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  • "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
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Senior Consultant

      Dec 13, 2018 - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Amazing culture, great exposure to techniques like Agile, CI/CD and lots of very smart people who test you and keep you innovative

      Cons

      The sense of being the smartest and toughest company to get into can bringing a bit of an imposter syndrome in people, especially the older folks.

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    2. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Excellent place to learn and grow especially for software engineers fresh of out college.

      Jul 10, 2015 - Senior Consultant in Bangalore
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - You get to work with and learn from very smart people. - Excellent work culture. Thoughtworkers work hard and then have fun harder. - You get to travel a lot if you don't mind traveling.

      Cons

      - Thoughtworks is full of very out going and opinionated people. So sometimes it's hard to get appreciation for your work if you are an introvert or don't make a lot of noise. - You are not paid for over-time but are expected to consistently bill more than 40 hours.

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      4 people found this review helpful
    3. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      An excellent place to get quality experience fast - real fast

      Mar 21, 2015 - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      a lot of interesting projects plenty of smart people to learn from opportunity to get international experience Agile powerhouse tons of fun

      Cons

      travel can get pretty intense generally comp is OK can get pretty political at times career paths for aspiring to become senior folks are unclear

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      15 people found this review helpful
    4. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Compelling People, Fun Projects, Frustrating Pay

      Aug 7, 2014 - Lead Consultant in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      ThoughtWorks consists primarily of off-beat technologists from the 99th percentile of intelligence. Very smart people, very diverse. TW has been referred to as "the island of misfit toys" which I take as a compliment. Very non-hierarchical. Very tolerant of minorities. Very supportive of a diverse workplace.

      Cons

      You must be ready to work on projects that are not always thrilling (it's called work for a reason). Because it is so welcoming of unconventional personalities, non-hierarchical, and exclusive in it's hiring process - and fun to be at! - TW can [apparently] get away with systematic underpayment. Salaries are consistently below average despite the fact that staff is superior to their cohort at higher paying companies.

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      6 people found this review helpful
    5. 5.0
      Current Employee

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

      May 20, 2012 - Principal Consultant in Chicago, IL
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      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.

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great place to work with lots of great people to work with.

      Apr 28, 2015 - Applications Developer in Chicago, IL
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      Pros

      It's a cliche, but ThoughtWorks is all about the people you work with. The work environment created by smart people and challenging work has never a dull moment. You get the unique opportunity to travel within the US, then the world. You work with the smartest people. You should be here.

      Cons

      Work/life balance could be tough if you're on a travelling project. TW pays slightly lower than the competition, but benefits are very good.

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    7. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Loved working with lights-out brilliant people. Great place to spend a year; TW on your resume is a great door opener.

      Mar 16, 2014 - Principal Consultant in New York, NY
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      Pros

      You'll learn alot - about technology, about yourself, about people.You'll learn at an incredible rate - mostly due to the smart people who will surround you. Of course - that will depend on the projects on which you get slapped. ThoughtWorks' approach to agile is better than that of any other company I've seen. When you travel, you're often with at least several others who are also traveling. Offers opportunities to socialize with colleagues in strange cities. Most ThoughtWorkers don't like Scrum. They prefer XP. This is good. Agile engineering practices are vital to successful implementation of agile. You'll learn this.

      Cons

      Travel can be onerous for those who want to maintain their personal relationships where they live (e.g. spouses, kids, friends). You don't often get a choice in where you end up. Fort Lauderdale in the winter? Great. New Hampshire? Not so much. You'll hear that you have a say in where you go, but you often don't have much of a choice at all. Flat hierarchy sounds nice, but can impart a significant political toll on your career. I know at least a dozen excellent folks who have been fired for various reasons - political, scapegoats for projects, folks not willing to violate their own sense of integrity to push company objectives that were incongruent with their values. Decide whether to fly under the radar, or challenge the radar itself. I know many current TWorkers who chose the former. I know ex-TWorkers who chose the latter. Politically, conservative views are poison here. There's a contingent there who thinks that Venezuela - under Chavez - was the model government. The predominant view is for bigger government. Contrary to the claim that dissenting/challenging views are accepted at the company, I've seen such expressions emit firestorms and tank careers. One very high level leader oscillates between saying he's a communist and that he's a socialist. If you're aligned with this - no problem. If not, consider staying under the radar with your views. Bill your hours to the client, then do your ThoughtWorks work. Expenses. Interviewing. Booking travel. Code Reviews for candidates. Working on RFP's. You get the picture. Be sure that you continue to bill your 40 hours though. Bill 60 hours on a project week after week? Not even an attagirl. Another integrity issue: SVIP.

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      13 people found this review helpful
    8. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Roy's social experiment is an interesting place to work.

      Dec 30, 2008 - Principal Consultant in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      You will work with smart people. ThoughtWorks' reputation makes it relatively easy to get conference and book proposals accepted. The company is very dedicated to improving the state of the art of software development. Work with people who have significant experience using agile processes in both the typical situations as well as those areas that other's know little about such as large (100+ developers) and distributed (across multiple continents) projects. You will have the opportunity to work internationally.

      Cons

      Regular travel to boring places. Very hard to be exceptional in this crowd. Low compensation. Company is barely financially viable. International experience is required to reach the higher positions in the organization.

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      3 people found this review helpful
    9. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Young and single? This is a dream job

      Jan 17, 2014 - Software Developer in Chicago, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Amazing people - absolutely brilliant coworkers, variety of technology stacks and projects, lots of management support (at least at the project level), pretty good benefits. ThoughtWorks has the best coworkers I've ever even imagined. Every single person I meet who works for TW I end up liking. One of the things TW does BEST is selectively hire for both talent and personality. You can immediately trust your coworkers, more than just for technical competence, but also for their good personalities, willingness to help out when needed, go the extra mile, be generally nice and civilized people, etc. Lots of fun to be had while traveling, provided you don't have anyone waiting at home for you (this job can rapidly destroy a romantic relationship) - drinks on the house, lots of people to hang out with, eat dinner out all the time, etc. You also have loads of support for technical learning, and the benefit of being able to ask some very, very smart people for help.

      Cons

      Pay is a healthy notch below the market rate; terrible work-life balance; traveling all of the time is miserable; ethically, rather full of themselves and hypocritical. A lot gets made at ThoughtWorks about the "pillar three" (social and economic justice) values of the company, and a lot gets talked about it. I don't see so much actually being DONE about it. Some of our biggest clients border on the downright bad (child labor, invasion of privacy, etc), and almost all of them are "just business", ie we're there in mediocre technology stacks simply to make money. Also, there is not much "pillar two" or technologically cutting-edge stuff happening, at least in the US. Lots of making money though, so it is not a place I would be worried about going out of business. And it's not a bad place to work at all - just gets tiring hearing this self-congratulatory back-patting all of the time about how ethical we are when we work for like, retail and auto industries. Come on. These are kind of... reactions to the ideologues within TW. At a practical level, there are 2 things that make it very difficult. 1) Pay. While not bad (nobody making a living as a developer is getting paid "badly" at the moment), it's not competitive, and it can be frustrating to go on job sites and see less-talented-than-you developers making 50% more a year in cases. It's demoralizing. It's also tough to be approached for less-fun-and-interesting jobs but jobs that pay in some cases 50% more a year almost weekly without starting to wonder if you're being a fool for turning down serious amounts of money. 2) Travel. This is really the big one for me. Traveling every week is pure misery. Even if you're lucky enough to have shorter flights, you will inevitably end up with delays, waiting in long airport security lines, and spending 3 or 4 or 5 nights a week - every week - away from your loved ones and your home. If you can stay with your parents and have no significant other and just save money and enjoy the travel, this is no problem. Once you're in a relationship, you'll find your husband or wife (or fiance or whatever) will eventually get tired of you being away most of the time. Also you will grow to vehemently despise the American traveling public and become a bitter, jaded, cynical, angry person any time you are forced to step into the miserable places called "airports" (I had stronger words but apparently they were too profane for glassdoor.com). Seriously. I am being sort of funny, but I can't find words strong enough to describe my hatred of air travel. And it started off being fun! I was excited, then I got status, got upgrades.... now it is just tedium and unpleasantness.

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      8 people found this review helpful
    10. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great place to learn and have fun doing it

      Sep 8, 2015 - Consultant Developer in Atlanta, GA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Work life balance is good Benefits are good Travel a lot Learn new technologies Work super smart people 401K Matching More or less a flat hierarchical structure company-wide Genuine social justice agenda Your opinions are valued at every level

      Cons

      Pay not great Benefits not great A LOT OF TRAVEL

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