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 to:
1. Run a sustainable business
2. Champion software ...
We're honored to be named a 2017 Winner of the Top Companies for Women Technologists (in North America) for the second consecutive year. https://thght.works/2yMxyLo
Anita Borg Institute names ThoughtWorks as Winner of the 2016 Top Companies for Women Technologists Program - http://thght.works/2e5gubg
OK, let’s get the corporate stuff out of the way first. ThoughtWorks is a global IT consultancy providing Agile-based systems development and consulting services. We've pioneered many of the most advanced and successful Agile methods of software development and best practices used in the industry today.
In other words, we build (amazing) software. It’s amazing because we build it with a complete obsession on doing the right thing for the user and the customer, and some innovative methods to get us there really quickly. It’s also amazing because it’s the stuff that makes or breaks companies; software which creates competitive advantage.
But that’s only part of the story. ThoughtWorks is a social and commercial community based on three pillars – (1) running a sustainable business -- which enables us to (2) deliver software excellence and (3) advocate for positive social change. You’ll hear us talk about our Pillars at lot if you join us.
We see building software as a social activity, best done by teams of brilliant people, not a mechanistic process where individuals are interchangeable cogs in a master plan. Our hiring model focuses on finding outstanding talent, over the mastery of tools.
Since 1993 ThoughtWorks has grown from a small group of passionate people our founder, Roy Singham, gathered in his basement in Chicago to a company spread across 24 offices in ten countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Singapore, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States.
We’ve been building game-changing software for our clients since we started. We specialize in creating technology that helps differentiate companies, or that helps make a positive change in the world.
It’s not that straightforward though. If you ask anyone who works here what we do, they’ll give you a different answer. ThoughtWorks is very much what you make of it, and your experience will be shaped by the projects you’re on and the people you work with. We’re also a bunch of entrepreneurs and so we’re just as likely to tell you about the company we want ThoughtWorks to be, as what we are today.
Since we started, in that basement in Chicago, we have made many mistakes, and have learnt a lot about how to build software, but more importantly, how to work effectively. We’re fanatical about helping our industry to get better and we do this by writing books, blogging, and talking at conferences.
Our mission is to better humanity through software and to be a role model for the 21st century socially responsible company. Martin Fowler, our Chief Scientist, blogged about what this looks like when you’re a ThoughtWorker. You can read it at
In terms of our organizational characteristics, we think the following sums us up pretty well:
There's something else you should know about us. If you think that the lack of women in IT has something to do with women being genetically indisposed to programming, ThoughtWorks isn’t the place for you. That goes for any other diversity dimension you’d care to suggest. We are really proud to be an equal opportunities employer and an awesome place to work. Our recruiting team is fanatical about sourcing people from all sorts of different backgrounds, because this is what helps us be a more innovative, more inclusive community.
ThoughtWorks believes that people are central to creating great software. We value technological expertise and innovation, but also personal integrity and enthusiasm. At ThoughtWorks, you’ll get a chance to do amazing work, alongside some of the brightest people you have ever met, without the typical frustrations and big company politics (well, at least not internally).
We’re out to build a community of experts, not just provide a one or two-year stepping stone for job-hoppers, so we have a different philosophy of hiring and career development. We have a very exciting graduate scheme, but that doesn’t mean we hire large numbers of inexperienced people and filter them out each year with an 'up or out' approach. We think that leaves something to be desired, and to be frank, it doesn’t fit with our values.
Instead, we hire carefully (and sometimes slowly). If you become a ThoughtWorker, we try and tailor a path that is uniquely right for you. We don’t believe in boilerplate career plans with pre-defined roles. If you have what it takes, we want you to follow your passion. Whether that means moving towards management, immersing yourself deeply in a technical specialty, becoming a cross-discipline general practitioner, or something else entirely of your own choosing.
In terms of our specialities, we generally hire the following types of technical people:
And of course, we also hire all sorts of operational people as required.
I worked at ThoughtWorks (More than 3 years)
Excellent people to work with. On any random project with 10 employees you ave personally never met before you can 100% count on them all being excellent and dedicated
heavy travel requirements. unwillingness to accept government contracts.
Advice to Management
add an equity participation program
I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at ThoughtWorks (San Francisco, CA) in November 2017.
1. Phone call with talent scout.
2. Phone call with software engineer, mostly non-technical.
3. Take-home project. 3 options to choose from.
4. 7-hour (!) on-site interview. This consists of random technical and behavioral questions, a pair-programming session (adding features to your take-home project), a personality test, and a logic test.
Overall I thought the interview process was pretty good, but it's such an enormous waste of time if you don't get the job. I think I spent 15+ hours between all the interviewing and the take-home project. It's frustrating to receive a very vague reason like "not experienced enough". My experience and coding abilities should have been pretty apparent from my work history and the project that they reviewed before they called me in.