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Toptal Reviews

Updated November 18, 2018
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Toptal CEO, Co-Founder Taso DuVal
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Pros
  • "Remote work allows me to work from anywhere in the world with flexible working hours" (in 40 reviews)

  • "I can work from anywhere in the world" (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • "This job took some adjustment for me as this was my first experience working remotely with a fully distributed team" (in 19 reviews)

  • "There is little to no work/life balance in many departments" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great Flexibility"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Toptal (More than a year)

    Pros

    I can take as many vacation days as I like. I can work from anywhere in the world. I get to work on different projects with different companies.

    Cons

    I don't get healthcare benefits.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great people & flexible remote working environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Toptal is filled with tons of smart, capable, hardworking people from all around the world. Everyone I've encountered or worked with so far has impressed me with their professionalism and enthusiasm. It's clear that the bar for quality is set high and Toptal employees are good at what they do. The flexibility of remote work is also hard to beat!

    Cons

    Adjusting to fully-remote work could be a bit strange and challenging at first for some people if they're accustomed to working in an office environment and surrounded by coworkers daily.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Sourcer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sourcer in Remote, OR
    Current Employee - Sourcer in Remote, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Remote work, great communication between teams and team members

    Cons

    none that come to mind

    Advice to Management

    During the interview process, explain job details and commission structure to best of your ability, if unsure or still not developed, just say that :)


  4. Helpful (2)

    "A company that lives its values"

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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 Toptal full-time

    Pros

    There are a lot of things that make working at Toptal great, but the top three are:
    1. Leadership focus on values isn't just talk. It drives day-to-day operations.
    2. The company hires really, really smart people, so which motivates me to raise the bar for myself, every day.
    3. I can work from anywhere, which is amazing

    Cons

    Working remotely isn't for everyone; good communication takes more work and commitment. If you're not a good communicator already, this might not be the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the honest and direct communication and focus on core values.


  5. Helpful (32)

    "Heartless"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Toptal full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work from home. Co-workers are amazing people from all over the world.

    Cons

    Zero Work-Life Balance. Don't be fooled by what they sell you in the interview. Management could really care less about what you've got going on in your life despite the claims of great "family like" company culture. Pure lies.

    Advice to Management

    Listen. Actually listen, and then act upon the recommendations of your employees (and even that of the hired talent). Town halls where the CEO talks for hours and then dismisses legitimate questions from employees don't count for much.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Great work from home. Lots of gigs to take. Love the clients"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Toptal (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Treated like an actual human being in this. I am very well respected. I get paid three times more than my previous job (My previous job located in Canada)

    Cons

    Hard to pass the interview.


  7. Helpful (59)

    "Stay away"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Toptal full-time

    Pros

    - Solid business model
    - If you don't interact with the CEO, you might have a good experience

    Cons

    - The CEO is abusive, unprofessional, immature. He's young, inexperienced, and clearly out of his depth leading a team this big
    - Poor management culture
    - On some teams, people basically never take vacations or holidays
    - While this could be a decent place to join if you're young and want to get promoted fairly quickly, given how dysfunctional the culture is, you might end up with a fancy title and a lot of bad habits to unlearn
    - Very few women in leadership positions
    - Compensation is hit or miss and very much depends on how well you negotiate

    Advice to Management

    Remove the CEO, hire more experienced executives and actually let them help you level up the culture and create a more professional environment

  8. Helpful (6)

    "A hidden unicorn (with plenty of career growth opportunities)"

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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 Toptal full-time

    Pros

    - Continous learning (you will never get bored)
    - Remote work
    - Toptal has incredible product-market fit
    - Focus on sustainable hyper-growth
    - Global workforce
    - Making history as the first large fully distributed company

    Cons

    - Culture is officially very direct, yet that is understood differently depending on country of origin and team
    - Toptal grew really fast. Thera are several growth pains that require attention

    Advice to Management

    You are making good changes to improve culture, communication, and organizational structure. Don't stop.


  9. Helpful (26)

    "Expect to be overworked"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Toptal full-time

    Pros

    Remote work
    People are fired frequently enough that there’s room for promotions.

    Cons

    Must be attached to a device and expected available for work at all times.
    Expect people to take credit for your work as they talk to higher ups often so they get the credit and then point blame when something doesn’t go perfect.
    People straight out of college are put into high positions and they have 0 knowledge.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees instead of belittling them.

    Toptal Response

    Jul 17, 2018 – HR Manager

    All employees at Toptal undergo a rigorous vetting process before being hired into a role, regardless if it’s an internal or external hire. We hire for demonstrated skill. As well, with any company... More


  10. Helpful (23)

    "Really do your homework before joining..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Toptal full-time

    Pros

    Remote work. That is all...

    Cons

    - The CEO is unprofessional and immature.
    - Poor management culture.
    - Unlimited vacation, technically, however you are encouraged not to take it at all and take 'working vacations' - work/life balance out the window.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a different leader for the company.

    Toptal Response

    Jul 17, 2018 – HR Manager

    We work hard to create a high-performance culture that fosters innovation, creativity, and the kind of spark in people that allows for extraordinary outcomes. The purpose of our unlimited vacation... More