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Updated April 25, 2017
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Pros
  • Solid work/life balance (but actually (in 42 reviews)

  • Twitter is an amazing place to work with super smart people who are action oriented (in 47 reviews)

Cons
  • Voluntary sacrifice of work/life balance (in 12 reviews)

  • Upper management needs to be more consistent (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Senior management doesn't have a grip on the company. It feels more like a Burning Man camp than a military operation."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of flexibility on what to work on, especially if you've got some seniority.

    Cons

    Constantly shifting directives, reorgs and alliances make it difficult to find solid ground to stand on.

    Advice to Management

    There's too much freewheeling grass roots stuff going on. Bring in some dictators please.


  2. "Good company, missing direction"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Twitter full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great offices and location. Free food and beverages and top equipment.
    Flexible working and good amount of time off encouraged.

    Cons

    Poor management and leadership within local offices. Remote offices didn't work well and there was a lot of confusion about priorities and timelines. Poor hiring choices didn't help the demotivated workforce.

    Projects in London not challenging and no new larger projects were brought in to engineer and run.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to the longer standing employees.


  3. "Twitter engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance and flexible with time off.

    Cons

    Senior mgmt moves way too slow and product creativity is lacking.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "I love where I work but know Twitter could be better."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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 Twitter full-time

    Pros

    Great work-life balance and human flexibility.
    They value bug fixes and tech-debt cleanup.
    Projects aren't rushed - quality is key.
    Blame is rare - they encourage everyone to learn from their mistakes.
    It's ok to speak openly & try to change processes (too many meetings? speak up!).
    Everyone on a team seems to have their opinions valued. Designers & PMs ensure the engineers are on board.
    Jack speaks clearly about Twitter's place in the world, our mission, and values.
    Jack serves as a good spiritual leader.
    Jack has the right intentions.
    Good location.

    Cons

    Culture died after Jack fired tons of people and cut costs in the wrong areas.
    Fitness perks and food options have gone down.
    Perks get slashed left and right, every few months, but they keep giving execs raises.
    Company-wide happy hours are gone so it's very hard to meet people from other teams now.
    Standardized hiring practices have led to the hiring of many under-qualified contributors (they can answer generic interview questions but can't take on real challenges).
    They keep laying off great ICs instead of firing incompetent directors & executives. If managed better, we'd do well with more engineers, more salespeople, etc.
    We have many Hackweeks but the winning projects never see the light of day. It's demoralizing and a waste of time.
    Many projects are created but cancelled last second due to executive's changing their minds.

    Advice to Management

    Fire all the overpaid lazy execs that don't understand, talk about, and live for Twitter.
    Twitter grew when it was a startup and died due to overpaid, incompetent executives.
    Omid is overpaid and doesn't care about Twitter at all.
    Stop acquiring companies.
    Stop giving raises to execs when goals aren't met.


  6. "Solid engineers"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Twitter full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Solid engineering team, uniformity in technical architecture.

    Cons

    Falling stock price, which is a big part of comp.

    Advice to Management

    None


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Bureaucracy and Politics"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance.

    Good resume value. You get a lot of inquiries from headhunters.

    You can have really nice colleagues if you happen to work in a small team.

    Cons

    Certain teams key to the company's success are very big and political.

    Advice to Management

    Let employees anonymously rate their managers.


  8. "account Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great perks and a lot of fun working at a social media company

    Cons

    Competition with Insta, Facebook, Snap. CEO is not focused on revenue products.


  9. "Best & Worst Job I ever had"

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

    I worked at Twitter full-time

    Pros

    Great brand (then)
    Mostly awesome & smart people
    Great collaterals and marketing

    Cons

    No overall LT strategy
    Lots of internal politics
    Got conned on salary when I had to relocate. Was told salary would be cut by 50%

    Advice to Management

    Deliver a clear long-term strategy


  10. "5 Year Employee - hopefully 5 more to come!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Twitter full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    #LoveWhereYouWork - people really do love working here, and appreciate what the company does for the employees. I honestly couldn't see myself working anywhere else at this stage in my career.

    Anthony Noto is awesome - determined to make sure the company succeeds!

    Cons

    There have been a lot of departures, but I think that is natural once people are fully vested.


  11. "Friendly, inclusive and interesting work if a bit limited"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Twitter (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people make it. There aren't too many teams, but the ones that are there are impactful running major company priorities. It has a small company vibe, and is generally a pleasure to go into the office each day. The product is great and all sections of the UK office from Sales, Media Partnerships, Engineering, are passionate about the company.

    Cons

    Working with San Francisco is a drag and can mean late nights at the office. The place can feel a bit disorganised too. The company grew quickly with the expectation that lots of stuff that was poorly designed/architected/written would be fixed as the company grew, but now isn't being focused on because there isn't the staff. This can seem surprising, but really is a bit of an opportunity - there is low hanging fruit all over the place and a chance to be impactful. There is something said of the company that one chooses "either the legacy system, or the system that hasn't been productionized used yet".

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the UK office and put more design, engineering and product teams there.



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