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Updated March 26, 2017
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  • Work life balance due to travel (in 31 reviews)

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

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (5)

    "Most Diverse Place I have ever worked"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People from all walks of live, every corner of the world
    Your opinions are heard and acted upon
    Everyone listens
    Great work-life balance
    Awesome Benefits
    Travel all across North America
    Flat Organizational Structure
    Rewarded for your hard work

    Cons

    Not enough Social Justice projects
    Sometimes takes time for decisions to be made

    Advice to Management

    Keep staying open even as we grow larger. Support internal operations roles - like training and development, not just for leadership development. We need a team that is solely focused on and responsible for training and development. Also, we need more people leads to they are able to spend time with each person and we can have opportunities for health/pulse checks on morale well before people end of leaving us. Will help with attrition.


  2. "Mixed bag"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Applications Developer
    Former Employee - Applications Developer
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    1. It is much better than any other IT services company in India.
    2. It used to have smart and humble people who will encourage you to keep continuously learning.
    3. The basic value system is still very fair.
    4. There are ample opportunities to add different dimensions to your personality like becoming conference speaker.

    Cons

    1. The projects are hit and miss.
    2. There are lot of pretentious people in the company who just show they care about social justice to get a leg up. The culture of the entire company has been contaminated by imposters.
    3. There are coteries in each of the offices in India. Your career growth depends on whether you have a friend in that circle. India management knows the problem but does not want to act on it.

    Advice to Management

    1. Don't just do the talking, be honest about things you want to improve.
    2. The guise of "we offer cool work" to bargain for less salary is not going to cut anymore.


  3. "Amazing colleagues, rapid development"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - You get to work with some very smart and passionate people. Quality of the workforce is higher than anywhere else I've worked.
    - If you take some initiative and can prove yourself, you can get a lot of responsibility and get involved in a lot of decisions very fast. Even the kind of work that is usually reserved for very senior people.
    - Teams know how to build tech fast.
    - Opportunity to travel to just about anywhere, company is very flexible at arranging this.
    - Company is way more inclusive than just about anyone else in the technology industry, and gets a much more diverse workforce from that.

    Cons

    - Salaries aren't low, but you could get a lot more considering the people they hire and the work they expect you to do. You'll get better offers just about every week.
    - Pay progression is very opaque. People 'leave and come back' because it is faster than dealing with the annual review process.
    - It's consultancy, if you aren't willing to be away from home 4 nights every week you are going to slow down your career.
    - If you aren't good at maintaining a big brand and a tight network, you'll get forgotten about.

    Advice to Management

    - Make the annual review process more transparent with clearer criteria for shifting between grades.
    - Don't lose what makes ThoughtWorks unique while rapid expansion is happening


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  5. "Failure in management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ThoughtWorks full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    My colleagues on the project were top-notch people. The events at the office were amazing and there were a lot of opportunities to learn something new.

    Cons

    Management was cold. They didn't care about their employees' wellbeing and the only way to force their hand is threatening to quit. This is definitely not a healthy relationship between employer and employee.

    Even though the company is projecting an image of social justice and software excellence, its main concern is still about making money with the rest being an afterthought.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. When something is wrong, learning to listen for the canaries. Don't just follow the money. It's ok to drop a bad client for the sake of your long term relationship with your employees.


  6. "Nice People lots to learn but difficult clients"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good technology, expenses and they take care of you

    Cons

    hard clients, sometimes no so interesting clients

    Advice to Management

    keep it going and find more interesting work


  7. Helpful (1)

    "A great consultant company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Consultant in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Consultant in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - consultant has a lot of says on what they want to do
    - great work life balance
    - management care a lot about the consultants
    - working with smart people
    - agile powerhouse
    - never send you alone to a client

    Cons

    - no clear career progression
    - pay review with no clear structure
    - might require a lot of travel.. but i don't have to do one even after 3 years


  8. "working software in production"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    really passionate people who care about making software that is useful for their clients. Very very bright people work here it is a great network to have.

    Cons

    Lots of travel which can be a good or bad thing depending on your point of view and stage in life. Extremely intense company culture that is slightly over emotional at times on things that do not matter.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on London work, engage more directly with startups and investors. Keeping bringing in the extraordinary talent.


  9. "Good for growth."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Have many opportunities here. Employees can choose to work as there willings. Broaden horizons of a person. It is good for graduates to work as their first job. Flat management.

    Cons

    It is expanding very fast here. So there is a little mess. Besides, you should not expect to earn a lot of money here.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to learn"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Bengaluru (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Bengaluru (India)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Brilliant colleagues. Opportunity to learn. Support for personal/hobby projects. Flat organizational structure. Every person in the office is accessible for anyone. Variety of projects. Benefits. Cares about employees. Work life balance. Unlimited sick leaves.

    Cons

    Culture is slowly changing. Piller2(software excellency) is losing its strength and seems like nobody cares. All the learning sessions and geeknights have been stopped. Feels like ThoughtWorks is converting to just another consultancy.

    Advice to Management

    Increasing notice period is not the way to deal with attrition. Talk to people and find out why senior people are leaving. Solve the root cause.


  11. "Delivering for Clients, Opportunities for Growth"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant Developer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Consultant Developer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Terrific co-workers, transparent leadership, lightweight business structure

    Cons

    Travel to client sites, figuring out how to navigate the advancement path can be challenging. Because it's almost fully customizable, it takes effort to learn how to connect and leverage the system.

    Advice to Management

    Work on adding more people support.



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