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Updated January 26, 2015
Updated January 26, 2015
206 Reviews
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Twitter CEO Dick Costolo
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Team meetings on the roof are the best, great teamwork and a lot of smart people (in 24 reviews)

  • There are lots of smart people, interesting things to work on, and great food (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • Still some growing pains despite the size of the company (in 14 reviews)

  • Distributed office can sometimes feel disconnected from the HQ in San Francisco (in 7 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best company I've worked for - with some caveats

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    While not exactly an old-timer, I did enter more or less at the bottom of a hypergrowth stage. 1000 or so employees to 3k+ and also had the good fortune of being here a good time before and after the IPO.

    - Being paid much better than my previous Fortune 100 employer.
    - My team is experienced, professional, and cares about the company's success.
    - Management is generally approachable, but be sure you ask for their time with a purpose in mind.
    - Lots of opportunity if you reach for it - it won't be handed to you.
    - Office perks are great.
    - It's taking us a while, but recent vision and strategy alignment is coming together.

    I also disagree with a previous reviewer's claim that "the women's organizations within Twitter carry no real weight at the company" and the claim of systemic anti-women culture. I've rarely observed the behaviors described and the internal numbers about promotions simply don't tell the same story this reviewer describes. Additionally, the women's groups here have exceptional company support and are afforded the opportunity to hold events and host speakers (sometimes quite difficult to achieve at HQ due to limited space). These groups have also given exceptional access to the most senior individuals in the company.

    Cons

    - Losing a lot of culture through old-timer departures.
    - Management churn at the upper levels is unsettling but not wholly abnormal for a company at this stage. I attribute this to a number bad hires. I believe the current product and engineering heads are a better fit.
    - Company feels much bigger and it's becoming harder to get work noticed.
    - Entrepreneurial spirit is dwindling as Hackweeks only occur 2x per year now and folks don't have confidence they could ship their bigger bets or moonshots.
    - Power is concentrated with a few choice folks and groups. Not unusual for any company, but it can be arduous to break through.
    - However, renewed commitment to broken windows and bug fixing is a necessary annoyance.
    - We've likely overgrown and the recent headcount trimming isn't sitting well with folks, though I think it was necessary contraction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Stable teams are important.
    - Isolate teams of exceptional people to incubate moonshots.
    - Don't change on a dime because there are a number of folks leaving and berating the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    no bueno

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at Twitter

    Pros

    money can be ok and benefits are aight

    Cons

    who you know culture is not good for best rising to the top

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire on merit

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Love it there

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great mission. Talented people. Open to change.

    Cons

    Some technical debt. Some pessimist voices.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Company, Great People

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and work atmosphere.

    Cons

    none cons to report at this time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep a focus on employee's happyness.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Promising Company But Management Falling Apart

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    Former Employee - Operations Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Operations Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Twitter full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, coworkers, food, great cutting edge technology

    Cons

    inexperienced managment making bad decisions with increasing frequency

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in new Sr. Managment that knows how to run and grow a mature comp;any

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 16 people found this helpful  

    Just trying to vest at this point

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    -Free food is amazing
    -Awesome opportunities like Hillary Clinton stopping by
    -Working on a product that is exciting
    -Nice facilities
    -Great Holiday parties and social gatherings
    -Lots of amazing people
    -Looks great on your resume (I hope)

    Cons

    There are far too many reorgs. Lots of XGooglers and XSalesforce who hire each other and give each other higher salaries/titles than those who have Twitter experience. I seen far too many managers who have never managed a team and should never be managing a team. Do you want a 26 yo who got the managing gig by drinking beer with their boss to be in charge of your career and growth? Promotion process is based on politics and favoritism doesn't matter how many fires you put out at 3am while your coworker is on PTO, if they're friends with the boss, you're never getting noticed. Lots of managers just refer friends to each other's team. The unlimited PTO policy really varies from mgr to mgr but basically you're probably going to feel too guilty to ever take PTO anyway. Not many women in higher/leadership positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please give a damn about your employees.

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Overall a great experience, ups and downs along the way.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Twitter full-time

    Pros

    Culture is great for the most part.

    Cons

    Side effects of a growing company are tough. Not the small startup it used to be.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Having a great time @Twitter

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    - Really smart people and tons of challenging projects.
    - Feel energized to go to work in the morning - since my work can have a big impact on the world.
    - Really good compensation/benefits.
    - Tons of learning opportunities in Engineering.

    Cons

    Since Twitter is now expanding really fast, there are some growing pains like any other company would face. There have been some reorganizations towards that end, but everyone here is fully committed to ensuring the long-term success of Twitter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The senior management is doing a great job - ensuring that the company provides a great platform to its users. I have to say - keep up the great work !

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Great company overall, but recent churn is disturbing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Twitter

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Perks are amazing. Challenging work. Smart people. It's a well oiled machine for a company of its size and has been working to address the *systematic* internal issues (eg developer productivity). Overall it's hard to beat.

    Cons

    The company has been bleeding culture as the old timers leave and the hiring process is slanted towards what have been described fairly accurately as "worker bees from Google." In general, I saw my newer coworkers were smarter but less fun than the older ones.

    Recently there has been a lot of turnover at the company in what is basically a systematic sweeping of house as they look for people internally who aren't up to par. This is concerning even for those above this bar, although I can understand that it may make the company stronger long-term.

    Not enough upward mobility. Promotion/feedback process can be gamed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize that passion and personality matter.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    bad culture, bad engineers

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    okay perks, good salary, some interesting work

    Cons

    leadership is bad. culture is very weird - I was in one of the hardest working teams, but on average people worked 40 hours a week and a great deal of that was spent not actually working. very easy to see why the company is struggling to increase profits because under-achieving people are paid high salaries to barely work. the engineers are not smart (I do not understand why so many people say their bar is high) and not all that fun to work with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    do not hand down solutions to engineers. let them engineer. figure out your plan and stick to it. don't let personal problems (or your over-inflated ego) push good employees out of the company (that one is directed at Costolo).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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