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Hotwire.com - It's a sinking ship!!

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Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

I worked at Hotwire full-time (more than a year)

Pros

1. Used to be a great place to work.
2. Used to be good work-life balance, and flexible work timings.
3. Excellent travel benefits like free $500 money.
4. Free $600 for health-gym.
5. If you are in the right team then you will enjoy the work. It all depends on the Manager and Lead. Our lead lacked everything apart from technical knowledge.
6. Great location.
7. Good and supportive people to work with.
8. Scope for innovation but it all depends on your manager.
9. You can learn new technologies.
10. Everyone says Agile but it is not.
11. Laid back attitude.
12. Used to have fun parties.

Cons

1. Pathetic salary, below average what market pays.
2. Recently fired 50+ people in the first round but CEO still thinks that HW is not lean.
3. Open secret - CEO Clem Bason was asked to leave his position.
4. New CEO wants to prove that he can turn around, and add a bullet point in his resume for the cost of employee careers.
5. Forget about any promotion in future and join.
6. Made a huge bet on International and paying the price now.
7. All the good people left, only the dead water remaining.
8. Not sure what middle management is doing.
9. Made a huge mistake by not investing in Analytics.
10. There will be no mentoring or encouragement for your work.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Think why people go to priceline.com and seriously our commercials are lazy.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
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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
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    Hotwire - The Ship that sank!

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Hotwire full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Work culture was good and the company paid me well!

    Cons

    The management was too late to react to the downfall in business and they resorted to layoffs as the first option. Pathetic!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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