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Dennis Kaarsemaker

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  • Commented on booking.com - a toxic company for developers
    I've only seen the 2 /booking_?employee/ blogposts and am unaware of other complaints posted on the internet. But I've worked at booking.com for over seven years now and there have certainly been cases where people are unhappy to work here...
  • Commented on booking.com - a toxic company for developers
    No, nobody at Booking.com is sending us here to "defend the company". Rafaël responded because he was attacked personally, and I respond because I'm disgusted by the slandering lies. No company is perfect, and booking.com certainly has its flaws. But...
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  • Gabor Szabo commented on booking.com - a toxic company for developers

    Aristotle,

    I don't care so much about Booking.com, but I don't want to alienate everyone else from Perl, and from the Perl community. Neither individuals nor companies.

    I don't think the biggest and most official-looking Perl-related web-site should allow personal attacks, nor should it be a place of bad-mouthing any company.


  • jouke.visser commented on booking.com - a toxic company for developers

    What a bunch of bullsh*t.

    I've worked for Booking.com between 2003 and 2010, and in that time I've been very much involved in the hiring process. I used to be one of those team leads that you mention by name. I know most of these as great colleagues, honest, intelligent and reliable people. I say most of these, because some of them were hired after I left, so I can't vouch for those I don't know.

    The reason I left Booking.com was not because it's an evil company. I left for personal reasons that had very little to do with the company.

    I've promoted Booking.com volunt…

  • th.j.v.hoesel commented on booking.com - a toxic company for developers

    Sounds all familiar:

    http://blogs.perl.org/users/bookingemployee/2012/03/truth-about-bookingcom.html

    Further more, I can not comment on anything mentioned in either posts as I do not work for the company.
    I only know some great people working at 'the Bank' which do provide the community with wonderful modules at CPAN that make our lives as developer zoo much easier.
    Also they host the AmsterdamX.pm group that shares knowledge on wonderful technical stuff month after month…

  • JustOneOfMany commented on booking.com - a toxic company for developers

    As a "core employee" of Booking I would like to take this opportunity to make further comments to some of the replies and how this whole thing is working.

    The "chaos" they try to "control" (one of the principals here at Booking) is slowly getting "out of control" as with company grow , lack of proper workflows makes it everyday more "unstable"

    In reply to @Haico:
    "Untrue. Most people get permanent contracts from the start at Booking.com"
    --> Unfortunately I have seen many occasions where a "promise" of permanent contract never got fulfilled.

    "Untrue. Qua…

  • Evy van Gorp commented on booking.com - a toxic company for developers

    At first glance Booking.com seems a professional and decent employer. I can not judge how it is like to work for them. I can only share my experience on the lame way they dealed with my application.

    Briefly: After submitting my motivation and curriculum on a Front End Developer position. The booking portal confirmation page displayed a message reading I would hear from them soon. After more than 3 weeks (which I think is not soon), out of the blue I received a standarized email.

    It said Booking.com wanted to know me better. To prove my skills and to find out how I would handl…

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