Twitter Reviews

Updated October 30, 2014
Updated October 30, 2014
185 Reviews
4.3
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Team meetings on the roof are the best, great teamwork and a lot of smart people (in 22 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 13 reviews)

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

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  1. 20 people found this helpful  

    Some good, some bad.

    • 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

    Pros

    There are lots of smart people, interesting things to work on, and great food. There are talks, meet-ups, and internal education. They make employees comfortable without being ridiculous about it. They allow plenty of flexible time and a pretty good work-life balance. For the most part, people who work a lot do so because they really enjoy what they do. When it's good, it's very good.

    Cons

    There is almost no diversity in engineering. This is not just about the ratios of men to women, white/asian to others, young to old, but also about mindset and background. The hiring process and the promotion process are geared to further homogenize the staff. The label "twentitled" is very often deserved, and the arrogance of the engineers is astounding. They believe that they are the best simply for being hired at Twitter. They are often unwilling to be helpful, unwilling to listen to other ideas, and certainly unbelieving that anyone different from them is of value.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rather than saying "hire/promote more women", search for the root of why women, older people, non-white people are not comfortable in the culture you have created.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Twitter

    Pros

    Nice culture, everyone respects each other, the benefits are above average as I think.

    Cons

    The management level changes rapidly

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    Motivating culture, great perks, demanding

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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 an year)

    Pros

    It's rare to work in an environment where you're surrounded by so many people who care deeply about their job and the product they are supporting. There's very little ego here - the few that exhibit it stand out. It's a collaborative environment full of passionate people. No one punches in and punches out, everyone works until they get it done and also finds time to take a break and enjoy a drink in the commons or a chat in the halls

    Cons

    Normal growing pains. Too many places that house information and a constantly growing workforce causes some minor frustrations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Those who were appropriate for their role when the company was small are not necessarily appropriate for leadership at this stage.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Different ballgame

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    Current Employee - Account Strategist in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Account Strategist in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    The hiring bar is exceptionally high, meaning you're virtually guaranteed to spend your days working with quality colleagues. The culture is superb - the individual is massively valued to the point of hierarchy not ruling your days. The benefits are as good as you could hope (travel, gym, health).

    Cons

    Almost everyone here is an overachiever, meaning if you stood out in a previous company, you can easily find yourself moved to the middle of the pack.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The flat management structure means that it can sometimes feel like a communal effort, and career progression is not clearly delineated.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    inconsistent management, victim of a bad acquisition

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    strong brand, good food, nice workplace

    Cons

    twitter is a circus. it's still trying to find its identity. lots of politics. it's run by ex-googlers who favorite each other.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop fixating on user growth and make the product better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Proud to work here

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Twitter has a friendly and cooperative culture. This reflects on both the corporate level (emphasizing partnerships over competition) and the individual level (a collegial and friendly work atmosphere). I enjoy coming to work every day because I know that I am making the world a better place and not at the expense of others.

    Twitter also treats users with the greatest respect, going to great lengths to protect their voice, privacy, and dignity. This constrasts greatly with many other social media companies which try to push boundaries as much as possible over their own users' objections.

    Cons

    Twitter is experiencing many growing pains. The software engineering organizations has not yet adapted to the massive influx of engineers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When Google went public they strayed from the original spirit of "Don't be evil", which was already a low bar to begin with. We should keep holding ourselves to a higher bar and strive to "Be good", especially now that we are under pressure from shareholders.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great engineers, awesome culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The perks are a little obscene, in a good way. Particularly in the SF office. The engineers you'll find are some of the best I've seen anywhere. Great blend of startup "get stuff done" culture and theoretic rigor. Getting to work on a product that changes the world is as compelling as it sounds.

    Cons

    Some growing pains in the management side as the company has gone public.

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

    Chaotic and energetic

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

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

    Pros

    Good engineering-driven culture with plenty of smart, energetic people who are eager to do great things. Company culture is surprisingly mature and driven, with a strong focus on the customer and the employees.

    Cons

    The company is growing fast and has plenty of technical debt. It can be chaotic at times, and occasionally frustrating. Leadership changes are frequent and brutal. All of this, though, doesn't affect the day-to-day of most engineers, as far as I can tell.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    DREAM JOB

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Sourcer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Sourcer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Hands down this is the BEST place I've ever worked. Twitter allows for personal growth as well as career growth. The greatness of the company is found in the caliber of the people that work there. Everyone is insanely smart and humble.

    Cons

    The company is getting a big big....

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

    Leadership vacuum with no clear long term strategy

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    There are some brilliant people working there, great product but niche audience, great food.

    Cons

    Management churn and recent hires from bigger companies creating a very bureaucratic and political environment. Company is losing its entrepreneurial edge and people because of this . Would advise others who want to be in social media to join a company with a stronger business model and less politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simplify the product and have faith in the people you have on staff versus looking for outside folks to bring the answers to your gaps in strategy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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