Hotwire

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Hotwire Reviews

Updated 17 December 2014
Updated 17 December 2014
123 Reviews
3.5
123 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.  

    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.  

    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 an 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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Hotwire

    • 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

    Start up feel with the safety net of a large corporation
    New leadership bringing new ideas to the table
    Dynamic and diverse workforce

    Cons

    How best to tie Expedia Inc and Hotwire together

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    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

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