Hotwire Reviews

Updated 24 October 2014
Updated 24 October 2014
109 Reviews
3.1
109 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 30 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.  

    Not so hot

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

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

    Pros

    Talented good people. Parties. The money they owe you does appear in your bank account.

    Cons

    A place still searching for some identity. No method to the madness. No process. Change of focus daily and a waterfall approach based on the whims of the CEO and stock holders. Daily 3 hour meetings that end with abrupt changes at the last minute. Poor leadership where everyone gets a say(no leadership) and there are no real timelines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a direction and stick to it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Unfair treatment to employee

    • 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 full-time

    Pros

    It is located in the heart of financial district.

    Cons

    Poor management, no direction.
    Full of unhappy people
    Does not value employee
    Lower than average salary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should value more about the people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 12 people found this helpful  

    Worse company to work at

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits are sub-par. There's really nothing good left to say about this place.

    Cons

    Morale is down due to staff reductions in 2013 & those left all want to leave, moreover no one wants to apply to work here anymore. Salary is low. An positive review written on here are either from HR or management who are trying to entice new candidates to join a sinking ship. Henrik has Napoleon's complex. I'm sure he'll get the boot next. Funny how he came in a laid off half the work force then the remaining half all quit! Because of that, HR has stopped hiring for the SF office and now recruiting for Bellevue where there's less of a turnover. What a shame how fast this company fell.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good luck trying to re-build.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    This place is going down

    • 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 full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    If you want a job with great work/life balance, look no further. It is also situated in a great location with plenty of lunch options.

    Cons

    Below average compensation; Lost office culture; Too much turnover and too many unhappy employees. It has been one full year since the new CEO/President joined and we are still seeing reorg happening every now and then. It is obvious that management doesn't know what to do and which direction to go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too little too late. Culture has been lost despite management's effort to bring it back.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Terribly managed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Tigard, OR (US)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Tigard, OR (US)

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

    Pros

    While the turn over rate for this place was insane, the few employees that stuck it out were generally good people. Connecting on a level of "I-hate-this-place" was our common ground. Some of the management team was tolerable.

    Cons

    No incentive or perks, minimum wage with no shift differential or opportunity for raises, ever-changing expectations and training, jumbled management and policy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no help for this place

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Poor management.

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

    I worked at Hotwire

    Pros

    Great location. Many fun company events.

    Cons

    Manager was clueless. Every small issue was a major fire. Manager/reports ratio too high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Weed out the incompetent managers without regard for seniority.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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