Hotwire Reviews

Updated May 19, 2014
Updated May 19, 2014
107 Reviews

3.2
107 Reviews
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Hotwire President Henrik Kjellberg
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The company respects work-life balance, while still offering challenging opportunities (in 28 reviews)

  • Exciting industry (travel) discounts on travel products (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance are non-existent depending on the group (in 4 reviews)

  • If you're looking for career growth, you need to make sure you are on your manager's radar at all times (in 5 reviews)

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30 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Highly Unsatisfied

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

    I have been working at Hotwire

    Pros

    I am happy with Benefits

    Cons

    I never get recognised being here for so many years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognise your direct reports on work they do not from projection or feedback from others.

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    It is kind of nice.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hotwire

    Pros

    Friendly environment and adequate management.

    Cons

    Slow career growth and not very interesting project.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at Hotwire

    Pros

    challenging environment
    good compensation
    work-home balance
    good projects

    Cons

    no proper career training and mentorship though management keeps saying big words about individual training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you guys are doing a good job!!Keep UP

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    thanks for all the fish

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hotwire

    Pros

    work/life balance. smart people. great benefits

    Cons

    small companies offer less career growth opportunities. pay is a bit below market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    find ways to retain strong performers

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good place to work, nice people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hotwire

    Pros

    hours are flexible,
    people are nice
    management team is stable

    Cons

    Company is a little small, no stocks from this year

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    management is stable and know what they are doing

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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