Which emoji are you most likely to use when you travel? Hotwire looked at the most popular by state! http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vI1mp
Some of the team sporting their Hotwire Red at the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge 5k last week. The race promotes health and fitness in the workplace and runners have to be on a team to participate. The average time for the Hotwire team was under 30 minutes and our very own Nick Graham was the fastest at 23:17. Congrats Team Hotwire!
Hotwire is a small brand that’s known for thinking outside the box; we have a scrappy work ethic and a get-it-done attitude. Hotwire has always been ahead of the times. When we started out in 2000, we were immediately recognized as different. We were the first in the travel industry to operate with an opaque model and our site was the most technically advanced. So we have lots of freedom to try new things, build new tools. We’re also focused on technological advances that most meaningful in an increasingly mobile digital world and helping travelers get exactly where they want to be. We have the responsibility to innovate, be leading-edge, early to create and integrate new technology. We’re nimble, agile, always thinking on our toes. Our roots are in San Francisco, the #1 or #2 ranked tourist destination in the US for the last decade and the center of the technology universe. Our sister office is in Seattle, the 9th highest ranked US tourist destination and also a hub of innovation.
We’re also truly a collection of travel geeks. We love to go places, we love to explore. We love to learn. We love finding out about places and we like to share that. That’s why we all work here—to share travel information with other enthusiastic travelers.
And finally, we have lots of fun along the way. It took just took two employees challenging each other to kick off our epic annual bowling competition. Check us out!
There are numerous benefits of working at Hotwire:
Corporate Citizenship Program
At Hotwire, our success is fueled by a shared belief that every individual can make an impact, bringing our talents together to accomplish amazing things. Whether it’s serving communities around the world as part of our Global Day of Caring, giving in-kind consulting advice to help a charitable organization thrive, or providing grants to philanthropic initiatives worldwide, we believe in people helping people to make a difference.
Giving @ Work
Our commitment to giving back in our communities is a direct reflection of the interests and passions of our more than 14,000 employees worldwide. Read our virtual Giving Report to learn more about our giving efforts.
Our Giving Philosophy
At Hotwire, we believe in a work well, live well approach and offer benefits to meet your professional, personal, and family needs. Below are samples of some of the benefits offered to our U.S. employees.
I have been working at Hotwire full-time (More than 5 years)
Hotwire has changed a lot in the past few years, and for those who enjoy having a hand in the evolution of a business, this is a really cool opportunity. As others have noted, this is a unique company because it maintains the scrappiness of a startup but has the backing and long-term focus of a mature organization. I like knowing that I truly make an impact every day and that I'm not just a cog in the machine. Some of the other pros include:
-Lots of career growth opportunity. Many top leaders are homegrown from within Hotwire or Expedia, including our President
-Incredibly smart, dedicated people. They challenge me to be my best every day.
-The opportunity to learn. From different people, from different projects, and from the experience of making Hotwire better.
-Unique product. While the travel industry is crowded, Hotwire is one of only 2 major companies offering an opaque product. As a result, we consistently have access to the lowest prices on hotels and cars anywhere--our challenge comes in figuring out how to present these deals to customers in a compelling way.
-Exciting industry. Who doesn't love travel? I like working for a company whose product I can speak proudly about.
-Culture of open communication and feedback. Nobody would think twice about an entry-level new hire sharing ideas with a VP or the President. Likewise, the leadership team makes every effort to solicit input at all levels of the organization
-Great benefits and perks, including hefty vacation time, travel benefits, and a brand-new office in SF with good snacks and drinks, with tons of employee events
To get the full value out of your experience at Hotwire, you need to truly believe in what you're doing and be passionate about it. Employees who are showing up just to 'do a job' will not be satisfied with the lack of rigid structure and direction.
There's been tons of change in the last few years in terms of organizational structure, leadership, and priorities. For a lot of people, this is uncomfortable. For others, it spells opportunity.
While we do behave like a startup in many senses, we are a big established company. There is room for innovation, but we're not trying to re-invent the wheel. We know who we are and who our customer is, and our focus at this point is largely on execution. Employees looking to shoot for the moon with ideas that take us in a totally new direction might be better suited for an actual startup that is in its infancy.
Like every organization, we have challenges. They will not disappear overnight. I think our LT has done a good job of prioritizing what needs to be addressed first, but there's no doubt that certain areas of our business are a work in progress. To thrive, you need to take the long-term approach and realize that what matters most is moving toward an ideal state over time--not fixing every problem all at once.
Advice to Management
Keep focusing on what makes Hotwire special, and work hard to bring in people who share this vision. Our people will be the key to our success.
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Hotwire (San Francisco, CA) in May 2017.
The process was lengthy. I had one phone interview and 5 onsite interview with people in different positions like from software engineer, product director, senior system architect etc. The interview process took almost one and a half month starting from recruiter contacting me till getting the offer.