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Hotwire Reviews

Updated November 21, 2014
Updated November 21, 2014
118 Reviews
2.9
118 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 33 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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    a fun place to work, comes with travel perks

    • 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

    wonderful smart people make a wonderful work environment

    Cons

    lean resources can mean a lot of work if one is a subject matter expert at something. support roles have more reasonable hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    SMEs need understudies; we need more resources

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Chugging Along

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

    I have been working at Hotwire

    Pros

    Integrity, vision, execution, innovation, smart people.

    Cons

    Small company. Resources can be tight.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it going!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    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 people, the culture, the management. Laid back culture.

    Cons

    Runs lean on staffing and its a small company so growth can be somewhat limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to be if you enjoy thinking hard about work & travel.

    • 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

    Strong 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust in your employees - they're a real asset.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Hotwire is a great place to work

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

    I have been working at Hotwire

    Pros

    Awesome people, great technology, great business model.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go International

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A phenomenal work-life balance...

    • 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

    Hotwire'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.

    Cons

    Hotwire 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Exciting industry, collaborative environment, strong focus on performance

    • 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

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Place more emphasis on providing regular feedback to staff.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    great place to work

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

    I have been working at Hotwire

    Pros

    people here are great .

    Cons

    commute is sometimes too long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up good work

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

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

    • 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

    Hotwire 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.

    Cons

    Hotwire 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 ManagementAdvice

    Continue to maintain the startup atmosphere in the company and maintain the high level of employee morale in the workplace.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Hotwire is a fabulous 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 People! Great product! Travel Benefits! Outstanding Senior Management! Beautiful new space!

    Cons

    It 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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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