Curious about work in AirBnb

Amazon / Eng Aotjek11
Feb 8 98 Comments

The Airbnb site and app works well and looks pretty. I know there will always be ongoing changes to it, but I am curious how much work there is left for the engineers to work on (esp very well paid ones relative to the industry). Is it boring keep the lights on stuff, or is everyone involved in launching the next big _____?

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  • Airbnb Cvjk
    Still tons and tons of interesting work happening. We are building all sorts of new shit and also hiring like crazy
    Feb 9 11
    • Airbnb bubly
      It’s air travel. It’s been leaked to many press outlets. It is no longer private, and it does us no good to spin it as though we are building some magical new thing.

      Too many Airbnb recruiters on Blind (looking at you @Cvjk). You make the rest of us look like we drink kool-aid.
      Feb 9
    • "building all sorts of new shit and also hiring like crazy"

      Are they hiring highschool kids?
      Feb 9
    • No wonder why they talk like a shit.
      Feb 9
    • "building all sorts of new shit and also hiring like crazy"

      The above statement is talking like a shit.
      Feb 9
    • Microsoft Wahh28
      I think it's when your breath smells really bad.
      Feb 10
  • Google topgoogler
    Airbnb website and app has bugs every time I use it.
    Feb 9 7
    • Okta doomsday
      Hey google, great feedback. Report it to Airbnb. Not here
      Feb 9
    • Google topgoogler
      Don't silence me
      Feb 9
    • Okta doomsday
      Ok Google! Tell me a haiku
      Feb 10
    • Google topgoogler
      Sorry I don't know how to help with that. I can search the web for you
      Feb 10
    • Okta doomsday
      Ok Google! Ask Alexa
      Feb 10
  • PG&E MaxaM
    I see that AirBnB is hiring a solar engineer. That’s pretty cool since I’m EE.
    Feb 9 18
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    • New Tc+
      Lol, I don't even know who you are little boy. Why would I threaten you?
      Feb 10
    • ANSYS ezzw63
      @buby I followed the whole discussion but don't you think it's your friends fault too. Why were they living in a fire prone area? Did their building follow and adhere to the fire codes? I don't think PG&E should take the complete blame here. I think both are at fault here unfortunately.
      Feb 13
  • Amazon dROL65
    Their "trips" vision to enable end to end things like lodging, cars, activities, food etc seems interesting and broad enough. If you get in the right team, expect you get to build stuff. Just an external perspective so will keep an eye on someone internal to comment
    Feb 8 5
    • Airbnb bubly
      Expect to build CRUD apps.
      Feb 9
    • LinkedIn hunghunk
      CRUD 😲 How interesting!
      Feb 10
    • Uber / Eng
      Rqwx5o

      Uber Eng

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      Rqwx5omore
      Does any of the users care about the trips part? It's just annoying to me because of the extra clicks to get to what I actually want: Airbnb house unlock instructions
      Feb 10
    • Oracle / Other yolont
      Don’t forget all the new tabs and guessing where to click next
      Feb 10
    • Facebook
      alterego

      Facebook

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      dev, human,
      alteregomore
      Highly scalable CRUD in distributed environments are so really cool ;-)
      Feb 12
  • Airbnb RealSlimS
    I’d say nearly half the company is working on making the existing home sharing better by finally paying off tech debt, and the other half is exploring new things like expanding experiences, going into concerts, restaurants, and lots of other secret projects.
    Feb 9 4
    • Square / Eng SQ
      Sounds like a lot like Square. Life really does get better when you start paying down the tech debt.
      Feb 9
    • New tagged
      He’s not referring to tech debt
      Feb 9
    • Airbnb bubly
      I mean. He literally said “tech debt.”
      Feb 9
    • New tagged
      Oops yes. 😁 you’re right.
      Feb 9
  • Airbnb Fentry
    Yes there is lots going on. To make it all happen we just got a new head of engineering (old head of search at G) and we are hiring aggressively.
    Feb 9 6
    • Airbnb Fentry
      “People who are good at Leetcode are rarely capable of thinking outside the box.”

      Where do you get this from?
      Feb 9
    • New tagged
      Leetcode is only 1 way of measuring IQ. There are many other problems that cannot be solved knowing Leetcode alone.

      Have you heard of those WhatsApp guys who were denied jobs at Facebook?
      Feb 9
    • Airbnb Cvjk
      Sounds like you're shit at leetcode and complaining because you're too lazy to practice and get better
      Feb 10
    • Yelp
      welppp

      Yelp

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      On Internet, anything can be debated.
      welpppmore
      Hiring aggressively but I was rejected ;( feels bad
      Feb 23
    • New tagged
      I’m shit at leetcode for sure but not dumb. And not lazy because my time would rather be spent learning useful things. Sold my first company to LinkedIn for $900k after working for 8 months working solo. Would you rather do this than leetcode?

      I simply accept myself for being shitty at leetcode so I can focus on doing what I’m good at
      Feb 23
  • New tagged
    The app doesn’t work well and it doesn’t look pretty. It sucks.

    As for website, if you log in and log out of different accounts, they save the picture into your local storage and it stays there forever. Also, why do you have to switch to traveling mode when you’re just trying to view a listing? Dumbest PMs work there and also some dumb engineers. I recently got stupid email notifications about Airbnb not receiving guest payments and I almost canceled their reservation. I called Airbnb and was told that it’s not true.

    Messaging guests suck! Saved messages don’t even allow you to upload and save photos. Whose PM’s idea is this? What a Dumbo. You can send photos in messages to guests but not in saved messages.

    You guys asked hard Leetcode theoretical questions but you can’t seem to solve common sense, practical problems.

    Oh yeah and split payment is also the dumbest thing ever. I could’ve told you not to go into that direction before spending months working on it.
    Feb 9 1
    • Adobe Fuhahgaha
      I second tonyour opinion that leetcoding eats brains
      Feb 10
  • Microsoft / Eng
    SmartIdiot

    Microsoft Eng

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    SmartIdiotmore
    I wish there was an Airbnb office in south bay.
    Feb 9 8
    • Amazon osnxbhg
      There will be
      Feb 9
    • New / Eng SharmaG
      Glad to hear this
      Feb 9
    • Credit Karma IDAt40
      San Jose or peninsula?
      Feb 9
    • Airbnb username39
      Downtown San Jose wework to start.
      Feb 9
    • Apple
      niXC18

      Apple

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      Hello, my name is
      niXC18more
      There’s very high likelihood that you’ll be doing less critical/interesting work if you’re not sitting at the HQ
      Feb 10
  • Apple Rim cook
    Check out their engineering blog
    Feb 8 0
  • Lyft swetool
    I didn’t realize how crappy the product was till I started hosting recently, wow so bad and so slow. Nothing complicated either,. Definitely takes hundreds of pretentious engineers to make something that mediocre.
    Feb 10 3
    • Verizon BigRooster
      I think more mediocre managers.
      Feb 10
    • Google / Eng gangmember
      Mad you couldn't get in?
      Feb 14
    • Lyft swetool
      Mad I have to use the product
      Feb 14
  • Capital One da2de2se
    Airbnb at its core is just a new age Craigslist. It doesn’t even come close to the engineering challenges faced by products such as Uber, Lyft, or Google. I really don’t understand why the difficulty level of their interviews is so way up there while their use case is so down there in terms of challenge.
    Feb 10 3
    • Amazon / Eng jNeo42
      CL actually had more scaling problems. In addition to stuff and apartments, last decade you could hook up for sex (I did many times TBH). With Airbnb, you’re typically looking at a neighborhood, maybe a city. It’s not like you reload your screen to find 10 new offers. But I see their idea with building “experience” features, though it’s the same idea that Spotify, Amazon, Google, etc have solved. Anyway, if you can get into Airbnb as a SWE, then good for you. It must be great because their challenges look easy, given that other things have already paved the way (eg AWS). Note: I’m writing this from a cushy Airbnb I’m renting in Seattle, LOL.
      Feb 10
    • Google / Eng gangmember
      Everything is difficult if you want it done right. The only real difference is TC ;)
      Feb 14
    • Microsoft Freddi3
      @gangmember can you explain your point? I mean, don't you think working on hard problems is better for career growth?
      Apr 15
  • Veeva CPdY77
    I used them last week to book three places. The experience went downhill compared to what it was a year or so ago.
    Feb 9 3
    • Google topgoogler
      From what I know they have continuous release, no QA and junior devs. Recipe for bugs. But bugs won't kill them.
      Feb 9
    • Veeva CPdY77
      100% agreed on the bug side, but virtual market monopoly gives them carte blanche to suck.
      Feb 9
    • What made the experience poor?
      Feb 12
  • Nvidia Brouwer
    Nice! Are there roles for people with PhD level ML expertise for either applied research or interesting data science work?
    Feb 9 3
    • Uber kettle
      How could the answer to this question possibly be"no"? And PhD level ML expertise is usually entry level at places like Airbnb. Seems like a very naive question.
      Feb 9
    • Nvidia Brouwer
      Okay didn’t mean to trigger anyone. Relax bro. Lots of companies don’t do applied research work or good data science work so the question is if Airbnb does.
      Feb 9
    • Airbnb Qqqqqqa
      We don’t do research but some teams do applied ml. ML at Airbnb is not as strong as Uber.
      Feb 10
  • Splunk hbeP16
    I don’t think airbnb has a dedicated software quality team. That is why the app and site is full of issues
    Feb 9 0
  • Booking.com UkrainMSD
    We also have tons of jobs available in Amsterdam, just in case anyone’s interested. ;)
    Feb 11 2
    • New
      chochi

      New

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      ARRIS, Motorola Mobility (a Lenovo Company), AT&T
      chochimore
      Definitely interested
      Feb 12
    • Works Applications / Eng reject
      Interested for roles that require low yoe
      Feb 20
  • Credit Karma IDAt40
    How's the PM team? How many PMs?
    Feb 12 0
  • Expedia setjet
    Hey all. Check out our VRBO or Homeaway
    Feb 11 0
  • Verizon BigRooster
    Its iiight, not as good as 4g tho
    Feb 9 0
  • New eQjn37
    I’m a superhost and have issues with the calendar working properly through the mobile app as well as I wish there was better faster tools for me to use to scale my rentals as well as maximize my income from them
    Feb 9 1
    • Airbnb tcorgfo
      It’s a complicated issue actually. It’s always controversial whether Airbnb should strive to provide that unique local experience or cater to professional hosts or even hotels. We are still trying to find a balance but I can guarantee you that quite a few teams are constantly working to provide better tools for our hosts
      Feb 9
  • Apple apbob
    From a consumer perspective, the fees they charge when you are renting a place are insane. It wouldn't take much for an upstart to run of razor-thin margins and steal a bunch of their business. It's what happened to the travel industry.
    Feb 11 0