I’ve known about ThoughtWorks for almost my entire career and three months ago, I finally got the chance to join them. I promised that I would blog about my initial impressions and here they are, although not quite so initial anymore.
The interview process had given me some insight into the culture and a glimpse of the people who I would be working with. I remember leaving the office that day buzzing yet exhausted, my first three months has left me with similar feelings.
The most striking thing about ThoughtWorks is the people, everyone without exception, has been friendly, intelligent and always willing to help. I’ve never worked in an organisation with such strong cultural variety. On my first day I met people from the UK, Australia, Brazil, US, India and Canada, amongst others, the blend of backgrounds and opinions is very appealing to me.
One of the aspects that attracted me to being a consultant was the variety of organisations, people and domains I’d hopefully get to work with, so far I have been involved in three different projects for two organisations in different industries and with different technologies, which has given me huge scope for learning and experimentation.
ThoughtWorks strives to have the minimum amount of management possible and to be as self-organising as possible, which presents many challenges for a rapidly growing business. This appeals to my interest in organisational structure and how this affects what work we do and how we do that work, I am looking forward to learning more about this aspect of the organisation. Something which is closely related to this and somewhat of a culture shock to me, is the onus and ownership for many aspects of my progress are mine. I have never had this amount of freedom before and as such, as much responsibility. Whilst this is taking me some time to get used to, I relish it, and every time I have sought out advice or assistance someone has always answered my call.
I am conscious of the burden travelling may put on my lifestyle and work life balance. So far, I’ve enjoyed most of the travelling which has come with my new role and only occasionally felt the desire to spend more time back at home. I’ve had great support with organising travel and accommodation, often at short notice, for which I am very grateful. The opportunities which have arisen from the travelling have far outweighed any drawbacks and although it is a challenge keeping the balance, I am confident in meeting this challenge and in doing so, both aspects of my life will benefit. I would like to find ways to use some of my new experiences to contribute more to the community in Sheffield.
All in all, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my first three months as a ThoughtWorker and am happy that joining was the right decision for me at this point in my career. Two people have been instrumental in me joining ThoughtWorks and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Liz Keogh and Jim Webber for their support and encouragement.
This is my first blog post in over a year, so I especially look forward to your comments and feedback on this post.