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Toptal Reviews

Updated April 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 39 reviews)

  • fantastic flexibility--work from anywhere in the world (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Working remotely has its cons but still the pros far outweigh the cons in my opinion (in 17 reviews)

  • There is little to no work/life balance in many departments (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Great place to work!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Remote working.
    Great company culture.
    Continued education and support.
    Fun environment.
    Ability to advance and transition to different roles within the company.

    Cons

    No cons, Toptal is a great place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Stay away"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

  3. Helpful (9)

    "Be careful what you're joining"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Toptal full-time

    Pros

    Fast moving, always changing, new economy, very good at branding

    Cons

    Leadership, culture, compensation, benefits are poor, it's really hard to get up in the morning.

    Advice to Management

    Hire experienced leadership and let them lead


  4. Helpful (7)

    "Support, Honesty, Intrepreneurship, Serious Professionals"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Development Lead in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Development Lead in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Across the board the company's core is made up of serious professionals who strive to innovate and improve the business. This is a culture of high standards, autonomy, and empowerment to go out and execute. Honesty is essential, and there is no sugar coating at Toptal. We work smart, take risks, and have a lot of fun collaborating with each other.

    Cons

    There are inherent challenges with remote work. Loneliness and isolation are two of the biggest. You can sometimes feel overlooked, and gratitude and compliments feel less personal in a chat instead of hearing someones voice or getting a real pat on the back. Less often but still a challenge in the remote world are that response times can be slower and collaboration can be challenging to fit around different schedules and time zones.

    Advice to Management

    Find new ways to make people feel closer to their coworkers. Continue to improve benefits and compensation.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome remote jobs and community"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Full Stack Engineer in Remote, OR
    Current Employee - Full Stack Engineer in Remote, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everything works very well. The Toptal community is also very active.

    Cons

    Nothing cons to point out.


  6. Helpful (55)

    "Disappointing at best"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Full Time Employee in Remote, OR
    Current Employee - Full Time Employee in Remote, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work remotely, decent pay, pleasant colleagues

    Cons

    Team morale is low. At first glance, it appears to not be a situation of micromanaging, but it turns out, Toptal has just figured out a way to automate the micromanaging process. If you're an independent worker/thinker, you'll quickly see how their system will dictate your day without any one individual needing to say a word to you. You'll be at the mercy of their automated systems.

    Also, the calls with the CEO are incredibly disappointing. What is meant to be an open door/open forum call, is really an opportunity for upper management to defend any and every thing that you may or may not have a problem with. This same attitude trickles down to middle management. Suggestions and constructive criticism are met with apprehension and suggestions for you to change your attitude rather than actually considered as something constructive for the company to look into.

    Additionally, don't be fooled by the allure of remote work. There is little to no work/life balance in many departments. You're expected to be attached to your phone, tablet, computer almost at all times.

    Advice to Management

    We've all heard the claims about the importance of improving the culture of the company, but how about actually taking action in this area? What have you done that actually just benefits your employees with no strings attached?


  7. Helpful (59)

    "Terrible, crazy CEO"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Remote work
    Business model is strong.

    Cons

    CEO is off his rocker.
    Promotes direct feedback culture, but people are penalized and retaliated against if they share their feedback.

    Advice to Management

    Remove the CEO from day to day activity/calls. The business model is strong, and Toptal has lots of potential. His mood swings are demotivating and a cancer on the culture.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to grow your skills"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Toptal offers an opportunity to work on initiatives and projects that you may not be able to do in other companies. We are growing fast and it allows us to see a lot of what is happening across other departments and teams. We get to work with incredibly intelligent people who really want to work on great stuff and make a difference. This is an A-player environment!

    Cons

    The normal bumps & hurdles when there is exponential growth.

    Advice to Management

    Empower your management team to be the leaders you hired them to be versus taking orders.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Great company for self-driven, A-types inspired by kind and ambitious colleagues"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    Autonomy to do your best work, inspiration from dynamic and hard-working leaders, tools and support to collaborate and work remotely.

    Cons

    Being successful here requires commitment to the cause, ability to identify within yourself "What more can I do?" and a strong sense of pride in delivering high-quality work. Without these, working at Toptal would be challenging. These are more of a "heads up" than a "con". Depending on which time zone you are in, some meetings are outside of traditional working hours. To me, this is a healthy trade-off to being able to work anywhere in the world.

    Advice to Management

    Keep Rocking!


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Great community"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Designer in Remote, OR
    Current Employee - Product Designer in Remote, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not only the platform works smoothly to your interests but the community working in it is just the best I've known.

    Cons

    More visibility once applied to a position is required.


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