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ThoughtWorks Reviews

Updated 12 October 2017
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Pros
  • Work/Life balance cannot be matched (in 51 reviews)

  • Lot of smart people to work with (in 72 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance due to travel (in 31 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. "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.


  3. Helpful (7)

    "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


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  5. 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


  6. Helpful (2)

    "It's just nuts"

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    Current Employee - Principal
    Current Employee - Principal
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flat structure but really not very disruptive!

    Cons

    Basically have to internally market yourself to everyone to get on projects. The flat structure is also a con. It's all very schmoozy. The secret sauce is just to network all the time - which is exhausting

    Advice to Management

    A little bit of structure, measurement and job objectives wouldn't go amiss...


  7. 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


  8. "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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Smart people & great developers"

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    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


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Embrace the crazy"

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    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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing colleagues, rapid development"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in London, England
    Current Employee - Software Developer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - You get to work with some very smart and passionate people. Quality of the workforce is higher than anywhere else I've worked.
    - If you take some initiative and can prove yourself, you can get a lot of responsibility and get involved in a lot of decisions very fast. Even the kind of work that is usually reserved for very senior people.
    - Teams know how to build tech fast.
    - Opportunity to travel to just about anywhere, company is very flexible at arranging this.
    - Company is way more inclusive than just about anyone else in the technology industry, and gets a much more diverse workforce from that.

    Cons

    - Salaries aren't low, but you could get a lot more considering the people they hire and the work they expect you to do. You'll get better offers just about every week.
    - Pay progression is very opaque. People 'leave and come back' because it is faster than dealing with the annual review process.
    - It's consultancy, if you aren't willing to be away from home 4 nights every week you are going to slow down your career.
    - If you aren't good at maintaining a big brand and a tight network, you'll get forgotten about.

    Advice to Management

    - Make the annual review process more transparent with clearer criteria for shifting between grades.
    - Don't lose what makes ThoughtWorks unique while rapid expansion is happening


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