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ThoughtWorks Overview

Chicago, IL
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Private
IT Services
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Every tech company has a humble beginnings story. Here’s ours: We started 25 years ago in a Chicago basement. Not long after that, we started working with a retail client who’s still with us today. A few years later we were pioneering Agile software ... Read more

Mission: Our mission is to better humanity through software and help drive the creation of a socially and economically just world. We bring together the most capable, driven and passionate people - we call them ‘ThoughtWorkers’ - to:

1. Run a ... Read more

Company Updates

  • With the number of high-profile security breaches rising, agile software development teams are using Threat Modelling to understand how to protect their systems.

    Learn the ‘How to's’ from our subject matter experts Jim Gumbley, ThoughtWorks and Fraser Scott, Capital One at our #XConfUnplugged18 Threat Modelling event on Thursday 22nd November at our London office.

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    XConf Unplugged

    XConf Unplugged is a community for technologists. We'll keep you plugged in and up-to-date with breaking technology changes, updates and news. This event is the fourth in our series and is focused on security in software development. X-Conf Unplugged is a part of Access ThoughtWorks - our learning community.

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ThoughtWorks – Why Work For Us?

Our culture is very intentional. We hire for it, nurture it, check on it, and if something isn’t working, we fix it. Here’s what you’ll find in every ThoughtWorks office around the world:

  • We are intolerant of intolerance. Every day we strive to ensure ThoughtWorks is a welcoming place for people across a spectrum of abilities, age, appearance, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity. It’s not lip service. We’re radically transparent about our hiring and training initiatives. The Anita Borg Institute has named ThoughtWorks to their list of  Top Companies for Women Technologists, twice. ThoughtWorkers speak and write openly about inclusivity.  
  • Building software is a social activity done by teams of brilliant and motivated people, not a mechanistic process. You’ll work on holistic, cross-functional teams focused on delivering business value early and greater business impact overall.  
  • We genuinely strive to hire nice, honest, smart people. During the interview, you’ll find we focus more on aptitude, attitude, integrity,not whether or not you have the perfect CV.

Come by an office, meet us, and see it for yourself.

Tech for Social Good

As a global technology firm with social and economic justice at its very core, we are uniquely positioned to influence the impact of technology in the world.

"For me, the Social Justice pillar isn't just about doing work for good causes. It's also about looking at our core work and asking how it benefits society."  - Martin Fowler, Chief Scientist, ThoughtWorks

ThoughtWorks is active in many movements around the world, and is always looking for collaborators that share our values. if you want to work with us, please get in touch!  Some of our core initiatives include:

Our people  often write about their experiences with and perspectives on social justice. You can read more here or on our Insights Channel.

With our open culture, flat structure, navigable size, and lack of “red tape,” you can shape your experience at ThoughtWorks and create all kinds of opportunities to learn, share and lead.  We also provide lots of opportunities, from year-long intensive leadership development programs to casual in-office tech talks.

Programs and benefits may vary by region, but in general you can:

  • Attend that tech conference (we’ll reimburse you.)
  • Learn new programming languages.
  • Deliver a talk or workshop at our many meetups, conferences and events.
  • Spend a season as a trainer at ThoughtWorks University.
  • Nominate yourself for a Leadership Development Program.
  • Change courses and pursue a different role.
  • Start a community event series.
  • Organize an interest group. Start a book club. Plan a camping trip.
  • Volunteer your time.
  • Write a blog post.
  • Write a book.

We will support you and see that you have the resources you need to enrich your own personal journey at ThoughtWorks.

Whether you know exactly what role you’re looking for, or you’re not quite sure, but ThoughtWorks seems like a pretty cool place to work, talk to us! Our recruiters are happy to answer your questions and even connect you with other ThoughtWorkers in roles like the one you’re considering.


Explore our open jobs here on Glassdoor – or directly on our careers site to browse by region and apply.  

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ThoughtWorks Reviews

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ThoughtWorks President and CEO Guo Xiao
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  • "Great place to work and grow as a software engineer."

    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO


    - opportunity to travel
    - smart and talented coworkers
    - real leaders and innovators of different software practices are born here.
    - constantly pushes for better norms in the software industry


    - not as competitive pay

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ThoughtWorks Photos

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ThoughtWorks Interviews



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Getting an Interview




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    Associate Consultant Interview

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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at ThoughtWorks in September 2014.


    So I am set to graduate this upcoming May and I had received an email from a recruiter 2 weeks before the Fall semester of classes began about if I was still interested in working at ThoughtWorks seeing as they literally offered me full time as a sophomore but didn't realize I was a sophomore at the time looking for an internship, so I replied of course I am. So I was supplied with a programming assignment which had to be finished in a week, I believe. That assignment was a piece of cake that I finished in 3 days. During the second week of classes I received a call from a recruiter about the assignment that I completed and they were just so impressed with it that they wanted me to have a phone interview with them. So the day of the phone interview it went fine, or at least I thought it did. It was just like any other phone interview that I've had but I feel like I bit the dust when I really didn't have any questions to ask them and I asked a generic question about some of the projects that they work on and the process with being an associate consultant. I guess there is a such thing as doing too much research on the company that the questions you may have will get answered too early. I've never heard back from them since. That was back in September and now it is March, so I'll just assume I didn't get the offer.

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ThoughtWorks Awards & Accolades

  • Women in IT Awards (USA) finalist, Business Role Model of the Year, Women in IT Awards, 2018
  • Top Companies for Women Technologists, Anita Borg Institute, 2017
  • Top 20 Places for Women to Work in Brazil, Great Place to Work®, 2016
  • Atlanta’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, National Association for Business Resources (NABR), 2016
  • 2016 Winner - Tech Diversity, Tech Diversity Awards, 2016
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