Mission: Hotwire differentiates itself as a brand by offering a unique a core value proposition for customers and suppliers with our opaque pricing model. We offer great bargains on hotel room nights without sharing the specific name or location of the hotel until the booking is ...
Launched in 2000 in San Francisco, Hotwire is one of the earliest innovators in the online travel arena. Just a few years later in 2003 we joined the Expedia Group family of brands that includes Hotels.com, HomeAway, Travelocity and more.
Our roots are here in San Francisco, but we also have offices in Seattle along with an important and fast-growing product and technology presence in Gurgaon, India. Hotwire has the energy and pace of a startup, plus the stability and backing of the incredible Expedia family of companies. Hotwire’s culture centers around delivering value to customers and supply partners by being passionate about building great products with the latest and greatest technologies available. We pride ourselves on our organizational transparency, a bias for action and a customer centric approach to everything we do.
Hotwire differentiates itself as a brand within the travel marketplace by offering a unique a core value proposition for customers and suppliers with our opaque pricing model. This concept revolves around offering great bargains on hotel room nights without sharing the specific name or location of the hotel until the booking is complete. By giving this flexibility to our suppliers, we can offer great value to our customers. Hotwire also offers a full retail suite of other travel products that can fulfill virtually any customer travel need.
We’re currently making substantial investments in our technology platform and our brand marketing strategy to enable our next stage of high growth. To make these endeavors possible, we’re on the hunt for people who are passionate about solving tough problems and are excited about the opportunity take on highly visible roles that will have an immediate impact on our business.
If you thrive in environments that are dynamic, action oriented, data driven and relish in conquering diverse challenges every single day, joining Hotwire is likely to be the most rewarding opportunity of your career. So-- what are you waiting for? Come join a household name brand that lives at the exciting intersection of technology and travel.
At Hotwire, our core values can be summed up with our APART philosophy:
Accountability - if not us than who?
Pride and focus for what makes us, us.
Action oriented bias; don’t over complicate.
Resiliency; this won’t be easy but will be sweet.
Transparency, in every direction.
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 through a staffing agency. The process took a week. I interviewed at Hotwire (Fort Lauderdale, FL) in April 2018.
Getting to a company interview through a technical recruiter is definitely not favorable. There was a technical phone screening and then a physical group panel for a broader technical probe.
Recruiters know when their potential hiring candidates have high value but they will try to save money to their customers paying a way lower salary...