Twitch Reviews

Updated May 1, 2021

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Pros
  • "Great perks and stimulating work if you're in the right department(in 21 reviews)

  • "And the work/life balance is pretty good, people rarely work nights or weekends on my team at least(in 17 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Still some growing pains from being a growth focused startup to a more mature company(in 13 reviews)

  • "Because of mandates from upper management pushing a product or idea because they think it will drive minutes(in 8 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great company, but is very team/org dependent

      Apr 15, 2021 - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      - Amazon pay without the amazon pip culture - Fun product - Has not been amazonified as much

      Cons

      - Ulm PTO is not really unlimited - depending on the team, your wlb will vary

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    2. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Good company to work for, but quit after 2 years

      Apr 13, 2021 - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      Twitch is an awesome product. The company is working on cool projects and employs pretty strong engineers. It is a great place to learn engineering best practices and do something impactful. You will shortly become an expert in AWS, too. Work and fun often go hand in hand: say, watching Twitch during the business hours and playing video games after hours is quite common. The corporate culture is centered around ownership and KPIs, which is both good and bad. If you develop a service that does not correlate directly with the KPIs, your next manager may tell you to find a new owner or decommission it.

      Cons

      My biggest complaint is about compensation policy, which Twitch inherits from Amazon. During the last 2 years of the 4-year contract the annual compensation consists of the base salary (which is rumored to have a cap at $185K) and 40% of the RSU grant. Given impressive performance of AMZN stock, this sounds lucrative. In reality once compensation moves into the bracket for the next level, the management is not happy about it. Those who get promoted see only little changes in their compensation and the new hires at the same level get a much better pay. On the other hand, if you are not promoted, chances are that a cheaper new hire will replace you right before your next RSU vesting. So IMO it does not really make sense to stay beyond the 2-year anniversary.

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    3. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      No Direction, zero communication on expectations

      Apr 21, 2021 - sr executive assistant in Irvine, CA
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      Pros

      None that I can actually remember. Most co workers were awesome though.

      Cons

      If you want to work at an uncoordinated workspace where executives are just playing politics within the company and roadblocks are at every corner. Where team members who are less than qualified hold positions of management. This is your dream job! Also, any company where HR and studio operation folks tag team to work on how to get people fired is just... wow. Saw this happen to multiple people mainly because of dislike and not performance.

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    4. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      A Rewarding Job with a Good Environment

      Mar 24, 2021 - Software Engineer 
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      Pros

      * A good amount of transparency and the ability to push back on things. Weekly all-hands meetings have anonymous Q&As, which helps hold upper management accountable and keep them grounded. It's simultaneously funny and incredibly awkward when an exec gets hit with a real hardball question on stream. Twitch also runs many different anonymous surveys throughout the year looking for ways to improve. These surveys don't pull their punches and suggest common ways Twitch fails at things and what people think about them. Lastly, Twitch itself recommends using Glassdoor, ironically, which is a nice change of pace from the industry standard. * Compensation is good (at least for an SDE position), higher than I personally expected, and Amazon stock is a great stock to get RSUs for. * The company's culture is pretty good. Most people are gamers, so there's a lot of talk about games. Generally, people keep things positive, and there's lots of memes. * As of the last year or two, the technical pipeline for new systems is now very specific and has a lot of guidelines. Personally, I find this to be great, as it means there's less pressure in a lot of decision-making aspects involved in a new project. Additionally, the whole company being on the same standards means that there's a lot of experience and resources available if you run into problems. * There's a big emphasis on inclusivity and diversity. The management doesn't always navigate these complex issues perfectly, but they do try, and they are willing to admit shortcomings sometimes. There are several 'guilds' here that employees can join that promote diversity and discuss concerns relevant to their group. (There's also more 'fun' guilds, like an MTG guild and a D&D guild.)

      Cons

      * Like many jobs, your experience can vary heavily based on your manager and your teammates. My manager is fantastic, and all of my teammates are great, so my experience here has been good. If those things weren't true, I can see how the same situation could be really bad. * If you aren't a gamer, you may feel somewhat isolated by the company's culture because there's a lot of things you won't be able to relate to. I have a friend here who's in this situation. * Social media pressure from Twitch users can sometimes be intense. There's often some kind of active controversy, usually over the decision made by a single moderator (in a company with a thousand employees) on whether to ban or not ban a certain community figure. This can spill over into personal anxiety, especially if you have friends who get involved in the issue. Most of the people working here will never have any insight into the moderation process, but that doesn't stop employees from getting bugged on Twitter in particularly bad social media flare-ups. * If you need to interface with Amazon on an issue, it can take a staggeringly long time to get anything done.

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    5. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Some great people, organizational mess

      Apr 12, 2021 - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      - There's still great people on some teams, but you have to find them and team experience varies a lot (true for most companies) - Comp is ok. Work/life balance is great - Office is incredible - Twitch has committed and passionate users, which can make you feel good about launching features for them

      Cons

      - Not much alignment on any common goals and it's hard to work with other teams. Teams re-implement features that already exist just so they can do it themselves - Management is mainly a mix of career Amazon people and hopelessly inexperienced new hires trying to stay afloat - Zero high level engineering direction. Internal dev tooling is terrible compared to similar sized companies - Zero diversity. 3 women on a team of 60

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Twitchtastic!

      Apr 12, 2021 - Applied Scientist 
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      Pros

      Great work-life balance, comp. structure, time off policy and support for working from home. The leadership does a good job in putting themselves in employee’s shoes especially during these tough times and drafting policies that are more human centric

      Cons

      Pains of a hyper growth company, functional technical ambiguities, can push for more individual centric career development plans

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    7. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Decent

      Apr 13, 2021 - Data Scientist 
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      Pros

      Depends on the team. No accountability and OKRs, so you are often doing whatever a director/vp thought was a good idea. This can be interesting and challenging.

      Cons

      C levels not quite A level Bloated and title-inflated marketing/go to market org Headcount is the currency at Twitch, not projects successfully shipped or business acumen or experience.

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      One of the most supportive, inspiring environments

      Mar 23, 2021 - Product Designer 
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      Pros

      - incredibly inspiring, inclusive team - immense support from the company (Twitch has supported their employees in COVID in more ways than I can count) - autonomy over your own work/projects - genuine effort to understand, improve and initiate measures that have social impact changes (women in leadership, bipoc hiring, etc) - career development & support

      Cons

      - understanding goals can be a little confusing (company goals vs. team goals are confusing) - not enough visibility to mid-level employees - feels really difficult to climb the "promotion ladder"

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    9. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Scrappy but good

      Apr 19, 2021 - Software Development Engineer 
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      Pros

      Good levels of comp Fun office lunch

      Cons

      lots of work to do

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    10. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Awesome place to work depending on the Team

      Mar 9, 2021 - Software Development Engineer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Some of the best benefits, unlimited PTO, great culture, and decent engineering core.

      Cons

      Goalposts can be moved pretty often to make it appear that things always good perfect. Culture can end up catching up to you if you don't enjoy using the site, but overall, great place to be.

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