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Updated Jan 14, 2021

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ThoughtWorks President and CEO Guo Xiao
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Pros
  • "The work life balance of employees are given importance(in 102 reviews)

  • "You get to work with some of the really smart people(in 98 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Work life balance to some extend(in 49 reviews)

  • "Being a consultancy there is no real ownership of the work being done(in 24 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Amazing people, great mission, disruptive thinkers

      Oct 30, 2012 - Technology Principal in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      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.

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    2. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Business Analyst

      Feb 29, 2016 - Lead Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Some of the most inspiring and intellectually stimulating conversations I had in a work environment.

      Cons

      ThoughtWorks proclaims to stand for so much but most of it is fake. Their claim to technology leadership is granted by only a few smart people in the organization. ThoughtWorks' desire to work within challenging and technology leading organizations and transforming falls by the wayside when leadership is managing to utilization & large multiyear engagements with a few clients rather than truly innovating with the industry's best. ThoughtWorks has an impeccable reputation in the market and can attract especially younger talent from universities but lacks in attracting and mostly retaining lateral hires who have significant industrial expertise in either business or technology related functions and roles. Not going through the infamous ThoughtWorks academy means that you may never be in the club at ThoughtWorks and you're truly a consultant/resource and as long as you're billable - your career growth or the idea they want to articulate of having a say in being sent to desirable clients & projects is simply wrong. Over the last months ThoughtWorks has been hemorrhaging with an attrition of 20-35% depending on location - losing many of their best consultants mostly for two reasons: 1) TW pays around 20-30% less than the industry average and supposedly makes up for that through culture and benefits 2) the overall changing company strategy and the support for individual growth is suffering. Many people think ThoughtWorks is a consultancy and many people simply resign due to changing lifestyle or being sick of traveling etc - but to be honest - as much as it is a valid concern, other reasons are at play here. Additionally, within the just close to 2 years that I was at ThoughtWorks the amount of talent has significantly reduced. People are still being hired but not at the level that the industry once appreciated TW to be at.

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      23 people found this review helpful
    3. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Good company

      Nov 30, 2020 - Senior Consultant in Madrid
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Advocates of good development practices and agile practices for software delivery. As a consultancy company, you have the chance to get experience in different types of projects with different domains. Great company to start your career and increase very quick your development skills and your knowledge about software delivery and influence. Management tried their best to care of the employees even in difficult times. The company promotes feedback and inclusivity.

      Cons

      It's still a consultancy company, which means having the skills to influence the clients to use all these best practices for development and delivery. In some cases, the company still uses a body shopping model. It's not common, but it's there.

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    4. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Its a consultancy!

      Jan 14, 2021 - Software Engineer in Pune
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Working with amazingly talented developers and qa

      Cons

      Being a consultancy there is no real ownership of the work being done.

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    5. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Consultant Software Engineer

      Oct 28, 2020 - Software Engineer in Barcelona
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Culture, Growth, Talented people, Good life style

      Cons

      Low salary, Consultancy, Fake flat organisation

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      ThoughtWorks Response

      ThoughtWorker

      Thank you for your review. ThoughtWorks has always been a consultancy; some technologists love to work in a consulting environment--traveling to clients and working with different people and technologies. However, it's not for everyone. We try to showcase consultant life prior to ThoughtWorkers' joining, especially during the hiring process, to ensure that it's a fit. We're glad however that you enjoy the culture and people and find it to be an environment where you can grow your career. Thank you again for sharing your thoughts and for being part of ThoughtWorks!

    6. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Amazing place

      May 14, 2020 - Tech Principal in Pune
      Recommend
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      Pros

      High percentage of very good teams Great people Great culture of collaboration Very friendly offices

      Cons

      Its a custom software consultancy firm , so you may not find all projects exciting. But again the percentage of good projects is high.

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee

      TW

      Mar 18, 2020 - Business Analyst in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Excellent work culture Very helpful people

      Cons

      Travel (As with any consultancy) Internal processes could be better handled

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      I wake up looking forward to the working day!

      May 16, 2019 - Anonymous Employee in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Company culture of socialising, collaboration and support - Being given true responsibility within your projects or departments - Flat hierarchy and transparency- giving everyone the opportunity to add input or to challenge decisions - Benefits package, and day to day benefits - Strong social justice and community building focus - Lack of petty corporate rules, allowing focus on things that matter

      Cons

      - Being a consultancy the team is spread across numerous locations

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      ThoughtWorks Response

      Recruitment Marketing Executive

      Glad to hear that you are enjoying your time at ThoughtWorks. Thank you for writing this review.

    9. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great company to work for!

      Jul 19, 2019 - Software Developer in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great culture and learning opportunities. Always feel supported and driven to improve.

      Cons

      Not the most competitive salaries, especially given the type of work we do. As it's a consultancy, projects vary a lot and you often don't have a say in which project you go to.

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      ThoughtWorks Response

      Community Manager

      Thank you for spending your time writing this review. Great to hear that you are continuously learning during your time at ThoughtWorks.

    10. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Good if you have nothing to loose, want to travel or you're a junior dev

      Mar 10, 2018 - Senior Software Developer in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      ThoughtWorks still has a lot of great and smart people really interested in helping you (specially for women). Depending on the project and client you land on, you'll have a chance to expand your network, experiment working with different industries and technologies at diverse locations across UK (and internationally). Also you'll get to eat for free (of course, it depends where you're working but if you're a consultant out of your usual commute, you can get reimbursed). There is a personal development budget that you can use to get some training and go to conferences. A few interesting events if you are attached to the London office (don't know about Manchester).

      Cons

      Where do I begin? I've joined as a lateral hire (in TW lingo, this means someone that already had a career before) and spent almost a year trying to understand how TW works and what's the purpose of it all. Is it a non-profit disguised as a software consultancy? Body-shop that sucks less? Roy's little experiment? I left without any clue. First, as a consultant, even if they tell you that there is no manager, you'll be at the mercy of the staffing team, who can then send you to a client/project that can be great or just a body shop. TW has a great office in central London but don't believe the hype. If you are a consultant, you'll be spending most of your time at a client site, dealing with legacy tech, boring people, enterprise culture and usually travelling to less desirable locations across the UK. Your ability to grow and work on interesting things will depend on how good you are in networking and getting noticed (ie, politics). Best projects are kept for the most politically skilled (sorry, introverts). Second, everyone likes to blast how diverse and inclusive TW is and how everyone is able to freely have a discussion up to the CEO but this is only true if you are on the "right" side. TW has a lot of wonderful people, but it also has marxists, social justice warriors, hardcore feminists, LGBT advocates (they are the ones dictating the agenda). If you don't buy into this, you'll have a hard time there. I was more comfortable at a client side than in the London office (I felt no connection with other people there). And the idea to choose a sponsor to help you advance in your career is a joke.

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