How Priceline.com Has Kept Its Values While Growing Insanely Fast
With business in over 175 countries, there’s no doubt priceline.com is one of the leaders of online travel. But just as impressive as its rapid growth has been the company’s ability to stay true to its values and maintain its creative atmosphere.
What are those values, you ask?
Management is pretty hands-off.
“When it comes to management style, we do what works for us,” says Ashley Nodar, mobile designer. “For the most part it’s just a fluid conversation, and everything is just a tap on the shoulder.”
Mike Gertrudes, a front-end developer, says that independence and trust extends itself to projects.
“You’re rewarded here for getting the idea, coming up with the solution, and getting it done,” Gertrudes explains.
The priceline.com team is super collaborative—in both work and play. They love tossing out ideas and acting on them, and the results have included office yoga classes, a company soccer team, and a shared book library.
“It’s open, it’s collaborative, and people here are always thinking of bigger and better ways of doing things,” says Toby Korner, director of data science.
Priceline.com employees have an almost unlimited buffet of professional development from which to choose. Many get their master’s degrees through flexible evening or night classes; the company also arranges off-site conferences and on-site company-specific tech training. In addition, developers are expected to research, test, and demonstrate software prototype features at work. And every summer, priceline.com tech teams travel to Google’s I/O and Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference to learn the latest industry trends and get inspired.
It’s hard to discover what working for priceline.com is like and not immediately want to apply. What is the company looking for?
“The perfect candidate at priceline.com is someone who wants to wear a lot of hats,” Nodar tells us. “You should have a hunger to learn and want to gain knowledge in a lot of different things.”
Check out priceline.com’s offices, then go get your next job.