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Updated July 24, 2017
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  • Work life balance due to travel (in 30 reviews)

  • Based on the region and the project there might be a lot of travel involved (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Not your usual consulting company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working with the smartest people in the business. Working on technically challenging projects, for short durations (as opposed to being stuck in maintenance mode for years). Opportunities to travel the world if that is what you want. Fun and Irreverent attitude.

    Cons

    If travel is not your thing, then this could be a downside.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  2. "They have always provided me with the challenges I needed to grow."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The flat structure, by it's nature, encourages people to branch out and find what challenges them and helps them find what they are looking for in a career.

    Cons

    The flat organization requires a level of self-ownership of their own career that many find difficult. There are no 'career paths". I tend to thrive in this sort of environment, but I know many people who can't deal with the flexibility.

  3. "Awesome, a place to learn and grow"

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    Current Employee - Lead Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Lead Consultant in New York, NY
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working with people who are mostly smarter than you; opinionated, outspoken bunch. Good feedback. Most people value excellence.

    Cons

    Slightly harder for introverts. However, introvert geniuses shine.

    Advice to Management

    -Designing right career path is essential. A lot of talented, focused individuals have left due to lack of a distinct career growth path - both developers and operations.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "I've learned so much, and been given an opportunity to work at high profile clients"

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    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Chicago, IL
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people. Problem Solving Culture. Open. Flat. Influential Company. Agile (leaning towards XP rather than Scrum). Martin Fowler is the Chief Scientist. There's opportunity to try out other offices globally after you've served a year in the company.

    Cons

    It can be chaotic at times. Even as a consultant from an esteemed company, clients can sometimes ignore good advice. ThoughtWorks occasionally signs work that's not good for staff.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing without selling out to a) unsustainable pace, b) big evil corporations. Grow the influencers inside.


  5. "Just started and the orientation was great!"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great value system
    - Smart people
    - Everyone seems involved
    - Clear sense of diversity

    Cons

    - Considerable travel
    - Not heavy with processes so can seem confusing in the beginning


  6. "A wonderful company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Lead Consultant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Lead Consultant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Even if you are not working on a social impact program, knowing that it is a priority with the company makes all the difference.
    The interview process means that you are always working on a good team.

    Cons

    5 days a week of traveling can mean that you only see your family for 36 hours a week for months on end.


  7. "One of the most unique and challenging place to work in the world"

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    Current Employee - Manager, Analytics Practice in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager, Analytics Practice in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ThoughtWorks full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    ThoughtWorks mission - you work for a company that's about much more than just making money
    The opportunity to work with some of the most talented and passionate technologists in the world
    The opportunity to constantly develop as a technologist and consultant
    Egalitarian organization without a lot of the political infighting you experience in larger corporations
    A place where you can be yourself

    Cons

    Travel
    The job can demand a lot from a person

  8. "Amazing people, great mission, disruptive thinkers"

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    Current Employee - Technology Principal in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Technology Principal in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ThoughtWorks full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Passionate people
    Pushing the boundaries of technology
    Values driven organization
    Flat structure

    Cons

    Flat structure means you need to navigate the organization yourself.
    Standard consultancy issues - can't always have the impact on clients we would like.


  9. "ThoughtWorks is a great place to make a difference in the world"

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    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ThoughtWorks full-time

    Pros

    Work with and learn from amazing people.
    Push for social justice.

    Cons

    Travel is a big part of consulting.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Exciting job with great people and passionate professionals"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The company is constantly self improving and making you learn. Lots of really bright people work and do their job and drive the technology. If you are not afraid to expose your leadership skills and if you're striving to learn more - that's the company for you.
    The company is really attached to its pillars and to people.

    Cons

    Some projects are better the others. Some engagements are longer than others. No bonuses. Nothing serious.


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