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Updated 10 Nov 2019

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ThoughtWorks CEO Guo Xiao
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2 Ratings
  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Consultant in Manchester City Centre, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Diverse, forward thinking organisation - Great colleagues - Culture of learning

    Cons

    - Travel is broadly speaking compulsory which for me with a family is tricky to manage

    ThoughtWorks2018-08-14
  2. "Great place to work and build a career"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Excellent community of devs - Great people to work with - Company truly driven by their three pillars - Great opportunity to grow

    Cons

    - Commute could be a problem - Roll-of from project can take some time

    Advice to Management

    Support remote workers should be one of the next steps

    ThoughtWorks2018-03-14
  3. Helpful (5)

    "You need to know people"

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

    I worked at ThoughtWorks full-time for 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

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    Advice to Management

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

    ThoughtWorks2017-07-20
  4. Helpful (5)

    "Failure in management"

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

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

    Pros

    My colleagues on the project were top-notch people. The events at the office were amazing and there were a lot of opportunities to learn something new.

    Cons

    Management was cold. They didn't care about their employees' wellbeing and the only way to force their hand is threatening to quit. This is definitely not a healthy relationship between employer and employee. Even though the company is projecting an image of social justice and software excellence, its main concern is still about making money with the rest being an afterthought.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. When something is wrong, learning to listen for the canaries. Don't just follow the money. It's ok to drop a bad client for the sake of your long term relationship with your employees.

    ThoughtWorks2017-03-20
  5. 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
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing growth opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The opinions are based on my personal experience and is about London office. Your experience might vary. For example I keep hearing that in US people are expected to travel way more. Be sure to read the reviews/contact employees from the region you're planning to apply to. * Opportunities to grow both on personal and professional levels * Lots of interesting technically work * Usually you get quite a lot of... influence on what projects you're being sent to. You want travel internationally - can be done, you want to stay in London - can be done, a technically complex project - can be done, a project that is complex from human/organisational perspective - can be done etc, etc. A bit of luck and not expecting that all you requirements will be met helps though. Don't expect to get a project in London that is interesting from both technical and organisational perspective all the time. * Great people to work with - smart and fun * Informal and fun atmosphere * Great career opportunities if you decide to leave * Does more to improve the world around us that any other commercial company that I've heard of. Impressive and creates that warm feeling inside that you're doing your bit * Frontrunner of technical excellence in the business. Sometimes creates new trends and quick to pickup interesting approaches from other sources and spread it in businesses

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    Cons

    * Can be intimidating and hard to navigate at first. More experienced Thoughtworkers are supposed to help you out in the beginning but from what I've experienced and heard from others it doesn't work out that well in most cases. * Being good with people is even larger requirement than in other IT jobs. Creating rapport, managing expectations, influencing people are part of your regular job and help a lot in the... internal work relationships. Can be good or bad for you but it's something that is good to be aware of. * Little structure means among others that there is little structural support. If you have trouble you need to reach out. Not much interest from anyone while on the project - unless your PM cares about regular catchups with you. * Social and economic values are more often preached than practiced. UK is told it sponsors work done in other regions * You get paid significantly less

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    Advice to Management

    More pure technical career paths. Make people feel listened to. Listen more carefully why people are leaving - it affects those that are staying as well. Put more emphasis on sponsors - it is a great idea that could work way better.

    ThoughtWorks2014-07-21
  7. Helpful (2)

    "Awesome"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really good people to work with Travel -- lots of fun

    Cons

    politics to get places on exciting projects / your choice projects. salary is not as competitive (no bonus)

    Advice to Management

    hire better people higher up who engage with people better and more

    ThoughtWorks2013-09-29
  8. Helpful (3)

    "Senior Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Manchester, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relatively flat hierarchy but depends on office etc. Sensitive towards women.

    Cons

    Lots of politics, the travel can quite get hectic. The work isnt technically challenging anymore. The culture is getting diluted

    ThoughtWorks2013-03-22
  9. Helpful (6)

    "nothing special"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Consultant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good-natured, friendly people. Some proper good technies (though quickly dwindling). Oppruntinies to travel (but remember travelling for work is very different from travelling for fun). Open and honest culture (though becoming disalarmingly less so).

    Cons

    - Lots of big mouths. You'll hear about Continous Delivery and how great TW is at it then discover that we almost never do CD (and never stick around long enough to care/make that happen). - Laughable arrogance throughout the company. People think they are the best in the industry because they can write what are relatively simple Rails web applications. - Full of Enterprise architects who couldn't code a... simple binary sort if you asked them. - Crap projects. And I do mean crap. Long-hours. You'll get fat and not see any of your friends. - Travel to the middle-of-nowhere to work. - Too many grads who don't know anything and aren't truly passionate about making great software. - Consulting is pretty much inherently evil. Let's face it. Pretty much the leaches of the world. Any place that has to hire us is screwed by definition. - Arbitary feedback process that feeds on pretty much every cognitive bias going! - Your cut of the money we charge clients is paltry.

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    ThoughtWorks2013-03-06
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent learning experience"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at ThoughtWorks full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work with great people, learn loads, brilliant for your career afterwards. Good pub scene.

    Cons

    Some 'body-shopping' long projects can be a drag

    Advice to Management

    Have some system for moving people around from the not-so-great projects, and share out the conference love.

    ThoughtWorks2013-02-10
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