- Work/Life Balance
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
- Comp & Benefits
- Senior Management
I have been working at Twitch full-time
Twitch is a business, and the qualified intelligent people I work with every day remind me of that. Yes, they have a cool office in San Francisco and fun events but everyone's here to get stuff done. If you're just here to play games, look elsewhere would be my advice.
OK so the good stuff, pay is pretty good for non-tech people. I hear some tech friends complaining but it's probably hard to compare anyone against Google or Apple where they're printing money.
A lot of the company is organized vertically so we get things done more quickly, at the cost of sometimes duplicated effort.
Upper management is very transparent and willing to field 2 dozen questions in real time in front of the company every week.
Getting data is too hard. BI tools are insufficient and haven't improved in years. Otherwise Twitch is good.
Advice to Management
Invest in better BI tech / people so the rest of us can do our jobs more easily.
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I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Twitch (Seattle, WA (US)) in May 2017.
I recently interviewed with Twitch, an Amazon subsidiary. With about 10 years experience and an L6 loop, I was excited. I crushed the interview, technically, but received a no-offer.
Fast forward a day, the recruiter reaches out and says the manager and director would like to have drinks/dinner. We met, and had a great time. It turns out their concern was behavioral and I assuaged those concerns over dinner. A very strong L6 offer comes my way. We agree to terms. I made a separate thread here about this fiasco.
Fast forward a day, the recruiter reaches out, saying how embarrassing this is, but they'd like me to do a technical phone screen. Their explanation was that no L6 SDE interviewed me, so the official committee couldn't let the hire through. Despite the manager and director fighting for it. I accept this oddity and oblige to do the phone screen.
I take the tech screen, which was said to be algorithm focused and explicitly not design focused, according to the recruiter (pre-interview) and interviewer (I asked during). I kill it and await my official offer.
Tick tock... I hear nothing, I finally ask what's up... They state because I did not show indicators of L6 level design skills in the phone screen that they cannot make an offer. This was the exact thing they explicitly stated was not being evaluated both before and during the screen!
In the end, I met them 3 separate times, had a no-offer, followed by a very strong L6 offer, followed by a no-offer, but could have an L5 offer extended; which I hard declined.
What a calamity. If you were on this loop and read this, I hope you sincerely look at your process and improve it. You missed a great, excited, candidate because you kept "moving the goal posts" and misrepresenting what you really wanted. To anyone hoping to interview with Twitch, beware the ride of insanity coming your way.