Twitter Reviews

Updated March 28, 2015
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  1. Growing pains

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Twitter

    Pros

    -base salary and RSUs are competitive
    -most everyone are highly qualified and are trying to do their best work
    -standard silicon valley tech perks: fitness, food, beer/wine, VIP visits
    -lots of courses to improve tech or soft skills
    -improv classes!!
    -management tries to be transparent to the whole company

    Cons

    - since company isn't GAAP profitable many ancillary benefits aren't up to the level of Google or Facebook. 401K is an easy example. shuttle bus routes are limited and buses can be unreliable....3 breakdowns in one day even.
    - culture and bureaucracy is slightly changing with the number of employees skyrocketing from ~2000 to ~3500 in the past two years.
    - There have been many re-orgs in the engineering Org recently. This brings a sense of uncertainty to some.
    - feedback and comp systems and procedures go through constant change every six months. Hopefully they will settle on one system and schedule soon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - talk is talk, follow through on past promises
    - make sure managers are actually have good soft skills and can manage a team effectively

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Fast-paced, high energy environment with amazing coworkers

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    • 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

    Great pay and benefits, extremely smart and competent coworkers, fun and laid-back office and culture. There's a great sense of community within the company, and a lot of excitement about where the company is going. Food is ridiculously good. Hacking on things and developing skills in the things that interest you are strongly encouraged.

    A lot is changing, and for the better. Definitely on an upward trajectory.

    Cons

    No desserts during lunch. Voluntary sacrifice of work/life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great momentum of positive change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful

    World-changing platform, people, and opportunities.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Scientist
    Current Employee - Data Scientist

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

    Pros

    Giant aspirations for changing the world combined with a high likelihood of achieving them. Executing on a vast number of initiatives simultaneously, and succeeding. The employee benefits are excellent, the compensation competitive, and the opportunities for movement within the organization is incredibly high; very little friction to following your passion somewhere else within the org.

    Cons

    The organization has grown quickly and there are pockets of people who are reluctant to change and progress with the company. There is quite a distribution of work ethic across the org, and an unfortunate sense of entitlement in a portion of people. These are the same issues that I've experienced at every company; they're just universal truths of companies that grow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resist calcification by processes and formalism; maintain the minimum set of rules and policies we can get by with. Stay true to the company's core values and ignore the whims of the press. Stay in touch with your reports and their reports; the people doing the work will provide the best view of what's happening.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Fast paced, startup-like feel with big-company resources and perks

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

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

    Pros

    I really like how Twitter focuses on transparency and has a small company feel. Frequent all-hands meetings bring everyone together around our common goals. Everyone is helpful and is pumped to make things better. From a tech standpoint, Twitter pushes the industry forward in many areas.

    Cons

    Have to be able to ignore the noise of working at a public company that gets a lot of attention. Fast paced environment may not be for everyone.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    You definitely want to be a member of the flock

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Innovative, high-trust, high-respect culture; excellent training/resources; smart, yet down-to-earth team-player co-workers; challenging and rewarding work; incredible benefits like free meals and fitness credit.

    Cons

    None that I have seen, but I imagine for some coming from larger, traditional environments, the adjustment to a smaller, more innovative culture with less process could potentially be a challenge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing - Twitter is a great place to work and the current culture should be fiercely protected. Consider implementing more long-term benefits, like performance stock options, bonuses and/or stronger 40(k) matching.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 10 people found this helpful

    Purges, Reorgs, and Cronyism Ruin Culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer

    I have been working at Twitter

    Pros

    - smart coworkers
    - cool brand
    - standard tech company perks

    Industry best practices can be learnt here. The compensation is competitive.

    Cons

    - new products and features often don't ship
    - not a meritocracy

    After the IPO there were a lot of high-level firings, and each of those induced a re-org and blew away the product and feature development that occurred underneath. So, a lot of times yo'd see a feature developed, then abandoned or delayed, then attempted again six months later by another team.

    On acquihires, problems arise when there's an obvious conflict of interest (e.g. someone high in the company is old pal's with the acquihired company's CEO), when good people are displaced and/or fired to make room for acquihired folk, and when acquihired folk parachute into the org with outsized titles and compensation, screwing over everyone who came in the front door and who had been working honestly. Tolerance and encouragement of this sort of cronyism is destructive not just to rank-and-file employees but to all shareholders.

    Twitter presents itself externally as this hyper-ethical company super-concerned with noble ideas like user safety, but on the inside odd things happen, like a time a bunch of employees were fired with no notice and the survivors were told they could not ask questions and that no explanation would be given.

    Given these conditions, employees are incentivized to leave the company as soon as they vest some stock and the learning slows, which happens at the two year mark, on average.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Great name but also greatly chaotic

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    If you like fast paced work where self-direction is essential, this would be a great place to work. For product launches there were late hours for the team I worked on.

    Cons

    Long hours is probably the biggest downside. There is pressure to stay late because everyone else is doing it as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wish there was a way to track milestones throughout the year and get recognition meeting and exceeding goals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Growing, exciting company.

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    • 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

    Twitter is a growing public company with a lot potential. Being in the social media sphere, it's a high energy company with a lot of media coverage and attention.

    Cons

    The company still has growing pains and struggles to define itself and it's internal processes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people with balanced skill sets and good attitudes, then hold on to them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 8 people found this helpful

    Game of Thrones

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Twitter

    Pros

    Free food and coffee? The office is also in a convenient location

    Cons

    Horrible internal politics throughout all parts of the company
    Rotating door with employees and senior management
    Under-resourced

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave. Seriously not sure why anyone would want to work here they've taken a great culture and destroyed it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    best place where to work! value of people, high energy!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - User Researcher in San Francisco, NM
    Current Employee - User Researcher in San Francisco, NM

    I have been working at Twitter

    Pros

    people, culture, energy, respect for talents,

    Cons

    there are no cons, really!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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