Hotwire
3.7 of 5 93 reviews
www.hotwire.com San Francisco, CA 150 to 499 Employees

Hotwire Reviews

Updated Mar 19, 2014
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3.7 93 reviews

                             

31% Approve of the CEO

Hotwire President Henrik Kjellberg

Henrik Kjellberg

(13 ratings)

71% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Great company

User Experience Design Lead (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

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

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

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Things are looking up.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Hotwire full-time for more than a year

ProsIf 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!

ConsChange 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 Senior ManagementStay transparent and promote team-building activities.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Enormous potential in the discount travel space

Vice President (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

I worked at Hotwire full-time for more than 3 years

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

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

Advice to Senior ManagementBe aware of the issues of geography as you manage subsidiary companies!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great place to work

Web Developer (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

I have been working at Hotwire full-time for less than a year

ProsGreat 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.

ConsNothing major comes to mind.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Awesome 18 months in the hotel industry

Revenue Manager (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

I worked at Hotwire full-time

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

ConsVertical mobility a little tough on the partner services side

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep it up

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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I love my job

Product Manager (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

I have been working at Hotwire full-time for more than a year

ProsHotwire is differentiated in the market, which makes the product rewarding for customers. Sr. Management is focused and respectful of the people. Everyone is working on becoming more responsive to customers and innovative and they're starting to show great results.

ConsIf you want to be told exactly what to do and just follow direction this isn't the place for you.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep moving fast and experiment with disruptions to old models.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Hotwire is a great place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

I have been working at Hotwire

ProsI really like the atmosphere in Hotwire - friendly team, collaborative, and goals oriented. Professional management and engineering teams. Interesting tasks!

ConsI don't see many Cons at Hotwire. It may look a bit conservative, but still ok in terms of career development.

Advice to Senior ManagementI like the way you manage transformation at Hotwire. Moving to Agile is a big and right step for the entire company.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great Place to Work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Hotwire

ProsGreat place to work. Great environment with a tremendous work/life balance. Management listens to feedback and everyone wants to succeed.

ConsOther then compensation, not really any cons. Great place to learn in an exciting environment, lots of people have left and been very successful with startups, so obviously they are doing well at attracting talent.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Remains a cool place to work....actually better!

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Hotwire

ProsThe place is crawling with brainiacs. They may be quiet; they may have their heads down but they're seriously smart. And not just the "new" employees. "Old Timers" didn't get that way from being sub-par performers. It's fun (for me, at least) to know I work with people who could indeed answer all the "impossible" interview questions but don't come off as Mensa nimrods. Just doin' the job, doing it well and having fun while doing it.

ConsI don't want to be a complete Pollyanna, but if one must work, one might as well do it at a place like Hotwire. Like any workplace, a single day can be ruined by an absent-minded co-worker or a tough deadline but, all in all, I think people feel valued and genuinely proud of their company.

Advice to Senior ManagementUmmmm....it would be a mistake to say something bad about management, or senior management. Not because I'm afraid (although I do get nervous around Mr. Bason!) but because, from where I sit, things are going well. Really well.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Love working at Hotwire - solid business and company

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

I have been working at Hotwire

ProsExciting industry (travel), smart employees, great work-life balance, good location, solid technology, solid products and business model, good processes, opportunities to learn and try new things, fun company events, discounts on travel products

ConsTechnology is somewhat behind the times, lacks the energy of a startup (but there are significant pros to this as well, such as work-life balance), no extravagant events (the company is cost-concious like our customers)

Advice to Senior ManagementI think we can take on even bigger challenges. Let's aggressively search for something big or risky, while still doing our core business well.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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