Hotwire Reviews

Updated October 24, 2014
Updated October 24, 2014
109 Reviews
3.1
109 Reviews
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Hotwire President Henrik Kjellberg
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The company respects work-life balance, while still offering challenging opportunities (in 30 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fantastic company & extraordinary workforce

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

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

    Pros

    This is hands down the best job I have ever had and the best company I have ever worked for in my career! Some of the perks may be typical for San Francisco but Hotwire has a unique advantage since it is a fairly small company with a big corporate backing (Expedia Inc). This provides a more intimate working environment where you are able to wear many different hats and get to know most of your coworkers while maintaining job security. The added bonus is that you receive excellent benefits, especially if you love to travel!

    There is always something fun happening in the office, whether it's a group gathering to watch the Word Cup, a serious game of ping pong or a full blown Cinco de Mayo party. There are also several annual events such as the bowling tournament and summer picnic. These are all great opportunities to get to know your coworkers on a more personal level while having a blast!

    The best part of Hotwire is the individuals that make up each of the teams. It's a very inviting atmosphere which fosters creativity and is not overly competitive. There is a willingness to share knowledge for the common good of the company and senior management is very approachable. The workforce is also very diverse with employees and executives from all over the world with a great deal of longevity which offers various perspectives.

    Cons

    Travel is a very competitive industry and you must be willing to work hard as well as be open to an ever changing environment. Hotwire is currently making significant investments in its infrastructure, which can be challenging at times to different teams. Overall the pros outweigh the cons!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to be clear about the company's direction and our plan to stay competitive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    It is a Dream Job!

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

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

    Pros

    The peoples are great to work with! And the events that they have are fun and entertaining! The work environment is great and positive. The location is perfect. Henrik Kjellberg is a great CEO to work for and he has an open door policy! I love that everybody sit in a cube. Even the CEO!

    Cons

    For me there is no cons!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good Job!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    This place is going down

    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    If you want a job with great work/life balance, look no further. It is also situated in a great location with plenty of lunch options.

    Cons

    Below average compensation; Lost office culture; Too much turnover and too many unhappy employees. It has been one full year since the new CEO/President joined and we are still seeing reorg happening every now and then. It is obvious that management doesn't know what to do and which direction to go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too little too late. Culture has been lost despite management's effort to bring it back.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Marketing Manager

    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Amazing work/life balance, great benefits and travel perks, on-site gym, smart and nice people, great office/location...the new president is extremely insightful/smart and has a clear vision on the direction he wants to take the company.

    Cons

    Often too conservative and not willing to take risks (this is changing), growth opportunities are limited, compensation is lower than competitors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the clear vision and transparency. However, need to boost moral and inject more fun into the culture in order to get the company back to its roots. Employees/talent afraid to join the company or stay due to negative opinions circulating, this is changing, but really need to highlight the benefits of the company and it's strong brand.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Terribly managed

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Tigard, OR
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Tigard, OR

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

    Pros

    While the turn over rate for this place was insane, the few employees that stuck it out were generally good people. Connecting on a level of "I-hate-this-place" was our common ground. Some of the management team was tolerable.

    Cons

    No incentive or perks, minimum wage with no shift differential or opportunity for raises, ever-changing expectations and training, jumbled management and policy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no help for this place

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    I loved the company especially the training.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Portland, OR

    I worked at Hotwire full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The call center environment was what I enjoyed

    Cons

    I worked very hard to complete tasks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing to add for mgmt.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great change takes time

    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    Work/wellness balance. People want you to take care of yourself here.
    Coworkers and great humor in the office.
    Redeveloping company culture with great results.
    Lots of new hires have come in with a smile on their face, freshening up the place.

    Cons

    Change is slow, and rebuilding the company takes a significant amount of effort.
    If you're looking for career growth, you need to make sure you are on your manager's radar at all times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company

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

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

    Pros

    Great culture, excellent benefits, great work life balance. The people and teams are great. Awesome location.

    Cons

    Lack of direction, dying brand. There was recently a change in all of the executive team. Not sure yet how they're going to perform.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Challenging time at Hotwire

    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance. fun, friendly coworkers. vacation and travel benefits are great. plenty of opportunities for growth. interesting projects. innovative and agile. pool table and Ping-Pong, free sodas.

    Cons

    Hotwire is struggling through difficult changes (lay offs, new leadership, short staffed) with very poor HR support and below market pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide better HR support and more competitive pay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Many recent changes in leadership and focus for the company have made this a difficult place to work.

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

    I worked at Hotwire full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Hotwire has a great product with many years of experience.

    Cons

    Reduction in staff in 2013 was not expected and hard for everyone in the company whether you are still there or not.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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