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ThoughtWorks Reviews

Updated 22 Jan 2020

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4.2
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ThoughtWorks President and CEO Guo Xiao
Guo Xiao
30 Ratings
  1. "Operations"

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    Operations in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at ThoughtWorks

    Pros

    Intelligent people, some great projects and a collaborative culture

    Cons

    High expectations, long hours and too many conference calls

    Advice to Management

    Less internal meetings

    ThoughtWorks2016-04-22
  2. Helpful (4)

    "Committed to diversity"

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

    I have been working at ThoughtWorks full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You get to work with great people. Intelligent, socially and politically motivated individuals. I really enjoy working with my colleagues. It is great that ThoughtWorks are committed to improving diversity in the tech industry.

    Cons

    Not always as 'nice' as they appear. Lack of structure and funding for internal changes mean there is sometimes a lot of talk but not much action.

    Advice to Management

    Don't commit to initiatives you can't follow through. Staff get bored hearing bright ideas that never come to fruition, and are recycled 2 years later under a different title. Keep up the great work you are doing committing to diversity and social engagement.

    ThoughtWorks2016-02-09
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Work, learn and grow"

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    Current Employee - Lead Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at ThoughtWorks full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Working as a consultant rather than just a typical Developer/QA/BA. - You get to work with experts from all around the world. - Travel opportunities - No non-sense of hierarchy to follow - Agile/Lean practices - Strong XD community

    Cons

    - For someone who doesn't want to travel much - it might be a little harder to survive TW.

    Advice to Management

    - Watch for the money spent on team outings and parties in general. I personally would rather use the budget for something that might help this world a better place to live. P3! - Grow slower and keep it steady please.

    ThoughtWorks2015-11-03
  4. Helpful (12)

    "Don't take a look behind the curtain"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at ThoughtWorks full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Relaxed environment. Very little pressure (if that is a pro). Some genuinely intellectual people with a passion for technology. Good brand name, for now. Table tennis and table football.

    Cons

    - Not the flat structure it claims to be. - Billing clients is the number one priority, forget your desires or ambitions. - Forget personal development support (in my experience), unless you have an 'in' with the right people. - Expect ThoughtWorks' own views to be forced down your throat within the first few weeks. - Management is very much a clique. - Below market pay which is currently trying to be solved, don't expect too much. - Time and time again, they have turned down some incredibly qualified candidates with little feedback in return. - When you're not on a project, expect to be 'beached' (not doing anything) for an indefinite period (I have seen people be in this position for > 6 months) - Graduates are somewhat misused, made to do demeaning admin tasks (not what a budding software developer is looking forward to) - Graduate scheme, is non-existent. You contribute to the same degree as a graduate yet remain a graduate for a year regardless. Would be great to a have a formal process in place. - Hyper-sensitive working environment, jokes are not jokes.

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    Advice to Management

    Manage people, might help.

    ThoughtWorks2015-11-12
  5. Helpful (15)

    "Not as advertised"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Developer in Manchester City Centre, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ThoughtWorks full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    ThoughtWorks has its reputation and at times they live up to it. They have great projects, amazing people, awesome culture and it feels like a family. The training in India for grads is great, if your trainer likes you. There's space for opportunity and they're flexible if you want to do things like volunteering. The "Pillar 3" of social and economic justice is a core part of the culture and not just for show. Great teams, with plenty of team and company activities like the away days and local office days. They're really flexible on changing roles and it's more common for you to be staffed as different things rather than be pigeon holed into one role.

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    Cons

    It's not a place for graduates. "The beach", which is where you're left to rot in a corner until staffing have bargained with someone to put you on their project. Six months on the beach as a graduate with no support was not fun, to say the least. Lack of support from seniority, especially in the Manchester office. It's chaotic to say the least, especially if the slightest thing goes wrong. They under pay massively and expect a ridiculous amount of devotion, travel, work hours - including weekends. In their recruitment videos they boast how you can walk into their offices and be who you are, yet their culture of feedback rips you to shreds. A few people, including myself, have said they felt like they needed a personality transplant when they got there. My advice for graduates is don't bother and apply as a lateral hire.

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    Advice to Management

    If you took out the people team and the "business" part of ThoughtWorks it would be a lot better. There's too many people fighting for power and there's no room at the top. There are cliques and

    ThoughtWorks2015-08-03
  6. Helpful (13)

    "Technology trumps everything"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ThoughtWorks full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pretty flat structure, but that is a pro & con, you have the opportunity to work globally, and you are surrounded by really clever people

    Cons

    Flat structure, newer people keep getting told 'that isn't the TW way' but you are never told the TW way until you have stepped into the bear trap, technologists are treated like gods, so projects can feel unbalanced - all people's inputs aren't equal, hard to figure out the politics of it all, took me about 1 year, hard to see the path to progress to a senior level

    Advice to Management

    Better on boarding, less 'this isn't the TW way' as it is demoralising, and advise while we are flat, there is a structure, and this is it, and key people to build relationships with

    ThoughtWorks2015-08-08
  7. Helpful (6)

    "An awesome place to work for if you don't mind the travel!"

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    Senior Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ThoughtWorks

    Pros

    + Great network of people to connect to and learn from. + Very interesting line of work (depending on the consulting gig you're assigned to). + Very flexible work environment. If you're traveling all your needs are cared for. + Not a company that boasts about benefits but Thoughtworks is great when it comes to taking care of it's employees. + The ability to explore your capabilities, there's lots of room for cross functional growth.

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    Cons

    - Travel (of course it's consulting) and time away from family. But they're rather understanding when it comes to priority. - Salaries may not be so competitive but the rewards are in having a life experience you can't put a value on. Like, travelling to exotic places, getting involved with NGO's to promote equality in society. - Sometimes you have to travel to places like Slough and Leeds!

    ThoughtWorks2015-07-21
  8. Helpful (2)

    "As an analyst"

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at ThoughtWorks full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Culture is great, people are fantastic, learning opportunities are everywhere. Working ethic is always on the positive where possible.

    Cons

    Travel a lot, not always glamourous. Slow to move with internal processes.

    Advice to Management

    None

    ThoughtWorks2015-05-07
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Lead Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Lead Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at ThoughtWorks full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great people. Lots of diversity. Lots of autonomy. Lots of exposure to different technologies, domains, cultures, etc.

    Cons

    You often end up working with very mediocre (client) staff. Lots of travelling. Lots of flexibility expected. Not great compensation / perks.

    Advice to Management

    Waste less money and pay employees better.

    ThoughtWorks2015-04-24
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    "Interesting"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ThoughtWorks full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The best thing about working for ThougtWorks is that the culture is nice, the people are lovely and the flexibility they offer when faced with requests is very welcoming. The benefits package is nice, and the connectivity with colleagues across the globe is great.

    Cons

    The worst thing is the ambiguity. Due to the flat hirearchy, it can be difficult getting clarity. Expectation differ depending on stakeholder.

    ThoughtWorks2014-11-28
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