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ThoughtWorks Reviews

Updated 14 December 2017
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Pros
  • Work/Life balance cannot be matched (in 52 reviews)

  • Lot of smart people to work with (in 73 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance if you want to advance (in 32 reviews)

  • Based on the region and the project there might be a lot of travel involved (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Great company & great people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ThoughtWorks full-time

    Pros

    Passionate and talented people. A great environment to learn a lot.

    Cons

    Consulting, therefore less control over the location and sector of work.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Uncertain times ahead"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Lead Consultant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very smart folk who are passionate about what they do

    Cons

    With the takeover, ThoughtWorks has lost its way. It doesn't have a clear vision on on how to build its client base for more longer term work.

    Advice to Management

    Start speaking more to your staff and properly connect to what's going on .


  3. "Tech no longer at core"

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    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Manchester, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are still some Tech Leads and Senior Developers who have been there over 3 years and you are able to learn from.
    Great free food/ lunches

    Cons

    Now that the Demand team get paid commission, they are keen to get anything through deal review and no longer looking at the impact that TW can make, the technology used and the social impact a project has. The mindset is now - if we don't do it Accenture will and we need the revenue.
    Many of the experienced Developers have left who would lead projects and be able to coach new TWers joining.
    To progress in your career at TW, you must travel 5 days a week across the UK and Europe, mentor and coach individuals, contribute to blogs and events, be available to champion social justice, entertain clients and go to all TW social events. I have been told that my not doing all of the above impacts my career aspirations despite having a very young family and wife that travels with work.
    There is no work life balance as a result. This is something that TW Leadership talk about but this is not feasible in the given the business model.
    There are a lot of politics and a lot of egos to endure - many of whom are out to further their own careers, this is much of the Leadership Team and Operations team who are also both disconnected from the tech side of the business.
    There is a lot of open talk within the Developer community who is thinking of leaving, interviewing and resigning due to the fact that the culture has changed as the organisation has been sold.
    I think that the underlying tone is the ThoughtWorks has gone past it's peak and now hiring anyone who rather than candidates with amazing technical talents. The recruitment team and the leadership team just want to hit the numbers to meet the targets that Apax have set and are not concerned about the culture or the technical direction of the company. However, as we keep getting told - it's in our benefit now to work on these technically dull projects so that we can get stock in the company.
    Advice - don't work here. Try other organisations that treat their Developers with respect.


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  5. "Excellent Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at ThoughtWorks full-time

    Pros

    Awesome work culture. Best Company for women

    Cons

    Can't think of any at the moment.


  6. Helpful (10)

    "Political, a lot of unrest in tech community, past their peak."

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in London, England
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great snacks and lunches.
    Good place to learn to cope with chaos, change, and how to put out fires.

    Cons

    Pride ourselves on diversity but struggle to retain good ThoughtWorkers due to lack of flexibility.
    A lot of politics involved if you want to progress your career.
    Win work and then worry about how to staff it afterwards - will take from one project to support another that is on fire.
    MD and Leadership team do not think of the wider tech community when making decisions about which work to chase, it is all about the financial wins due to recent financial turmoil.
    High attrition amongst Professional Services.
    Leadership Team is not stable and untrustworthy.

    Advice to Management

    Do not join - a sinking organization where all the good people are leaving


  7. Helpful (2)

    "You need to know people"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ThoughtWorks full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - mostly smart people, it is usually good to be part of one of the teams
    - ability to work from other countries, for 6-12 months
    - good diversity

    Cons

    - not enough transparency regarding current and future projects
    - very little to say in terms of your own preference, even after travelling for years away from home
    - the quality of recruitment has lowered, and their in order to achieve the diversity levels they want, they hire people who wouldn't have passed the process 2+ years ago
    - too greedy to take new projects & clients, which results in body shopping
    - salary is below market average
    - management keeps changing, and they are losing direction
    - high turnover

    Advice to Management

    you need to take a good look at how things are, and change it all. it's not working anymore


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Great culture but not as disruptive as promised"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Amazing company culture
    - Talented workforce
    - Flat corporate structure
    - Salary follows industry growth

    Cons

    - Not as 'innovative' or 'disruptive' on client projects as marketed
    - Lack of recognition for people's achievements out on client projects
    - Travel isn't included in working hours


  9. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England

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

    Pros

    - Smart people
    - Great culture
    - If you know the right people and talk well, it is great

    Cons

    - Travelling
    - Boring grinding work

    Advice to Management

    Try to work on retaining the smart people instead of hiring more.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Smart people & great developers"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - Lead Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smartest people you will ever work with.
    Sometimes you get to go on very cool projects
    Its a consultancy so travel is required

    Cons

    If your not a superstar you might be put on a body shop project.
    Its who you know & not your ability that dictates which project you are assigned to.
    Its a consultancy so travel is required

    Advice to Management

    Staffing is hard but need to have little bit off randomness in its decision making


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Embrace the crazy"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Team in London, England
    Current Employee - Operations Team in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    + Great opportunity for career progression and movement within the company but you do need to make it happen for yourself
    + Amazing, crazy, fun colleagues who you can learn from every day.
    + Great benefits
    + Lots of autonomy and ability to use your initiative, innovate and experiment, no matter which function you work in.
    + Feedback really helps you to learn and grow

    Cons

    - Not great at on-boarding lateral employees
    - Ambiguity is frustrating for new people
    - You can ask 10 people the same question about how something works at ThoughtWorks and have no continuity of response.
    - Feedback if given badly can be hurtful

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget the essence of what makes ThoughtWorks great whilst expanding.


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