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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 3 years)
Hotwire is in a time of major change and what happens in the next 6 months to a year will be critical for the survival of the company. After major layoffs last year, many people chose to leave so we had a pretty bare bones staff for a while, but things seem to be turning around. Neha is pushing for all the right things and it seems like people are hopeful and focused on improvement.
Overall the environment is open, relaxed, and supportive. We're alot smaller than Expedia, so everyone has a much bigger role and greater responsibility for making a difference in the company which is motivating and keeps every day interesting. Collaboration and knowledge sharing is common, and in my experience I haven't seen much conflict or tension between co-workers. Very good work life balance and great travel benefits, though working from home is discouraged unless necessary on certain occasions. Also, very cool new office in a great location.
Many things wrong and broken with our product, and everyone all seems to shift responsibility to someone else for getting it fixed. Product moves very slowly and it takes 6 months to a year (or longer) to get any request completed. Customer experience is horrible in some cases, and reviews online are terrible, though I still believe enough people have a wonderful experience with our site to make it worth fighting for. There's also been a lack of culture and excitement at the company due to the big turnover the last few years and though everyone gets along very well, it just doesn't feel like a community. It will be interesting to see if this can turn around.
Advice to Management
Put more pressure on yourselves and your team to achieve excellence and stop making excuses for a mediocre product. Promote people, increase salaries, do what it takes to keep people from leaving because every time we lose someone to another company, it slows the progress and sets us back. Allow people to work from home more often (with limitations) like most tech companies and encourage more team lunches, events, etc. to build culture.
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Hotwire in March 2016.
They has 2 round of interviews, one with recruiter and one with director but then there was no communication for weeks. I get that they are looking for best match for the role but they should have minimum professional courtesy to inform the candidate that are moving with other candidates.