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"Good company, Very smart People, Pre-IPO bubble"

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Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Twitter full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

- Great CEO. Very transparent and genuinely cares about the company
- Very smart people (May be due to the Pre-IPO bubble but thats fine!)
- Really Challenging problems to work on
- Competitive Salaries and excellent stock awards for engineers

Cons

- *Lots* of Engineering managers for a company of this size.
- Most of the Engineering managers are non-technical and add little-value (but do create a lot of noise)
- Alarming amount of internal politics for a company so small (of ~2000 people)!. Feels like a company with 10x the number of people.

Advice to Management

Twitter has too many "Engineering" Managers. I can't comment on non-engineering teams (Most of the Engineering managers have less than 8 reports). Most of the are non-technical and add little value. Infact they get in the way.

- There is no clear career guidance defined for employees. Engineering Managers rarely discuss 'career levels' or provide guidance

- Many engineering teams work on stuff that is not very useful but somehow build a narrative that sounds grand and totally justifies the work. Again a technically competent Engineering manager would have helped!

Other Employee Reviews for Twitter

  1. "Love this company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Twitter full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    work/life, the "buzz", great people, changes rapidly and never gets boring

    Cons

    rapid growth can lead to some confusion and turnover, culture getting dissolved a bit


  2. "Smart people and difficult problems"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Twitter full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great food. Plenty of awesome people to collaborate with and learn from. Real sense of care of employees, and a great development environment.

    Cons

    Difficult for management to shift people from roles they are not doing great at.

    Advice to Management

    Be creative to find ways to identify bad managers and bad engineers, and give them a chance to thrive in different environments.

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