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Updated October 13, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work life balance; Great engineering culture; Flexible roles (in 43 reviews)

  • Hotwire is a subsidiary of Expedia and Expedia is a leader in the industry with great benefits (in 13 reviews)

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

  • No career growth unless you are great at politics and sucking up (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Software Developer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hotwire full-time

    Pros

    Being a part of Expedia brand so inherit a lot of benefits from Expedia
    Hotwire level travel benefits.
    Newer technologies

    Cons

    Lack of transparency
    Lack of exposure to show talent, few people keep getting to do bigger things
    Lot of passive aggression

    Advice to Management

    Make connection to all geo-location. We keep hearing the top level positions have to be in HQ [San Francisco] why is that so necessary given so many remote communication technologies exist.

    Be more transparent and truthful.

    Avoid favoritism.

    Ok we get to ask questions but many times we get bookish B.S. answer from upper managements.

    Lead with examples and action. Be our leaders and not bosses.


  2. "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

  3. "Senior IOS Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior IOS Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior IOS Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Nice people.
    Relaxed atmosphere.
    Talented people.

    Cons

    Things move slowly.
    Lack of formalism.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Great company, great product"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hotwire full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great product and brand. It's fun to work in travel. The team is international and very fun. It is easy to balance work and personal life. Great opportunities to grow and try different things.
    Hotwire is part of Expedia Inc so you work for a medium size company with the benefits of a big multi-national.
    Things move fast, culture is to take risks and try new things.
    The leadership team is smart and trustworthy.

    Cons

    Talents don't stay too long. Some people have been here forever but don't have the passion and energy anymore to get their team excited.
    They have an annual manager feedback but even bad managers stay in place.

    Advice to Management

    Take manager feedback more seriously


  5. "A Learning Experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Innovation, great product culture, incredible coworkers.

    Cons

    Speaking to speed, but current inability to move as fast as the team would like.


  6. "Senior Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hotwire full-time

    Pros

    Great industry, plenty of opportunities, nice travel perks

    Cons

    The growth years are in the past, seemingly continuous leadership changes since 2013


  7. "Great - if you live in San Francisco"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smaller company with big pockets (Expedia). Lots of opportunities in SFO area. Great people.

    Benefits are good

    Cons

    Leadership overall is good - some VP level leadership is out of touch with Sales/Management level or people in the field but have strong opinions without knowing the day to day.

    Unless you live in the area, you will be held back with career growth.

    Advice to Management

    I'd say over all lower level management is decent (regional managers and account managers). The issue is where the VP level comes in. Very out of touch with sales and errors more on the negative side of things vs what is good.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Still a great place to work"

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

    Pros

    Fun industry (who doesn't like to travel), great product (doing some cutting edge things especially in technology on both the web and mobile apps), smart people, great benefits, great location in downtown SF.

    Cons

    Hotwire has slowly been taken over by the Expedia cyborg. Plusses and minuses for this from a business perspective. Mostly negative, in my opinion, from a culture standpoint. Long-term growth and success is a question mark.

    Hotwire Response

    Apr 30, 2015 – Team Hotwire

    Thanks for your important feedback. We are truly a culture of travel geeks! There will always be growing pains as a business matures, but we're excited about our future!


  9. "Hotwire"

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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Start up feel with the safety net of a large corporation
    New leadership bringing new ideas to the table
    Dynamic and diverse workforce

    Cons

    How best to tie Expedia Inc and Hotwire together


  10. "Changing environment, good culture, positive outlook"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    New execs have made the company a more forward-thinking, smart place to work. Smart in the sense that employees are beginning to look at the product critically and holistically.

    Cons

    Some individuals are territorial over their work and lack the skill to manage their time effectively.


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