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Lead UI Software Engineer

| Austin

HomeAway, a world leader in the vacation rental industry, is the place to book beach houses, cabins, and condos with more than two million places to stay in 190 countries. The site makes it easy to find and book the perfect vacation rental for any getaway, often for less than the cost of traditional hotel accommodations. HomeAway is part of the Expedia Group family of brands.

About HomeAway UI Engineering:

When you're thinking of going on vacation how meaningful is a stand out user experience to you? Is it 70% of why you stay and engage?.. 80%?.. 90%? Correct. It's simply everything. And we understand that.

HomeAway is one of the most data rich companies in the world. Our UI Engineering teams love to take that data and mold it into extremely attractive and engaging user experiences that our Travelers and Vacation Rental Owners love to use, time and again. They know if they make honest attempts to engage and entertain that our users will return that energy. Quality in quality out.

Challenges you can work on:

  • Simplify our Traveler and Partner experiences while empowering them with content they want to see and can act upon
  • Building component based web UI architectures with modern JavaScript libraries (React, Redux, Node.js, hapi.js, etc.) 
  • Scale our services & web apps to more than 60k requests per second 
  • Develop fast, scalable, highly available, and reliable dashboards that serve a plethora of content pulling from multiple data sources 
  • Use real time data to understand customers’ needs before they do 
  • Dockerize our apps and services for cloud deployment, CICD 
  • Develop features that will drive our business through real time feedback loops 
  • Develop a smart service layer that will allow for in session personalization based off user behavior and data

Examples of ways to apply your skills:

  • Provide hands on technical leadership and participate in architectural decision-making 
  • Own new features from design to production release 
  • Dedicated to delivering tested and optimized high performance code for a distributed SOA environment 
  • Work with QA, product management,and operations in an Agile environment 
  • Participate in resolution of production issues and lead efforts toward solutions 
  • Grow a performance production environment in a way that makes the system increasingly reliable 
  • Conduct peer code reviews and act as a resource for junior developers

Required skills and experience:

  • Passionate about delivering a high quality user experience
  • 8+ years of professional frontend software development experience 
  • Proven vanilla Javascript coding abilities, regardless of framework 
  • Practical experience with modern frameworks 
  • HTML, CSS3 and Less experience 
  • Excellent communication skills with ability to work well across multiple departments 
  • Analytical problem solving 
  • Responsive design, cross browser development and compatibility experience 
  • BS or MS in Computer Science or equivalent experience

Very advantageous:

  • React.JS 
  • Node.js
  • Redux App development

Technologies we use:

  • React, Redux, Node.js, Less, hapi.js, Java8, Scala, Elasticsearch, Cassandra, AuroraDB, Spark, S3, AWS, Docker, Dropwizard, Kafka, Quoble, Databricks, Datadog, NewRelic, Splunk

Benefits & Perks:

  • Competitive health and insurance benefits
  • Competitive salary
  • Annual target bonus or commission
  • Paid vacation and sick time
  • Vacation rental on a yearly basis (taxable benefit)
  • Employee Stock Purchase Program
  • Free snacks and beverages
  • Frequent company update talks with our leadership team
  • Free listing on HomeAway.com
  • Electronic, adjustable stand-up desk
  • Discounted Metro & Rail pass
  • Casual dress

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • .NETLanguages
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • ScalaLanguages
    • SwiftLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • DjangoFrameworks
    • HadoopFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • SpringFrameworks
    • CassandraDatabases
    • MongoDBDatabases
    • MySQLDatabases
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • IllustratorDesign
    • InVisionDesign
    • ConfluenceManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • SmartsheetManagement
    • WordpressCMS
    • SalesforceCRM


HomeAway has six offices in the Austin area with a 16-story global headquarters under construction at the Domain set to open in 2019.

An Insider's view of HomeAway

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Some of us have been working together for 5+ years and have been there for each other during engagements, births, divorces…you name it. They have truly been my second family and my coworkers are the best part of coming to the office every day.


Director, B&B Sales and Supply

What projects are you most excited about?

As a Software Engineer, I’m excited to rebuild an old JavaScript and jQuery STAB component into a new React based component. The goal is to update this component to our new tech stack so when consuming applications move to using Catalyst based applications we can ease the integration process.


Advertising Account Executive

What makes someone successful on your team?

Being a successful finance person means being a strong business partner and not only understanding what is happening throughout the business but also being insatiably curious about it. It’s not enough to just know math, or know the numbers; you need to know where those numbers come from, how they get there and what's driving that result.


Sr. Director Global Finance Operations

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

The Talent Acquisition team is always pitching innovative ideas at our 120-day planning sessions that directly impact the company and recruitment experience. It’s amazing to see how quickly we’re able to implement new ideas every 120 days and measure the results. We’ve seen everything from employee referral reform to self-defense classes in Austin.


Director, Global Talent Acquisition

What projects are you most excited about?

I'm on a team that's investigating the integration of react-native into our existing mobile app and my focus is primarily on bridging our existing native analytics packages into the react-native side of things. This allows us to adapt and improve based on what customers do while using our product,


Software UI Engineer

What are HomeAway Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
HomeAway offers up to 20 weeks of paid parental leave (yes, dads, too!) for eligible new parents with at least 1 year of service.
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
9 paid holidays + 2 floating holidays you can take any time during the year.
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program

Additional Perks + Benefits

We were recognized by the Austin American-Statesman for having the most generous parental leave in Austin!