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Updated April 24, 2017
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Pros
  • Great culture, excellent benefits, great work life balance (in 40 reviews)

  • Plus, the travel benefits are awesome (in 10 reviews)

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

  • Hotwire is a relatively small company, so there can be me lateral opportunities available than promotions (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Senior IOS Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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.


  2. "Software Engineer Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hotwire as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good work balance and can learn a lot during the internship. Office location in San Francisco is great.

    Cons

    Intern event is not that good compared to other companies.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to one on one communications and less group conversation.


  3. "Good company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hotwire full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great office environment, managers were terrific and friendly coworkers

    Cons

    It is a large company so you will encounter some bureaucracy from time to time but overall its not a significant con


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    "Great company, great product"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  7. "Excellent place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hotwire full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Best interpersonal relations between superiors and juniors, cordial atmosphere, better on job facilities

    Cons

    Inferior review process in the organization

    Advice to Management

    Individual Review shall be three monthly or at least biannually


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  9. "it was good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Database Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Database Marketing in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Good place if you have a family: Nice insurance and travel perks

    Cons

    Hotwire.com barely promote people within

    Advice to Management

    recognize talent


  10. "Good place to work; results-driven"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hotwire full-time

    Pros

    Culture at the company is very friendly and not nearly as political as other places. The company respects work-life balance, while still offering challenging opportunities. The company is very focused on metrics and results-driven.

    Cons

    As a mid-size company, opportunities for advancement are not very structured or clear. One really needs to take responsibility for one's own career development rather than depend on support from above. To get the best projects, one really needs to have the mentality of a self-starter.


  11. "Real talented people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone is extremely friendly and supportive
    The environment is very much like a startup even though it's a medium sized company
    Work hours are respected
    Agile development. No need for excessive bureaucracy
    The travel benefits a great!
    Having Expedia inc support is very convenient
    It's in the city (SF) no commuting needed if you live here

    Cons

    Subway is not close by, we have to rely on Muni
    Promotions don't happen very often (they do happen)


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