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Thoughtbot Overview

Boston, MA
51 to 200 employees
2003
Company - Private
Enterprise Software & Network Solutions
Unknown / Non-Applicable
thoughtbot is a 100-person, employee-owned design and software engineering agency. We have been in business since 2003 and have offices in Austin, Boston, New York, Raleigh, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and London. We offer high quality software product design and ... Read more

Mission: We believe there is always a better way to do our work, and we want to find it and share it with as many people as possible.

See https://thoughtbot.com/purpose for our core beliefs.

Thoughtbot – Why Work For Us?


We strive for few job titles, few departments, and few hierarchies. We prefer composition of roles necessary for projects and company objectives over inheritance of bosses and direct reports. We are at thoughtbot primarily for our design and development skill, and want to apply it, rather than creating company overhead.

We recognize that we can always be better. Therefore, we have strong opinions, loosely held, and take initiative to improve ourselves, the company, and our community.

We work with companies of all stages to help identify and solve problems. At thoughtbot, you’ll be involved in every step of the process. You’ll sit in on product design sprints, write quality, test-driven apps, and then deploy them. You are an accomplished professional and an excellent team player; ready to give your best to your colleagues, eager to grow together with them.

We like to think of perks as standards and keep ourselves happy while we work. There’s stellar vacation time and fully stocked offices with everything from Klondike bars to neat little notebooks. If you need a change of scenery, you can work from home.

Investment days

On Fridays, we have “investment time” when we learn new tools and techniques, work on open source, create new products, write blog posts, and try to make ourselves, each other, and the community better.

Always learning

We pay 100% of expenses if you speak at conferences and 50% of the cost for attendees. We also have a 3-day hackathon at the end of every year.

Stay fresh

We have five weeks of paid time off per year, personal days, plus extended leave. For new parents, we also have at least 6 weeks paid leave in all locations, as well as the ability to take at least 6 months off.

Healthcare + financial

For full-time U.S. employees, we pay 100% of medical, dental, vision, and life insurance premiums, plus we have a comprehensive 401k plan.

Our team works in a relaxed and educational environment to develop excellent products for our clients. We work a sustainable pace of 40 hours/week, consulting for clients four days/week. We also like to learn. Everything we do is predicated on having a great team and a culture of growing. We use the latest technologies and are always down to try new methods on both internal and client projects.

Thoughtbot Reviews

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    I have been working at Thoughtbot full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Investment time ("twenty percent time") for random projects. Wonderful company culture. Fun, caring, talented people. Extreme transparency. Constant improvement. Open-mindedness at all levels. Flat hierarchy. Generous time off policy. Employees are respected. We're trusted implicitly; ex., purchases on the company dime, time off requests, etc., are approved by default. Broad range of opportunities for learning and growing. Constant exposure to new technologies, companies, methodologies, etc. Sustainable pace -- we are never expected to work more than 5 days a week, 8hrs a day. Great code. A wonderful place for craftsmen. Fun. An ideal workplace environment. The interview process is effective and pragmatic (no stupid whiteboard sessions solving problems you'll never see). Easily the best company I've ever worked for.

    Cons

    Pay is relatively low. Very little room for career advancement in terms of increased responsibilities and job titles. It's a consultancy, so sometimes you have to work with difficult clients on uninspiring projects. It's very hard to build a real product that you own, as 80/90% of what you do is client work, so all you have is your investment time, which is not really enough on its own to do anything ambitious.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the amazing work

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Thoughtbot Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Thoughtbot (Boston, MA) in August 2017.

    Interview

    Interviewed back in August.

    First, had a video interview with CEO, Chad. After that, had second video interview with CDO, Kyle. Both of them were very informative and engaging, trying to get my background, interests, and what I would like to get from my next position. Following those, they invited me in for a full day working session at their Boston office.

    The morning was Q&A with their Boston Design Director and then the afternoon was left for a project and presentation that anyone in the office could attend. Thr project was challenging and the pitch/presentation setting at the end was quite difficult as well, but they really put you in control of the whole process.

    After that whole day and some waiting, I unfortunately did not receive an offer, but was able to get meaningful feedback from the team. Overall, a very good experience and I definitely want to try again some day down the road. It seemed like a great team to work with.

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