Hotwire Reviews

Updated March 18, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    A great place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Hotwire

    Pros

    The company has a great work life balance. The company has a good strategic plan and doesn't deviate from it to chase the idea of the month. Most of the people are fun to work with and are smart and motivated. The perks are pretty good. You get pretty good discounts on travel. There are company events and morale boosters pretty frequently. The office is new and nice. The company is pretty small so you get to know almost everyone. But it is part of Expedia so there is the backing of a larger company. The company is performing very well.

    Cons

    Because the company is small, the opportunities for advancement are limited. There could be better communication and collaboration between some of the groups. Other than that there is not a lot of negative things that I could say about working at Hotwire. On a more macro level, one downside is that the business is going to follow the trends of the economy. As fewer people are able or willing to travel, that will have a negative impact on how Hotwire performs. This is true for many businesses, but leisure travel is probably a sector that could be harder hit by the economic slowdown.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out better ways to allow people to be promoted through the organization.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful

    Great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Hotwire

    Pros

    Hotwire as a company has very good ethical values. Employees are treated with respect. Senior management does care about employees and always does it best to maintain the balance between employee's work and personal life. Hotwire has by far the best benefits package. Senior management is quite accessible to all the employees. Hotwire also gathers periodic feedback from the employees, understands the concerns and tries to address them as best as it can. Hotwire is also a good technology company. It always tries to use the latest and greatest technologies. Hotwire also tries to be innovative

    Cons

    Hotwire being part of a big public company doesn't get much attention even when it performs very well. Hotwire's performance doesn't seem to affect the overall performance of the company. The career growth for employees is not promising enough in Hotwire. People are kinda stuck at certain levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think Senior Management can put more effort on career development prospects for the employees.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Every place has good points and bad ones. For me, Hotwire's good attributes outweigh its problems.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Hotwire

    Pros

    The work-life balance is great at Hotwire. Performance is judged much more on what you do than on how long it takes to do it. Risk taking is encouraged, and good ideas are usually adopted in Hotwire's open atmosphere.

    Cons

    Not everyone is vested in the company. Some people care a lot about the success, while others are there collecting a paycheck. Almost all people do what is expected of them, but you really need to take some chances to make serious career progress. Even then, the company's size limits how many options are open at higher levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sever the ties to Expedia. Expedia and Hotwire function in such different ways that the matrix structure rarely makes sense.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Can't miss learning experience and resume builder

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Hotwire

    Pros

    Hotwire is great place to work for people seeking the balance and stability of an established company combined with the space for creativity and individual performance. Hotwire still has lots of entrepreneurship available, although within a corporate context. Expedia, Inc. chose to keep Hotwire located in the Bay Area, which is a huge upside versus having to go to Seattle.

    Cons

    Hotwire is often viewed as the step child of Expedia.com. If you aren't in Bellevue, you won't get much press or recognition at the most senior levels. Since Hotwire is now more mature, employees need to expect to wait through normal review cycles. Promotions will not come quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay the course, Hotwire is an excellent place for most employees and is producing some great results. Always stick to your entrepreneurial roots and you will do well.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Hotwire

    Pros

    This is the bext company to work because of the process, benefits.

    Cons

    No new technologies are implemented. No direction towards moving to new technologies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would like to make new techologies available in the technology stack to attract the new guys.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. My Review for the best company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Hotwire

    Pros

    Great People, Great Motivation, Great Location.. its always a great feeling to come to work everyday and complete required tasks that make process easy

    Cons

    Longer commute is one of them

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    just make simple ideas monetary. Let employees work from home. Believe when employee say they can work from home and still make a difference

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. Fun place to work, good people to work with but short sighted management.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Hotwire

    Pros

    Good benefits especially paid time off. Fun people. Good pay.

    Cons

    Cliquish management. Current management is more tactical than strategic and lacks foresight.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to thinking strategically like was done two years ago. Quit being Polly Annish about the relationship between Hotwire and Expedia.

    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Hotwire is about execution

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Hotwire

    Pros

    The provide nice benefits through Expedia including some travel incentives. Work can be interesting and you can get a variety. If you want to move jobs you can do so throughout all of Expedia. On the whole people are smart and motivated. they have a good office location. Work-life balance is emphasized. Teams can move fast and execute well.

    Cons

    The well-developed and proven project processes can get a little heavy-handed. Being owned by a larger corporation makes it feel like management's hands are tied at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    let the employees shine, don't hold them back. They are excellent at executing.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. Strong performer in the travel industry in SF, with few downsides

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Hotwire

    Pros

    1. Company hires good, smart, motivated people
    2. Company is a leader across the travel industry in a number (perhaps most) funcational areas
    3. The business is growing and the company has the resources to spend on innovation
    4. There isn't a culture of over-work and face-time; get your work done and go home (or go out)
    5. A lot of laughter. Folks don't take themselves too seriously

    Cons

    1. Flexible work policy isn't that flexible
    2. Salaries and benefits are OK but not stellar
    3. It's a medium-sized business (100-200 people); career progression is limited unless you're willing to transfer to another Expedia Inc. business, which would likely mean moving

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The people make all the difference. Keep investing in them.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. Overall a very nice place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Hotwire

    Pros

    Good compensation, vacation days, travel discount, latest technologies.

    Cons

    Gets monotonous after a while. You keep doing the same work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please don't be partial. Need to recognize employees contribution.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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