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Updated April 24, 2017
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Pros
  • Great culture, excellent benefits, great work life balance (in 41 reviews)

  • Plus, the travel benefits are awesome (in 11 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. "Fun environment, friendly coworkers and good job experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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


  2. "A pretty good place to work"

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


  3. "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.


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  5. "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.


  6. "Good company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Great company, great product"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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


  8. "A Learning Experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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.


  9. "Senior Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    Great industry, plenty of opportunities, nice travel perks

    Cons

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


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Still a great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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!


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