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Toptal Reviews

Updated 18 November 2018
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Toptal CEO, Co-Founder Taso DuVal
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Pros
  • "Remote work allows me to work from anywhere in the world with flexible working hours" (in 40 reviews)

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

Cons
  • "This job took some adjustment for me as this was my first experience working remotely with a fully distributed team" (in 19 reviews)

  • "There is little to no work/life balance in many departments" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Toptaler for Life"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.


  2. "Great community, Great hiring process but slow afterwards"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Toptal part-time

    Pros

    - Great hiring and onboarding process

    Cons

    - Once onboard, it's fairly slow afterwards.
    - Takes around 3 months of applying to get your first project

    Advice to Management

    The managers can have a better relationship with the freelancer. Toptal still can't be my de-facto place for looking for projects.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great people & flexible remote working environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Toptal full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Toptal is filled with tons of smart, capable, hardworking people from all around the world. Everyone I've encountered or worked with so far has impressed me with their professionalism and enthusiasm. It's clear that the bar for quality is set high and Toptal employees are good at what they do. The flexibility of remote work is also hard to beat!

    Cons

    Adjusting to fully-remote work could be a bit strange and challenging at first for some people if they're accustomed to working in an office environment and surrounded by coworkers daily.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Sourcer"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sourcer in Remote, OR (US)
    Current Employee - Sourcer in Remote, OR (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Toptal full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Remote work, great communication between teams and team members

    Cons

    none that come to mind

    Advice to Management

    During the interview process, explain job details and commission structure to best of your ability, if unsure or still not developed, just say that :)


  5. Helpful (2)

    "A company that lives its values"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Toptal full-time

    Pros

    There are a lot of things that make working at Toptal great, but the top three are:
    1. Leadership focus on values isn't just talk. It drives day-to-day operations.
    2. The company hires really, really smart people, so which motivates me to raise the bar for myself, every day.
    3. I can work from anywhere, which is amazing

    Cons

    Working remotely isn't for everyone; good communication takes more work and commitment. If you're not a good communicator already, this might not be the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the honest and direct communication and focus on core values.


  6. "Great Flexibility"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Toptal (More than a year)

    Pros

    I can take as many vacation days as I like. I can work from anywhere in the world. I get to work on different projects with different companies.

    Cons

    I don't get healthcare benefits.


  7. "Forward thinking company and fantastic team!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Toptal full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - The ability to work remotely is great. Don't make the mistake though and think that remote work means less work. Expect to work just as hard, maybe even harder than you have before.
    - An amazing team that pushes you to grow, listens and takes feedback to heart.
    - Very forward thinking. Toptal is ahead of the game when it comes to the future of work, culture and overall business acumen.

    Cons

    - I wouldn't necessarily consider this a con for myself, but others might. You will work very hard and untraditional hours.

  8. Helpful (32)

    "Heartless"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work from home. Co-workers are amazing people from all over the world.

    Cons

    Zero Work-Life Balance. Don't be fooled by what they sell you in the interview. Management could really care less about what you've got going on in your life despite the claims of great "family like" company culture. Pure lies.

    Advice to Management

    Listen. Actually listen, and then act upon the recommendations of your employees (and even that of the hired talent). Town halls where the CEO talks for hours and then dismisses legitimate questions from employees don't count for much.


  9. "Toptalent.co"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Toptalent Co in Istanbul (Turkey)
    Former Employee - Toptalent Co in Istanbul (Turkey)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Toptal full-time

    Pros

    Good Job Environment
    Work Life Balance

    Cons

    Less Development Facilities
    Low Level Working Team

    Advice to Management

    Non


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Great work from home. Lots of gigs to take. Love the clients"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Toptal (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Treated like an actual human being in this. I am very well respected. I get paid three times more than my previous job (My previous job located in Canada)

    Cons

    Hard to pass the interview.