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Toptal Reviews

Updated August 1, 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 37 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 4 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (4)

    "Great place to work!"

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    • 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 (2)

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.

  3. Helpful (9)

    "Heartless"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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 (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.


  4. Helpful (4)

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

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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

    - 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.


  5. Helpful (15)

    "Expect to be overworked"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  6. Helpful (13)

    "Really do your homework before joining..."

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    • 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

    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


  7. Helpful (38)

    "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

  8. "leadership specialist"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Toptal (Less than a year)

    Pros

    remote I can work from home!

    Cons

    I can't think of any


  9. Helpful (21)

    "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


  10. Helpful (86)

    "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.


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