Twitter Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated September 27, 2014
Updated September 27, 2014
181 Reviews
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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 18 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 6 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing internship

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Twitter as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    It was very easy to communicate and get support on what you're working on, as Twitter has a very open workplace. The role obviously varies from team to team, but on my team, I was treated similarly to a new grad full-time. People generally cared about the company, and everyone was exceedingly nice and eager to help.

    Cons

    Still a relatively new, growing company and sometimes lacks the infrastructure / tools and stability a more mature company might have.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up, I loved my manager.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Amazing people, rapidly growing product, fulfilling work

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

    I worked at Twitter full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Strong growth provided momentum
    - Your work impacts hundreds of millions of users
    - Work along side brilliant people

    Cons

    - Too many layers of management
    - Questionable high level strategy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 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 for less than a 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    DREAM JOB

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    Current Employee - Technical Sourcer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Sourcer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Twitter full-time for more than a 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very good so far

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Overall, in many ways like Google at ~2004-2005 - but, fortunately, more relaxed. There is enough "green field" work, though less than 16 months ago when I joined. People are pretty energetic and motivated, but, fortunately, not up to the point of being aggressive or creating hierarchical cults. The overall culture is still in many ways engineer-driven. There is free food (very good) and even free beer :) Vacation policy is more or less "get as much as you need, provided it's ok with your manager". There is a free shuttle to the Bay Area... and, oh, yes - the IPO worked very well for employees, as far as I can tell.

    Cons

    It's difficult to find high-quality engineers and especially managers these days. I feel like the two managers added recently to my extended group are not extremely technically sharp. Also, I feel like occasionally the management in different parts of the company is unable to make a firm decision in one area or another, and lets things drag on their own for too long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't lower the hiring bar. And encourage or even force competent managers to be more decisive. Some solution is usually better than no solution, and broken windows that stay broken for months aren't great.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good so far

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Smart people and good benefit

    Cons

    A lot of organization changes.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Awesome company!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Everything is really great at Twitter. The benefits, people, impact, everything.

    Cons

    I cannot think of anything to put here as a con.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Brilliant engineers, Poor management

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    You'll be surrounded by smart engineers and exciting technical challenges. Excellent culture even though it is pretentious. The location, office, and free food are great.

    Cons

    Career advancement opportunities are not awarded fairly. Promotions are not a significant increase in compensation.

    Compensation is below market rates. There are no bonuses or 401k matching.

    Being a manager sucks. Senior management has acknowledged this and is investing in its managers more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make career advancement opportunities fair and detached from the frequent reorgs and the opportunism that follows them.

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

    The best company I've ever worked for.

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

    I have been working at Twitter full-time for 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
  11.  

    Awesome!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great people, great office, fun product.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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