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Toptal Reviews

Updated Aug 19, 2019

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Toptal CEO Taso DuVal
Taso DuVal
138 Ratings
  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (12)

    "A break down.."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Toptal full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    During the interview process I worried this would be too good to be true. Well, it's the real deal. I'm grateful to be a part of a successful and growing company that's an industry-leader bringing inventive and disrupting ideas. It's dedicated towards constant self-improvement and has a thoughtful growth plan. ✔ PEOPLE: Being fully remote I was shocked at the relationships I quickly built and continue to develop across...

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    Cons

    ✘ Toptal isn't for everyone. If you just show up to work just for a paycheck you won't succeed or like it here. Toptal is for people that care about what they do, are driven for a greater purpose, and want to have impact. ✘ Remote work requires someone that is a self starter and passionate so they can stay on the ball. It also requires a strong ability to communicate proactively.

    Advice to Management

    ✵ There are people here that really care and appreciate the proactive and fresh ideas you're bringing to the table. The new initiatives to further our culture and company are thoughtful and inventive. Thank you! ✵

    Toptal2019-08-08
  2. Helpful (3)

    "It's getting better"

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    Current Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Toptal full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There is a lot of work being done at Toptal, more progress than we had done in previous years with dual-leadership. I've had the opportunity to work on a lot of different things, be a part of creating new processes and systems. If you want to be involved and do more you just have to ask and be engaged. No one will tap you on the shoulder, this is a place where your eagerness and diligence will pay off. If you're looking...

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    Cons

    There has been too little focus and investment in the people. And, people need to move on and quit speaking of singular events that happened years ago. Resolve and let go!

    Advice to Management

    Focus on new initiatives for the core team, Toptal is doing well, just as you invest in the technology you need to invest in the people, as well.

    Toptal2019-08-19
  3. Helpful (4)

    "Very toxic culture with fear, manipulation, and a lingering eau de bro"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Manager in Remote, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Toptal full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Hey, it's a salaried remote job with lots of really smart, wonderful people. They've done a good job hiring and for the most part you'll like your coworkers. If you can put up with the problems, you can enjoy the location-flexible lifestyle, and meet a lot of wonderful people from all over the world.

    Cons

    The CEO is extremely toxic, micromanager who routinely berates people until they quit. For a long time, the entire company was run by white guys in their 20s-30s. They've fixed that with a lot of new hires in the VP suite, but there are still quite a few people around who got hired because they were frat brothers with so-and so, etc. It's a demented culture where most people are not treated with respect, and the people...

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    Advice to Management

    The fish rots from the head.

    Toptal2019-08-19
  4. Helpful (6)

    "Want to give 0 stars"

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

    I worked at Toptal full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Remote work - Many colleagues are smart, driven, and good people - Base compensation and benefits are solid

    Cons

    - A horrendous culture that's built on fear by CEO - CEO is unprofessional and publicly berates employees for perceived mistakes - Any $ you make at Toptal will probably go towards the therapy you will need to tolerate working there

    Toptal2019-08-16
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to be"

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    Current Employee - Product Designer in São Paulo, São Paulo
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Toptal full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice payment for Brazilian standards

    Cons

    Remote work sometimes feel lonely.

    Toptal2019-08-14
  6. Helpful (6)

    "Change can be hard sometimes!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Remote, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Toptal full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I have been reading all of the reviews lately and it is clearly the work of a few exited disgruntled employees. And it is a little too obvious as well. Toptal is not for everyone and we have grown and scaled a lot over the past 4 years, but especially in the past 12 months. Change is hard, people are not used to being held accountable or confronted when work is not being done and deadlines missed. As we grow, it is time...

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    Cons

    There is a lot to do and we work hard. Yes, our CEO can be direct and in your face but he wants to push everyone to do their best and make Toptal great.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to add talented leaders to the team, listen to employee feedback and some improvement in benefits would be welcomed.

    Toptal2019-08-08
  7. Helpful (10)

    "Disrespectful CEO, Company Politics and Unprofessional Leadership"

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    Current Employee - Director in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Toptal full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The business model is a great idea. It's a fast-paced environment and employees work with incredibly driven people. They hire smart people that are wonderful to work with.

    Cons

    Like other reviews, I agree with feedback on the CEO. He is demeaning towards his employees. His public outbursts are consistent and cause a negative ripple effect from leadership and into the employee population. The CEO is often known for his demeaning comments at employees. In company meetings, he calls employees moronic, rolling his eyes and scoffing at questions that seem asinine to him. It's unprofessional and it...

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    Advice to Management

    The CEO is a smart man, but the company should have him focus on his strengths and that is not people management. Find someone that is better at people operations and have him the CEO focus on what he is excellent at. HR needs to become a professional department. HR is supposed to focus on people development and less on spreading rumors about other employees. Create a stronger benefits package to make working at...

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    Toptal2019-08-07
  8. Helpful (12)

    "Culture of Blame and Fear"

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    Current Employee - Department Head in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Toptal full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Totally remote workforce, so theoretically there's plenty of flexibilty

    Cons

    Working remote can make collaborating inefficient. The CEO is abusive, rude and immature and has created a culture of blame and fear. The good, smart and self-respecting people leave within a few months. No equity. Fake 'unlimited vacation' policy; No retirement program.

    Advice to Management

    Remove the CEO and let a true, seasoned leader steer the company into the future.

    Toptal2019-08-06
  9. Helpful (10)

    "Losing their best and brightest"

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    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Toptal full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Remote work -Talented team members -Interesting challenges

    Cons

    -High turnover -CEO is uncontrollable -Uncompetitive compensation -Zero equity

    Advice to Management

    -Create work/life balance -Replace the CEO -Increase compensation -Offer equity

    Toptal2019-08-03
  10. Helpful (6)

    "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Toptal full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - The amazing team members who are all working toward the same goal. - Ability to work from anywhere in the world. - Good Benefits

    Cons

    I don't have any but working from home is not for all.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you doing and thanks for providing good benefit options this year.

    Toptal2019-07-29
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