Hotwire

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Hotwire Reviews

Updated November 21, 2014
Updated November 21, 2014
118 Reviews
2.9
118 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 31 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Hotwire remains a great place to work.

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

    I have been working at Hotwire

    Pros

    Open environment; plenty of opportunities to engage in all aspects of the comany's business unites. Approachable management. There is a true concern on behalf of EVERYONE to get the job done while still having a life and furthering a career.

    Cons

    Ah....GD wants SOMETHING in this field. Tried to submit without it because I truly couldn't think of anything I personally dislike. There are things I know people don't like but it's third party and so, therefore, not germaine to MY comments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make you-know-who plan more parties, more events, more meals, more EVERYTHING. He's great. I mean great. Great. There. Twenty words.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Place to Learn and Grow

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

    I have been working at Hotwire

    Pros

    Hotwire is a melting pot of smart and energetic employees immersed in fun and fast moving corporate culture. The open environment at Hotwire allows for high levels of collaboration, eliminates surprises in the business, and allows for real-time identification of risks/opportunities. There are competent employees in nearly every area of the business and most processes run without issue.

    Cons

    The association with the parent company causes some "Big Company" hurdles to be pushed down stream to a company that thrives on keeping "Small Company" nimbleness. The company doesn't pay great for the industry, but the benefits greatly help to ease the pain. Hotwire management is probably a little too risk averse, but nearly every initiative can be counted on to deliver positive results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is very important to maintain the corporate culture and to stick to the companies core values and business strategy. Continue to focus on what we do well and to not dive head first into new and untested territory. Continue to encourage open collaboration across all departments and inter company camaraderie.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Chugging Along

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

    I have been working at Hotwire

    Pros

    Integrity, vision, execution, innovation, smart people.

    Cons

    Small company. Resources can be tight.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it going!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    a fun place to work, comes with travel perks

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

    I have been working at Hotwire

    Pros

    wonderful smart people make a wonderful work environment

    Cons

    lean resources can mean a lot of work if one is a subject matter expert at something. support roles have more reasonable hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    SMEs need understudies; we need more resources

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work!

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

    I have been working at Hotwire

    Pros

    The people, the culture, the management. Laid back culture.

    Cons

    Runs lean on staffing and its a small company so growth can be somewhat limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to be if you enjoy thinking hard about work & travel.

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

    I have been working at Hotwire

    Pros

    Strong culture of results, achievements, and discipline. Relatively small company size keeps things moving and fairly nimble, while backing of Expedia as a parent company makes it nice and stable. Good, strong people who are creative and committed to enjoying thinking hard. Good work and life balance, and nice shining new office.

    Cons

    Might find this anywhere, but a lot more ideas than what actually gets done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust in your employees - they're a real asset.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Hotwire is a great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director of QA in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Director of QA in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Hotwire

    Pros

    Awesome people, great technology, great business model.

    Cons

    Given Hotwire is already part of Expedia, publicly traded company, there isn't much of financial upside.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go International

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Exciting industry, collaborative environment, strong focus on performance

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

    I have been working at Hotwire

    Pros

    Collaborative environment, open and honest communication, exciting industry, work/life balance.

    Cons

    More empahsis can be placed on providing employees with more frequent feedback on their performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Place more emphasis on providing regular feedback to staff.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Hotwire is one of the best companies to work for in the Bay Area

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

    I have been working at Hotwire

    Pros

    Hotwire is nimble and still has the "startup" feel although it has been around for over 7 years. Hotwire has an environment which promotes collaboration and teamwork without politics or unnecessary competiveness. Hotwire has great offices in downtown San Francisco that foster this teamwork and collaboration. While people work really hard at Hotwire, Senior Management truly believe and fosters a true work/life balance.

    Cons

    Hotwire has really lean teams and expectations are high. The company continues to grow quickly and is a fast paced environment with high expectations which may not be suitable for some individuals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to maintain the startup atmosphere in the company and maintain the high level of employee morale in the workplace.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    great place to work

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

    I have been working at Hotwire

    Pros

    people here are great .

    Cons

    commute is sometimes too long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up good work

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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