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

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

I worked at Hotwire full-time (more than an 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

118 Other Employee Reviews for Hotwire (View Most Recent)

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  1.  

    Good Overall Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hotwire full-time (more than an 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
  2.  

    Used to be great, but times are changing

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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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