ThoughtWorks - For Australia - Highly political and cliquey, however great for grads | Glassdoor.com.au
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    "For Australia - Highly political and cliquey, however great for grads"

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    Former Employee - Senior Lateral Hire in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Working with some of the best people in the software industry - Every day there is something to learn - Great focus on social justice - 3 pillars serve as objectives - Excellent in-house grad training program - Proactive recruitment for women

    Cons

    - Have to be in with the "in-crowd", so find out who to drink with - Above is really important, as determines your allocation to projects - More thought, less work, too much talking in circles, lack of decisions in projects to progress - Zillions of emails, no formal hierarchy, however an unofficial political hierarchy exists - Blame/complaining culture is rife, arguing for the sake of arguing sometimes about pointless...

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    Advice to Management

    Wake up! Staff see TW as a place to learn and leave - brain drain - what a waste. Promote values-based constructive feedback culture, and treat people like people, not tins of tomatoes!

    ThoughtWorks2017-01-18
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    "A great people & learning environment"

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    Former Employee - Lead Consultant in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at ThoughtWorks full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    People Perks (after a fashion) Interesting work Self discovery

    Cons

    Cliquey Leadership & direction at the time was a bit scant Inconsistency between peers - some great, some... meh

    Advice to Management

    Talk to your people and your clients more, don't just hide in aircraft

    ThoughtWorks2019-04-02
  2. "A lot of fluff, say one thing and do another..."

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most people are friendly and approachable. Training budget. Programming practices (when they actually do it)

    Cons

    Salary is below average unless you're high up on the ladder . Technical learning limited (good for consulting skills). Staffing people on projects that they don't want to be on - not listening to preferences. Cliquey. Mix bag of talent.

    Advice to Management

    Have a more rigorous hiring process. The technical skills bar is very, very low, so you may end up pairing with someone who doesn't know how to code or know some basic fundamentals. Many people leaving.

    ThoughtWorks2019-08-08

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