Hotwire

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Great Place to Learn and Grow

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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

Hotwire is a melting pot of smart and energetic employees immersed in fun and fast moving corporate culture. The open environment at Hotwire allows for high levels of collaboration, eliminates surprises in the business, and allows for real-time identification of risks/opportunities. There are competent employees in nearly every area of the business and most processes run without issue.

Cons

The association with the parent company causes some "Big Company" hurdles to be pushed down stream to a company that thrives on keeping "Small Company" nimbleness. The company doesn't pay great for the industry, but the benefits greatly help to ease the pain. Hotwire management is probably a little too risk averse, but nearly every initiative can be counted on to deliver positive results.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

It is very important to maintain the corporate culture and to stick to the companies core values and business strategy. Continue to focus on what we do well and to not dive head first into new and untested territory. Continue to encourage open collaboration across all departments and inter company camaraderie.

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great 9-5 place if you want to chill.

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    Current Employee - Not Sure Anymore in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Not Sure Anymore in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Hotwire

    Pros

    Hotwire is a good place to work if you want to chill out and not work hard. The hours are fair and you can arrive and leave pretty much when you want. Even more-so if you are a manager it seems. The company is still hiring which could be viewed as a positive to some. If you aspire to run for senate or governor you could learn a lot here with such a rich set of politics. Most people do not roll in until after 9 and after 6 its a ghost town so if you want fair hours it is very good as well. You do not have to innovate or push the envelope here so if you want to relax and coast you will like it.

    Clem is a great new President. Eric was good but quiet. Clem really is energetic.

    Cons

    Innovation. There is not much. 4 or 5 years back there was a lot more and then innovation stopped. Working on a new 'agile' project has introduced more procedure then the already over whelming amount of procedure. The economy is down yet we are still hiring even though half the employees seem to surf the web all day. There is not much innovation. Apparently we have a lab here for innovation and I just found out about it recently. Thus bad communication. They promote 'family' values however working a day a week at home was not allowed for me. However, some managers seem to work at home at-will. What a double standard. They will also make 'rules' for you if you want to work at home. For example if you live say 45 miles away you can work at home. But if you live in daily city and it takes you 1 hour to commute here you can not. There is very little collaboration here. Very waterfall in all aspects and very risk adverse. It seems the less you do the more you get rewarded. If you go the extra mile and screw up a small something you will get scolded instead of a 'good job'. The pay is below industry standard and even in this 'down economy' you could get better pay and probably work at home privileges. Also some depts let people work at home and some do not. What a double standard.

    If you read all these other people saying things like 'startup' or 'nimble' or 'scrappy' do not even believe it. There is nothing startup here at all. Its one step below a huge corporate machine.

    GLASS CEILING - Very hard to promote. Unless they create a position for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More communication.
    More flexible work hours, let people work at home if they perform.
    Put emphasis on what people do and not if there are in the office 9-5.
    Reward those that work hard, say thanks one a year to somebody.
    Use this economy to have a RIF and get rid of all the slackers and middle managers.
    Try to innovate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Hotwire's a great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Hotwire

    Pros

    There is a great life/work balance at Hotwire, along with a good group of people to work with.

    Cons

    Hotwire is a relatively small company, so there can be me lateral opportunities available than promotions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to innovate and look within the company for new ideas

    Recommends
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