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Hotwire Reviews

Updated 10 October 2017
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Pros
  • Great work life balance; Great engineering culture; Flexible roles (in 43 reviews)

  • Hotwire is a subsidiary of Expedia and Expedia is a leader in the industry with great benefits (in 13 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)

    "Things are changing"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Unique company in the exciting travel sector, start-up like with a great location in San Francisco. Some of the recent reviews look like they were written by a few disgruntled people, but that does not represent Hotwire! I have been here 3 years and am starting to see real change in the last few months.

    I don’t see politics in my group- everyone is focused on getting the job done. Honestly Hotwire is one of the best places I have ever worked, for me personally. I have learned a lot and my co-workers are great. Leadership is changing for the better from what I have seen.

    Cons

    There has been a lot of change and lack of focus which has made it hard for the business to do well and for employees to know what to focus on. Most people don’t know the company strategy but that is being worked on.

    Advice to Management

    Set a clear strategy and don’t change course every 4 months
    Weed out all of the negative people who are toxic to Hotwire!!! Please!!!
    Keep communicating with us


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Excellent Benefits and Great work-life balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hotwire full-time

    Pros

    "Great culture, excellent benefits, great work-life balance.

    Cons

    Lack of motivation in the employees.

    Advice to Management

    Hotwire needs to execute at all levels and value knowledge and experience.


  3. "Nice people. Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hotwire full-time

    Pros

    Worked with a great team.

    Cons

    They are struggling business wise and had lay offs.


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  5. "Great Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Enjoyed the working relationships and projects

    Cons

    The pros outweighed the cons


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

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)
    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.


  7. "Evolving rapidly"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Small teams enable 1:1 time with direct managers who coach you to help get where you want to be

    Cons

    Competitive marketplace, fast paced environment creates a very Darwin like scenario where you either adapt or you don't do well here

    Advice to Management

    Be aware of the pressures on the team, don't necessarily let the foot off the gas but stay cognizant


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Sky's the limit"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Incredibly smart co-workers
    -Great career growth opportunity
    -Entrepreneurial energy with big-company stability
    -Business is continually evolving; no limit to what the future could hold
    -Amazingly fun industry!

    Cons

    -Competitive industry
    -Technological challenges at times, but getting better
    -Lots of change in recent years, has taken time to stabilize

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing your people and product to be the best. Keep identifying and recognizing talented performers within the organization. Keep being transparent with future vision.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome gig"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun industry. Great colleagues. Great brand. Superb perks. Lots of learning. Interesting product challenges.

    Cons

    Competitive industry. Tough competitive set requires attention to detail Overall company is addressing the issues that are facing this segment of the industry.

    Advice to Management

    Keep raising the bar.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Amazing place to work"

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    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    1. Fun place to work
    2. Work-life balance
    3. Great team

    Cons

    Faced few challenges in the past, but working hard to turn around

    Hotwire Response

    30 Apr 2015 – Team Hotwire

    Thank you for sharing your great feedback. We're excited about the future of Hotwire moving forward too!


  11. Helpful (1)

    "I love coming to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Some of the smartest people I've ever worked with
    -Great perks
    -Everyone is willing to help

    Cons

    -Compensation is a bit low

    Advice to Management

    Focus on young talent to remain competitive in the Bay Area


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