Online travel company Expedia is the best employer for work-life balance in the UK, according to Glassdoor’s 2017 rankings.
Glassdoor allows employees to rate and review their companies honestly, with anonymity, so its results are likely to be pretty accurate.
Expedia’s employees get a range of ridiculously good benefits to keep them happy, including a travel allowance of between £6,000 ($8,515) and £10,000 ($14,192) for most employees who have been with the company for “more than 12-18 months.”
At the company’s two huge offices situated close to Angel tube station in London, there are indoor Formula One simulators, a huge roof terrace that hosts regular BBQs and other staff parties, various free bars, and more “chill out zones” than you’d find at Glastonbury music festival. Basically, the boundaries between work and life are pretty blurred — but in a good way.
It’s the second time Expedia has topped one of Glassdoor’s UK rankings — it was voted the best workplace in Britain in 2015.
Last year, we took a tour of Expedia’s London offices to find out what makes the company so great. Afterward, we interviewed two employees at the company — director of technology Liz Eastaugh and talent adviser Con Marney — to find out what it’s actually like to work at the travel-tech firm.
Here’s what we found:
Will Heilpern originally contributed to this article.
From the outside, Expedia’s office building looks a little dreary, like many others in London.
However, as you get inside, things start to appear brighter.
The wall behind the reception is covered in pictures from employees’ holidays. Everyone is able to travel a lot thanks to the generous travel allowances, which range from between £6,000 and £10,000 a year, depending on your grade.