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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Hotwire full-time for more than a year

Pros

Great benefits - good location - flexible schedule

Cons

Low pay - Lack of communication - not stable

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Listen to your employees

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    A lot of potential, but lacking competitive edge for San Francisco

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hotwire full-time

    Pros

    -Some travel benefits
    -From what I gathered, the lean environment used to mean a fun environment
    -Great San Francisco location

    Cons

    -New president made drastic changes, leaving a lot of recently hired employees completely confused about why they were brought on
    -Could turn around but right now, is very behind the times in terms of a) company structure b) analytics and c) technology innovation
    -Very, very lean. People may have a good work/life balance but, it comes at the price of innovation and morale because of minimal headcount
    -Teams this lean also means most people are far from any type of management position
    -Favor tenure over creative, promising new talent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be proactive when assessing market trends and what it will take for Hotwire to be competitive. Defend your new employees if they are more qualified than older, stale talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Used to be great, but times are changing

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    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 for 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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