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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 The HRIS Manager will be responsible for leading the systems team to provide HRIS system administration, including business process configuration, report development, security configuration, and extensive testing of data conversion, reports, integrations, and system functionality. In this position you will work closely with HR Business Partners, HR Operations, payroll and IT to implement different modules in Workday. Responsibilities Day to day leadership of the System team, ensuring business priorities and SLAs are being met to support the...
Corporate Functions
Stamford
The Position KAYAK is searching for a Financial Systems Analyst to join the Enterprise Systems team. Do you have strong analytical skills with a real passion for building reports and deep diving into data? Do you love understanding the how and executing on it? If so, you may be a great fit for our team! Keep reading to check out the day to day responsibilities and perks of life at KAYAK. The Responsibilities: You will support FP&A team with modeling and analysis You will maintain our FP&A system requirements in Adaptive Insights Document workflows...
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 THE ROLE: The Director, Global Payroll is responsible and accountable for global payroll operations, payroll business processes, compliance, and vendor and stakeholder management. We are looking for somebody experienced in leading payroll projects and leveraging payroll technology to enhance the efficiency and accuracy of payroll processes. The position requires the individual to have the ability to effectively multi-task, prioritize work, demonstrate accountability, and lead a team of payroll professionals to support US, EMEA, APAC, and LATAM...
Corporate Functions
Stamford
The Position KAYAK is looking for a Global People Operations Manager to join our growing team. In this position you will be responsible for HR data management and workforce analytics while building the shared services team. You will lead the team in the efforts of all employee life cycle transactions. As the People Ops Manager you'll be a key liaison between the HRIS team and the larger People team. Are you able to strategize and work cross functionally all while having a data focused approach? Are you someone who loves numbers and passionate about improving HR processes for...
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 influencetothis group. The Responsibilities: This is a unique opportunity in which you will work closely with the Finance and Marketing teams across KAYAK and...
Corporate Functions
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 looking for an energetic and passionate User Experience Design intern who is an excellent communicator and can identify opportunities for improvement, innovation and impact. This role requires customer focus, a data-driven approach and awareness of current practices for app and web UX design. What youll do Work collaboratively with product managers, designers and developers to identify user problems and design innovative solutions Develop user flows, wireframes, and user journeys that reflect the user experience of our users. Assist in planning and conducting user...
Software Engineering/QA
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
Position Reporting to the Manager of Release Automation, the Release Automation Intern is a key member of the team that is responsible for running development, build, test, and deployment systems for KAYAK.com, a worldwide leader in Internet travel search. Release Automation bridges the gaps between engineering, operations, and QA. Our vision is to remove bottlenecks and provide visibility into the SDLC. Responsibilities Create/Update puppet modules to manage Linux build systems. Extend our friendly ChatBot with helpful features for engineers. Extend our...
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...
Software Engineering/QA
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...
Marketing
Cambridge
KAYAK is looking for someone interested in building reliable software systems that make use of data. This person should be energetic, clear in their communication, and able to teach themselves new tools and programming concepts. Responsibilities Complete data driven software projects as part of our team Build reliable data transformation pipelines Basic Qualifications College Junior-level Computer Science or programming skills Technical skills Solid programming fundamentals Knowledge of Unix environment Experience with Python, pandas, and...
Software Engineering/QA
Cambridge
Position KAYAK is looking for an Android enthusiast with some basic knowledge of programming for Android. Good candidates will be passionate about emerging mobile technologies and making beautiful and robust apps. Responsibilities Develop features for the KAYAK Android phone and tablet apps Participate in innovation, design and architecture of the apps Requirements College Junior-level Computer Science or programming skills Solid programming fundamentals Basic knowledge of Android developer...
Software Engineering/QA
Cambridge
Position Were looking for up-and-coming front end engineers that have strong technical skills and a passion for creating quality products. Ideal candidates are enthusiastic, self-motivated and eager to learn in a fast-paced environment. Interns will join one of our cross-functional UI teams, where youll be developing new features for KAYAK and supporting engineering initiatives. Youll be exposed to all phases of our product development process, including design, quality assurance and product management. Responsibilities / Activities Work with our front end...
Software Engineering/QA
Cambridge
We are looking for Java backend developers to help 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! Position A solid software engineer with backend experience Must be comfortable in a fast paced startup environment Hands on and self-motivated Responsibilities...
Software Engineering/QA
Cambridge
We are looking for Java backend developers to help 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! Position A solid software engineer with a willingness to learn Must be comfortable in a fast paced startup environment Hands on and self-motivated Responsibilities...
Software Engineering/QA
Cambridge
We are looking for Java backend developers to help 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! Position A solid software engineer with a willingness to learn Must be comfortable in a fast paced startup environment Hands on and self-motivated Responsibilities...
Software Engineering/QA
Cambridge
Position Kayak is looking for a MySQL database administrator to fill out our IT operations team. The successful candidate for this position will be a self-starter with extensive experience managing MySQL databases in a 24x7 Saas environment. Required Skills/Experience 5+ years experience working with MySQL in a 24x7 web facing environment. Strong Linux skills, 5+ years (Redhat/Centos preferred) Experience troubleshooting and remediating poorly performing queries. Strong understanding on MySQL backup and recovery strategies....
Software Engineering/QA
Cambridge
The Position KAYAK is looking for a network engineer to join our network operations team. The successful candidate for this position will be a self-starter with experience configuring, managing and troubleshooting multi-vendor networks in a 24X7 SaaS environment. Additionally, the candidate will be interested in network automation using Python and Ansible. This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to broaden their skills and open new horizons. Requirements 3+ years experience configuring and troubleshooting switches, routers and firewalls Strong...
Software Engineering/QA
Cambridge
The Position KAYAK is seeking a product analyst to join our product team in Cambridge, MA. You will collaborate with Product Managers, Designers and Engineers to identify opportunities to improve the user experience on KAYAK. You will own initiatives that enable us to collect, access and analyze data. Youll answer specific ad hoc requests, work on larger projects to understand our user behavior, and set up the tooling for anyone to consume and make sense of the data we collect. Responsibilities Ensure proper logging of user...
Software Engineering/QA
Cambridge
We are looking for a product designer intern who is curious and passionate about developing strategies that investigate user needs in the travel space. A strong portfolio of shipped products/features, and or student projects is critical. You are someone who is interested in mastering their craft to turn insights into beautifully designed products. You should have a mastery of fundamental visual and interaction design disciplines and principals and have an exceptional eye for pixel-perfect detail. This role is in our Cambridge, Massachusetts office. From here you will be working with a global...
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
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...
Marketing
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
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...
Marketing
Cambridge
Position Ops intern will primarily be responsible for creating and maintaining the servers and processes to backup and restore our critical data systems. This will include, but is not limited to: Responsibilities Configuring storage hardware Writing puppet code Writing monitoring tools to ensure backups are successful Writing software and procedures to test restores of backups Basic qualifications College Junior-level Computer Science or programming skills Understanding of Linux operating...
Software Engineering/QA
Cambridge
The Position KAYAK is growing rapidly and seeks to hire an intern/co-op to bolster the IT Support team. The ideal candidate will understand the basics of troubleshooting hardware and software. A friendly demeanor and great communication skills are very important to ensuring success. The position will be based in Cambridge, MA. Responsibilities Deploy new software and hardware to our employees. Provide software and hardware support to our employees in person and remotely. Manage the helpdesk ticketing queue, owning and...
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 2+ 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
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
ThePosition KAYAK and OpenTable are looking for a business-oriented, flexible Corporate Counsel to help navigate the challenging and fun legal hurdles of travel and dining.Based in either KAYAKs Cambridge, MA or Stamford, CT office, your role as a member of the legal team will involve supporting a variety of commercial transactions, providing legal guidance for various business and product initiatives, supporting the global advertising and marketing business, and other legal matters that may arise (including IP, litigation and employment). The role requires good judgment, a...
Corporate Functions
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
Cambridge
The Position KAYAK is seeking a highly-motivated Executive of Commercial Partnerships who will be helping our commercial activities in North America, building and maintaining business relationships with our distribution partners in flight, hotel, packages and rental cars. To be successful you have a deep understanding of consumer behavior, superior analytical skills and the ability to work closely with KAYAKs engineering, product, and business teams. You are a self-starter and able to thrive in an agile, dynamic and data-driven environment. This position will report into a...
Sales & Business Development
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

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...
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 ...