An Engineer Reveals What It's Like Working At Twitter

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An anonymous engineer has explained what it’s like to work at Twitter┬áin an answer posted on Quora.Overall, he thinks it’s great. The only downside? When people apologise to him that they don’t use Twitter.

Here’s the response:

  • It’s slightly embarrassing to read about Twitter outages on Hacker News, since the commenters like to talk shit about how we’re all incompetent.
  • My non-programmer friends assume I’m really good, which is silly.
  • People keep apologizing for not having an account to me. Seriously, it’s OK.
  • People think I have a lot of secret insider knowledge.

The work culture is good, though chaotic. We’re on a ridiculous hiring spree, and getting to the size where communication is difficult, and duplicate work is starting to happen.

Twitter has the standard perks you’d expect from a well-funded startup that values its developers: free lunches, and now dinners, MacBook Pros for everyone, flex hours (though individual teams may choose to do daily standups and thus force you to come in at a certain time every day), a lot of really smart, motivated, and competent people, a flat org structure, and ease of transfer between teams and projects.

Overall, Twitter’s setting a really high standard for what I want from my workplace. =D

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