Life at Secret Escapes
Take a look below to discover what it’s really like to work at Secret Escapes, from the parties we throw, our amazing office location, and what our new joiners really think of their first few weeks here.
‘All work and no play’ is not a concept we promote! Ping Pong, PlayStation, table football and weekly board game evenings means there are lots of opportunities to take a break and have fun with your colleagues. We want our teams to have great working relationships, and what better way to build these than in our games room. A game of Pac-Man, anyone?
Farringdon and Leather Lane
The Secret Escapes London office is perfectly situated in Holborn and neighbours bustling Leather Lane and trendy Farringdon. Leather Lane is a busy market with a whole range of goodies, from burritos to curries, clothes and novelty goods. Who knows what you’ll bring back from your lunch break after a little wander. A little further on, you’ll find Farringdon with bars, clubs, and lots to keep you entertained after a day’s work.
Summer parties, Christmas parties, quarterly results celebrations and Friday night drinks at our Tiki Bar (don’t let the Tiki Bar sway you, too much…) adds up to plenty of partying. We love getting to know one another better, not to mention finding out who will bag the Best Dancer Award!
Secret Escapes Values
We Make Stuff HappenWe are the people who get the job done. We ensure that what matters most happens first and fast. Together, we step up to own problems, not just successes.
We're open-mindedWe hire talented people and learn from their experience. We listen to alternate points of view (even when they feel uncomfortable). We might not always agree with a decision, but we can always be relied upon to get it done.
We love dataExtracting human insight from our data helps us make good decisions. We rigorously evidence our opinions, rather than just asserting them. We know what to measure and why BEFORE we start.
We Are Good PeopleAbility is a given, but integrity and effort are just as crucial. We take work seriously (ourselves, not so much…) and respect our diverse identities, talents and capabilities. We behave thoughtfully and look out for each other.
We Are CommittedWe love a challenge, we get stuck in and we want to make an impact. Our organisation respects this effort and ensures everyone is supported - at work and in life well beyond the office.
We Take Care Of Every TripOur millions of members trust us with their most treasured possession: precious time with family and friends. Whatever our roles, wherever we are, we share a common goal: to enable every member to experience inspiring escapes.
There are many perks while working at Secret Escapes. If you fancy putting a bit of cash away for when you are old and beautifully grey, our pension scheme will help. We work hard, however everyone is entitled to 25 days of holiday, so you can get out there and do whatever you love – rest, re-energise, rave. Our kitchens are also fully stocked with yoghurt, cereals, bread, bagels, English muffins, fruit, as well as the fizzy drinks fridge. In addition, we like our staff to have a taste of the high life as our customers do, so make the most of the 20% staff discount when booking through the Secret Escapes website.
Our Secret Escapes hoodies are the envy of any new starter elsewhere - true story - and you’ll receive yours during your first week at work. Each area of the office has the option of having music playing in the background, so whether it’s Celine Dion or Oasis you fancy, you have the chance to hear your faves. You can also bring your hobbies to work from joining our indulgent bake club to playing in our 5-a-side football team (move over Messi) . Themed meeting rooms mean you could be overlooking the Eiffel Tower, be transported to a cosy ski lodge in Iceland (complete with fur rugs), or kicking back on our La-Z-Boy chairs in the USA.
We know, we know - not as exciting as all our perks and quirks, but it’s good stuff to know. HQ is based a very short walk from Chancery Lane tube, a 10-minute walk from Holborn, and a short bus ride from Waterloo. Farringdon station is also easily accessible, giving you lots of options to get to and from work.
Staff awards and recognition are an important part of working at Secret Escapes. Our regular hero awards mean achievements and the completion of important projects don’t go unnoticed. These heroes are recognised at our company gatherings, like the end of quarter meetings and the Christmas party. Alongside these achievement awards, we also like to make sure we are having fun in the office and awards for the messiest desk, the most sporty or best dressed person etc, are also up for grabs.
My first Hack day: Kirsten Grieve, Data Warehouse Engineer
Our monthly Hack days are such a great initiative at Secret Escapes. So, having recently changed to a more technical role, I jumped at the chance to take the reins and participate in our May Hack day (my first) alongside other members of the SE Tech team.Read story