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good for the strong of heart, not for the long in the tooth.

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Current Employee - Analyst  in  San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Analyst in San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Hotwire

Pros

high energy envrionment, and driven and encouraging workforce. Access to the executive team - even at the entry level positions. The envrionment supports cross postion/deparment communication. If I needed to I can and have written an e-mail to the VP of product and asked for direction/information and I am not at the executive level, and have gotten an honest answer and help.

 Relatively good work/life balance - set your own working hours, and flexibility with telecommuting - sort of... Good morale boosters, frequent team building and on-site training offered for development. The company still has the start-up feel, but the best way to describe it, is that it's growing up. Realizing that it's past its adolecence of 'start-up-dom' and trying to move towards a more polished 'business' perspective.
Casual wear in the office, and some good benefits & perks. (Earnest bonuses, expresso machines on sight, dot com shwag is common and easily pillagable, plus FOOZBALL!!! and lunchtime scrabble tourney's)

Cons

Being that it is a small/med sized company there are limited options for promotion and advancement within the same team/department. Although part of a larger company, it means that advancement may mean going to a partner company.

The hours lean towards the long, and there is little colaboration within in the groups, unless forced for a project. Eating at your desk for lunch is a regular daily occurance. The workload is large, and the project management is sometimes haphazard and break neck.

The business wants to get too much done on a shoestring. They can expect Lamborghini's and get stuck with Ford Fiesta's becuase of the lack of appropraite staffing and forsight. Marketing and Product teams take most of the gold stars... most other departments are adjuncts.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Consider that being 'scrappy' means that the tradeoff is going to result in a higher turnover in your core support departments.
Invest in different types (or longer) iteration cycles, and less of a focus on marketing.
Infrastructure is still essential to executing on ideas, and being nimble doesn't necessarily make a company healthy. For longer term sustainabilty think about what needs to be done to maintain, not just advance.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    a fun place to work, comes with travel perks

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    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

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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great place to work.

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    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.

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