Twitter Reviews

Updated March 28, 2015
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  1. Featured Review

    4 people found this helpful

    Clear communication from the Execs, Empowering Culture, Motivational Mission

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Twitter full-time

    Pros

    You work with a platform that is connecting people everyday to the world, letting voices be heard, sparking revolutions and democratising the world at large. If that doesn't motivate you - chances are very few things will :)

    The culture is empowering - You are the master of what you want to create here and the company stands behind you for support.

    Leadership is very transparent and approachable. I've worked in two big global companies before and the level of transparency here is my favourite thing.

    Cons

    We're still figuring some things out so things are constantly evolving. If that's not something someone is comfortable with then I can see how that might be a problem for them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Young, fun and smart people

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Twitter full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Transparent internally. Competitive salary. Great amenities in office including cross fit, yoga, free meals. Excellent culture, compared to my old employer - also a mid-size tech company. Very smart people and great product. I would never consider working at a Facebook or Google. I see myself here the next couple years, still a lot of changes and growth in the products.

    Cons

    No longer a startup. Product roadmap messaging is not consistent from execs. Company is at a size now that individual contributors are not as important.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share a product roadmap quarterly. Encourage intelligent debate. Always hire the best.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. job at twitter

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Twitter

    Pros

    excellent comp and work life balance

    Cons

    no cons so far in my past 2 years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none so far in my past 2 years

    Recommends
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  5. Narrow vision, centralized decisions, dysfunctional teams.

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    1- Twitter NYC is still a small engineer office, you have the chance to know everyone and influence through mentoring and hard work (or used to be that place... more on that on cons)
    2- The engineering team is a very diverse group, from cultural aspects, professional and academic backgrounds. It not only fits the image of NYC diversity but also makes it open to diversity.
    3- In Twitter, you have the chance to work with open source at large scale. See Twitter's github page to have a perspective on how much contributions there have been made and the frameworks you'd be working on.

    Cons

    As a rational candidate, you can observe the high rate senior engineers and engineers managers departures have left the company after 3-4 years. If you are optimistic person, take the fact they are fully vested and keep the pros. Otherwise, read-on..

    Since the IPO, eng managers are unable to push back upper management decisions. Frequently, because they are young first-time managers, they start acting erratically against their own team, including arbitrary job terminations (e.g.: engineers were recently promoted before being terminated under the excuse of underperforming). As result, they inadvertently create dysfunctional work environment, since people either get emotionally detached from work or fighting for survival (in a remote office it becomes even tougher b/c there is no place to go.)

    At IC level, if you've been in the industry long enough, you know what to expect from engineers in self-preservation, e.g.: code being pushed into private git repo's WHILE design review is still underway to get ahead of the "competition", obnoxious code reviews to slow down the "competitor", never questioning dysfunctional management decisions in meetings (playing the favoritism game.)

    Twitter was once a great place to work because it fostered creativity in engineers, giving the opportunity to grow their careers truly on a merits basis, i.e.: from own ideas to execution. Most of the work now is on-demand basis and most of self-expansion would happen during your extra time (yet not very valuable nevertheless.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If Twitter succeeds in future it is not due the management but the fact it was stablished product before the organizational changes, don't overreact to wall street, it just a spoiled kid...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. Great company - Great people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Most people are top notch and willing to collaborate across teams. The IT is very competent and gets things done. The company has great vision and communicates it well. Everyone is approachable, including the top execs.

    Cons

    Some product decision making is not very transparent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful

    Engineering

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Twitter

    Pros

    amazing food, good people who want to change the world, perks perks perks

    Cons

    no real structure among teams, messy longterm vision, poor leadership, no support for women or mothers, demanding hours with no work/life balance and VERY poor compensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ship it. management sits on ideas and projects until there is a viable competitor and then have to play catch up which puts stress on everyone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    World-changing platform, people, and opportunities.

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    Current Employee - Data Scientist
    Current Employee - Data Scientist

    I have been working at Twitter full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Giant aspirations for changing the world combined with a high likelihood of achieving them. Executing on a vast number of initiatives simultaneously, and succeeding. The employee benefits are excellent, the compensation competitive, and the opportunities for movement within the organization is incredibly high; very little friction to following your passion somewhere else within the org.

    Cons

    The organization has grown quickly and there are pockets of people who are reluctant to change and progress with the company. There is quite a distribution of work ethic across the org, and an unfortunate sense of entitlement in a portion of people. These are the same issues that I've experienced at every company; they're just universal truths of companies that grow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resist calcification by processes and formalism; maintain the minimum set of rules and policies we can get by with. Stay true to the company's core values and ignore the whims of the press. Stay in touch with your reports and their reports; the people doing the work will provide the best view of what's happening.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Fast-paced, high energy environment with amazing coworkers

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Twitter full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits, extremely smart and competent coworkers, fun and laid-back office and culture. There's a great sense of community within the company, and a lot of excitement about where the company is going. Food is ridiculously good. Hacking on things and developing skills in the things that interest you are strongly encouraged.

    A lot is changing, and for the better. Definitely on an upward trajectory.

    Cons

    No desserts during lunch. Voluntary sacrifice of work/life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great momentum of positive change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Growing pains

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Twitter

    Pros

    -base salary and RSUs are competitive
    -most everyone are highly qualified and are trying to do their best work
    -standard silicon valley tech perks: fitness, food, beer/wine, VIP visits
    -lots of courses to improve tech or soft skills
    -improv classes!!
    -management tries to be transparent to the whole company

    Cons

    - since company isn't GAAP profitable many ancillary benefits aren't up to the level of Google or Facebook. 401K is an easy example. shuttle bus routes are limited and buses can be unreliable....3 breakdowns in one day even.
    - culture and bureaucracy is slightly changing with the number of employees skyrocketing from ~2000 to ~3500 in the past two years.
    - There have been many re-orgs in the engineering Org recently. This brings a sense of uncertainty to some.
    - feedback and comp systems and procedures go through constant change every six months. Hopefully they will settle on one system and schedule soon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - talk is talk, follow through on past promises
    - make sure managers are actually have good soft skills and can manage a team effectively

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    You definitely want to be a member of the flock

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    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Twitter full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Innovative, high-trust, high-respect culture; excellent training/resources; smart, yet down-to-earth team-player co-workers; challenging and rewarding work; incredible benefits like free meals and fitness credit.

    Cons

    None that I have seen, but I imagine for some coming from larger, traditional environments, the adjustment to a smaller, more innovative culture with less process could potentially be a challenge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing - Twitter is a great place to work and the current culture should be fiercely protected. Consider implementing more long-term benefits, like performance stock options, bonuses and/or stronger 40(k) matching.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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