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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:

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Company Updates

  • ThoughtWorks Australia receives a citation as Employer of Choice for Gender Equality;

    Congratulations to WGEA EOCGE citation holders

    Congratulations to the newly announced Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation holders for 2017-2018. It is great to see a record 120 organisations receiving the citation this year, which recognises employer commitment and best practice in promoting gender equality in Australian workplaces.

  • Technology Radar | Emerging Technology Trends for 2017 | ThoughtWorks

    The Technology Radar is our thoughts on emerging technology trends in the industry. Read the latest here.

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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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    Current Employee - Lead Consultant in Dallas, TX
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    I have been working at ThoughtWorks full-time (More than a year)


    I'm constantly inspired by all of my brilliant coworkers. The personal support at ThoughtWorks is top-notch. I've had exposure to many innovative ideas, and been able to explore these on a daily basis.


    Can be difficult to balance work with personal life.

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ThoughtWorks Interviews



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Getting an Interview




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    Applications Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview


    The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at ThoughtWorks (New York, NY).


    I was contacted by a ThoughtWorks recruiter via LinkedIn for an onsite Interview. Although I did not get selected, it was a good learning experience for me.

    First round is a code completion round. A source code is shared with number of test cases. Duration 45 mins. The actual code needs to be implemented in a way that all test cases testing that class should pass. A minimum of 5 puzzles need to be finished to be eligible for next round. Being fast is key here. Don't worry about the right data structure or efficient implementation. E. G. Print prime numbers upto n, remove duplicates from linkedlist and so on.

    Second round was code pairing round,where a senior from Thoughtworks explains the coding question to solve e.g implement a Monopoly game. Various scenarios to cover. Here the emphasis is defining the right data model, best oops practices and also that code should work according to the test case they provide. Duration 1 hr after they have walked you through the problem statement. Do not hesitate to ask questions.

    Called on a different day for design round
    Here I was asked to explain the architecture of any project i recently worked on. And questions on these. Another question is design round. Eg. Implement twitter or youtube.
    I did not do well on questions on both. So did not qualify. Expect in depth questions on your project. Emphasis here is to know how good a candidate is with basics as well as depth of knowledge.

    Overall a positive experience, every interviewer was very knowledgeable, patient and empathetic.

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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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