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Updated September 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Great culture, excellent benefits, great work life balance (in 40 reviews)

  • Great benefits - good location - flexible schedule (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance are non-existent depending on the group (in 5 reviews)

  • Often too conservative and not willing to take risks (this is changing), growth opportunities are limited, compensation is lower than competitors (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent Benefits and Great work-life balance"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hotwire full-time

    Pros

    "Great culture, excellent benefits, great work-life balance.

    Cons

    Lack of motivation in the employees.

    Advice to Management

    Hotwire needs to execute at all levels and value knowledge and experience.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Attrition and politics brought the company to shambles"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hotwire full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Expedia brand name

    - Travel perks, but nothing special unlike other big companies

    Cons

    I don't know where to start. Everything is wrong with the company right now.

    - Highly negative and toxic environment
    - People with less credentials were promoted to leadership positions and handed off big portion of business. They are failing miserably and covering up to survive or blaming others within the org.
    - People don't want to work proactively
    - Management keeps making promises, but nothing is changing
    - Clean slate to people who do not perform or constantly break things
    - Engineers have no existence in the company, even though management claims to be a technology company
    - Product leadership thinks they are driving the company, remaining teams like marketing and engineering are treated as their puppets
    - If you are active and want to progress, this isn't the right place to work. Look somewhere else. Your career will take a hit in negative direction and you won't learn anything

    Advice to Management

    Change company culture and hold low-performing individuals in senior leadership accountable or show them the door to exist for good

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Stay away! Company is in horrible state"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hotwire full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Expedia perks and its brand name
    Location
    Remote work flexibility

    Cons

    - Politics, you can't get any work done if you don't play politics or become a kiss-ass to certain individuals within the organization

    - Management

    - Lack of motivation

    - People leaving at lightning speed

    - Low pay

    - No growth opportunities

    - Constant changes and unstable working conditions

    Advice to Management

    Please listen to individual teams within the organization, rather focusing on few teams. For once stick to a decision and take definitive action. Few individuals in upper management are toxic and counter intuitive to growth, please do something about them otherwise the productivity will keep going down


  4. "Overall experience was good."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hotwire full-time

    Pros

    Hotwire is a subsidiary of Expedia and Expedia is a leader in the industry with great benefits. The travel industry can be fun and exciting. The employees are very nice and intelligent people to work with.

    Cons

    Legacy systems are a drag on the company. Management direction seems overly reactionary and changes occur at a significantly higher rate than execution and delivery.

    Advice to Management

    Hotwire needs to execute at all levels and value knowledge and experience.


  5. "Fun place to work, good people, business outlook mixed"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hotwire full-time

    Pros

    Hotwire attracts some great, fun people who are smart and innovative but aren't so ambitions that they step on each other or create a shark pit atmosphere. Fund place to work day to day

    Cons

    Inconsistent brand vision, lots of re-orgs over the last 2 years, not enough women in leadership


  6. Helpful (4)

    "no prospects"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hotwire full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good business model which scaled for a long time

    Cons

    It used to be great company, people, culture. Over the last couple of years, things are starting to wear off and environment is becoming chaotic with layoffs and people leaving.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Software engineer 2"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hotwire full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart people, nice culture and tech

    Cons

    Business is going down and lot people are leaving.

    Advice to Management

    Retain your people and re evaluate the product.

  8. "Fun environment, friendly coworkers and good job experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hotwire full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, good management and great incentives.

    Cons

    Sometimes the calls can be overwhelming

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Culture, leadership, and company needs a rehaul"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hotwire full-time

    Pros

    -Benefits are the same at Expedia

    Cons

    - Leadership has no idea what they are doing with people getting promoted and leading teams without any experience
    - No marketing chops across the org, with basic marketing 101 not in place
    - VP of Product really leads the org, Henrik's just a figure head
    - Don't expect culture, communication, and transparency to be like Expedia, it's not. Total joke
    - Poor leadership across the entire organization
    - Super political environment with people backstabbing each other, going around you to management to undermine you, and overall creating a very difficult environment to succeed. Plan to work 60-70 hours just to get work done because you're so busy managing internal politics.

    Advice to Management

    Hire leadership who actually know what they're doing


  10. "Nice people. Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hotwire full-time

    Pros

    Worked with a great team.

    Cons

    They are struggling business wise and had lay offs.


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