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Pros
  • "Work life balance at TW is something everyone should get a chance to EXPERIENCE(in 61 reviews)

  • "Working wth extremely smart people(in 80 reviews)

Cons
  • "Travel can be taxing to work life balance over time(in 44 reviews)

  • "There tends to be a lot of travel involved, depending on your home office and your specific projects(in 16 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (2)

    "It's still consulting - but it's good consulting"

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    Current Employee - Developer in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ThoughtWorks full-time for more than 19 years

    Pros

    People, people, people - including the rich and varied information flows that you can tap into at a local and global level. Deliberately contrary to what I've said below, the variety of clients/industries/technology stacks and travel can be a great way to build broad experience in IT. A company culture that cares deeply about our responsibility to make a positive change to the world and exhibits this value in...

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    Cons

    Consulting can be a tough life; tough projects, tough clients, constant Imposter Syndrome, extended inconvenient travel, hostile environments, separation from the TW Mother Ship. Note: many of these things are occasional rather than regular occurrences. The pressure you can put on yourself to meet your own expectations and compete with the achievements of those around you (also a potential positive).

    ThoughtWorks2018-06-23
  2. "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
  3. "Enjoyable for a short time, not forever."

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    Former Employee - Lead Consultant in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great technical opportunities and good set of customers.

    Cons

    Too much fluff and hyperbole, not much technical pragmatism.

    ThoughtWorks2019-03-17

    ThoughtWorks Response

    April 1, 2019ThoughtWorker

    Thanks for the review. I appreciate the feedback! - Nicole

  4. "Excellent for Software Developers"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Practises good coding methods, friendly coworkers, great company culture, individuals have a voice, working with intelligent people

    Cons

    pay is lower than market

    ThoughtWorks2019-02-13
  5. "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Perth, Western Australia
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, great team culture

    Cons

    A lot of travel, need to proactively manage career

    ThoughtWorks2018-08-01
  6. "Great place for bright, passionate people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place where you are surrounded by bright, passionate and interesting people. Gives you heaps of opportunities to work on interesting stuff with bright people.

    Cons

    You need to keep an eye on your health and workload so you don't overcommit and burn out.

    Advice to Management

    Lots of bright people need good leadership and role models. Be careful who you reward and promote and ensure they have the best interests of our people and culture at core.

    ThoughtWorks2017-10-29
  7. Helpful (3)

    "A great consultant company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Consultant in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - consultant has a lot of says on what they want to do - great work life balance - management care a lot about the consultants - working with smart people - agile powerhouse - never send you alone to a client

    Cons

    - no clear career progression - pay review with no clear structure - might require a lot of travel.. but i don't have to do one even after 3 years

    ThoughtWorks2017-03-15
  8. Helpful (13)

    "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 (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
  9. Helpful (19)

    "So much promise but so political"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Tries hard with ethics and Social impact programs are great. - Generous with employee events - Great professional experiences if you can get on the right projects - Great people to work with generally

    Cons

    - No work-life balance - Long hours are expected for extra-curricular work - Rampant politics & cliques

    Advice to Management

    Nurture your new hires as much as the old timers. Put a stop to the endless political nonsense, you're better than that.

    ThoughtWorks2016-11-02
  10. "Grow your connections and learn"

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      Former Employee - Senior Developer Consultant in Sydney
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      No Opinion of CEO

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

      Pros

      A great opportunity to grow your connections and learn a variety of different technologies in a short time frame. Colleagues are amazing to work with, and there are many opportunities to grow.

      Cons

      Being a consultant, many projects are difficult and not necessarily fun. For some, travel can be problematic. Similarly, software consulting requires people skills in addition to technical skills.

      Advice to Management

      Balance fun projects with cash-cow projects. Ensure staff are rotated off long running projects. Break the drinking culture and the peer pressure it entails.

      ThoughtWorks2016-09-04
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