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

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Updated May 19, 2014
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3.7 101 reviews

                             

40% Approve of the CEO

Hotwire President Henrik Kjellberg

Henrik Kjellberg

(20 ratings)

70% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsAmazing work/life balance, great benefits and travel perks, on-site gym, smart and nice people, great office/location...the new president is extremely insightful/smart and has a clear vision on the direction he wants to take the company.

    ConsOften too conservative and not willing to take risks (this is changing), growth opportunities are limited, compensation is lower than competitors.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the clear vision and transparency. However, need to boost moral and inject more fun into the culture in order to get the company back to its roots. Employees/talent afraid to join the company or stay due to negative opinions circulating, this is changing, but really need to highlight the benefits of the company and it's strong brand.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good place to work; results-driven

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsCulture at the company is very friendly and not nearly as political as other places. The company respects work-life balance, while still offering challenging opportunities. The company is very focused on metrics and results-driven.

    ConsAs a mid-size company, opportunities for advancement are not very structured or clear. One really needs to take responsibility for one's own career development rather than depend on support from above. To get the best projects, one really needs to have the mentality of a self-starter.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Real talented people

    Product Manager (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsEveryone is extremely friendly and supportive
    The environment is very much like a startup even though it's a medium sized company
    Work hours are respected
    Agile development. No need for excessive bureaucracy
    The travel benefits a great!
    Having Expedia inc support is very convenient
    It's in the city (SF) no commuting needed if you live here

    ConsSubway is not close by, we have to rely on Muni
    Promotions don't happen very often (they do happen)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    An overall solid experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe best thing about working here has to be the subject matter -- travel. As an employee you get great travel perks and are encouraged to use them. As for day-to-day enjoyment, it all depends on your team here, and which manager is either making your life amazing or miserable. I loved my immediate team members -- great repor in and out of work, collaborative, supportive. Clear reporting structure where I felt comfortable addressing any issues or concerns with management.

    ConsCareer/compensation growth can be slow. My biggest issues came from specific individuals that were hired over the years that I had difficulty working with, which can of course happen anywhere. Also, I felt a lot more warmth/fun/connection in the Hotwire culture than by the time I left. It felt like the culture was shifting to a less happy place.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Ready to build great products

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsSpent 2012 transitioning to agile product development with dedicated product teams and is going to capitalize on the year of learning how to make great products. Social culture is great, very fun environment to work with lots of fun company activities. Many travel perks available. Pressure is relatively low and you can have a good work/life balance. Some good-to-great engineers here.

    ConsMoves very slowly for a company of this small size. There are senior management positions that are of questionable value and at times become roadblocks to progress. Members of leadership who have been here longer than a two years are risk averse and choose slow improvement options. Poor performers aren't properly addressed and stick around to lower productivity and morale. Career advancement is very slow, matching the generally laid back pace.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A good company overall

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsGreat people, strong individualized culture, definitely promotes work/life balance. It's a very friendly company with some smart people. Great SF city location.

    ConsProbably not as innovative as it thinks it is, which results in a lot of turnover in Engineering. Not as much accountability as you'd expect either with regards to product launches. Also groups are pretty siloed with not as much cross-depatrment communication

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the ranks even more. Pay better.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It is kind of nice.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFriendly environment and adequate management.

    ConsSlow career growth and not very interesting project.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good Place to work

    Engineer (Current Employee)

    Proschallenging environment
    good compensation
    work-home balance
    good projects

    Consno proper career training and mentorship though management keeps saying big words about individual training

    Advice to Senior Managementyou guys are doing a good job!!Keep UP

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Very satisfactory

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsGreat team, great manager and great benefits. Lots of work that challenges an employee. You need to ask for it though.

    ConsSome very poor upper management and executives. Poor performers are kept on forever. Promotions are unfairly given or not standard across the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSome of the problems start all the way at the top. You need to focus at the main source and not at the bottom rung.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A positive experience. I'm happy, and I'm tough to make happy!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsGreat work/life balance. smart people. great benefits, they are a social bunch if that works for you. Casual work environment. Great Transparentness and established process. Great mix of old people and new people keeps it interesting. Great Office Space. Respect people, Clem is engaged and they do there best to bring people along and avoid layoffs. Open environment improves communication. Exciting industry (travel) discounts on travel products.

    ConsSmall companies offer less career growth opportunities. Pay is a bit below market. Some folks might find that dull. Process can be a bit dated, like remote working policy. It's a bit like a step back in time. Like small towns, it can feel politically a little to close at times. Open Environment can have a negative impact on productivity. Yet people are very complacent so that is great if you want a peaceful environment where nobody argues or even debates and it's oddly quiet perhaps due to the open environment I think for new people it leans towards creepy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart listening, not just to managers but lower employees. Keep up the great work and stay engaged. Perhaps if possible you could sit down with employees, all of them, on a yearly basis. Would do wonders for moral and input from outside the senior management chain.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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