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ThoughtWorks Reviews

Updated December 15, 2017
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  • Work/Life balance cannot be matched (in 52 reviews)

  • Always get challenged around very smart people (in 73 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good Experience"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - End to End Delivery
    - Pair programming
    - Flexibility
    - Work Life Balance

    Cons

    - Pay is bad especially for the kind of work you do.
    - Very hard to get opportunities. Have to be vocal.
    - Management is inexperienced. Change their mind every year.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "“too smart for their own good""

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ThoughtWorks full-time

    Pros

    ThoughtWorks is great at helping clients and cares about making a difference through social activism.
    Very intelligent technical minds.
    Great group of diverse people from all over the world.

    Cons

    Consensus decision-making creates unnecessary levels of bureaucracy.
    100% travel burns great ThoughtWorkers out and makes it difficult to recruit top engineers.
    Very political organization. It's about who your know.
    There is a sense of entitlement with long-time ThoughtWorkers.

    Advice to Management

    Tenure does not equal "qualified to lead".

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Fantastic Place to Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Lead Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ThoughtWorks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - A really great place to work with some of the best people anywhere.
    - Tons of opportunities for all parts of IT. And, ability to temporarily work in other parts of the world.

    Cons

    - Sometimes the company struggles to balance it's desire to be the best corporate citizen with the business need to making money. And it's the consultants who get caught in the middle.
    - The company is big, It can be easy to get lost in the shuffle.

    Advice to Management

    Some consultants struggle more than others with representing themselves. Learn to recognize them better to help them not get lost (or maybe not feel lost).


  4. Helpful (9)

    "Most Diverse Place I have ever worked"

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    • 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.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great Programmers Work Here"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at ThoughtWorks full-time

    Pros

    Worked along side some amazing programmers in my years at ThoughtWorks. I've never seen anything like it since ...

    Cons

    You won't make a lot of money at ThoughtWorks.


  6. "Recommend for juniors"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    People are innovative, passionate for technology
    Diversity of culture
    Flat management

    Cons

    Average salary
    Opportunities are limit for senior consultant


  7. Helpful (11)

    "Unique Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ThoughtWorks full-time

    Pros

    ThoughtWorks is a very unique company with very bright people. On the ops side, there are no clear career paths, so you really need to be proactive in your professional development and take initiative to move your career forward. It's a 20+ year old company that still has a startup mentality.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, ThoughtWorkers are rather self-important. New employees are not respected for their past experiences, reputation or skills. It seems as if new employees are expected to prove themselves to be accepted.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage longtime employees to welcome new employees and respect their past experiences. The company is losing out on a lot of great ideas because they don't want to hear it from an "outsider".

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Destination Employer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ThoughtWorks full-time

    Pros

    You will love the folks that you work with. You will enjoy the community that exists within the company. You will be challenged with the type of work that you do. You will have to constant think outside the box to achieve solutions. You will be faced with complex challenges and they will try your skills at different levels.

    Cons

    While the company is moving towards achieving a lot more work in Office locations, if you are hoping to always have a project where you do not have to fly, that will be a stretch right now. The company is definitely trying to address it, but the reality of joining a consulting firm is that you will have to travel. The amount of travel is definitely being looked at.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on the mission of growing the company and making it even more of a trend setter for cutting edge technology and be seen as a true partner to clients. We should not worry about the short term and focus on where we are headed. Do not focus on where we have been or where we are. The key is to continually focus on where we are headed.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "One of a kind company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ThoughtWorks full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work with cutting edge technology and are true to the principles of Agile. Even on the operations side. Very intelligent employees. The best part is they truly care about making the world a better place. Have never seen an organization this committed to making the world a better place for the underprivileged. Their pro bono projects build software for non profits that truly make a social impact. Was a life changing experience and miss the company's mission. Made me a better person!

    Cons

    Operations tends to be seen as a cost center like anywhere else.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Employee experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good work culture and good mork life balance

    Cons

    Recently there are changes in management which is reflecting work culture.
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    Advice to Management

    - Possibly make remote work a first-class option.
    - Create personal spaces for employees who are introverte


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