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Toptal Reviews

Updated 19 Aug 2019

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3.8
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68%
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Toptal CEO Taso DuVal
Taso DuVal
117 Ratings
Pros
  • "Don't make the mistake though and think that remote work means less work(in 47 reviews)

  • "I can work from anywhere in the world(in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • "Working remotely isn't for everyone; good communication takes more work and commitment(in 20 reviews)

  • "A whole bunch of freelancers send proposals to a client(in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Toptaler for Life"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Toptal full-time

    Pros

    Remote work. Task based work VS time based. Fair payment system, based on performance. Good support from management and awesome travel opportunities. When I suggest an idea, I am often amazed how quickly it gets implemented - managers really listen.

    Cons

    Paid USD only - be great to be paid in local currency if possible. The "unlimited vacations" policy recently changed - more guidance on vacations would be good - but this will likely happen, as more guidance is given. Sometimes there is too much micro management - but overall, the management are great to work with.

    Advice to Management

    I love when we have the "Founders Meetings" - more interaction with upper management would be welcomed. While I have a great relationship with my immediate managers, having more interaction with the Founders would be welcomed.

    Toptal2016-08-28
  2. Helpful (9)

    "A break down.."

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    Current Employee - Recruiter in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Toptal full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    During the interview process I worried this would be too good to be true. Well, it's the real deal. I'm grateful to be a part of a successful and growing company that's an industry-leader bringing inventive and disrupting ideas. It's dedicated towards constant self-improvement and has a thoughtful growth plan. ✔ PEOPLE: Being fully remote I was shocked at the relationships I quickly built and continue to develop across...

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    Cons

    ✘ Toptal isn't for everyone. If you just show up to work just for a paycheck you won't succeed or like it here. Toptal is for people that care about what they do, are driven for a greater purpose, and want to have impact. ✘ Remote work requires someone that is a self starter and passionate so they can stay on the ball. It also requires a strong ability to communicate proactively.

    Advice to Management

    ✵ There are people here that really care and appreciate the proactive and fresh ideas you're bringing to the table. The new initiatives to further our culture and company are thoughtful and inventive. Thank you! ✵

    Toptal2019-08-08
  3. Helpful (6)

    "Change can be hard sometimes!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Remote, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Toptal full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I have been reading all of the reviews lately and it is clearly the work of a few exited disgruntled employees. And it is a little too obvious as well. Toptal is not for everyone and we have grown and scaled a lot over the past 4 years, but especially in the past 12 months. Change is hard, people are not used to being held accountable or confronted when work is not being done and deadlines missed. As we grow, it is time...

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    Cons

    There is a lot to do and we work hard. Yes, our CEO can be direct and in your face but he wants to push everyone to do their best and make Toptal great.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to add talented leaders to the team, listen to employee feedback and some improvement in benefits would be welcomed.

    Toptal2019-08-08
  4. Helpful (1)

    "It's getting better"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Toptal full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There is a lot of work being done at Toptal, more progress than we had done in previous years with dual-leadership. I've had the opportunity to work on a lot of different things, be a part of creating new processes and systems. If you want to be involved and do more you just have to ask and be engaged. No one will tap you on the shoulder, this is a place where your eagerness and diligence will pay off. If you're looking...

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    Cons

    There has been too little focus and investment in the people. And, people need to move on and quit speaking of singular events that happened years ago. Resolve and let go!

    Advice to Management

    Focus on new initiatives for the core team, Toptal is doing well, just as you invest in the technology you need to invest in the people, as well.

    Toptal2019-08-19
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to be"

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    Current Employee - Product Designer in São Paulo, São Paulo
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Toptal full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice payment for Brazilian standards

    Cons

    Remote work sometimes feel lonely.

    Toptal2019-08-14
  6. Helpful (8)

    "Toptal is the company that I was always looking for!"

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    Current Employee - Director 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Toptal full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    At Toptal you really feel like you are part of the next big thing. You get to work with people from different cultures all over the world. Everyone is extremely smart, self-motivated and strive for excellence. You really feel like your individual work is contributing to the mission. Leadership is down-to-earth, understanding and supportive. Toptal is a transparent environment where you are encouraged to bring up possible...

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    Cons

    I am disappointed by the few negative reviews I see here. Toptal's culture is built for and by high performers. There is a misconception that a remote job means, "easy". If you love to roll up your sleeves and be part of building something that has never been built before, then this is a place for you. If you prefer the "everything handled for you" corporate environment, then this company would not be a fit.

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing! The company has made so many positive changes in the last year. The sky is the limit if we keep going in this direction.

    Toptal2019-07-23
  7. Helpful (6)

    "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Toptal full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - The amazing team members who are all working toward the same goal. - Ability to work from anywhere in the world. - Good Benefits

    Cons

    I don't have any but working from home is not for all.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you doing and thanks for providing good benefit options this year.

    Toptal2019-07-29
  8. Helpful (11)

    "Culture of Blame and Fear"

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    Current Employee - Department Head in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Toptal full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Totally remote workforce, so theoretically there's plenty of flexibilty

    Cons

    Working remote can make collaborating inefficient. The CEO is abusive, rude and immature and has created a culture of blame and fear. The good, smart and self-respecting people leave within a few months. No equity. Fake 'unlimited vacation' policy; No retirement program.

    Advice to Management

    Remove the CEO and let a true, seasoned leader steer the company into the future.

    Toptal2019-08-06
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Very toxic culture with fear, manipulation, and a lingering eau de bro"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Manager in Remote, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Toptal full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Hey, it's a salaried remote job with lots of really smart, wonderful people. They've done a good job hiring and for the most part you'll like your coworkers. If you can put up with the problems, you can enjoy the location-flexible lifestyle, and meet a lot of wonderful people from all over the world.

    Cons

    The CEO is extremely toxic, micromanager who routinely berates people until they quit. For a long time, the entire company was run by white guys in their 20s-30s. They've fixed that with a lot of new hires in the VP suite, but there are still quite a few people around who got hired because they were frat brothers with so-and so, etc. It's a demented culture where most people are not treated with respect, and the people...

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    Advice to Management

    The fish rots from the head.

    Toptal2019-08-19
  10. Helpful (13)

    "Loosing its appeal day by day"

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    Former Employee - Talent Ops Specialist 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Toptal full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    • Interesting problems can be tackled, in case you get the resources to do so. • Ability to work 100% remotely from almost anywhere in the world. • Travel perks for some roles. • Flexible schedule. • Solid compensation.

    Cons

    • CEO is well known to be disrespectful, verbally aggressive, and diminishing of the success of teams and people he does not personally like. • Critique is dismissed on all levels and it feels more like a military camp than a company of educated and experienced adults enjoying constructive discussion to come up with the best solutions. • A ridiculous level of micromanagement is strongly encouraged by the CEO/top brass...

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    Advice to Management

    • Take a step back, hire a professional CEO who is people-oriented and wants to understand the issues at hand. • When an employee is unsure of something, take your time and help them get back on track. • Understand there's a finite amount of employees and that it's worth investing in the education and personal growth of employees. • Hire&fire policy is one of the most expensive, time-consuming, and least productive...

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    Toptal2019-07-22
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