Twitter: A Great Tech Workplace Flocks Together
Posted by Ed Frauenheim
on November 03 2014
When Twitter asks job seekers to think about joining its “flock,” the metaphor has meaning.
Because the social media company takes seriously the idea that birds of a feather flock together.
If you’re hunting for a new job in tech where the team is close-knit, the company takes care of its own and collectively is shifting the way society communicates Twitter ought to be on your short list. After all, it recently made the Great Rated!™ People’s Picks: 20 Great Workplaces in Technology on the strength of employees who sing its praises. "We really feel we are changing the world 140 characters at a time," one employee says.
Feel Free to Pipe Up
San Francisco-based Twitter doesn’t behave exactly like a flock of birds, any of which can shift the course of the group in a new direction. But the company does listen to and empower employees. Consider Hackweek, during which employees can work on any Twitter-related project they want and demo their ideas on Friday. Employees post ideas for Hackweek projects on the company intranet and invite others to join their team. The best projects, as voted on by employees, are recognized at the end of the day.
Says one staffer: “Every person is able to make big impact on the company. It's a place [where you] can develop yourself and the company at the same time.”
Of Tweets and Kindheartedness
There’s also an unusual level of concern and care in Twitter’s culture. Employees with a parent, parent-in-law or sibling who does not have access to employer-sponsored medical coverage or Medicare can enroll that person in Twitter's medical plan and the company pays the same portion of the cost of coverage that it would for a spouse or domestic partner. In addition, new mothers who give birth get 20 weeks of maternity leave at 100 percent pay; new mothers who don't give birth and new fathers are eligible for up to 10 weeks of paid leave.
Fully 93 percent of Twitter employees gave positive responses to our Trust Index© statement: “People care about each other here.” That exceeds the benchmark for the country’s best workplaces. “Over time, I have found that I consider some of my co-workers as family,” one Twitter employee told us. “Most of the people I have met at Twitter have been extremely friendly and have helped me grow to be the person I am today.”
Soaring with Purpose
Part of what holds this flock together is a mission that lifts the spirit. Giving voice to individuals around the globe fires up Twitter’s troops. “When I remind myself that I work at Twitter it makes me proud to think that we have a stated goal of being the world's real-time public town square, which is a beautiful thing in a world where we are growing increasingly detached."
Of course, it is not easy to earn a job offer at Twitter. Although the company had more than 1,500 openings in the past year, an average of 230 people applied for each one. One thing that helps is a connection within Twitter—40 percent of new hires involved an employee referral.
Whether or not you have a pal at the firm, Twitter might be the ideal flock for you. Why not try to fly high?