Hotwire

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Hotwire Reviews

Updated 1 February 2015
Updated 1 February 2015
128 Reviews
3.3
128 Reviews
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Hotwire President Henrik Kjellberg
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hotwire is great

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hotwire

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Amazing people
    Great benefits

    Cons

    No work from home policy

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Once great

    • 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 at your level to work with, great industry

    Cons

    Management lacks direction and has lost many of the great mentors that had been working there

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Mediocre

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

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

    Pros

    Work life balance and time off is good, as are benefits

    Cons

    Uninspiring environment, lots of paper pushing middle managers, unfocused working environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus less on benefits like happy hours and more on making each employees job meaningful

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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 a 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
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Disorganized and Lacking in Leadership

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

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

    Pros

    A brand that is trying to remake itself.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership and organization. Teams seem to work separately, no sense of unity or harmony, mission or sense of purpose. The CEO is trying to turn the company around, but whatever mantra that is being espoused from on high does not seem to be translating down throughout the company. From that perspective, there seem to be a lot of people who are there simply for the paycheck, and nothing more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The online travel industry is ripe for disruption. And that does not exclude Hotwire. Stop focusing on revenue and creating shareholder value and start thinking about how to translate a viable brand, mission and values throughout the company in a way that every gets and can follow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    I'm glad I came here

    • 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 a 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

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