Hotwire Reviews

Updated August 30, 2015
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Hotwire President Henrik Kjellberg
Henrik Kjellberg
45 Ratings

Pros
  • There is work/life balance though but that's because I don't think people want to stay any longer at work then they have to (in 33 reviews)

  • Great benefits - good location - flexible schedule (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance are non-existent depending on the group (in 4 reviews)

  • If you're looking for career growth, you need to make sure you are on your manager's radar at all times (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Great - if you live in San Francisco

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smaller company with big pockets (Expedia). Lots of opportunities in SFO area. Great people. Benefits are good

    Cons

    Leadership overall is good - some VP level leadership is out of touch with Sales/Management level or people in the field but have strong opinions without knowing the day to day. Unless you live in the area, you will be held back with career growth.

    Advice to Management

    I'd say over all lower level management is decent (regional managers and account managers). The issue is where the VP level comes in. Very out of touch with sales and errors more on the negative side of things vs what is good.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Sky's the limit

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Incredibly smart co-workers -Great career growth opportunity -Entrepreneurial energy with big-company stability -Business is continually evolving; no limit to what the future could hold -Amazingly fun industry!

    Cons

    -Competitive industry -Technological challenges at times, but getting better -Lots of change in recent years, has taken time to stabilize

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing your people and product to be the best. Keep identifying and recognizing talented performers within the organization. Keep being transparent with future vision.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Awesome gig

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun industry. Great colleagues. Great brand. Superb perks. Lots of learning. Interesting product challenges.

    Cons

    Competitive industry. Tough competitive set requires attention to detail Overall company is addressing the issues that are facing this segment of the industry.

    Advice to Management

    Keep raising the bar.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Amazing place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Fun place to work 2. Work-life balance 3. Great team

    Cons

    Faced few challenges in the past, but working hard to turn around

    Hotwire Response

    Apr 30, 2015 – Team Hotwire

    Thank you for sharing your great feedback. We're excited about the future of Hotwire moving forward too!


  6. Helpful (1)

    Still a great place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun industry (who doesn't like to travel), great product (doing some cutting edge things especially in technology on both the web and mobile apps), smart people, great benefits, great location in downtown SF.

    Cons

    Hotwire has slowly been taken over by the Expedia cyborg. Plusses and minuses for this from a business perspective. Mostly negative, in my opinion, from a culture standpoint. Long-term growth and success is a question mark.

    Hotwire Response

    Apr 30, 2015 – Team Hotwire

    Thanks for your important feedback. We are truly a culture of travel geeks! There will always be growing pains as a business matures, but we're excited about our future!


  7. Helpful (1)

    I love coming to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Some of the smartest people I've ever worked with -Great perks -Everyone is willing to help

    Cons

    -Compensation is a bit low

    Advice to Management

    Focus on young talent to remain competitive in the Bay Area


  8. Helpful (1)

    Hotwire is great

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Work life balance Amazing people Great benefits

    Cons

    No work from home policy


  9. Helpful (1)

    Once great

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people at your level to work with, great industry

    Cons

    Management lacks direction and has lost many of the great mentors that had been working there

    Hotwire Response

    Apr 30, 2015 – Team Hotwire

    Over the past couple of years there have been many changes across the organization. We feel confident that we have the right leaders in place to take us to the next level!


  10. Helpful (5)

    Mediocre

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance and time off is good, as are benefits

    Cons

    Uninspiring environment, lots of paper pushing middle managers, unfocused working environment.

    Advice to Management

    Focus less on benefits like happy hours and more on making each employees job meaningful

    Hotwire Response

    Apr 30, 2015 – Team Hotwire

    Thank you for the feedback. We take these types of comments serious.


  11. Helpful (1)

    I like coming to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work life balance, benefits, culture and immediate managers are awesome.

    Cons

    Disorganized -- groups often work independently of one other instead of together so it is really hard to get anywhere with new ideas



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