Career Prospects

6.9 / 10

(based on 8 ratings in 2016)


"You move up more on skill than merit, which makes it possible to move up the ranks quite quickly. ThoughtWorks is also a very international company where people can shuffle around the world easily. This enables you a lot more scope than one country or a local office."
Graduate, London
"There's an annual review in which you present what you have achieved over the past year. Ranks are being phased out. However, it is easy to take on extra responsibilities, take new initiatives within the organisation and be supported by the company in running with them."
Graduate, London
"ThoughtWorks have the added bonus of moving sideways (from technical to business or business to operations etc) without moving down. You need to put in the work, but it is clearly recognised."
Graduate, London
"There aren't really 'ranks', and the shape of people's careers varies enormously depending on how they choose to focus. Exactly how progression works in any one case is not clear, but I have felt supported to take each step and challenged to take more and more responsibility."
Graduate, London


"I would argue that ThoughtWorks is a meritocracy and rewards people who take initiative."
Business Analyst, London
"I feel that good work and active positioning in the company will always be seen and rewarded with promotion."
Graduate Consultant, London
"As a flat organisation we don't really have 'ranks', but we have 'grades', which are based on levels of experience and capabilities. To me, there seems to be a fair match up of skills, experience, ability, and grade/pay."
Business Analyst, London
"It is not an entirely clear path to move up the ranks, but it is quite easy to take on more responsibility, which opens up the path to move up in ranks."
Graduate Software Developer, London


"You have all the freedom to progress in the company. You move up through grade levels, where the responsibility to train and help others is key. ThoughtWorks reward you with acknowledgement for the grade you are indeed working at."
Entry level, Manchester
"Every year there is the option to have a one-on-one review with someone from management about your year. You ask for what you want out of your review such as a grade increase and salary increase, and justify it with feedback you've picked up along the year. The system is very open and you get a follow up session after all the decisions have been made."
Graduate, Manchester
"Due to flat corporate structure there is less emphasis on ranks than anywhere else. Most of the time, people don't get dismissed because they are lower on the career ladder and get taken seriously even as grads/non-seniors. Getting actual promotions may require getting your voice heard, or at least that's what I've heard."
Midlevel, London
"There are no promotions to new positions that I'm aware of as such, simply a grading system (e.g. consultant, senior consultant, lead consultant) to reflect experience and expertise. The salary range is matched accordingly."
Midlevel, Manchester
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