ThoughtWorks Reviews

Updated 2 Jul 2020

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13 Ratings
  1. "Software Engineer"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Perth, Western Australia
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, great team culture

    Cons

    A lot of travel, need to proactively manage career

  2. Helpful (6)

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

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Developer in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ThoughtWorks full-time for more than 10 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 a number of ways; client selection, low bono/pro bono work, political leaning, etc. Can be an amazing environment to broaden your thinking about the role of technology in the world.

    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).

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great place for bright, passionate people"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    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.

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  4. Helpful (4)

    "A great consultant company"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    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

  5. Helpful (22)

    "For Australia - Highly political and cliquey, however great for grads"

    2.0
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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 things - Not a values based organisation - Expect heaps of out-of-hours work to progress in career, after work at client is over for the day - High turnover of staff - Transparency exists only when it suits - Watch the backbiting, those daggers are sharp!

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  6. Helpful (22)

    "So much promise but so political"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    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

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  7. "Grow your connections and learn"

    5.0
    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.

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  8. Helpful (13)

    "Great place to polish your Agile and broaden your tech skills"

    4.0
    Consultant Developer in Melbourne

    I worked at ThoughtWorks

    Pros

    TW is a great place to work when one or more of the points below apply to you: You would like to deepen your understanding of Agile / Agility (if you care for the distinction). TW choose clients where TW team has a degree of control over the delivery process. Hence you will have the privilege to see how some very experienced people organise teamwork. In addition to that, TW being a consultancy, you will be able to work across a range of clients and iterate on your skills. Just make sure you don't stick with any individual client for too long (I'd recommend 9 months to a year for devs). You would like to work with people who genuinely care about what they do. Over several years I worked with the company I did not meet a single person who did not have the right attitude, aptitude & integrity. If you are a developer, you will have the opportunity to experience a variety of technology stacks. TW encourages generalists. In my eyes partly because a generalist skill set is more "agile" from the perspective of varying market demand. You would like to work interstate & would like opportunities to work internationally. TW can request consultants to travel interstate based on the market demand. And if you would like to work internationally, you are able to request an assignment. During my time in TW I've seen many consultants enjoy that benefit. In my case TW were helpful with the relocation, air fares & temporary accommodation. You would like to work with women. Unlike a lot of companies who do lip service to encouraging women in tech, TW actually takes this seriously. There are women in leadership roles, women consultants, women developers. TW goes an extra mile to look for, encourage, and hire women. Also, TW supports women with paid maternity leave, amongst other benefits. Also, TW is a great place to work if you are a socialist.

    Cons

    Salary is below the market rates. There is an expectation that consultants go above and beyond for the clients, as well as contribute to their home office by organising groups, helping pre-sales, doing interviews & code reviews. To me that meant to get recognition in the home office I was expected to invest significant personal time outside of work hours. There was some talk in the home office about allocating work time for such contributions, but I wasn't able to make that happen. Only 2 days of training leave per year, unless you are a Lead or Principal consultant. Then you are able to attend more conferences. Also, for big conferences such as YOW!, not all consultants who want to attend are able to do so because of high revenue impact.There is a non-transparent selection process for who gets to go. Internal mentoring model is pot luck. In hindsight there are so many things I would have wanted from my mentor, but at the time there was little guidance to both myself and my mentor about how to take advantage of the relationship. As a result, I felt like I was "flying blind": do this project learn this tech, then that, then something else. It all seemed interesting at the time but in hindsight during my tenure I did not develop myself as much as I would have with better guidance.

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  9. "Awesomeness"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    There is good gender balance

    Cons

    I cannot think of one right now

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  10. "Fantastic Workplace"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Experience Design Consultant in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ThoughtWorks

    Pros

    Amazing environment, culture and people. Lots of learning and opportunities to travel as well as get involved with interesting initiatives. Relatively flat structure that allows for a lot of independence.

    Cons

    None that I have experienced so far.

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