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8.3 / 10

(based on 10 ratings in 2019)


"I do not currently feel like I am working too many hours, or that there is an expectation for me to work overtime. This can vary from project to project though. My current client is fairly flexible when it comes to hours, so long as the time is made up somehow."
Entry level, Manchester
"Hours are pretty flexible when we are not on a client project."
Graduate, Manchester
"My employer is very flexible when it comes to working hours. The team normally works out how and when each person works, then we can maximise the value added in that time. In my experience, my employer has been very accepting of extenuating circumstances."
Graduate, London
"It's not very flexible when you're with a client as you need to fulfil their contracted hours. However, ThoughtWorks is very flexible on its time and will always be happy to speak to the client if there are specific needs such as childcare or out-of-work appointments. Most clients recognise these already."
Graduate, London
"It's quite flexible as it involves travel."
Entry level, London/Hamburg/Glasgow


"A standard work day is 9.00 am to 6.00 pm with a one-hour lunch break. Flexible working is available but it is very dependent on the client project you are working on. Occasionally working from home is also fine."
Graduate, Manchester is my home office but I am currently working in Germany!
"Our core hours are standard and we have some flexibility in terms of arrival and leaving times while we are not assigned. Many people will work extra hours when working on a project but it's their own choice to do so. If we ever do need flexibility, it usually just takes an easy conversation with our team leader to sort it out."
Graduate, London, UK
"The hours can be long and not very flexible at times but our employer takes all individual circumstances into account."
Graduate, London
"There is a greater measure of flexibility than I expected but it can vary greatly depending on the project."
Graduate, London
"I work eight hours a day and, although flexibility has to be agreed with the clients, they are very reasonable."
Graduate, London
"It depends on the project that you're on as it's a consultancy. There may be some flexibility but this is not guaranteed."
Graduate, London


"I almost never work more than 40 hours a week but could do with some more flexibility in where I work. Almost all of my hours have to be spent in the office."
Graduate, London
"I think the hours are generally flexible but at the moment I'm in the Soho office and not on the client site so I can only comment on what I have experienced so far. As a developer, it's difficult to find the time to check your emails and do general admin work outside of programming time. As a grad, I find that I also get involved with TW events outside of work hours and need to make time for self-study. It can get very busy."
Experienced, London
"The day starts with a stand-up meeting, which is anytime between 9.00 am and 10.00 am. The day finishes at 6.00 pm fairly promptly. As we're pairing with another person, long hours are relatively infrequent."
Graduate, London
"9.00 am – 6.00 pm on an average day. Most work is collaborative so flexible work is possible but should be discussed with the team."
Graduate, London
"We work 9.00 am – 6.00 pm, which is quite long for technical work and can be quite tiring. We also have to travel long distances to get to projects sometimes."
Graduate, London
"I work 40 hours per week on work for my clients and there is not much pressure to work overtime. When you have a client, if you want to pursue some project on the side you will probably have to do it in your own time. However, when you are between clients, you have a great deal of freedom to pursue your own projects. Flexibility varies depending on the project you are assigned to but, in general, everybody is reasonable about adjustments."
Graduate, London


"I think that the company is flexible with hours, and we are expected to work 40 hours per week - usually 9:00am-6:00pm. It also depends on the project and if there is travelling involved."
Graduate Software Developer, Manchester
"The normal working hours are 9:00am-6:00pm. This can be slightly flexible; however it all depends on the client you are working for."
Graduate Software Developer, Manchester
"ThoughtWorks is flexible with regard to working hours and working from home. Sometimes you may end up working after-hours, but sometimes you may finish earlier. Normal working hours are from 9:00am to 6:00pm with one hour for a lunch break."
Graduate Software Developer, Manchester
"I work eight hours a day, because developers are usually pairing, you have to be sensitive to the other team members' requirements. Although there is not much opportunity to work from home, for instance, I would say that overall there is some flexibility."
Developer, London
"Occasionally I have stayed late at work to get things finished, but you always have a choice at ThoughtWorks, and there is never any pressure to work outside of normal hours."
Software Developer, London
"If you're staffed on a client-facing project, working 40 hours a week is usually the standard, not including travel, and usually working from home or the office isn't an option. If you are staffed on an internal project or you are between projects, then I find that there is a lot of flexibility."
Consultant Software Developer, Manchester
"ThoughtWorks is flexible and understanding and we have a 9:00am-6:00pm culture, with a focus on efficiency over working late hours."
Business Analyst, London


"I generally work a standard 40 hour week. If necessary, I work over time, and when I can, I leave early. We have lots of creative breaks when we can; I think it is more about being efficient and about meeting deadlines, and not simply clocking hours."
Entry level, Manchester
"So far, I've found hours to be fairly flexible. However, as a consultancy, I imagine it will depend strongly on the specific project you are assigned to."
Graduate, London
"In my experience, the company is very flexible with the hours - generally, we are expected to work 40 hours a week."
Graduate, Manchester
"I spend precisely as many hours (overtime) as I want. There is no compulsive overtime, but I do it sometimes anyway when I want to learn more or get something done."
Midlevel, London
"My hours are typically 9:00am to 6:00pm, and very rarely it happens to go over the eight hours development time per day. However, I do have team members that need to work from home because of mobility problems, and we do remote paring. Also, some colleagues do 8:30am to 5:30pm."
Entry level, Manchester
"The hours are flexible to an extent - I simply need to work 40 hours in total during the week, excluding travel time."
Midlevel, Manchester
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