What the hell is going on at Airbnb?

Twitter / Eng Fnz39
Jun 21, 2018 358 Comments

I’ve seen several posts and comments on here lately from Airbnb employees talking about their bad work culture. Is this just common knowledge about the culture being bad there? I was completely surprised when reading comments from employees but maybe I’m naive.

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  • Snapchat sfmta
    People unhappy about not making their worth through IPO so I've heard
    Jun 21, 2018 94
    • Chase / Eng Mom22Many
      So... as a conservative women who jas worked with more men than women, i think the millennial generation needs to grow up and realize that your future is more important than your past and constantly living in a victim mentality just takes away your happiness. Why not have a survivor mentality versus a victim one? Gah. I understand the point of me too. But I also see it being used as tool for women to be as sexist as the men rhey complain about.
      Dec 26, 2018
    • New / Eng Apollon
      There is no war on men. There is a war on sexual harassment. It is sad to see a movement with good intention being invalidated by a few bad apples. Do you drop the whole feature just because of a few bugs?

      Common guys...
      Dec 26, 2018
    • Clover Health / Eng doenfh
      Damn, way to necro!
      Dec 26, 2018
    • Sierra Wireless / Other
      ElGoogle

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      I work at sierra wireless
      ElGooglemore
      That's a phony stat, because men don't report sexual harassment.
      Dec 28, 2018
    • Microsoft ugzzlecmen
      incompetent women now ride metoo. and "studies" by leftist idiots to justify leftist idiocy have no value. we are in another cycle like the 70's when the morons ran rampant. it will pass but until then the new professional victim class will try and feed at the trough.
      Jan 10
  • Airbnb Meelo
    don’t want to spill too much but we just had a company all-hands where Brian answered a lot of questions from Blind, including the harassment and retaliation. Yes, there were few instances of this, and the head of HR gave us all the stats including how many got fired, disciplined, or received coaching. It’s few, not rampant.

    Many of us in real life were wondering where these accusations came from, and in reality, these do happen in big companies like Airbnb, but not at a volume that we would remotely call this a cultural problem.

    I too believe and was worried that this is happening all over the place, but at this point, it’s mostly a myth with handful of incidents that the company fully handles.
    Jun 21, 2018 20
    • Rubicon Project / Eng pikachu88
      So much Airbnb Kool aid in this thread
      Jun 23, 2018
    • Airbnb Meelo
      I’m just really surprised. Airbnb has a very candid culture, and cultural problems like that would be addressed out in the wild, or at least in office rumors, not only in blind forums. If it’s a systematic problem where people are silenced and position of power is abused, where blind is the only forum to tell the truth, that’s awful and horrible, and I don’t support that at all.
      Jun 23, 2018
    • Mogul / Eng Ifsn3
      Your comment that the company “fully handles” the “handful of incidents” sounds like a talking point. Your assumption that these issues are not happening because there are a low number of complaints is idiotic.
      Jun 26, 2018
    • New SyQm63
      @meelo is absolutely right and I support them
      Dec 26, 2018
    • Wish / Eng wishstarr
      @meelo, just because only a handful of people were sexually assaulted doesn’t mean your company doesn’t have a cultural problem. Basically by calling the problem a myth, you are discrediting the experiences of the handful of people who were actually sexually assaulted. In my opinion, this became a cultural problem the moment the first sexual assault happened in combination with the aforementioned failure of HR to address the problem because that retrospectively set the grounds for the following sexual assaults that happened as well as for any sexual assaults to happen in the future. The fact that your CEO isn’t willing to take feedback on ways to mitigate the issue just further justifies that point. Not everything in this world needs to be proven by an sufficient number of data points. There’s also qualitative analysis and actually listening to the experiences of everybody who has been sexually assaulted so your company can grow and improve.
      Dec 26, 2018
  • Twitter / Eng Fnz39
    OP
    Dude there are just so many heartbreaking posts from Airbnb employees on the tech lounge post. Maybe you should reconsider your position on this?

    Airbnb employee:
    “I also want to share that until Forced Arbitration ends at Airbnb employees are vulnerable. Retaliation is real and FA makes it possible.

    An Airbnb employee who follows all internal protocols, hires lawyers (multiple firms), and even goes through mediation where the company admits fault before a judge then finds herself at a major crossroad.

    If she declines a poorly structured settlement that includes an NDA, then after eight hours of mediation she is confronted by Airbnb’s attorney who ends the conversation with the threat of Forced Arbitration as the only next step.

    I can tell you first-hand that the system in place with Forced Arbitration protects the company and perpetrator(s).

    With Forced Arbitration, Managers, Directors, VPs, and ICs do not need to follow employment laws (including no retaliation) or adhere to core values, because Forced Arbitration provides a legal fallback that does a disservice to anyone brave enough to go through the process.

    This path is hard. It is lonely. It wipes a human being out emotionally, financially, and professionally.

    It’s also the only thing I felt I could do to help others, push for a safe and fair workplace, and end FA, so that if anyone else files a formal complaint she will do so knowing she is not alone.”
    Jun 22, 2018 18
    • Qualtrics Ccc cc
      If you leave when you are harassed, then the company and the harassers win. Hopefully this person has a support net behind them.
      Jun 22, 2018
    • Airbnb Meelo
      @ilKP14 not tearing her down. If I did, I apologize, I didn’t mean to make people feel dismissed, and I just wanted to get to the truth. It really sucks that she was forced into arbitration. Forced arbitration needs to end.
      Jun 22, 2018
    • Airbnb
      Lt Chesky

      Airbnb

      BIO
      We're talking about homes. We're talking about homes. We ain't talking about the trip.
      Lt Cheskymore
      Please stop posting public profiles. This thread peeks into everything wrong at Airbnb. I hope it’s not representative, but honestly I don’t know anymore. Fuck you all, fuck us all.
      Jun 22, 2018
    • Genentech GeneCoder
      Lt Chesky, much as it is inconvenient, we want to know. We don't want voices suppressed. If the threads are publicly accessible, we want to be able to read the pain the people are going through, so we can understand better and support them better.
      Jun 23, 2018
    • New SyQm63
      Freia you need to stfu
      Dec 26, 2018
  • New / Eng
    albion

    New Eng

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    Political dynamite.
    albionmore
    Could the root cause be that Airbnb just doesn’t need all the talent they hired to sustain and grow their core value proposition? Like with Uber?
    Jun 21, 2018 10
    • Airbnb / Eng
      brianchesk

      Airbnb Eng

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      briancheskmore
      The root cause is that we have too many people like Meelo in Airbnb.
      Jun 22, 2018
    • New / Eng
      albion

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      albionmore
      well said, Brianchesk. The blindness of the many enables the cruelty of the few.
      Jun 22, 2018
    • Airbnb gh6ev49
      Meelo, people have gone on record publicly talking about sexual harassment and retaliation. What’s wrong with you? Stop trying to cover it up.
      Jun 22, 2018
    • Qualtrics Ccc cc
      Yes, let the victims risk even more by putting themselves in the spotlight. Very few want to have their name attached to an incident, even if they were the victim. What a piece of shit.
      Jun 22, 2018
    • Mogul / Eng Ifsn3
      Something isn’t adding up...there are comments about Airbnb employees experiencing harassment and retaliation but then there are a couple voices bending over backwards saying this isn’t a problem a problem at the company.
      Jun 26, 2018
  • LinkedIn ringding
    The Airbnb culture now is what used to be in LinkedIn when Mike Jennings used to be the head of IT. That guys knows nothing , wonder how he survives
    Jun 21, 2018 3
    • Google hedgeit
      Because he is the head, the rules work in his favor.
      Jun 28, 2018
    • LeanTaaS ♥️ data
      At least he used to arrange good parties in the IT area... Decorations were quite good..
      Dec 26, 2018
    • GitHub HarM
      They are really overstaffed for what they need
      Dec 26, 2018
  • Airbnb / Eng
    Yuan Tian

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    Yuan Tianmore
    I sense a lot of unjustified “hatred” in this post. From people outside of the company who choose to be blind to internal efforts.

    At the end of the day, we want to see problems and fix them. Laughing at Airbnb (or making misguided conclusions based on incomplete information) does not help anyone.

    If you have been a victim of any bad behavior, please feel free to PM. You can see my identity here and decide whether you want to share your experience with a real employee.
    Jun 22, 2018 26
    • Airbnb / Eng
      Yuan Tian

      Airbnb Eng

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      Yuan Tianmore
      Lol. Say whatever you want. Why would I share any internal content or private message here?
      Just FYI, people even find me on LinkedIn to thank me for being open and transparent, and to support the company. :)
      Jun 24, 2018
    • New / Eng
      albion

      New Eng

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      albionmore
      Yes in two months people, of their own volition, have reached for you on LinkedIn, a separate professional website, just so they can praise you for supporting the company.

      In two months.

      ...It hurts to be alone, doesn’t it?
      Jun 24, 2018
    • Genentech GeneCoder
      Meaningless argument, quit it, you two.

      Why don't we focus on how men who want to help, can help? How they can call out the harassment and help improve the the culture and the company?

      Women at Airbnb, what would you like from the men who want to help?
      Jun 24, 2018
    • Airbnb / Eng
      Yuan Tian

      Airbnb Eng

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      Yuan Tianmore
      @GeneCoder great reminder. Happy to stop right here and focus on what should be done. Thanks :)
      Jun 24, 2018
    • Lyft TrexPrime
      Yuan Tian, while I don't work at airbnb, I just wanted to say that I appreciate your candor, willingness to engage with everyone so openly concerning this matter, and solution-oriented mindset. It's ridiculous people here are so quick to judge your intentions and basically insult you just because you are not blindly jumping on the bash airbnb wagon. Regardless of the situation, if more people approached matters with your cautiously optimistic mindset and intention to have an open, honest, civil conversation, the world would be a better place. Don't listen to the haters.
      Jun 24, 2018
  • Airbnb Meelo
    Ok, I’m too tired for this. I will help and support any of my fellow coworkers who are not having good experiences, and many others feel the same. I don’t tolerate any of the supposed awful things happening, and if it happens, that person will receive my full support and acknowledgement while working to make it better.

    However, anonymous mudslinging without giving details and playing the victim doesn’t help make Airbnb or your situation better.
    Jun 22, 2018 11
    • Genentech GeneCoder
      @amit, thanks for making yourself available. I hope you will stand up for the women who need you. I had been harassed at the workplace 3 times over my career. Twice, some male colleague who saw it, reported it and ensured action was taken. The third time, a male colleague met me 1:1 and told me I had his unconditional support and encouraged me to take action. I confronted the harasser and let him know I had support, and next time I will be reporting him. I was not harassed again.

      In a male majority industry, support from men is invaluable. If women are complaining anonymously, instead of feeling attacked, Meelo, calm down and listen to them. Observe the patterns so you can be less blind at the workplace and more able to see something. And if you see something, say something.
      Jun 23, 2018
    • Capital One Drake
      I love this ^ we need more of this everywhere
      Jun 23, 2018
    • Airbnb Meelo
      Well said @genecoder
      Jun 23, 2018
    • Airbnb / Eng
      Yuan Tian

      Airbnb Eng

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      Yuan Tianmore
      @GeneCoder great examples that we are going to advocate getting more support from male colleagues
      Jun 23, 2018
    • Airbnb greelo
      Meelo I appreciate the authenticity, but be aware there are those of us who did try to stand up and do what’s right, and got retaliated against. When the system is so broken, why bother any more?
      Jun 23, 2018
  • New / Eng
    albion

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    albionmore
    Some links for context would be appreciated, OP
    Jun 21, 2018 8
    • Intel S9e7e1
      whoa. hmmm...that's some serious stuff :/
      Jun 21, 2018
    • Microsoft Badman^_^
      What is the “tech lounge”
      Jun 22, 2018
    • Cruise Automation / Eng ✉️
      @badman - you should have access as a Microsoftie. It's like another feed
      Jun 22, 2018
    • Square
      Nurgle

      Square

      BIO
      Nope.
      Nurglemore
      Well they have a meeting room that is literally a ball pit. Which has to be sterilized every so often because people be fuckin in there.

      What do you expect?
      Jun 23, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng PoolClosed
      My female friend there says this is utter bullshit. People are disgruntled about the lack of IPO and their non-technical CEO.
      Jun 23, 2018
  • Microsoft xCrj17
    I don’t work there but that tech lounge post was off the rails with very specific and disturbing accounts from employees. It’s hard to just believe those stories are “myths.”
    Jun 22, 2018 8
    • Twitter / Eng Fnz39
      OP
      I’m actually trying to figure out if you are trolling me. Your responses are baffling.
      Jun 22, 2018
    • Airbnb Meelo
      What about it is baffling? I don’t believe a person would actually write out “don’t downplay our experiences!” Person who is aware enough to know that their experiences are being downplayed would word it as “I feel that my experience is being invalidated” and not accuse the person back.
      Jun 22, 2018
    • Capital One Drake
      Lol what...? Lawsuits against a corporation this size is taxing on the body and mind. It's not like people can just pop in and out of the court once and get justice. Not everyone is from the US, their terminology may be different. All of it sounds true to me. Who is going to troll just to troll? Most people don't have time for that, especially when it's not funny. Also, what a sleaze of a co-founder. Using his position of power to hit on female employees. It's not like they could do anything without risking their job and he knew it.
      Jun 22, 2018
    • Qualtrics Ccc cc
      I've known people who have have horrific events happen and stay at work. Work has insurance. Work gives leave to Dela with these things, for very long periods. Why would you leave?
      Jun 22, 2018
    • Dropbox / Product FDSh48
      Correct, lawsuit is very difficult. Ive personally talked with a lawyer when i experienced these things (not airbnb). All those quotes sound v real to me and this stuff happens constantly in tech companies. Women never say anything because no one believes us, we typically just leave. The toughest thing is when you realize that most tech companies are like this... so where do you go
      Dec 28, 2018
  • Airbnb / Eng
    Yuan Tian

    Airbnb Eng

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    Yuan Tianmore
    Second Meelo’s comment. The company is trying to be open and transparent and receptive. It’s a good sign. Mistakes were made but I can see people trying to make changes.

    Our employees should continue to have zero tolerance to harassment and report them or call people out if they witness bad behaviors.

    Luckily, people I have worked with so far are all very respectful and caring. I enjoy working here.
    Jun 22, 2018 5
    • New / Eng
      albion

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      albionmore
      FYI this person has worked for only 2 months at AirBnB. Make of it what you will.
      Jun 23, 2018
    • Rubicon Project / Eng pikachu88
      Wait y use ur real name blind??
      Jun 23, 2018
    • Airbnb / Eng
      Yuan Tian

      Airbnb Eng

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      Yuan Tianmore
      @pikachu88 I made a promise to use real name internally in the Airbnb lounge so that I can be open and vulnerable to people’s feedbacks, or talk about my own experience. And Blind only allows changing username once a day... so not worth the trouble :)

      Plus, I don’t really mind being the real me everywhere :)
      Jun 23, 2018
    • Uber Luber
      Does this mean that what people were complaining on tech lounge is not about work culture being bad (leadership/managers don’t know what they are doing and lack vision)? It seems that all the response here was about sexual harassment. Most of these cases are isolated incidents. But if the leadership don’t know where the company should be going or there is no Sr leadership on tech and vision, that’s a more systematic issue that’ll hurt business numbers. Which one is it?
      Jun 29, 2018
    • New SyQm63
      Hi Yuan! Are you hiring? I love the transparency and everything what the team is doing to be open about the culture. Shall I email / DM you?
      Dec 26, 2018
  • Microsoft / Mktg
    GAVIN B

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    GAVIN Bmore
    Who cares if they pay you shit load of money! If you don’t like it LEAVE and shut up
    Jun 22, 2018 13
    • Airbnb / Eng
      Yuan Tian

      Airbnb Eng

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      Yuan Tianmore
      @gh6ev49 I appreciate you pointing me to new information.
      What position or action do you suggest me taking? Do you suggest that other than holding people around me accountable, there are other actions we can take? Happy to learn more about things we can do together to help each other.
      Jun 23, 2018
    • Airbnb gh6ev49
      I suggest you stop telling people that the problems they are surfacing don’t exist. I suggest you read some of the posts on Blind that talk about these issues. I suggest you read the recent Blind survey on retaliation. I suggest you talk to the employee that filed the public grievance against Airbnb and understand her story. I suggest you seek first to understand. If what I said is “new information” you have an awful lot to learn before you minimize people’s struggles. Otherwise you’re complicit.
      Jun 23, 2018
    • Airbnb / Eng
      Yuan Tian

      Airbnb Eng

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      Yuan Tianmore
      The Airbnb lounge these days has a lot more meaningful and actionable discussions. People are sincerely talking about different solutions. No one denies problems but also tries to be constructive.

      Even in there your extreme view are getting a lot of push backs from people. I was expecting you to say something more constructive and meaningful so a new comer can act on, but other than “read all the blind” post I see nothing more. On contrary I have already sent many emails to leadership and organized meetings to act on problems I’ve observed just 2 months in.

      Our debate can continue here but the value is diminishing. Vent as you want, but my belief is that only people who take actions to solve problems will show real value. :)
      Jun 23, 2018
    • Airbnb gh6ev49
      You seem to keep missing the point that many, many people have tried all that before. People have taken action. People have raised concerns. People have been retaliated against.

      Even you are trying to silence people, telling me “my extreme view” is getting pushback? My view isn’t extreme, and the collective opinion that many people have is not getting pushback at all. You’ve also made comments such as “sure there are bad teams. I’m so glad to be on a team where this doesn’t happen.” How would you know? After less than 8 weeks? You are trying to minimize the problems and it is not ok.

      I gave you specifics. You’re ignoring them. I have nothing more to say on this.
      Jun 23, 2018
    • Airbnb NotPRorHR
      gh6ev49 explains it perfectly.
      Jun 25, 2018
  • Tesla LEETCODER
    Damn this is scary. There was a thread that Airbnb hires only Chinese people. Now this. My Airbnb interview is going to be interesting.
    Jun 22, 2018 12
    • New / Eng
      albion

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      albionmore
      Be careful not to push too hard or else you will risk losing the job over “culture fit”
      Jun 23, 2018
    • Airbnb greelo
      LEETCODER, all generalizations aside, do not come here. I commend Yuan for trying to defend this place, but joining Airbnb was one of my biggest mistakes in life (yes, really), and if I can do anything for anyone, it’s to tell them to stay away. Maybe one day it will change, but the leadership is so self preserving I don’t see it happening soon.
      Jun 23, 2018
    • Airbnb Dirbsj
      greelo it’s just unfair to say all that without giving a single reason to back it up. I think it’s a fine place, interesting and challenging projects, easier to make impacts because lots of low hanging fruits, friendly people, potential upside of winning China market, tech sucks now but definitely improving etc. Do you honestly believe Airbnb only hire Chinese, seriously...
      Jun 24, 2018
    • Airbnb greelo
      Dirbsj, I started with “all generalizations aside” to imply I wasn’t trying to generalize about a group of people. My experience is more personal: I’ve witnessed actions taken by people that were in people’s best interest, not the company’s (think perf, $) and subsequent disgusting human behavior. At one point I reported it to HR, and was retaliated against by my manager, who were pissed I spoke up. I had tried speaking to him before to no avail/interest, as they were just happy as long as they didn’t have to actually manage and could go into full rest/vest mode. I’m not saying there aren’t good managers, teams, and happy ICs, at various places around the company, but what I’ve witnessed and seen a lot of, is complete garbage. Sorry everyone, but that’s the truth. The core values are a joke, there are a lot of really rotten people here, particularly within leadership, where it ends up hurting the company the most. I’m going to get the “I’m happy here comments”, and I’m glad to hear that, but just know some of us need this forum to vent since we can’t do it to MGMT.

      Oh, and low hanging fruit? We’ve been a company for 10 years now and we’re still trying the establish basic infra. That’s not low hanging fruit, that’s inexperienced leadership not being able to figure out how to operate a tech company. “Winning China”? Our head of China literally screwed one of his reports. It was a dicey operation before, now who the hell knows if we can salvage it.
      Jun 24, 2018
    • Tesla LEETCODER
      Thanks guys. I will take all this into consideration.
      Jun 24, 2018
  • Airbnb keOU54
    There’s a big disconnect between what I see from some people on Blind and what I see in real life and from people I know. There’s a particularly rabid bunch on Blind and I honestly don’t know where it’s coming from.
    Jun 22, 2018 4
    • Airbnb NcCd53
      Yes, every day at the office I’m happy and everyone I interact with seems the same way. Then I sometimes go on Blind and it’s like a crazy cesspool of negative people. Really surprised. I guess with thousands of people, you are statistically guaranteed to see every sort of person and problem, especially with a self selection bias for people with negative experiences on Blind
      Jun 23, 2018
    • Airbnb keOU54
      There’s a sort of echo chamber of negativity on here. They want people to think that we’re having Uber-level problems and I don’t understand why. I think anyone that works here can see it’s not the case but I’m worried that other people will take it at face value.
      Jun 23, 2018
    • Airbnb Curiousss
      I agree with you that Blind is different than inside Airbnb. Blind is negative. But please don’t be blind at Airbnb! There are many problems. The company is addressing them. I’m not sure if it is exactly like uber but I hope the company prevents and doesn’t wait to fail like Uber!
      Jun 25, 2018
    • Airbnb NmgdYdRz
      Uber has turned itself around. They cleaned out all or most of the garbage and are kicking butt now. We should be so lucky as to have that happen to us. I’m hoping the press exposes all the crap here so we can finally get rid of it all.
      Dec 27, 2018
  • Airbnb Lp
    The company needs to end forced arbitration.
    Jun 22, 2018 2
    • Airbnb Meelo
      Agreed. This should be brought up in the next q&a
      Jun 22, 2018
    • New SyQm63
      Yes, in 2019 fosho
      Dec 26, 2018
  • Cisco / Product scrum guy
    When I pretended to be a girl on blind the only guys willing to give me a referral all 3 were from Airbnb
    Jun 22, 2018 6
    • Airbnb / Eng
      Yuan Tian

      Airbnb Eng

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      I would say the “thirsty” comment is very evil. Airbnb values talent, and our engineering/product team is growing so we are willing to reach out. The gender of the potential candidate is not a factor to consider when we refer good people.

      Also, it is wrong to assume the people who want to help with referrals are “guys”. We have a lot of good female PMs.
      Jun 22, 2018
    • Capital One Drake
      "Very evil" 😂
      Jun 22, 2018
    • Software AG / Eng
      lqv4ehul

      Software AG Eng

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      Junior developer. Seeking opportunities in Dublin.
      lqv4ehulmore
      Wait, were you doing like a social experiment? Pls elaborate, I’m a girl seeking referrals here and there and so far nothing, wondering what your conclusions were.
      Jun 22, 2018
    • Genentech GeneCoder
      So, people willing to give referrals to men are hungry then?
      Jun 23, 2018
    • Amazon kmcY20
      So late to the party but had to ask about the 'when I pretended to be a girl'...is that a gender identity choice or just for work, like Tootsie? Was it a way to get into a desired company and, if so, what was the plan for the interview? And did you use the term 'girl' intentionally, like you were pretending to be an 11-year old?
      Dec 26, 2018
  • Microsoft / Eng PoolClosed
    I have a friend there that joined in the last year or two. She’s telling me things are fine there and much better than Microsoft for women, because of a lack of creepy guys
    Jun 23, 2018 2
    • Airbnb Olivet
      Nowhere in the world with guys is immune from creepy guys.
      Jun 23, 2018
    • Airbnb Hrydhdeheb
      I agree. Airbnb is really good for some women. They get promoted easier and they have a very fast career growth. Many examples are there.
      Dec 27, 2018
  • Intel assertNull
    I don’t know and can’t comment what’s going on inside. But I had a weird interview experience for sure. Got rejected after a perfect interview. I am confident to use the word perfect because (1) they want you to use your own computer and mail them the code, so I still have my code, (2) both the coding questions were difficult and I solved them clearly and moreover interviewers commented that most interviewees can’t solve them, (3) less successful interview performances got me offers from Google, Facebook and 3 other top companies. The behavioral part was also good and I had internal referral. I didn’t care much about it afterwards as I’m going to join Facebook anyway, but trying to get feedback from recruiter she skipped phone call repeatedly. I have no idea about their attitude but only thing I can think of should be about who I am instead of how I did, e.g. being an immigrant etc.
    Jun 22, 2018 6
    • Airbnb NcCd53
      Airbnb has two culture fit/cross functional interviews from both of which you have to get a Yes to be hired. Seems like it was likely one of these in your case. Being an immigrant has no bearing on the decision whatsoever. I’m an immigrant myself and work with mostly non-US born people on a daily basis.
      Jun 23, 2018
    • Intel assertNull
      Got it. Thanks for explaining.

      What may be the reason to get a no in culture fit/cross functional? I remember about 4 core values(be a host, cereal entrepreneur, mission and adventure) and some questions were related ... Any objective criteria on personality, team membership, leadership skills etc. or is it how the interviewer feels about the interviewee?
      Jun 23, 2018
    • Airbnb NcCd53
      Yes the questions for those interviews are standardized and the cross functional interviewers are trained to evaluate on specific criteria. It’s difficult to say what it might have been in your case without knowing the details.
      Jun 23, 2018
    • Airbnb jim.hodlen
      core values are rather hit or miss imo. don’t sweat it if it was a dud. I would likely have failed it if I went thru it again
      Jun 23, 2018
    • Airbnb Hrydhdeheb
      To make you feel better, I work at Airbnb. I got offers from other companies. All my offers higher level and compensation. If you are technical and high performing and you don’t wanna deal with politics then Airbnb is not a good place for you. The same for me. You get bullied, stressed out, demoted just because you don’t say enough yes sir, discriminated against if you are not a certain type or race, and many more. Consider yourself lucky not to get an offer. All my referrals who are extremely good got rejected just because recruiters didn’t like to recruit them. I’m leaving in few months. Just waiting for my vesting and then bye Airbnb. The company is good for the people who are playing the game.
      Dec 27, 2018
  • Airbnb ‘Tis fine
    The rumor mill is going into over time. Things aren’t that bad.
    Jun 22, 2018 2
    • Airbnb NotPRorHR
      All rumors and myths! Nothing to see here! Everything is wonderful! Look over there 👉
      Jun 22, 2018
    • Airbnb ‘Tis fine
      It’s being inflated
      Jun 24, 2018
  • Google Yuvo
    Any beans being spilled in the Airbnb Chinese Wechat discussion threads?
    Jun 22, 2018 0
  • Airbnb NcCd53
    I’m really surprised to see these “bad culture” comments. I’ve been here for a while and worked at 5 different tech companies and Airbnb has the best culture of them so far. I heard some teams have difficulties working/coordinating cross functionally, but other than that, everyone is really friendly, smart and collaborative.
    Jun 23, 2018 3
    • Airbnb NotPRorHR
      HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
      Jun 30, 2018
    • New / Product
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      Wow! You sure must have worked at some super trashy companies to consider this level as the best
      Dec 26, 2018
    • Airbnb Hrydhdeheb
      I know some people who are really happy with Airbnb. The ones who got their director level after 5 yrs being with Airbnb with only 5 yoe after school. Those love Airbnb. They can’t get such positions no where. I know director levels who interviews outside Airbnb and they hardly could get a M0 level.
      Dec 27, 2018