Hotwire
3.7 of 5 101 reviews
www.hotwire.com San Francisco, CA 150 to 499 Employees

Hotwire Reviews

Updated Jun 17, 2014
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3.7 101 reviews

                             

40% Approve of the CEO

Hotwire President Henrik Kjellberg

Henrik Kjellberg

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70% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Good place to be if you enjoy thinking hard about work & travel.

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsStrong culture of results, achievements, and discipline. Relatively small company size keeps things moving and fairly nimble, while backing of Expedia as a parent company makes it nice and stable. Good, strong people who are creative and committed to enjoying thinking hard. Good work and life balance, and nice shining new office.

    ConsMight find this anywhere, but a lot more ideas than what actually gets done.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrust in your employees - they're a real asset.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Hotwire is a great place to work

    Director of QA (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsAwesome people, great technology, great business model.

    ConsGiven Hotwire is already part of Expedia, publicly traded company, there isn't much of financial upside.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGo International

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A phenomenal work-life balance...

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsHotwire's focus on work life balance is phenomenal. Employees often pick their own hours, and can set up regular (or last minute) work from home days. As a travel company, time off is a standard benefit. Hotwire is mid-sized, but has all the benefits of a large company (we're owned by Expedia) like phenomenal and a-typical benefits: free gym membership, free child care (20 days/year), stocks (not options, but straight stock), huge bonuses every year, and lots of non-work days (company events, department events, team events). Hotwire also just moved in to brand new offices (in the financial district of SF) so the office is clean, spacious, and well-stocked. Our end-of-year gift this year was an Ipod Touch. They do a pretty good job of taking care of us. Another great aspect of Hotwire is that the release schedule is "just right". Some companies have very rushed releases with no cool-down, and so employees are pulling late-nighters. Other companies have 6 or 12 month release schedules, so you rarely see the benefits of your work. Hotwire has major releases every month, and employees contribute to most releases (depending on the depth of your involvement in a project), so you see your work, live, often enough to feel like you are contributing. But when releases happen, it doesn't affect your life - you work the same hours, go home on time, no added stress.

    ConsHotwire has very few downsides. We're a small portion of the larger parent company, so sometimes it's hard to see how the company's successes affect the stock price. Luckily, bonuses and evaluations are based on Hotwire's successes, and not Expedia, Inc's. Another downside is gas prices are squeezing the travel industry. Luckily, online travel is still the second largest industry online and Expedia is the #1 company in that industry, so there's no worry about job loss. Also, since Hotwire is the "discount" wing of Expedia, the economic downturn benefits Hotwire, and that shows in our bonuses.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBring back the Memphis Mini's BBQ lunches (and supplement for the vegetarians). It seems like all we get now is pizza.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Exciting industry, collaborative environment, strong focus on performance

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsCollaborative environment, open and honest communication, exciting industry, work/life balance.

    ConsMore empahsis can be placed on providing employees with more frequent feedback on their performance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlace more emphasis on providing regular feedback to staff.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    great place to work

    Software (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    Prospeople here are great .

    Conscommute is sometimes too long.

    Advice to Senior Managementkeep up good work

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Hotwire is one of the best companies to work for in the Bay Area

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsHotwire is nimble and still has the "startup" feel although it has been around for over 7 years. Hotwire has an environment which promotes collaboration and teamwork without politics or unnecessary competiveness. Hotwire has great offices in downtown San Francisco that foster this teamwork and collaboration. While people work really hard at Hotwire, Senior Management truly believe and fosters a true work/life balance.

    ConsHotwire has really lean teams and expectations are high. The company continues to grow quickly and is a fast paced environment with high expectations which may not be suitable for some individuals.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to maintain the startup atmosphere in the company and maintain the high level of employee morale in the workplace.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Hotwire is a fabulous place to work!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsThe People! Great product! Travel Benefits! Outstanding Senior Management! Beautiful new space!

    ConsIt runs a bit lean on the employees so it would be better if they hired more people. Some of the beaurocratic stuff that comes down from Expedia can be annoying.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Scrappy travel company offers fantastic benefits, work environment, and opportunities for growth.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsThe health, wellness, vacation, and travel benefits are outstanding. The work environment is great. The small company atmosphere is engaging and low stress. The Financial District office location is convenient especially if you can commute via MUNI, BART, or Cal Train.

    ConsThe new office is a farther walk from BART and Cal Train. The new hire training could be more formalized, consistent, and indepth - certain departments are good about ramping up new people, while others lag and let people fend for themselves.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSame feedback most companies can improve upon: Senior Management should meet one on one with front line employees and listen to their ideas about how to improve the business. Vocalize and communicate a vision for the company and each department. Listen to your people and act upon their feedback.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Hotwire.com personifies "great place to work" on pretty much every level.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsSmall, scrappy company....good people, good environment. Good product.

    ConsFor some, the downtown SFO location is a bit of a commute but who can really complain about working in downtown San Francisco?

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what you're doing; remember that communication is key and knowledge is power and an empowered employee is, generally, a productive and happy employee.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Place to Work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat place to work. Great environment with a tremendous work/life balance. Management listens to feedback and everyone wants to succeed.

    ConsOther then compensation, not really any cons. Great place to learn in an exciting environment, lots of people have left and been very successful with startups, so obviously they are doing well at attracting talent.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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