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Updated November 18, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work life balance; Great engineering culture; Flexible roles (in 44 reviews)

  • Hotwire is a subsidiary of Expedia and Expedia is a leader in the industry with great benefits (in 14 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. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome 18 months in the hotel industry"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Revenue Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Revenue Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hotwire full-time

    Pros

    Bright colleagues
    Demanding but manageable work environment
    Reasonable hours (50hrs/wk)
    Regular Travel (if you want it)

    Cons

    Vertical mobility a little tough on the partner services side

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Web Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Web Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great technology, talented employees, and lots of perks. My manager is constantly asking me what he can do to make me feel fulfilled and happy with my job.

    Cons

    Nothing major comes to mind.

  3. "Enormous potential in the discount travel space"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hotwire full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Relative independence from the rest of the Expedia travel portfolio (Expedia is the parent company of Hotwire)

    Cons

    Corporate HQ for Expedia, the parent company, is in Bellevue. That can make communication challenging as many important decisions still happen there.

    Advice to Management

    Be aware of the issues of geography as you manage subsidiary companies!


  4. "Things are looking up."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    If you ask for more responsibility, you can get it.
    Fun activities and employee entertainment getting back on track.
    Fresh leadership and employees are changing the environment, in a good way, but it is slowly accepted.
    Lots of opportunities opening up due to business structure changes.
    Great perks and stellar benefits!

    Cons

    Change is generally difficult, but seems harder for employees with more tenure.
    It's easy for people to talk about problems and not step up to address them.
    The company culture is slow to develop.
    Large portion of employees resistant to change.
    Large loss of staff has some feeling disheartened.

    Advice to Management

    Stay transparent and promote team-building activities.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - User Experience Design Lead in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - User Experience Design Lead in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, excellent benefits, great work life balance. The people and teams are great. Awesome location.

    Cons

    Lack of direction, dying brand. There was recently a change in all of the executive team. Not sure yet how they're going to perform.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great change takes time"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    Work/wellness balance. People want you to take care of yourself here.
    Coworkers and great humor in the office.
    Redeveloping company culture with great results.
    Lots of new hires have come in with a smile on their face, freshening up the place.

    Cons

    Change is slow, and rebuilding the company takes a significant amount of effort.
    If you're looking for career growth, you need to make sure you are on your manager's radar at all times.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "I loved the company especially the training."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The call center environment was what I enjoyed

    Cons

    I worked very hard to complete tasks

    Advice to Management

    Nothing to add for mgmt.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "It is a Dream Job!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Facilities in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Facilities in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The peoples are great to work with! And the events that they have are fun and entertaining! The work environment is great and positive. The location is perfect. Henrik Kjellberg is a great CEO to work for and he has an open door policy! I love that everybody sit in a cube. Even the CEO!

    Cons

    For me there is no cons!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good Job!


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Fantastic company & extraordinary workforce"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Risk Management in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Risk Management in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is hands down the best job I have ever had and the best company I have ever worked for in my career! Some of the perks may be typical for San Francisco but Hotwire has a unique advantage since it is a fairly small company with a big corporate backing (Expedia Inc). This provides a more intimate working environment where you are able to wear many different hats and get to know most of your coworkers while maintaining job security. The added bonus is that you receive excellent benefits, especially if you love to travel!

    There is always something fun happening in the office, whether it's a group gathering to watch the Word Cup, a serious game of ping pong or a full blown Cinco de Mayo party. There are also several annual events such as the bowling tournament and summer picnic. These are all great opportunities to get to know your coworkers on a more personal level while having a blast!

    The best part of Hotwire is the individuals that make up each of the teams. It's a very inviting atmosphere which fosters creativity and is not overly competitive. There is a willingness to share knowledge for the common good of the company and senior management is very approachable. The workforce is also very diverse with employees and executives from all over the world with a great deal of longevity which offers various perspectives.

    Cons

    Travel is a very competitive industry and you must be willing to work hard as well as be open to an ever changing environment. Hotwire is currently making significant investments in its infrastructure, which can be challenging at times to different teams. Overall the pros outweigh the cons!

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be clear about the company's direction and our plan to stay competitive.


  10. "Good Company to work with"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers
    Supportive Environment
    Room for creativity
    Great benefits
    Work Life Balance

    Overall Happy to be a part of Hotwire.

    Cons

    Not much negative to say but Growth is one thing where we should work on.

    Advice to Management

    Please keep up the culture and values!, plus keep up the innovation engine.


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