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Loved working with lights-out brilliant people. Great place to spend a year; TW on your resume is a great door opener.

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Former Employee - Principal Consultant  in  New York, NY
Former Employee - Principal Consultant in New York, NY

Pros

You'll learn alot - about technology, about yourself, about people.You'll learn at an incredible rate - mostly due to the smart people who will surround you. Of course - that will depend on the projects on which you get slapped.

ThoughtWorks' approach to agile is better than that of any other company I've seen.

When you travel, you're often with at least several others who are also traveling. Offers opportunities to socialize with colleagues in strange cities.

Most ThoughtWorkers don't like Scrum. They prefer XP. This is good. Agile engineering practices are vital to successful implementation of agile. You'll learn this.

Cons

Travel can be onerous for those who want to maintain their personal relationships where they live (e.g. spouses, kids, friends).

You don't often get a choice in where you end up. Fort Lauderdale in the winter? Great. New Hampshire? Not so much. You'll hear that you have a say in where you go, but you often don't have much of a choice at all.

Flat hierarchy sounds nice, but can impart a significant political toll on your career. I know at least a dozen excellent folks who have been fired for various reasons - political, scapegoats for projects, folks not willing to violate their own sense of integrity to push company objectives that were incongruent with their values. Decide whether to fly under the radar, or challenge the radar itself. I know many current TWorkers who chose the former. I know ex-TWorkers who chose the latter.

Politically, conservative views are poison here. There's a contingent there who thinks that Venezuela - under Chavez - was the model government. The predominant view is for bigger government. Contrary to the claim that dissenting/challenging views are accepted at the company, I've seen such expressions emit firestorms and tank careers. One very high level leader oscillates between saying he's a communist and that he's a socialist. If you're aligned with this - no problem. If not, consider staying under the radar with your views.

Bill your hours to the client, then do your ThoughtWorks work. Expenses. Interviewing. Booking travel. Code Reviews for candidates. Working on RFP's. You get the picture. Be sure that you continue to bill your 40 hours though. Bill 60 hours on a project week after week? Not even an attagirl.

Another integrity issue: SVIP.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Eliminate the political favoritism. Provide some leadership training to those who are running the offices. TW mantra is "Attitude, Aptitude, and Integrity". Rate yourselves on these dimensions. Have a retrospective on it. Ask employees - anonymously - where they see a dearth

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Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Other reviews for ThoughtWorks

  1.  

    Changed my outlook towards professional life

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Passionate people
    Lots of freedom
    Challenging work

    Cons

    Compensation not the best
    Senior to junior ration is slightly off

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    A good place to stop by

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Some really good and talented individuals. I enjoyed my first few years, got to learn a lot. No micromanagement, still one of the better places to work in India.

    Cons

    This company is run by the chairman and his loyal minions. While the company talks about diversity and equality, it often does not stay true to it values. And regarding growth opportunities, it all depends on 'who you are' and 'how loud you are' and not 'how good you are'.

    New hires are often looked with suspicion. In most office conversations, the 'old timers' reference comes up often suggesting that the longer you stay, more say you have in the company.

    The biggest concern i had was the increasing level of intolerance among some of the loud mouths. There seems to be no concept of 'agree to disagree'. The company also lacks leadership and is always experimenting. The products division is poorly run and often people are let go due to poor management decisions.

    HR practices are almost absent / useless.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retain and promote the right people.

    Approves of CEO
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