Market Associate at Expedia Group

Duration
Placement (5-9 Months)
Region
Islington
Review Date

3.2/5

The Role
4.2
The Company
3.2
The Culture
1.8

The Role

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

It was a really good experience - I had a super supportive team, varied work and made to feel part of the business.
5 /5

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

My team was super! I feel like Expedia definitely hires on the basis of their guiding principles which makes for a great environment and culture. There were numerous opportunities to speak with/work with individuals from different teams in the London office, across different functions and different countries. Your opinions are heard so feel free to speak up!
5 /5

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

My manager was super supportive during the CO-VID crisis as we all had to work from home - we had many team activities to make up for the social gap. If I had any questions, I felt comfortable to ask and my manager regularly checked in to see how things were on 'the ground'. We also had to 1:1 sessions. For my project work overseer also checked in with me on a weekly basis - this was a great support.
5 /5

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

I was fairly busy as we had daily targets to hit and you could always go further to exceed this. Additionally, I also had project work to do so this was a good way to balance my time. At times it could be slow - but this was mainly during CO-VID when a lot of hotels had to temporarily closed.
4 /5

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

I felt I was given a considerable amount of responsibility - I owned 2 projects and on a day-to-day basis spoke with numerous hotel partners. You could choose how you met your daily targets and structured your day. I would add that I was not fully responsible because hotel partners had their own Account Managers and I worked across all accounts of these Account Managers so sometimes you would have to check-in with them which could be time-consuming.
4 /5

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

I have learned a lot at my internship - for instance, around communicating and clients and approaching conversations on a needs-based approach. I have learned the importance of prioritisation and voicing my ideas and opinions. Even planning my day-to-day activities to fit in my targets, project work, general meetings etc. was great for my organisation and prioritisation skills.
4 /5

The Company

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

My floor in particular was quite lively - there are whiteboards for each team so sometimes we'd have small competitions. Everyone is generally very friendly and helpful. There's tea, coffee, drinks in the kitchens. There are also really cool themed travel rooms.
4 /5

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

My internship was split between project work (major and minor) and business calls. I think this makeup was great to avoid one thing getting too tedious and keeping the work varied. Some areas could have use improvement for attention to interns in regards to CO-VID but this was mostly because the situation was unprecedented. The general support for interns was great - there was a slack channel for interns ( I attended a movie night, presented my experience to other interns and attended a really insightful CV & Job applications session).
4 /5

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

The training at the start of the internship was useful for the job role (online, face-to-face sessions, work shadowing - own team/other teams). The system for tracking targets was helpful to see what you were doing well and areas for improvement).
3 /5

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Working from home
3 /5

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

3 /5

The Culture

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

Yes, there were opportunities to meet the other interns.
3 /5

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

I was at the office in Islington so there were many options for eating at lunch - a little on the pricier side. However, if in doubt there's also Sainsbury's and Tortilla is also great. Some places had discounts for Expedia employees - bring your badge. There are also quite a few bars/pubs that people go to after work.
3 /5

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

1 /5

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

1 /5