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Meh.

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Twitter

Pros

There are two pluses to working at Twitter that I think no one would disagree with: 1) the free food is delicious. Lance, in the SF office, is a magician and cooks up great stuff. Really, the whole facilities team is great and they don't get enough credit from senior management on how great a job they are doing 2) it's pretty fun working at a company with such pop culture relevance. Going home at night and seeing something on the news about what happened on Twitter today - that's fun. You'll also see an occasional famous person wandering around the SF office.

Cons

They've gone from a mission-driven company, back when Jack was present in the building, to an ad-driven business. It's less about Twitter being a force for good, or changing the way we communicate, and more about ad revenue and users who can drive up ad revenue. All the news that is deemed exciting is about things like partnerships with obscure ad tech companies that will somehow garner the company more ad revenue or eyeballs on ads. Beyond that somewhat depressing purpose shift internally, there are a few things for candidates to be mindful of:

1) There is a high saturation of ex-Googlers at Twitter. Apologies if you are one of them. These well-meaning people come from a place where they had heated toilet seats, for starters. What they're use to translates into a fairly large entitlement mentality and a relatively singular way of thinking.
2) The egos are through the roof in the R&D leadership ranks. The Product and Eng orgs are currently led by alpha ex-Googlers. Conversations with them usually go like this: "I can't possibly be wrong so whatever you're saying better align to what I'm saying." This, and #1, may be impacting innovation in a negative way. On that note....
3) Arguably, the hackweeks are smoke and mirrors. All the great ideas that come from this (very fun, now less frequent) event go immediately in the filing cabinet, with an occasional exception.
4) The leadership churn at the top is out of control. One hypothesis: as soon as you do well and get within the upper ring, you're now seen by the eye of sauron. If you are a contrarian or the differing voice in the room, you will wither under the intensity of sauron's gaze and either be pushed aside or find yourself outside. Ponder the causation of this, ponder the role the CEO plays, ponder how narcissism correlates to all that, and you might be nearing an understanding of what's happening here.
5) "Editing teams" - it's hard to believe this was a mantra that actually came out of someone's mouth. Just stating the obvious here: a focus on firing people, as a means to a company being successful, is reprehensible. I'm hopeful this ill-advised philosophy has been dropped.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Foster more diversity in hiring and in the leadership ranks. A female leader (VP level) in the R&D org would be a good start.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    The best company I've ever worked for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Operations Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Smart, talented people.
    Management chain who share your values and back you up.
    Company that values social good as well as turning a profit.
    Great working environment.

    Cons

    Very little to complain about.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Just okay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Twitter

    Pros

    Great office, great location, great food, smart people.

    Cons

    Complete thrashing on priorities, empire-building, doesn't have good handle on metrics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really think about what has the most impact. Then, focus and deliver.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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