Andy Washington, managing director, Northern Europe, Expedia, Inc.
“It’s our 20th anniversary this year; these two decades have taught us two important lessons. The first is that you need to invest in technology and intelligence to stay innovative, relevant and nimble. The second is the need to create an open, transparent organisational culture, where talent is empowered to deliver on a creative and innovative vision."
"Transparency is instrumental in empowering employees. Expedia, Inc. has a ‘test and learn’ philosophy that is evangelised across the organisation. This means we follow a scientific method when it comes to evaluating new ideas and making decisions. Through ‘test and learn’, we ask a simple question, collect the observation, construct a hypothesis, test it as quickly as possible, then analyse the learning through data and repeat on that. This approach offers transparency within the organisation and empowers all team members to have a voice and put forward new ideas."
"We also want to be transparent when it comes to key issues such as gender pay parity. Recently, we stated publicly that, after an internal review, on average, pay at Expedia, Inc. is equal between men and women: women earn $1 for every $1 paid to men in equivalent roles. Additionally, we highlighted that 33.3% of our leadership roles (executive, senior and manager-level positions) are now held by women."
"Overall, 52% of Expedia, Inc. employees worldwide are women, and in 2015, 32% of all leadership hires were women compared with 29% in 2014. We have more work to do to achieve full gender representation parity, especially at senior levels, but felt it was important to be transparent with our employees about our progress.”