ThoughtWorks Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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  1. Great learning experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ThoughtWorks

    Pros

    Very smart people and great energy

    Cons

    Traveling is very difficult. You are always on airports

  2. Best job ever

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Chicago, IL

    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

    Continuous learning, new experiences, smart people, collaborative work

    Cons

    So much pressure to bill

    Advice to Management

    Go lean - too, too many managers

  3. Passionate, Diverse, Activist

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Chicago, IL
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at ThoughtWorks as a contractor (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    In addition to being a very brainy and passionate bunch, they take social justice very seriously. Instead of just seeing issues such as CSR, diversity, and discrimination as boxes to tick off, they are constantly trying to improve themselves. They are also always willing to invest a lot in their employees, both in terms of initial training and future professional development.

    Cons

    You shouldn't come to TW if you're looking to cash in. Junior Consultant salaries won't get you a penthouse on the Mag Mile. Instead, come for the environment and the interesting work.

    Advice to Management

    Stay true to your values! It's what makes TW unique.

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  5. Amazing company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    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

    Thoughtworks is not like any other company that i have heard of. Not only do they do great work and run a very successful business, but they are concerned about improving the world around them. Thoughtworks wants to use technology to improve social issues globally. They are heavily involved in many organizations reaching out to young women and people of color or low income to encourage careers and interests in technology.

    Along with their social work, they are a forward thinking company. Using Agile methodologies and always staying on top of the newest tech ideas and topics, they are able to offer unique solutions to clients problems.

    Finally, the people at Thoughtworks are amazing. Incredibly diverse, smart, talented, and excited to be there. The office has regular discussions on the topic of race, politics, basically everything you're taught NOT to talk about, Thoughtworks addresses. People are open to discussing issues and controversial topics without being offended. As an employee we are given the opportunity to learn from others and to discuss interesting topics without judgement or pretense.

    Cons

    no cons come to mind

  6. Helpful (2)

    Great place to work if you are very smart, super dedicated to your work, and like to travel and work long hours.

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    Former Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at ThoughtWorks full-time (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    A company that hires the best of the best to deliver compelling agile software development and management services to its large global client base. A very fast paced environment that is stimulating as well as demanding. Probably the smartest people I ever worked with.

    Cons

    Full of cliques. Chicago is the center of the universe. Lots of competition for thought leadership. A few sacred cows that are untouchable. Some mid-level managers are real dinks who are fairly dysfunctional. Helps if you are fairly political and can survive in that kind of an environment.

    Advice to Management

    Can't wait to see how the innovation of four co-presidents is going to work out.

  7. Helpful (1)

    unfulfilled promises

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ThoughtWorks

    Pros

    good pay, great place for young people to work away from home and enjoy the consultant life. If you like to travel and be away from home then this is the job for you.

    Cons

    onboarding promises of location placement are not fulfilled and you may get stuck travelling 24 hours a week to locations as exotic as nova scotia.

  8. Helpful (1)

    ThoughtWorks is comprised of very talented people

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    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at ThoughtWorks full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working with very talented people.
    Great brand and culture. I genuinely liked my colleagues.
    Great people, amazing technical talent and strong/passionate community

    Cons

    Not many if you can tolerate the traveling/consultant lifestyle and find the right project

    Advice to Management

    Keep senior people honest and relevant by keeping them in front of clients and in touch with project teams

  9. Good work, with lots of travel. Good culture.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY

    I worked at ThoughtWorks full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Developer oriented company with a very high concentration of good developers.

    Cons

    * Lots of travel.
    * Variety of projects. Your experience will really depend on where you end up.

  10. Helpful (2)

    Exciting job with great people and passionate professionals

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in San Francisco, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The company is constantly self improving and making you learn. Lots of really bright people work and do their job and drive the technology. If you are not afraid to expose your leadership skills and if you're striving to learn more - that's the company for you.
    The company is really attached to its pillars and to people.

    Cons

    Some projects are better the others. Some engagements are longer than others. No bonuses. Nothing serious.

  11. Great start to my career

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Programmer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Applications Programmer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    variety in the job, interesting projects

    Cons

    A big corporate after all

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