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Twitter Reviews

Updated November 18, 2014
Updated November 18, 2014
191 Reviews
4.2
191 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 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    The best company I've ever worked for.

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

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

    Pros

    Smart, talented people.
    Management chain who share your values and back you up.
    Company that values social good as well as turning a profit.
    Great working environment.

    Cons

    Very little to complain about.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Just okay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Twitter

    Pros

    Great office, great location, great food, smart people.

    Cons

    Complete thrashing on priorities, empire-building, doesn't have good handle on metrics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really think about what has the most impact. Then, focus and deliver.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Pros & cons abut Twitter

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Senior management is great. Open dialogue & they care about employees, which speaks to following through on their internal values.

    Cons

    LOTS of politics; culture is nothing unique to internet/tech space. Expect to work 6 days/week, real-time platform means dealing with issues whether you're on vacation or watching a game at home on Sunday.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management is great at practicing what they preach - thumbs up for CEO Costollo. Work/life balance should be more than having an open beer policy; it should focus on ensuring employees can turn off their computers w/o getting text messages & frantic calls from middle-management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Awesome!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great people, great office, fun product.

    Cons

    Rapid growth, some people don't understand the product.

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

    Nice work if you can get it

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fast-paced, growing company. Lots of responsibility to be had early in your career. Smart people who'll help you learn and grow.

    Cons

    Need to be self-motivated, resourceful to succeed. If something's broken, don't expect someone else will necessarily fix it. Step up and make it better.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Moving fast, growing fast

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Twitter full-time

    Pros

    -The senior leadership are very open and communicate very well to all employees. Whether it's from email, internal quora-like forum, or the every-other-week all hands meeting.
    -The people who work here are all highly intelligent and really want to make Twitter grow.
    -As they have grown and went through some growing pains, there are more processes and structure on how things are done. A good thing.
    -Experimentation is valued
    - things are changing every month
    - great learning system. lots of classes on all technical and soft topics, and people are welcome to signup even if not directly related to your work.
    -onboarding/orientation process great and will be tailored to your job function.
    -standard silicon valley tech benefits and more.

    Cons

    - headcount growing very quickly. Due to this, lots more middle management. Although the org chart is still flatter than at other companies.
    - For those coming from other companies or new-grads, one may feel that there are a lot of meetings. That being said, most of the meetings tend to be pretty efficient and timely...because people may have to go to another meeting
    -since the IPO and ensuing employee stock lockup expiration, people from all levels of the company are leaving.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Addenda to an earlier review

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - SRE in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - SRE in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    I have nothing to add from my previous comments, but this requires twenty words, so I need to add them.

    Cons

    Working in SRE has some serious issues. There is an embedded approach -- so one gets one's work assignments and performance assessments from an engineering organization, but promotion/compensation decisions are made by SRE management. It depends on how engaged the SRE management is with the SRE, and some SRE managers are extremely disengaged, or are willing to accept the word of the engineering manager. The engineering manager does not have any incentive to promote the work of the SRE, particularly when the work is a joint project with engineering. Similarly, engineering managers will be more focused on the work of their direct reports, and rightly so.

    This makes the entire SRE employee review process capricious. Strong SREs are more readily lost through bad management, and SRE reviews (conducted entirely within SRE management structure) are more prone to second hand information and favoritism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reverse this structure. If SREs are to be embedded, make their performance evaluations the responsibility of the engineering managers, and make the SRE management consultants to that process, providing expertise in SRE training and skills.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Best place to work in the city

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Food, culture, manager, team-- work life is simple. Very supportive and have lot of co ordination.

    They serve excellent food all the time .

    Cons

    People from south bay, its bad and long to travel

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Twitter

    Pros

    Friendly, good values. The benefits are great

    Cons

    Things may be confusing and difficult at first

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Innovative and Rewarding

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Program Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great culture. Innovative. I work with incredibly smart people and we are all driven to make the company awesome.

    Cons

    If you don't take advantage of the unlimited time off and work from home opportunities the fast paced work environment might get the best of you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it focussed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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