ThoughtWorks Reviews

Updated April 23, 2015
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  1. Lead Consultant

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Lead Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at ThoughtWorks full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great people. Lots of diversity. Lots of autonomy. Lots of exposure to different technologies, domains, cultures, etc.

    Cons

    You often end up working with very mediocre (client) staff. Lots of travelling. Lots of flexibility expected. Not great compensation / perks.

    Advice to Management

    Waste less money and pay employees better.

  2. Interesting

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at ThoughtWorks full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The best thing about working for ThougtWorks is that the culture is nice, the people are lovely and the flexibility they offer when faced with requests is very welcoming. The benefits package is nice, and the connectivity with colleagues across the globe is great.

    Cons

    The worst thing is the ambiguity. Due to the flat hirearchy, it can be difficult getting clarity. Expectation differ depending on stakeholder.

  3. Amazing growth opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at ThoughtWorks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The opinions are based on my personal experience and is about London office. Your experience might vary. For example I keep hearing that in US people are expected to travel way more. Be sure to read the reviews/contact employees from the region you're planning to apply to.

    * Opportunities to grow both on personal and professional levels
    * Lots of interesting technically work
    * Usually you get quite a lot of influence on what projects you're being sent to. You want travel internationally - can be done, you want to stay in London - can be done, a technically complex project - can be done, a project that is complex from human/organisational perspective - can be done etc, etc. A bit of luck and not expecting that all you requirements will be met helps though. Don't expect to get a project in London that is interesting from both technical and organisational perspective all the time.
    * Great people to work with - smart and fun
    * Informal and fun atmosphere
    * Great career opportunities if you decide to leave
    * Does more to improve the world around us that any other commercial company that I've heard of. Impressive and creates that warm feeling inside that you're doing your bit
    * Frontrunner of technical excellence in the business. Sometimes creates new trends and quick to pickup interesting approaches from other sources and spread it in businesses

    Cons

    * Can be intimidating and hard to navigate at first. More experienced Thoughtworkers are supposed to help you out in the beginning but from what I've experienced and heard from others it doesn't work out that well in most cases.
    * Being good with people is even larger requirement than in other IT jobs. Creating rapport, managing expectations, influencing people are part of your regular job and help a lot in the internal work relationships. Can be good or bad for you but it's something that is good to be aware of.
    * Little structure means among others that there is little structural support. If you have trouble you need to reach out. Not much interest from anyone while on the project - unless your PM cares about regular catchups with you.
    * Social and economic values are more often preached than practiced. UK is told it sponsors work done in other regions
    * You get paid significantly less

    Advice to Management

    More pure technical career paths. Make people feel listened to. Listen more carefully why people are leaving - it affects those that are staying as well. Put more emphasis on sponsors - it is a great idea that could work way better.

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  5. Great people, good projects, salary below the average

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at ThoughtWorks full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There is a good recruitment process in place that guarantee an above-the-average quality of the employee. The focus on the social and economic justice is always welcome. Highly recommended for grads and generally for the people-ware ones

    Cons

    The salary is a bit below the market average, sometimes you have to travel in quite far locations.

    Advice to Management

    be sure to secure the highest company value: feedback

  6. Fantastic company to work for, with some strange flaws

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant Developer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Consultant Developer in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at ThoughtWorks full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fantastic working culture - doing agile the right way. Strong emphasis on professional development. Because TW works in small teams in client sites, you will be freed from much of the hierarchy that it present in a normal business. You will also be able to take on stretch roles that you'd never be able to get into in a normal business. Company is very open about finances and releases summaries to the entire business. Strong focus on working with people - I learned a lot about soft skills here. Fantastic internal training program for graduates ("TWU")

    Cons

    Annual review process systematically disadvantages those unable to game it. Company political stances (socialist/progressive) sometimes go overboard. The travelling can be unsustainable - it's even worse in the US. The loss-making parts of the business can sometimes cause wider belt-tightening. Occasionally I thought about sectioning members of the senior management team under the mental health act.

    Advice to Management

    Please reform the annual review process

    If you can reduce the burn rate in the loss-making parts of the business, then you'll be able to make the business as a whole more stable.

    Stop indulging the founder

  7. The zero politics, true collaboration company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at ThoughtWorks full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flat, no hierarchy, small company feel, servant leadership, outstanding people, technology visionaries, operates to board level.

    Cons

    Travel (although same challenge as any consulting company).

    Advice to Management

    Incredible demand for services already - can more be done to assist clients in business strategy

  8. Great place to learn and great place to work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at ThoughtWorks full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of challenges. Lots of variety. Lots of opportunity to learn other disciplines and upskill. Interesting projects and client. Great diversity of people.

    Cons

    Lots of time away from home, which can be a good thing and a bad thing. The problem is you often don't get to choose, which can result in a lot of travel as well.

    Advice to Management

    Try to get more work in London so that people at least have the opportunity to have some time in their home office every now and then.

  9. Helpful (2)

    Career building but croneyism at the top

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at ThoughtWorks full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Adventurous and bold approach to winning and delivering interesting digital solutions for Clients.
    Opportunity to develop as a consultant based on practice rather that theory
    Passionate and knowledgable colleagues
    Opportunity to try your hand outside of your discipline
    Variable work and working locations

    Cons

    Chairman runs the firm as a fiefdom, where cronies are rewarded over merit.
    Doesn't always live up the hype of "aligned work", and sometimes there is a gap between the externally communicated mission and the work that is actually available.

    Advice to Management

    Allow the business to grow-up and get free of the Chairman

  10. A great company to work for. Learned lots within the first year and the pace doesn't slow down.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Developer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Graduate Developer in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at ThoughtWorks full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Learning opportunities, attitude to staff, people, social justice causes

    Cons

    Salary lower then some places with equal acceptance requirements

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up, but raise salaries a bit ;)

  11. Helpful (6)

    Herding cats

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at ThoughtWorks full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Technically strong development business and some nice people

    Cons

    very difficult to get anything done, seems like everyone is plodding along and no real dynamism or motivation to make anything happen - probably due to the "no bonus" approach they have which is all very customer focused and new age but if like me you have ever visited a communist country like Cuba for example you will understand the effect that such an approach to salaries has - basically if there is no incentive to earn more or achieve more then no one really seems to push to get things done - this is my observation from working with Thoughtworks and visiting Cuba - very similar.

    Advice to Management

    pay commission/bonus, make stuff happen, dont waste people`s time

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