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Used to be great, but times are changing

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  • Senior Management
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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Unix Systems Administrator in San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Unix Systems Administrator in San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Hotwire full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

- The people are mostly great
- Nice office
- Great benefits
- Passion for travel
- Lots of opportunity to learn new technologies

Cons

- No more work from home
- New president that doesn't seem to understand the bay area job market
- Layoffs during a time of running extremely lean already
- Lots of good people leaving
- Average pay is below market rate
- The "fun" environment of the past has become a much more stressful and negative environment

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Quit the "crack the whip" attitude now or we're going to lose all our best employees. Bring back the fun, flexibility, passion, and atmosphere that made the company so successful in the past.

Recommends
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Enormous potential in the discount travel space

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    Former Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Hotwire full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Relative independence from the rest of the Expedia travel portfolio (Expedia is the parent company of Hotwire)

    Cons

    Corporate HQ for Expedia, the parent company, is in Bellevue. That can make communication challenging as many important decisions still happen there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be aware of the issues of geography as you manage subsidiary companies!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    It's just ok

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Culture & Values
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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 full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Great work / life balance. Reasonable hours
    - Great benefits like commuter reimbursement, health and fitness allowance, extra floating holidays, free fancy drinks
    - The company has been around for awhile now so it's pretty stable and efficient

    Cons

    - Seems like getting ahead is difficult. It's very corporate in that way. There seems to be a lot of middle management positions. I don't know what all those people do.
    - The culture is pretty dull. Perhaps in the past it was more exciting and energetic, but now it seems cliquey and staid. As a new person, I didn't feel very welcomed. The pace seems slow to me. Not a very exciting place to work.
    - Pay is decent, but on the lower end
    - A lot of people have been there for a very long time. I wonder if that is a good thing or a bad thing. New blood, new ideas, new energy....
    - My manager doesn't really advocate for me or mentor me. I feel left on my own to navigate a relatively large and somewhat closed off culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clem made a habit of talking to and getting to know all employees. He made himself approachable. I don't get that feeling from most of the rest of the senior team. Be approachable and help ALL employees feel that their input is valuable, not just the people with seniority or in product and marketing. The next great idea could come from anyone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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