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Twitter Data Scientist Reviews

Updated June 3, 2017
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Pros
  • Solid work/life balance (but actually (in 46 reviews)

  • Twitter is an amazing place to work with super smart people who are action oriented (in 49 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/Life Balance is the big drawback for this company, if you work at Twitter they expect you to commit your life to it (in 13 reviews)

  • A lot of turnover in the revenue team's upper management ranks (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "Great intern experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Data Scientist Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Data Scientist Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Twitter as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Work with smart people, make meaningful progress, working on significant projects. Also good food!

    Cons

    Access management is sort of messed and it was annoying at very beginning.


  2. "opportunity to work on a well-known consumer product"

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

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

    Pros

    If you get a thrill from working on a recognizable product that's often in the news, then being at Twitter will provide you with a psychological boost.

    Strong engineers. Twitter is a frequent OSS contributor. So even though Twitter has a lot of in-house tools and runs its own data centers, you will still get the chance to work with tools that are probably used elsewhere.

     Good food and plentiful coffee.

    The company tries hard to be inclusive.

    Cons

    Location: mid-market is not the most convenient part of the city.

    I get the sense there is a lot of tech debt in the product, but a lot of effort has been made in the past year to pay it down to make future development easier.

    A lot of turnover in the revenue team's upper management ranks.

    Exec turnover is quite high, even though exec compensation is frequently in the news for being way too generous relative to the company's revenue level and growth rate.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on doing what you're doing. No point rocking the boat too much now.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Smart people but no sense of direction"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Scientist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Data Scientist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work with some very smart people who are generally passionate about what they do. People really believe in the product and want to make a difference. Compensation before pre-IPO was second to none.

    Cons

    Too many new grads and bad management. You were able to coast almost indefinitely without accountability. The entitlement among some of the employees was pretty bad, but seemed to be getting better.

    Advice to Management

    Tighten your focus, and keep pouring money into dev-prod. It's years behind it's other peers in that space.


  4. "Brilliant, Hardworking, and Helpful Coworkers"

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

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

    Pros

    The quality of the engineers and PMs that you interact with daily are really what makes Twitter so awesome. Great people build great infrastructure which frees everybody up to work on more impactful and interesting projects rather than endlessly debugging issues. Also, working with talented engineers ensures that you're learning something new every day which makes career grow a natural consequence of the job.

    Cons

    It's hard work and there is a lot of pressure on all the employees to deliver products on short timelines, it's sometimes hard to strike an appropriate work-life balance. Also, the constant stream of new product asks have pushed back efforts on paying down technical debt.

    A number of the acquisitions we have made were not worth the exorbitant sums we paid for them, IMO.

    Advice to Management

    Would like to see Jack have a much more public presence, he's a cool guy and can do a lot to promote twitter.

    Twitter Response

    Sep 9, 2015 – Human Resources

    Very helpful comments – thank you!


  5. Helpful (2)

    "World-changing platform, people, and opportunities."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Scientist
    Current Employee - Data Scientist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Giant aspirations for changing the world combined with a high likelihood of achieving them. Executing on a vast number of initiatives simultaneously, and succeeding. The employee benefits are excellent, the compensation competitive, and the opportunities for movement within the organization is incredibly high; very little friction to following your passion somewhere else within the org.

    Cons

    The organization has grown quickly and there are pockets of people who are reluctant to change and progress with the company. There is quite a distribution of work ethic across the org, and an unfortunate sense of entitlement in a portion of people. These are the same issues that I've experienced at every company; they're just universal truths of companies that grow.

    Advice to Management

    Resist calcification by processes and formalism; maintain the minimum set of rules and policies we can get by with. Stay true to the company's core values and ignore the whims of the press. Stay in touch with your reports and their reports; the people doing the work will provide the best view of what's happening.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "By far the best job I have ever had"

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

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

    Pros

    I recently moved to Twitter from Facebook, and I can confidently say that Twitter is the best job I have ever had. Everyone is smart and friendly. Culturally, there is an undercurrent of idealism that I have not seen anywhere else.

    Cons

    Nothing major comes to mind.


  7. "Love my time there"

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

    Pros

    Very smart coworkers, a lot of impact and opportunity.

    Cons

    Data infrastucture was historically weak.

  8. "Big company but everyone can make massive impact"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - work on a meaningful platform that is still growing and still has lots of potential
    - work with smart, passionate people. The composition of the work force is much more diverse in terms of personality and background than your average bay area tech company
    - San Francisco location. No need to commute to a campus along the Peninsula

    Cons

    - Twitter will forever be trying to shed its hacky culture image. You never quite feel like you are cutting edge or doing things right.
    - Getting better at this but still too many managers.

    Advice to Management

    Keep choosing the best of the best in terms of leadership so that we can eliminate the lower levels of management


  9. "Fast paced environment with great people."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Data Scientist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Data Scientist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Twitter as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company mission, Twitter truly led by core set of values.

    The food, great restaurant quality food with good variety.

    Starting to become more data-driven, great to see engineering efforts being more guided by analytics research.

    Cons

    Office in shady part of town, not too great when leaving late at night.

    Advice to Management

    Despite stock price, keep vision focused on long-term trajectory!


  10. "Overall great!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Scientist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Data Scientist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good food
    Great benefits
    Awesome colleagues

    Cons

    Can't think of any. It's a great place!