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Hotwire Reviews

Updated 11 December, 2014
Updated 11 December, 2014
123 Reviews
3.5
123 Reviews
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Hotwire President Henrik Kjellberg
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38 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The company respects work-life balance, while still offering challenging opportunities (in 33 reviews)

  • Exciting industry (travel) discounts on travel products (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance are non-existent depending on the group (in 4 reviews)

  • If you're looking for career growth, you need to make sure you are on your manager's radar at all times (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    I like coming to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hotwire

    Pros

    Great work life balance, benefits, culture and immediate managers are awesome.

    Cons

    Disorganized -- groups often work independently of one other instead of together so it is really hard to get anywhere with new ideas

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Fun place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hotwire

    Pros

    Great people. Smart, friendly and down-to-earth. Hierarchy is almost invisible. We all have open cubes, yes, including the president. Everyone knows everyone by first name. It has a great mix of start-up and well-established company culture. Great work-life balance.

    Cons

    cant think of any cons.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Found a HOME!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. I have been at Hotwire for 4+ years now. I left for about 2 months when I realized that I had made a major mistake.
    Coming HOME to Hotwire was great. The PEOPLE make this place the BEST place to work. Having Expedia back you up is awesome! Culture is tight and people work together and you can build skills and learn as much as you want. There is no limit to the possibilities. Creating lasting relationships both personal and professional.

    Cons

    No enough candy bars! Just kidding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your focus and get the job done!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Excited to come to work everyday

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Hotwire full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people at Hotwire are terrific! The company retains a startup atmosphere despite being in the online travel business for more than 13 years. There are plenty of challenges in a crowded online travel market but employees are genuinely excited to work together as a team and are truly passionate about travel.

    Cons

    Online travel space is crowded and creates business challenges.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay focused on the business and growing mobile. Continue to support programs that recognize and reward employees. Keep creating programs and a best in class products for our travelers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    I'm glad I came here

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Hotwire full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Before I joined, I was concerned that Hotwire was a slow, rigid and close-minded company from last century. Turns out that my original worries were not true-

    It's at the critical turning point for Hotwire now and there is a lot of new opportunities within the company if you really want to have an impact and make a change. The company is willing to take the leap of faith and they urgently need the people who are driven and capable.

    Hiring starts to pick up and many smart people joined the company lately which brings lots of fresh blood. The culture is very energetic and friendly

    People know their business very well here and they are willing to offer help and all kinds of expertise

    Cons

    The management team should focus more on career development for young people, that's how you get to keep them in super competitive bay area market and cultivate the loyal force which lasts for years!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Same as above. More career development and mentor program for young people will be great.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great people, challenging work, and much to learn

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA (US)

    I have been working at Hotwire full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Hotwire is a small company with the backing of a large one - and it has the best of both worlds. I have the ability to make a real impact on our products, due to the small nature of the company. At the same time, I have the full resources of a large company at my disposal. Good training programs, a commitment to women in the workplace, and knowledge that, when I'm ready to take the next step in my career, my contributions at Hotwire open the door to global opportunities with Expedia. Plus, the travel benefits are awesome. I've been to 8 different countries alone this year, and am already looking forward to next year's trips to new, unexplored places.

    Cons

    Hotwire is starting its next chapter, and there is a lot of work - and change in how we do things - in order to reach our goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Over communicate where we are going and how we will get there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Awesome workplace!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Hotwire as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great product to work on - travel!
    Small enough of a company (about 300 employees) - your voice IS heard.
    Start-up'ish environment & culture
    Lost of camaraderie, family-like feeling, very caring folks overall.

    Cons

    none....well, maybe more coconut water in the fridge! :)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good Company to work with

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Hotwire full-time (less than an 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    It is a Dream Job!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Facilities in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Facilities in San Francisco, CA (US)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good Job!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fantastic company & extraordinary workforce

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Risk Management in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Risk Management in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Hotwire full-time (less than an 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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