Product Manager Intern at Expedia Group

Duration
Internship (1-4 Months)
Region
London
Review Date
Roles
Information Technology

4.4/5

The Role
4.5
The Company
4.4
The Culture
4.3

The Role

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

I thoroughly enjoyed my time working at Expedia Group, particularly Expedia Partner Solutions (EPS). I worked in the Data Products team as a Product Manager Intern. I was able to get involved in many initiatives and meet and learn from many people. Overall, the culture was incredible and working alongside some of the best in the travel technology industry was a great experience.
5 /5

2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

I certainly felt valued by my colleagues whilst working at EPS. I was involved in all facets of work and contributed regularly in team meetings and discussions. My opinion and voice was heard and I was able to drive forward many initiatives whilst working here. Moreover, I was able to secure an extension as the team truly wanted me to stay on and continue the important work I was achieving.
5 /5

3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

Support and guidance was certainly provided here at EPS. My manager and I had a 1-to-1 meeting weekly, and I was also assigned a Mentor from a different team to have more informal catch-ups. Moreover, all of my time were there to support me on any questions I had, from simple admin to expertise information in data warehousing. The early talent team were also exceptional in organising social activities and info-bytes which helped provide more context regarding Expedia Group as a whole.
5 /5

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

As I was leading a project over the summer, I always had work to achieve and optimisations to make to the tool I was building. Some days we're very busy with meetings and work to get done, whilst somedays may have been a bit slower due to the nature of Summer time and people across the business going on holiday. As a whole though, I never felt bored and always had work to achieve for the team.
4 /5

5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

As discussed above, I was able to lead an individual project that filled a gap we currently had in the team and across the business. As a result, I had a lot of responsibility in building the tool out and working with many different stakeholders to build out a tool that met several requirements. Moreover, I was able to present this product and the overall work I had accomplished in a mid-quarter Product Review towards the end of my internship.
5 /5

6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

The skills I developed and training I received will undoubtedly assist with my career. As I was working in the Data Products team, I was able to utilise and get exposure regarding many different tools and languages, i.e. Qubole and Hive to SQL and Python. As I am looking to work in Product Management, many of these technical skills will help me find success in a wide variety of Product roles. We also obtained many training courses organised by the Early Talent Team which helped us improve our SQL skills as an example.
5 /5

The Company

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The atmosphere was fantastic. Expedia Group as a whole has an incredible and friendly culture across all of its brands. Everyone enjoyed each other's company and it was also great to have fellow interns to interact with and enjoy our short time here at the company. From a rooftop terrace to ping pong tables, there was always something fun to do in the off-time!
5 /5

8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

The overall internship was set up incredibly well by the Early Talent Team. They set up a range of training courses for us to attend and improve our skills, to info-bytes where people across Expedia Group would talk about particular subjects and give us more insight into the work that many talented people do across Expedia. The socials were also great fun too.
5 /5

9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

As discussed previously, the company did a great job in providing us with personal training and development. From the Early Talent Team, training courses and info-bytes were great to attend and improve on our skills as well as further context to the massive amount of work done throughout the group. Moreover, 1-to-1's with my manager weekly as well as having a mentor were key to my success over the summer.
5 /5

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • International Travel
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Above 25 days holiday
  • Working from home
5 /5

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

Future employment prospects are certainly within reach, but come with more difficulty than other larger companies. The prospects tend to come on a case-by-case basis, and there isn't a streamlined and simple process to translate interns into full-time employees. However, my manager and HR as a whole have been very supportive in assisting me with ways to come back to the business in the future.
4 /5

The Culture

12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

Absolutely! The social scene was much better from what I had experienced previously at other internships. Everyone was incredibly friendly and open to socialising on many levels. I made a good group of friends and we had several activities from organised socials to nights out in London, which were a great amount of fun.
5 /5

13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

As Expedia Group is based in London (Angel specifically), as a whole it was more on the expensive side than you may find in other areas of England. However, it was certainly reasonable and we received many local discounts in the Angel area by having an Expedia Group card to show at local stores.
4 /5

14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

The nightlife in Angel isn't incredibly diverse, but there are many pubs and bars to go to close to the office in the after-hours. However, London is a massive city with so much to do regarding nightlife, so going to other areas of London for social activities wasn't difficult and very easy to do via the tube.
4 /5

15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

Certainly! Within EPS and as an intern we had many opportunities, from a Summer Games day where we had cricket, softball and other games being played, to a day in the park where we played football and enjoyed each other's company in Green Park. Moreover, we also had a Corporate Social Responsibility day where we helped out local communities in Angel which was great to be a part of.
5 /5