Hotwire
3.7 of 5 94 reviews
www.hotwire.com San Francisco, CA 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated Jan 30, 2014
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3.7 94 reviews

                             

36% Approve of the CEO

Hotwire President Henrik Kjellberg

Henrik Kjellberg

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72% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Many recent changes in leadership and focus for the company have made this a difficult place to work.

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

I worked at Hotwire full-time for more than 8 years

ProsHotwire has a great product with many years of experience.

ConsReduction in staff in 2013 was not expected and hard for everyone in the company whether you are still there or not.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Big changes

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

ProsCoworkers, development environment. Good engineers that collaborate well in an agile environment.

ConsBig corporate restructure. After layoffs, emphasis is on saving money meaning not sure how work will be valued during performance reviews.

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San Francisco, CA (US)

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

ProsSmall and good company overall

ConsLots of management changes after new CEO took over

Advice to Senior ManagementNothing

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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lost during transition period

Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

I have been working at Hotwire full-time for more than 10 years

Prosgood life and work balance
people are nice

Consbusiness environment is deteriorating, upper management are changing, lots of change happening in the company

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good Overall Experience

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Hotwire full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat benefits - good location - flexible schedule

ConsLow pay - Lack of communication - not stable

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Hotwire.com - It's a sinking ship!!

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

I worked at Hotwire full-time for more than a year

Pros1. Used to be a great place to work.
2. Used to be good work-life balance, and flexible work timings.
3. Excellent travel benefits like free $500 money.
4. Free $600 for health-gym.
5. If you are in the right team then you will enjoy the work. It all depends on the Manager and Lead. Our lead lacked everything apart from technical knowledge.
6. Great location.
7. Good and supportive people to work with.
8. Scope for innovation but it all depends on your manager.
9. You can learn new technologies.
10. Everyone says Agile but it is not.
11. Laid back attitude.
12. Used to have fun parties.

Cons1. Pathetic salary, below average what market pays.
2. Recently fired 50+ people in the first round but CEO still thinks that HW is not lean.
3. Open secret - CEO Clem Bason was asked to leave his position.
4. New CEO wants to prove that he can turn around, and add a bullet point in his resume for the cost of employee careers.
5. Forget about any promotion in future and join.
6. Made a huge bet on International and paying the price now.
7. All the good people left, only the dead water remaining.
8. Not sure what middle management is doing.
9. Made a huge mistake by not investing in Analytics.
10. There will be no mentoring or encouragement for your work.

Advice to Senior ManagementThink why people go to priceline.com and seriously our commercials are lazy.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Used to be great, but times are changing

Unix Systems Administrator (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

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

Pros- The people are mostly great
- Nice office
- Great benefits
- Passion for travel
- Lots of opportunity to learn new technologies

Cons- No more work from home
- New president that doesn't seem to understand the bay area job market
- Layoffs during a time of running extremely lean already
- Lots of good people leaving
- Average pay is below market rate
- The "fun" environment of the past has become a much more stressful and negative environment

Advice to Senior ManagementQuit the "crack the whip" attitude now or we're going to lose all our best employees. Bring back the fun, flexibility, passion, and atmosphere that made the company so successful in the past.

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

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It's just ok

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

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

Pros- Great work / life balance. Reasonable hours
- Great benefits like commuter reimbursement, health and fitness allowance, extra floating holidays, free fancy drinks
- The company has been around for awhile now so it's pretty stable and efficient

Cons- Seems like getting ahead is difficult. It's very corporate in that way. There seems to be a lot of middle management positions. I don't know what all those people do.
- The culture is pretty dull. Perhaps in the past it was more exciting and energetic, but now it seems cliquey and staid. As a new person, I didn't feel very welcomed. The pace seems slow to me. Not a very exciting place to work.
- Pay is decent, but on the lower end
- A lot of people have been there for a very long time. I wonder if that is a good thing or a bad thing. New blood, new ideas, new energy....
- My manager doesn't really advocate for me or mentor me. I feel left on my own to navigate a relatively large and somewhat closed off culture.

Advice to Senior ManagementClem made a habit of talking to and getting to know all employees. He made himself approachable. I don't get that feeling from most of the rest of the senior team. Be approachable and help ALL employees feel that their input is valuable, not just the people with seniority or in product and marketing. The next great idea could come from anyone.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Wants to be a leader in business, but pay sucks

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Hotwire full-time

ProsFirst of all, kudos to the management for making a wise decision to transition from Waterfall to Agile, very late though and probably the last company to adopt a methodology proven in the market 4 years back. It really gives a great feeling as if sitting on a hot seat everyday.. Work is very interesting and challenging and I see a lot more potential for growth and improvement coming on the way sooner..

ConsHaving said growth potential exists, definitely not in terms of pay / position. Don't expect any promotions.. Expect just few biscuits as increment or bonus.. No recognition for the achievers and your manager will not pat on your back for the job well done. Management aims to be a leader in business and wants to use state of the art technology and tools, but pays literally low compared to the industry standards.. Come on, give something to the real workers.. After all, management should not take all the pride & money at the end of the day.

Advice to Senior ManagementFantastic show in the last 1 year and good luck for the future..

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

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A comfortable company with good work/life balance at the expense of technical skills development

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

I have been working at Hotwire full-time

Pros- Good work/life balance. I could easily maintain a 40-hour work week and still do well.
- Good benefits. Nice commuter benefits and generous vacation.
- A variety or products and projects to stay busy.

Cons- Older technology stack. The site is old, and attempting to use newer technologies is difficult.
- Underpays employees. My salary has increased by ~24% since joining 5 years ago.

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

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