Hotwire Reviews

Updated April 3, 2015
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Hotwire President Henrik Kjellberg
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Pros
  • The company respects work-life balance, while still offering challenging opportunities (in 33 reviews)

  • Exciting industry (travel) discounts on travel products (in 6 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. Helpful (1)

    Amazing place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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

  2. Still a great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hotwire

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    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.

  3. I love coming to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Hotwire is great

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hotwire

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Amazing people
    Great benefits

    Cons

    No work from home policy

  6. Helpful (1)

    Once great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hotwire

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    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

  7. Helpful (4)

    Mediocre

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in San Francisco, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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

  8. Helpful (1)

    I like coming to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hotwire

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    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

  9. Helpful (1)

    Fun place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hotwire

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people. Smart, friendly and down-to-earth. Hierarchy is almost invisible. We all have open cubes, yes, including the president. Everyone knows everyone by first name. It has a great mix of start-up and well-established company culture. Great work-life balance.

    Cons

    cant think of any cons.

  10. Helpful (4)

    Disorganized and Lacking in Leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    A brand that is trying to remake itself.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership and organization. Teams seem to work separately, no sense of unity or harmony, mission or sense of purpose. The CEO is trying to turn the company around, but whatever mantra that is being espoused from on high does not seem to be translating down throughout the company. From that perspective, there seem to be a lot of people who are there simply for the paycheck, and nothing more.

    Advice to Management

    The online travel industry is ripe for disruption. And that does not exclude Hotwire. Stop focusing on revenue and creating shareholder value and start thinking about how to translate a viable brand, mission and values throughout the company in a way that every gets and can follow.

  11. Found a HOME!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in San Francisco, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work. I have been at Hotwire for 4+ years now. I left for about 2 months when I realized that I had made a major mistake.
    Coming HOME to Hotwire was great. The PEOPLE make this place the BEST place to work. Having Expedia back you up is awesome! Culture is tight and people work together and you can build skills and learn as much as you want. There is no limit to the possibilities. Creating lasting relationships both personal and professional.

    Cons

    No enough candy bars! Just kidding.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your focus and get the job done!

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