At HomeAway, 86 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 797 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 82.25. It was published on Nov 30, 2016. 4092 Visitors

What Employees Say

I am able to take time off from work when I think it's necessary.
I'm proud to tell others I work here.
Our facilities contribute to a good working environment.
Management is honest and ethical in its business practices.
People care about each other here.

What They Do

We asked HomeAway to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

Our mission is to make every vacation rental in the world available to every traveler in the world through our online marketplace. We have 2 million vacation rentals in 190 countries, as part of the Expedia, Inc. family of brands.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Information Technology
US Headquarters: Austin, Texas US Sites: 3
Major Locations: Seattle, Washington; Denver, Colorado Corporate Structure: Public
Stock Symbol: EXPE Founded: 2005

HomeAway Admin & Facilities team enjoying an afternoon of painting with a twist

Perks and Programs

We asked HomeAway to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Bear Stay: The Bear Stay program gives employees the chance to enjoy and experience a HomeAway rental for free*, for up to seven nights per year. The properties available to employees are in destinations all over the world and include spacious beach side homes to trendy flats in the city.  *Employees are required to pay taxes on the value of the benefit. 
  • Wellness & Fitness Areas: Our offices offer healthy drinks and snacks for our employees, replenished weekly. Several offices cater to employees who opt to bike, walk or take mass transit to work with bike lockers, onsite showers, discounts and more. Our Austin offices offer workout areas and exercise equipment- the newest office at the Domain even has a dedicated HomeAway gym with all of the latest equipment.
  • Annual Company Events: HomeAway hosts two company-wide events per year, the Spring Picnic and Holiday Party. We celebrate spring with a company picnic featuring petting zoos, ziplines, climbing walls and plenty of bellinis and gelato. Our holiday parties are the stuff of legend. The event regularly features a special theme, which permeates all aspects of the evening- from food and decor to attire and music selection.  We also close down all operations, including contact centers, for these events so the whole team can join in on the fun together!
  • Awards Programs: We've designed a number of programs to reward employees, at all levels of the organization, for a wide-variety of achievements. From quick on-the-spot awards for great work, to a whole vacation for outstanding contributions to our business.
  • Charitable Giving: We are dedicated to giving back to our community! Employees receive 16 hours of charitable giving time off per year to support the community. Our signature giving event is the Austin Habitat for Humanity "Homes for the Holidays" Blitz Build, where employees are invited to help build a home for a deserving family in just three weeks during December.
  • Friday Breakfast: To cap off the week, employees receive a catered breakfast every Friday morning. Ranging from bagels and yogurt parfaits to Texas favorites including kolaches and breakfast tacos.
  • Great Spaces: When it comes to offices, HomeAway has some of the coolest spaces in the world. Various office amenities include retro arcade games, workout rooms, rooftop party decks and unique meeting spaces, such as a two-story birdhouse, an underground den filled with a paper crane installation and much more.  One of our offices also features the truckster, which was featured in a HomeAway ad campaign in 2010.
  • Table Talks: Table Talks is our bi-weekly all staff meeting (food & drinks always provided!) hosted by our executive team. Meeting topics range from hilarious weekend anecdotes to what's coming in the next quarter. Employees at all levels of the organization are invited to come and share their thoughts and ideas on company happenings.


50% 401(k) match of employee's contribution, up to 6% of an employee's salary80% Company-paid health coverage for employees
80% Company-paid health coverage for dependents 30 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance


  • 401(k)
  • Stock options to employees
  • Restricted stock units to employees
  • Pre-tax savings account
  • Employee stock purchase plan


  • Free snacks during the day
  • Subsidized public transportation
  • Free beverages during the day
HomeAway employees marching in the Austin Pride Parade


30 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 15 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
5 days Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment


  • Telecommute option


    90 days Job-protected maternity leave90 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
    60 days Job-protected paternity leave60 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
    $15,000 Adoption benefit60 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents
    60 days Fully-paid parental leave for adoptive parents (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
    *Employees are not required to use all their personal paid time off before taking parental leave. All employees are eligible for parental leave benefits.


    • Lactation room(s)
    • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative
    • Elder care resources


    • Medical care
    • Vision care
    • Mental health care
    • Fertility treatments
    • Dental care
    • Prescription drug subsidy
    • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)


    • Flu shots
    • Fitness center (at some locations)
    • Complete biometric screening

    Community Involvement & Philanthropy

    16 hours Paid time off to volunteer $350,000 Philanthropic donations in last year


    • Formal programs support professional development for: Women
    • Married employees in same-sex or heterosexual relationships receive the same benefits
    • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave
    • Medical care covers gender reassignment surgery
    Enjoying the comfort of our Domain officeHomeAway Team at the Moonlight Margarita run, benefiting the Austin Trail Foundation

    How to Get Hired

    We asked HomeAway for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

    What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

    HomeAway believes in the whole vacation, where homes away from home are always the whole house, where the whole family can come together, and where the definition of family is up to you. We believe making vacation memories is a science, as is our approach to revolutionizing the vacation rental industry. If you have drive, enjoy life, have heart, are adventurous and authentic, and take working together to the next level, then you're in the right place, and we'd like to hear from you.

    What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

    We value a great fit - for both parties. When you find a position at HomeAway you're interested in pursuing, think about what value you'll add and what goals you have for yourself in that role, and then find effective ways to convey that to us. Do your research, learn about the company and Life at HomeAway, and picture yourself here. 

    Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

    With our business goals and growth, we are planning to hire for many departments, including ones that are just concepts today. If it has anything to do with data science, machine learning, software development, the science of product, customer advocacy and support, go to market plans, or spreading the word about HomeAway, we're probably hiring for it this year.

    What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

    You can learn more about our openings, office locations and teams at, or check out our Life at HomeAway profiles on Instagram and Twitter. For more insight into our engineering and data science teams, visit for the latest blogs. 

    hiring Outlook

    687 Job openings forecast for coming year 21% Job Growth
    42 Average applicants per opening 65,000 Applications received
    1,107 Positions filled in past year 20% New hires by employee referrals
    775 New positions created 148 Jobs filled by current employees
    Yes Recruits on college campuses 42 New graduates hired
    15% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees 28% Voluntary turnover for part-time employees
    * All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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