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Hotwire Software Engineer Reviews

Updated June 16, 2017
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Pros
  • Great culture, excellent benefits, great work life balance (in 40 reviews)

  • Great benefits - good location - flexible schedule (in 13 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. "Software Engineer Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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.


  2. 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.

  3. "Awesome place to work and build your career"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Tons of benefits including travel deals, the snack bar is never empty, straightforward attitude, work and effort recognition, tech-savvy environment and geeky office culture which is awesome.

    Cons

    Does not have Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird parked at the basement.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Sr. Software Engg"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Small and good company overall

    Cons

    Lots of management changes after new CEO took over

    Advice to Management

    Nothing


  5. Helpful (2)

    "lost during transition period"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hotwire full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    good life and work balance
    people are nice

    Cons

    business environment is deteriorating, upper management are changing, lots of change happening in the company


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Hotwire - The Ship that sank!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work culture was good and the company paid me well!

    Cons

    The management was too late to react to the downfall in business and they resorted to layoffs as the first option. Pathetic!


  7. "Not a bad company, but not no upside"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    a very stable company with strong product team

    Cons

    very few career advance opportunity.

    Advice to Management

    take more risk

  8. "good place to work if you don't mind a flat company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    nice people, good environment to work

    Cons

    company has peaked, nothing really exciting going on

    Advice to Management

    need need ideas to make company to next level


  9. "Great place to work w/ great people and great work-life balance."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great senior management that is actively looking at the industry and seeing what things we can adapt and what areas we can excel. Work life balance is great. People are very smart and energetic. People also know how to have fun.

    Cons

    Downstream communication from time to time can be delayed sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work on keeping on top of the industry.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to be if you enjoy thinking hard about work & travel."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong culture of results, achievements, and discipline. Relatively small company size keeps things moving and fairly nimble, while backing of Expedia as a parent company makes it nice and stable. Good, strong people who are creative and committed to enjoying thinking hard. Good work and life balance, and nice shining new office.

    Cons

    Might find this anywhere, but a lot more ideas than what actually gets done.

    Advice to Management

    Trust in your employees - they're a real asset.