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ThoughtWorks Overview

Chicago, IL (US)
5001 to 10000 employees
1993
Company - Private
IT Services
£100 to £500 million (GBP) per year
Every tech company has a humble beginnings story. Here’s ours: We started 25 years ago in a Chicago basement. Not long after that, we started working with a retail client who’s still with us today. A few years later we were pioneering Agile software ... Read more

Mission: Our mission is to better humanity through software and help drive the creation of a socially and economically just world. We bring together the most capable, driven and passionate people - we call them ‘ThoughtWorkers’ - to:
1. Run a sustainable ... Read more

Company Updates

  • Interested in attending a conference focused on technology at the core? No fuss just real tech? We’re excited to announce that our tickets for #XConfEurope 2019 are now live! Get your tickets here: https://thght.works/2VEC1ai #tech #eu #xconfeu

    XConf EU 2019

    XConf is created by technologists, for technologists, who care deeply about the craft of software and its ability to make the world a better place. Now in its 6th year, ThoughtWorks XConf will be hosted across the UK, Germany and Spain. Join us as we welcome Neal Ford, Director, Software Architect, ThoughtWorks to the stage as our keynote speaker!

  • Join Ian Cartwright, member of our Doppler Group and Aliki Yiannakou, Software Developer on Tuesday 21st May at Federation House, Manchester for a presentation and discussion on our latest Tech Radar.

    Register here http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vMvsh

    ThoughtWorks Technology Radar | Manchester

    Adopt, trial, assess or hold? Get ahead of the latest tech trends Federation House, Manchester M4 4BF Tuesday 21st May - 6:30pm onwards for a 7pm start Join us on Tuesday 21st May - we'd like to invite you to join Ian Cartwright , member of our Doppler group and Aliki Yiannakou , Software Developer for a presentation and discussion on our latest Tech Radar.

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ThoughtWorks – Why Work For Us?


Our culture is very intentional. We hire for it, nurture it, check on it, and if something isn’t working, we fix it. Here’s what you’ll find in every ThoughtWorks office around the world:

  • We are intolerant of intolerance. Every day we ensure ThoughtWorks is a welcoming place for people across a spectrum of ability, age, appearance, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity. It’s not lip service. We’re radically transparent about our hiring and training initiatives. For example, the Anita Borg Institute has named ThoughtWorks to their list of Top Companies for Women Technologists, three years in a row (2016-2018), and many of our ThoughtWorkers speak and write openly about inclusivity.
  • Building software is a social activity done by teams of brilliant and motivated people, not a mechanistic process. You’ll work on holistic, cross-functional teams focused on delivering business value early and greater business impact overall.
  • We genuinely hire nice, honest, smart people. During the interview, you’ll find we focus more on aptitude, attitude, integrity,rather than whether or not you have the perfect CV.

Come by an office, meet us, and see it for yourself.


Tech for Social Good

As a global technology firm with social and economic justice at its very core, we are uniquely positioned to influence the impact of technology in the world.

"For me, social justice isn't just about doing work for good causes. It's also about looking at our core work and asking how it benefits society."  - Martin Fowler, Chief Scientist, ThoughtWorks

ThoughtWorks is active in many movements around the world, and is always looking for collaborators that share our values. if you want to work with us, please get in touch!  Some of our core initiatives include:

Our people often write about their experiences with and perspectives on social justice. You can read more on ourInsights Channel.

Make Your Mark

People come to ThoughtWorks for the thrill of solving complex problems and championing new ideas in technology. To work with purpose and drive outcomes that make a real difference in our industry, for our clients and society.

Here, you’ll work on teams that bring software, platform, data, design, and strategy experts together to change the way the world works for millions of people.

Programs and benefits may vary by region, but in general you can:

  • Attend that tech conference (we’ll reimburse you.)
  • Learn new programming languages.
  • Deliver a talk or workshop at our many meetups, conferences and events.
  • Spend a season as a trainer at ThoughtWorks University.
  • Nominate yourself for a Leadership Development Program.
  • Change course and pursue a different role.
  • Start a community event series.
  • Organize an interest group. Start a book club. Plan a camping trip.
  • Volunteer your time.
  • Write a blog post.
  • Write a book.

Every step of the way, we will support you and see that you have the resources you need to enrich your personal journey at ThoughtWorks.



What to Expect

You are free to learn and to change. You are welcome to be exactly who you are. Free to follow your curiosities and your passions. To voice your opinion on any platform you choose.  Free to challenge ideas, assumptions and solutions - no matter who they belong to (respectfully), and work collectively for the greater good. Free to recommend the right tech for the job without bias. And free to have fun doing it.

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Ready to make your mark? Explore our open jobs here on Glassdoor – or directly on our careers site to learn more and apply.  

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Follow our Career Hacksblog for perspectives on careers in technology and at ThoughtWorks.  

ThoughtWorks Portfolio

Our clients are people and organizations with ambitious missions. They want to unleash the power of software for their cause or business. We help them envisage, design and deliver. 

We have worked with B-Social to create a mobile app and Debit Mastercard® that make money as social as your life. Find out more here

We've helped VAKT build the world’s first enterprise-level blockchain platform to transform the global commodities trading industry. Learn more.

Our client, John Lewis Partnership partnered with us to deliver their first 'Cook Well' meal kit in just 6 weeks. On the technical side, the team used continuous delivery and evolutionary architecture practices allowing them to go live on demand, releasing new features as soon as they were ready, and not at fixed release times. Read on here.

We don't stop there, read more about our client stories from across the globe. 


ThoughtWorks Reviews

  • Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Opportunity to learn and contribute"

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    Current Employee - Tech Principal in London, England
    Current Employee - Tech Principal in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ThoughtWorks full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    * Technology led. In other companies where I worked for before TW, technologists did as they were told by commercial people. I was amazed at the sway technical people have - and conversely, how focused technical folks here are on doing the right thing for customers. Treat us like adults, we behave like adults.
    * Agile engineering for real. Another thing that was truly different for me was the use of agile practices like pairing, TDD, etc, and the difference it makes in a team that does it for real. Other companies do agile theatre (standups, stories, etc.), but joining a TW delivery team was a revelation.
    * Values led. Although most companies have "social responsibility" and the like, at TW it's pervasive. It's not 100% perfect, we do make tradeoffs, but it's taken seriously. The flavour of this is changing somewhat with change of ownership (from a radical socialist to a private equity fund), but it's still stronger than most other companies I know.
    * Learning opportunities are amazing. You will work on multiple projects, in different industries, with companies at different points in their maturity, with different technologies. For someone new to the industry, working at TW for a few years will position you to choose where you want to go, and give you the experience and credentials to go there.
    * For an experienced person (I had 15+ years experience when I joined), you will be working alongside industry leaders, including very well known people, and people who are not well known outside TW, but are incredible in various unexpected ways.
    * Good people, good vibes, good culture. This is not an environment for a**holes. From top to bottom, people are supportive, open, and friendly. We have sometimes shockingly open conversations, e.g. on internal mailing lists where people raise concerns about strategic decisions and cultural directions. People generally bring their "whole self" to work, even those who aren't white cis. A strongly progressive culture.

    Cons

    * Travel obviously. Unless this is a plus for you, in which case it can be awesome. It's harder for older people with families.
    * Working your way up the promotion path (the grading system) is not easy, and takes longer than you think it should. Ideally this shouldn't matter - people are respected based on what they do and how they behave. But it's hard to ignore if you feel like you should be a Lead or Principal and a few years go by without progress, and people do get pissed off and leave. The review process is murky, and doesn't do a good job of helping people to progress within the formal grading system.
    * Change in ownership risks a change in priorities and culture. We were owned by a radical socialist, who has cashed out to pursue social change, and are now owned by a capitalist investment fund. The actual effect of this has not been much, we have the same leadership team. Some people - especially people who have not been here long - have an exaggerated idea of the impact this has had. The company has always shifted and changed, and most of the changes people notice are driven by our own leaders, not diktat from our investors. (e.g. we've worked for oil companies many times over the decades). That said, it can't help but make a difference when leadership is heavily incentivized to maximize financial growth and returns for our investors. The language around our "Pillar 3" has shifted from "social justice", in balance with commercial sustainability (P1) and technical excellence (P2), to being about an equitable workplace to attract talent to support commercial growth. In other words, Pillars 2 and 3 sometimes seem to be valued in order to support Pillar 1.

    Advice to Management

    Consider (and communicate to the rest of us) what the vision is post-Apax. If (when) they flip us to new ownership, will that ownership continue to see the primary purpose of ThoughtWorks as a capitalist engine for financial returns?

    Is there a path to ownership by someone who sees improving how technology is used for the betterment of society as a first-rank goal, rather than something which is nice only as long as it drives financial returns?

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ThoughtWorks Interviews

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  1. Featured Interview

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    Graduate Developer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 7 weeks. I interviewed at ThoughtWorks (London, England) in February 2019.

    Interview

    The interview process was a genuinely very enjoyable experience in comparison to most others I have experienced before. I felt valued from the moment I first applied because the recruiter consistently showed signs of empathy and understanding towards me when I had problems in my private life that I believed could affect the speed of my application.
    The entire experience was very holistic as it focused on several different aspects equally, such as technical ability, personality, and social/ethical values. I found this to be a really interesting way to interview as it gave me the opportunity to talk about and show TW what I really care about and who I am as a person. The interview format made me feel encouraged to really present my true self and not have to hide any of my quirks!

    Interview Questions

    • Prepare a presentation (or just talk) about anything I like!   Answer Question
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ThoughtWorks Awards & Accolades

  • Employer of the Year at the 2019 Women in IT Awards in New York, Information Age Women in IT Awards, 2019
  • Female Tech Employer of the Year: Winners, Women in Tech UK, 2018
  • Medium Organisation, Northern Power Women, 2019
  • Stonewall Top 100 Employers, Stonewall Organization, 2019
  • Top 20 Places for Women to Work in Brazil, Great Place to Work®, 2016
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