July 28, 2015

Working In Boston Tech: KAYAK

There are a lot of amazing technology companies in and around Boston. Many of them are hiring like crazy! 

On our BIZZpages alone there are about 150 Boston area tech companies actively recruiting the best talent around. These companies are awesome and we want to help them show off what it's like to be a part of the team and the process a potential employee goes through to get there. 

Today, we hear from the team at KAYAK, whose Tech Headquarters are in Cambridge! 

KAYAK is the best place to plan, book, and manage your travels. They compare hundreds of travel sites at once. If you want to spend hours searching every airline, hotel and other travel site yourself, that’s one option. If you’d prefer an easier way to find a good deal, they can help.  

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. 

Naturally, people that work here love to travel, so we recently launched a Travel Research Grants program to send employees on a unique trip on company time. In exchange, they have to report back with their travel insights and hacks. The first group of grant recipients are on their way to Milan now to check out the 2015 World Expo - they are very excited.


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


* Be sure to check out KAYAK's BIZZpage for updated info, photos, social feeds, job listings and a lot more!

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