ThoughtWorks
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ThoughtWorks Reviews in London, England

Updated Mar 28, 2014
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3.6 14 reviews

                             

67% Approve of the CEO

ThoughtWorks President and CEO Guo Xiao

Guo Xiao

(3 ratings)

69% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Great place to learn and great place to work.

Business Analyst (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

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

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

ConsLots 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 Senior ManagementTry 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Career building but croneyism at the top

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
London, England (UK)

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

ProsAdventurous 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

ConsChairman 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 Senior ManagementAllow the business to grow-up and get free of the Chairman

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

Graduate Developer (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

I have been working at ThoughtWorks full-time for less than a year

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

ConsSalary lower then some places with equal acceptance requirements

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep it up, but raise salaries a bit ;)

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

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Herding cats

Consultant (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

I have been working at ThoughtWorks full-time for less than a year

ProsTechnically strong development business and some nice people

Consvery 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 Senior Managementpay commission/bonus, make stuff happen, dont waste people`s time

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

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Happy to work here.

Lead Consultant (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

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

ProsGood people, variety of technologies, travel opportunities, ethical employer.

ConsProjects can be a bit samey - great if you like building websites. Can be on the road a lot and might have to roll onto projects that don't fit with your personal circumstances or career objectives.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Awesome

Senior Consultant (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

I have been working at ThoughtWorks full-time for more than 5 years

ProsReally good people to work with
Travel -- lots of fun

Conspolitics to get places on exciting projects / your choice projects.
salary is not as competitive (no bonus)

Advice to Senior Managementhire better people higher up who engage with people better and more

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Difficult experience for anyone not a Geek!

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
London, England (UK)

I worked at ThoughtWorks full-time for more than 3 years

ProsSome excellent technical consultants who can really impress clients in discussions. Good pub culture for socialising with colleagues.

ConsSenior and sometimes not so senior Technical Consultants can be very arrogant and don't understand wider business implications. Large Clients can not easily change their whole way of working to adopt TW methods. Neither can all projects be super cool! It is a bit like a private club for people who have been there a long time. Do not cross the wrong person!

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't lose sight of what made TW great in the early days.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Excellent learning experience

Senior Consultant (Former Employee)
London, England (UK)

I worked at ThoughtWorks full-time for more than 3 years

ProsWork with great people, learn loads, brilliant for your career afterwards. Good pub scene.

ConsSome 'body-shopping' long projects can be a drag

Advice to Senior ManagementHave some system for moving people around from the not-so-great projects, and share out the conference love.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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nothing special

Senior Software Consultant (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

I have been working at ThoughtWorks full-time for less than a year

ProsGood-natured, friendly people. Some proper good technies (though quickly dwindling). Oppruntinies to travel (but remember travelling for work is very different from travelling for fun). Open and honest culture (though becoming disalarmingly less so).

Cons- Lots of big mouths. You'll hear about Continous Delivery and how great TW is at it then discover that we almost never do CD (and never stick around long enough to care/make that happen).

- Laughable arrogance throughout the company. People think they are the best in the industry because they can write what are relatively simple Rails web applications.

- Full of Enterprise architects who couldn't code a simple binary sort if you asked them.

- Crap projects. And I do mean crap. Long-hours. You'll get fat and not see any of your friends.

- Travel to the middle-of-nowhere to work.

- Too many grads who don't know anything and aren't truly passionate about making great software.

- Consulting is pretty much inherently evil. Let's face it. Pretty much the leaches of the world. Any place that has to hire us is screwed by definition.

- Arbitary feedback process that feeds on pretty much every cognitive bias going!

- Your cut of the money we charge clients is paltry.

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

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Great place to work

Senior Consultant (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

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

ProsSmart people
Friendly "management". We don't really have direct managers to report to. Management is mostly HR. The dreaded Project manager wields no more power than you do.

ConsSort of "cliquey" at times for new starters. Extremely friendly and social once you mix with folks.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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