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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
Founded over 25 years ago, we’ve grown from a small team in Chicago to a leading global software consultancy of more than 6000 employees. With our roots in custom systems and agile software delivery, we’re at the forefront of defining the tech principles used ... Read more

Mission: Our mission is to create an extraordinary impact on the world through our culture and technology excellence.

Company Updates

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ThoughtWorks – Why Work With Us?


We aim to foster a vibrant community of diverse and passionate technologists. We believe that cultivating an inclusive work environment stimulates open curiosity, promotes courage and helps us be a better partner to our clients. Here’s what you’ll find in every ThoughtWorks office around the world:

  • Building software is a social activity done by teams of brilliant and motivated people, not a mechanistic process. You’ll work on autonomous, cross-functional teams focused on delivering value early and greater business impact overall.  
  • We believe that when we help others grow, we grow ourselves. Our culture of collective learning is built on seeking out and nurturing potential, sharing lessons learned and knowledge earned, and celebrating the steps we see our colleagues take on their growth journeys.
  • We genuinely hire nice, honest, smart people. During our interview process, you’ll find that we focus more on aptitude and attitude as opposed to what's on your CV. Learn more about our approach to hiring.

As a consultant at ThoughtWorks, you will have the opportunity to build bold, future-focused solutions for clients from a variety of industries. You could influence the digital strategy of a retail giant, build a bold new mobile application for a bank or redesign platforms using event sourcing and intelligent data pipelines. Aside from traveling all over the country (or sometimes, the world), you will have the opportunity to challenge yourself daily and learn from peers from all walks of life.

Ready for a new challenge?

Grads and Career Changers

Computer science grads. Mid-life career changers. Bootcamp alumni. It doesn't matter what your background is: everyone has the opportunity to launch a tech career at ThoughtWorks. All of our entry-level joiners start their journey at ThoughtWorks University: our immersive entry-level programme designed to prepare you for life as a ThoughtWorker. You'll spend five weeks in India or China with peers from around the world learning how to build working software from day one.

Learn more about TWU.

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, for three years in a row (2016 - 2018), and many of our ThoughtWorkers speak and write openly about inclusivity.  

Many of the enterprise organizations we work with have spent years investing in new business capabilities, integrating acquisitions, and modernizing technology stacks, essential to bringing best-of-breed solutions to market. However, these strategic investments can result in a tangled mess of legacy technology, skill-sets, processes, and culture.

We bring 25+ years of global software delivery experience to every partnership. We help our clients to remove technology roadblocks and leverage their core assets. Our clients think big. They trust us to deliver disruptive thinking and innovative technology that empowers them to succeed. From big banks and global retailers to revolutionary healthcare start-ups, we’ve built the software behind some of the world's most successful businesses.

Learn how we partner with clients

ThoughtWorks Reviews

  • Featured Review

    Helpful (5)

    "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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