Hotwire Reviews

Updated June 29, 2015
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Hotwire President Henrik Kjellberg
Henrik Kjellberg
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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. 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

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

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

    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.


  2. Awesome gig

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Amazing place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Hotwire Response

    Apr 30, 2015Team Hotwire

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


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  5. Still a great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

    Hotwire Response

    Apr 30, 2015Team 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!


  6. I love coming to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  7. 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


  8. Helpful (1)

    Once great

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Hotwire Response

    Apr 30, 2015Team 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!


  9. Helpful (5)

    Mediocre

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Hotwire Response

    Apr 30, 2015Team Hotwire

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


  10. Helpful (8)

    It sucks

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

    I have been working at Hotwire

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Has a nice view of the city and chinatown.

    Cons

    Everything about it is a con. You name it. Management, HR, incompetent staff, even the ceo is out of ideas.


  11. Helpful (6)

    Disorganized and Lacking in Leadership

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.



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