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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  

    Very rewarding

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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

    The company stimulates you to be very proactive in defining the problems and the solutions. It takes to be a leader on everything you do.

    The culture is very strong and people really stand for the values.

    Cons

    Still needs to improve in term of processes and tools, but that's the point of the Pros above!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 9 people found this helpful  

    HR is invisible; managers aren't there to help you grow in any meaningful way and sometimes they hurt

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

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

    Pros

    Food, working with many very qualified and mostly ego-less engineers who really care about what they are doing, running a service that people care about, plenty to learn

    Cons

    Your happiness or sadness will depend almost entirely on whether the manager who owns you wants you to be happy or sad, whether they want you to stay or don't care if you disappear tomorrow. There is no obvious way to correct things if you are identified as a "problem". Every team has a completely different style, which accounts for the giddy reviews found elsewhere in this section. The hiring rally in 2013 made it much easier to dispose of people rather than solving problems so they could stay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    DickC is completely legit and has everyone's near-complete trust. Below him are multiple layers of managers who translate his clear directives into unclear directions for unclear reasons. There are also some good managers but they are outnumbered. They said this wouldn't happen to us. It happened. It got worse after the IPO.

    Dick: your team is over-managing the brand. The company will be better off when it can roll with the punches rather than trying to control every utterance that originates inside or outside. There's more life to this company than the stone-faced official word lets anyone know, and that's a shame. The "more layers of managers than Apple" at a fraction of the size is also a shame. Your middle tiers of managers are the company's biggest handicap and always have been since you started dumping them into the structure by the truckload.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent people, benefits, perks, salaries. CEO inspires.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager

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

    Pros

    People - smart, available, collaboration
    Perks - coffee, food, beer and wine
    Benefits
    Salary
    Great leadership
    Open communication
    Inspiring CEO

    Cons

    Still some growing pains despite the size of the company.
    Internal transfer process is messy.
    More diversity needed.
    Work/life balance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    I love it here!

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

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

    Pros

    - Great culture
    - Fun environment
    - Challenging workload

    Cons

    - Great pay and company values
    - Hard to get ahold of senior management

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

    really good

    • 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

    Pros

    impressive salaries and potential and benefits. I really like working here. Awesome.. Great going..

    Cons

    Too much pressure. Hectic work hours and schedules. Very aggressive. Too much competition.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Smart co-workers. Great work/life balance. Hard work is rewarded and your direction/projects are often self driven. If you have an idea, you can implement it.

    Cons

    Poor performer's aren't well managed.Some people and teams consistently underperform and it seems they can just drift here forever and are protected from ever actually justifying why their products/projects are consistently failures.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean up the cruft and get rid of the dead weight. There's a lot of fun work to do here and if people are too lazy to do it, they shouldn't be wasting everyone else's time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    The best place I have ever worked.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (less than a year)

    Pros

    The people are just the best. Amazing culture. Always learning something new at Twitter University. Team meetings on the roof are the best, great teamwork and a lot of smart people. I love how the 10 core values drive the company to always be better.

    Cons

    Instead of having Hackweek once per quarter, we will have it just once every two quarter.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Amazing company culture, massive growth potential and really interesting product.

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

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

    Pros

    Collaboration - everyone here is pushing towards a common goal, we all want to see the company grow and become more successful. Wickedly smart people - we have some of the best people in their field but because the culture is so collaborative rarely do those smart people beat you over the head with their intellect. Speed of decision - decisions are made quickly so we can move into execution swiftly, decisions are supported by data but not to excess.

    Cons

    It is chaotic and shows signs of a company that has gone through some rapid growth. Things often aren't written down and there is a lot of work to do to support this growth. However that is a really exciting con to have to deal with as the company expands and brings onboard talent from other, larger companies there's a danger that the culture will get diluted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on doing what you are doing. The culture here is something you should be proud of, don't let the growth in the company kill that.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    I feel lucky every morning.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, great food, great compensation, great learning opportunities, great opportunities to jump into the fast growing code-base. You get to do what matters to the world. Great work/life balance as well.

    Cons

    Well, I am not a big fan of San Francisco. It's a dirty and dangerous city.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe incentives?

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

    Promising Start - Questionable Future

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

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

    Pros

    Food, Coworkers, Innovative atmosphere, work-life balance, perks at workplace

    Cons

    Increasingly puzzling decisions by Sr. Execs. Such as promoting individuals to Director or higher level even though experience does not support. More as reward for being part of company from beginning than based on good, practical, business sense / decisions. Also, comany does not seem to be working on biggest problem for future of company which is growing user base by making Twitter more appealing to broader user base - seems more interested in becoming part of mainstream media

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in Sr. Management with experience in the areas you wish to strengthen. Do not promote inexperienced individuals as nothing more than a reward for being with company longer than newer hires (even though they are better suited). Company needs to begin acting like a global corporation, not a start up any more. Focus first on why more people don't use Twitter.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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