Away, the luggage company turned full-on travel and lifestyle brand, has grown exponentially since its founding in 2015. When founders Steph Korey and Jen Rubio were fed up by the lack of middle ground in the luggage industry, a nice suitcase for an affordable price, the entrepreneurs set out to fill a hole in the luggage industry. Find out more about Away, including a look at how CEO Steph Korey views culture and inside advice for getting hired.
Industry: Retail & Lifestyle
Locations: The company’s headquarters is in New York, New York.
CEO: Steph Korey
Mission: “We believe in making connections: on the road, online, and in-person,” the company’s website states. “We value access over aspiration and exploration over escape. For us, all time away is time well spent.”
How much do Away employees make?
The average salary for an Away employee is $153,402 per year. Ladders estimates are based on our calculations.
Away is currently hiring for a Director of Packaging and a Human Resources Business Partner to join the team in New York. View Ladders’ Away Jobs page for a full list of open roles and information on how to apply.
Away company culture
“Something I’ve heard from a number of people when they first join the team is how surprised they are by the extent to which we empower decision making at all levels of the organization,” Korey said.
While senior leadership may call all the shots at most companies, the Away team believes that whoever is closest to the work should be making the calls.
The culture, rooted in growth and learning, is fueled by the company’s core belief that innovation can and should come from each and every employee on the team.
Interview advice from Away CEO Steph Korey
When it comes to hiring, Away is looking for someone who will add to its culture, not just fit in or adapt.
“Our customers are global and diverse, so we want the team that we’re building and the brand we create to be as well,” Korey said.
Each candidate will meet with a diverse hiring panel and, according to Korey, Away doesn’t diminish its talent pool with a strict list of requirements, like a four-year college degree, MBA, or even recruiting from distinct industries.
“By doing this, we prioritize difference over sameness, ensuring we’re bringing on as many varying perspectives as possible,” Korey said.
When it comes to interviewing advice, Korey wants candidates to know that Away hires for mindset rather than experience. As a result, interviews are an important chance to show how you’ve handled particular challenges or periods of change.
“If you can show us how you navigated a problem from the offset, by staying unflappable and getting creative with solutions, that will trump anything else we might see on your resume,” Korey said.
- Health, dental, vision, and disability insurance
- Flexible spending account (FSA)
- Health savings account (HSA)
- Mental health care
- Retirement plan
- Performance bonus
- Equity incentive plan
- 401K plan
- Supplemental workers’ compensation
- Maternity and paternity leave
- Fertility assistance
- Reduced or flexible hours
- Family medical leave
- Work from home
- Dependent care
- Vacation & paid time off
- Paid holidays
- Sick days
- Volunteer time off
- Bereavement leave
- Employee discount
- Commuter checks & assistance
- Company social events
- Free lunch or snacks
- Pet friendly workplace
- Diversity program
- Job training
- Professional development
Employee reviews 2019
Reviews on Glassdoor range from one-star reviews titled “toxic work environment” to five-star reviews titled “incredible experience- incredible team, incredible vision, incredible growth.”
“Away is a place where you learn how to excel,” one reviewer wrote. “They emphasize creative problem solving, being proactive, and the core values of the company, while creating a strong feeling of community and support within the team.”
Away has raised a total of $181 million over five funding rounds. The latest round, a Series D, was announced on May 14, 2019, raised $100 million, and had Wellington Management as the lead investor.
What does Away do?
Away is a lifestyle and travel brand that has grown from selling affordable suitcases to offering a wider range of lifestyle products, including bags, interior organizers, and extra travel gadgets like luggage tags.
The company is also soon expanding to offer products in the Apparel, Lifestyle Accessories, and Wellness categories.
Away also produces Here, a magazine available in print and online since 2017. The publication focuses on travel inspiration, city guides, and all things interesting to those who like to explore.