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Updated 19 April 2019
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Pros
  • "And the work/life balance is pretty good, people rarely work nights or weekends on my team at least" (in 14 reviews)

  • "And if you're into it, we get great perks and good Amazon benefits" (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • "There are growing pains with every high-growth company, but the recent re-org and company vision seems to address these issues" (in 12 reviews)

  • "Because of mandates from upper management pushing a product or idea because they think it will drive minutes" (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Retro Game Broadcaster"

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    Current Employee - Retro Game Broadcaster in New Delhi
    Current Employee - Retro Game Broadcaster in New Delhi
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Twitch part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They instill a very positive and joyful atmosphere for their employees. It is a great place to be with like minded gamers.

    Cons

    There is a certain layer of restrictions and protocols being enforced on the team members, which can make one uncomfortable sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    Try to relax the restrictions that you impose on your employees.


  2. "Great for engineers, bad for non-tech"

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    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Twitch full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - exciting market and product
    - great office
    - flexible work schedule

    Cons

    - non-tech roles are paid poorly and taken for granted
    - non-tech workload is crushing
    - leadership is arrogant

    Advice to Management

    Remember what you are and are NOT an expert in. Avoid designing key company processes by committee (or based on what your last company did) and let your experts do their jobs.

  3. "Great product, great food, no growth"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Twitch full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice work environment with a strong emphasis on inclusivity and diversity. Awesome catered meals 3x a day. It's a product that people love and will likely continue to increase in popularity.

    Cons

    Lack of opportunities for growth, both in terms of title and salary. Most of the employees who were instrumental in building the brand and beloved by the community have been let go, pushed out, or demoted, with new management bringing in lots of new hires from their former companies. As a result the culture has shifted away from being a place where every streamer knew someone on staff to more of a corporate vibe given those lack of connections.

    Advice to Management

    Look at ways to help turn the existing staff who have contributed a lot to the brand into leaders, rather than constantly bringing in new leadership above them. This would ensure they have opportunities to grow, increase their revenue, and can maintain important bonds with the community they have worked so closely with.


  4. "Great product / Hostile Environment"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Generalist in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Human Resources Generalist in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Twitch full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    * This is a great product and the future of gaming
    * Friendly peers
    * Free lunch

    Cons

    * Terrible management
    * Very egotistical
    * Management is all about them
    * No one has worked there more than 2 years
    * ORG only wants to hire their friends, even is they have bad interviews
    * No one understands the product
    * Leadership is very bias and creating a hostile work environment
    * "Manager always on vacation"
    * WAY TOO much turnover
    * They plan to fire versus train people
    * They have a very biased and unwelcoming interview process
    * They smell their own stink

    Advice to Management

    * Stop thinking of yourselves
    * Put the business first
    * Think about proactive versus reactive
    * Stop ruining people careers


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Why I love working at Twitch"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Twitch full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I have been an Engineering Manager at Twitch for over 2 years. I’ve had a long career and I can now say that this is one of the most enjoyable work experiences I have ever had. Why?

    The people are passionate about the product, focusing on success of both creators and viewers.

    People have the best intentions here, collaborate and pitch in across teams to get stuff done and don’t just think about what’s in it for me. I’ve seen the land grab type of org, this is not that way.

    The hiring process is rigorous. If you get a job here you are smart and capable.

    The company has been growing incredibly fast and this has opened up opportunities for those who want to grow into new, bigger roles. I’ve promoted multiple devs to SDE II and SDE III and had an SDE become an SDM.

    It’s fun working with cool, nice people on a fun product. And yes, the new office is amazing and the food is off the charts.

    Cons

    Need more cross org shared dev processes and support.

    It’s easy to gain weight.

    Advice to Management

    Continue working to bring more cross org alignment. Solicit input from directors and managers for company wide process changes.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great place"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Director in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Twitch full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Killer product that streamers and viewers love
    - Incredible growth potential with so many low hanging fruits across product and business
    - Solid career potential
    - Amazing food, perks etc.

    Cons

    - Still a bit too startup like
    - Need to scale tools and processes


  7. Helpful (9)

    "Good, Bad, Ups and Downs. Twitchin’ ain’t eZ."

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Twitch full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great office space. Smart people. The bacon in the cafeteria is good. The coffee is god-awful. The quality of the platform can be good.

    Cons

    The culture is fractured. There is no platform scale. The bacon and office space isn’t enough to cancel out the cancers. There are people who portray their work as at-scale. The cracks are opening. A platform level extinction event will occur and it will be lame-scale based. Symptom? Some put themselves (ego) before the good of the company and the whole-Twitch employee community. Failure to cooperate and be humble (Kings).

    Advice to Management

    Isolate and marginalize Kings in middle management who bring less to the table. Constant group drama, high team turn over and repeated sub par employee survey results are indicative. Bring back embroidered and high quality hoodies. It was a badge of honor that was literally ripped from our souls. Consider making them award based? For one or two years of service? Not a grab bag item for all. Seemed like the wrong expense to cut when there are so many other juicy targets that would result in bigger, faster, healthier results.

  8. "Love it"

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

    I have been working at Twitch full-time

    Pros

    Super chill place to work! Friendly people, smart leadership, diverse. Good office space and perks. Strong brand, rapid growth.

    Cons

    Some frameworks are missing from the company to make it smoother, BI tools for example.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "They're doing something right."

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Twitch full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Business is doing great, employees are treated well, leadership is honest and humble. Engineers are given latitude to solve problems however they need to. The best people I've ever worked with are on my team right now. Twitch is doing something right to crush it this hard.

    Cons

    Some teams pushing hard for broader adoption of Amazon tools and technology, seems to be half the company all-in on Amazon and half very skeptical. So far it hasn't gotten in the way, but I work in an org that wouldn't be affected since Amazon isn't doing what we are.

    Advice to Management

    Whatever you're doing is working, keep doing it.


  10. Helpful (11)

    "Horrible Culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Twitch full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you love Twitch then that will help you drive through the horrible work culture and people.

    Cons

    Very political have to watch your back.