Earlier this year, my Full-Time MBA colleagues and I headed to Germany to visit Trivago – the online hotel booking company. It was an inspiring day packed with new insights and opportunities to see this exciting company in action. Here’s what we experienced…
A day at Trivago HQ
On November 28, we left Vlerick bright and early. Two and a half hours later, we were in Dusseldorf, ready for a tour of Trivago HQ.
First we heard from one of the Trivago team, Mirja Wagener, Product Lead - Frontend. Her talk covered the introduction of the internet industry and the trends that have developed quickly in recent years. She also talked about her own professional experience after gaining her MBA in Germany – great insight for people currently studying an MBA!
We also had a super-interesting lecture from David Pinto, Strategy Project Manager – Alternative Accommodation, on the company strategy and how they compete with other organisations in their marketplace. I used to work at Meituan Dianping in China, so it was valuable to see how a European company operates. We got to explore the Trivago business model and strategy – and see how the company uses data to enhance its user interface.
Trivago is a young, dynamic company – and we could tell that as soon as we walked through the door. There’s a coffee shop in the middle of the lobby that caters to Trivago’s teams and offers free vitamin water. But the perks don’t stop there. There’s also a yoga room, gym and rooftop running area to promote wellbeing at work. Teams can get free food and drink from the kitchen. And the meeting rooms look more like art museums!
The team is very diverse but the culture feels comfortable. People can choose their own working hours and it’s very agile. Combined with the great office space, this seems like a winning recipe for keeping people motivated and happy to be at work.
The trip to Trivago was a great opportunity for me to go inside a company and really see how it works. That’s the wonderful thing about Vlerick company visits – you can find out how other organisations operate and even start to build relationships with them. I’m already looking forward to the next one!
Written by Tracy Liu