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Updated June 16, 2017
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Hotwire President Henrik Kjellberg
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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. Helpful (1)

    "no prospects"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Software engineer 2"

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    • Senior Management
    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.

  3. "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


  4. Helpful (6)

    "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


  5. "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.


  6. "A pretty good place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hotwire full-time

    Pros

    Great Work-life balance. Smart people. Nice perks.

    Cons

    Challenging market in the travel industry.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "A good temporary option"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Global Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Global Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay & benefits, great time off, and lots of fun.

    Cons

    Lack of growth opportunities, even for top performers.
    Leadership says Hotwire advocates for both diversity and openness, but the people/culture are carefully cultivated to be homogeneous & fit a specific mold.

  8. Helpful (8)

    "Lack of leadership and innovation"

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    Former Employee - Product Designer in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Product Designer in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - smart and driven people
    - great location. Close to a lot of food and coffee shops.
    - good perks (travel reimbursement, hot dollars)

    Cons

    - Too many strategy changes and re-orgs. There's been two re-orgs in a span of 4 months.
    - Leadership always talks about innovation, but never wants to invest the resources required to effectively ship
    - Tries to operate like a startup, but things move way too slow. A feature that takes 2 sprints actually end up taking 6 sprints, because different teams aren't working cohesively together.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "N/A"

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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
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The location is about all that's positive.

    Cons

    Poor work life balance.


  10. "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.


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