Hotwire Reviews

Updated June 29, 2015
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  1. Great Place to Learn and Grow

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

    I have been working at Hotwire

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  2. Chugging Along

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

    I have been working at Hotwire

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Integrity, vision, execution, innovation, smart people.

    Cons

    Small company. Resources can be tight.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it going!


  3. Helpful (1)

    a fun place to work, comes with travel perks

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

    I have been working at Hotwire

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    SMEs need understudies; we need more resources


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  5. Great place to work!

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

    I have been working at Hotwire

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Keep up the good work.


  6. Helpful (1)

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

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

    I have been working at Hotwire

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  7. Hotwire is a great place to work

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

    I have been working at Hotwire

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Go International


  8. Exciting industry, collaborative environment, strong focus on performance

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

    I have been working at Hotwire

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Place more emphasis on providing regular feedback to staff.


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

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

    I have been working at Hotwire

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. great place to work

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

    I have been working at Hotwire

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    people here are great .

    Cons

    commute is sometimes too long.

    Advice to Management

    keep up good work


  11. Hotwire is a fabulous place to work!

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

    I have been working at Hotwire

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The People! Great product! Travel Benefits! Outstanding Senior Management! Beautiful new space!

    Cons

    It runs a bit lean on the employees so it would be better if they hired more people. Some of the beaurocratic stuff that comes down from Expedia can be annoying.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!



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