
Cambridge
Overview KAYAK is seeking a talented, experienced, and analytical product manager to join our performance marketing team. This position is based out of our office in Cambridge, MA. In this role, you will be an important part of the marketing team, working alongside a team of product managers, engineers, marketing managers and data scientists towards growth driving strategic goals. Key Responsibilities Develop and Prototype new products and concepts for the marketing team to more efficiently achieve growth of incremental marketing revenue Define...
Marketing
Cambridge
As an HR Generalist you are a pivotal member of the People Team at OpenTable and KAYAK, providing consistent client support throughout the employee journey for the KAYAK Commercial team. You partner with colleagues and clients providing collaboration on projects and expert advice and direction to the business. You serve as a key resource on critical projects, partnering with others in the team to ensure seamless service delivery. About Our Role: Build relationships with employees in the KAYAK Global Commercial team to implement initiatives that drive the development...
Corporate Functions
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 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 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...
Sales & Business Development
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 The Workday Time Tracking, Talent & Compensation Lead will be responsible for handling and configuring the Workday HCM system. This will be a hands-on technical role and will demand excellent knowledge of human resource business processes and methodologies along with a strong analytical skills.This role should have direct hands on experience in Workday Talent, Compensation & Time Tracking process design, configuration and implementation. In this position you will partner with diverse business stakeholders to lead numerous projects to increase business efficiency...
Corporate Functions
Stamford
The Position The Compliance Associate will support the KAYAK/OpenTable Compliance and Ethics Team, under the leadership of the brands Compliance & Ethics Officer, in implementing an effective Compliance Program. You will perform a variety of duties centered on effective implementation of all the elements of a compliance program to ensure compliance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations; internal policies and procedures; accepted business practices; ethical standards; and contractual obligations, as set forth below: Your Key Responsibilities You will maintain the...
Corporate Functions
Stamford
The Position The instructional design lead will focus on developing content for our growing learning and development programs. Working closely with the senior learning manager you will build engaging multimedia content to support a wide variety of online learning content based on the company requirements and core values. In this role, you will conduct needs assessments, select instructional models, and design instructional content. You will also develop instructional materials in consultation with Subject Matter Experts (SME's). You'll ensure that instructional programs are...
Corporate Functions
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 We are looking for Product Performance Engineering intern to improve and maintain KAYAKs world leading search and booking technology. We integrate with over 200 travel partners and link to over 500,000 hotels and 550 airlines. You will be an essential part of a high powered team that keeps all of this running smoothly helping millions of people find the best hotels and the best ways to fly from A to B every day! This position will be based in our Cambridge, MA office. Responsibilities Build test tools Test the performance and efficiency of one or more...
Software Engineering/QA
Cambridge
The Position KAYAK is seeking an analytical product manager to join our product team in Cambridge, MA. The ideal candidate has expertise creating innovative consumer technology products 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...
Software Engineering/QA
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
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 data at our disposal. Were looking for a Data Scientist for our Ad Technology team who can extract, interpret and use that data to grow our business. Youll be working in a cross functional team of Data Scientists, Engineering, Product and Design who together are responsible for the development of ad products across each of KAYAKs seven travel brands. KAYAK promotes an agile and fast paced work environment, providing daily...
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. 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 skills Some Java experience ...
Software Engineering/QA
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
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
Stamford
About Our Role The KAYAK and OpenTable Finance team is currently seeking a Senior Accountant who will report to the Director of Accounting, based at our headquarters in San Francisco, CA or Stamford, CT. You will be working in a fast-paced and dynamic environment and building relationships with global teams members within finance and across the organization. The Senior Accountant is responsible for many aspects of general ledger-related activities, such as: proper application of US GAAP, recording accounting transactions (monthly, quarterly, annual), performing balance sheet account...
Corporate Functions
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,...
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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...