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Patrick Stewart, who played Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek, as well as 9-year-old girl who set up a lemonade stand to protest slavery and a member of the Boston Police Department help ring the opening day bell at the New York Stock Exchange.

Twitter became a public company today, setting an opening price of $45.10 with a market value of $24.5 billion.

The social media giant, founded in 2006, became the 26th technology company to conduct an IPO on the NYSE this year.

It’s certainly a huge milestone for Twitter, evolving from a tiny Bay Area startup into one of the world’s most successful social media companies.

There are many factors for Twitter’s ability to grow and sustain ongoing success, but one of the most important is perhaps hiring the right people and keeping employees happy. To get an idea of how Twitter treats its employees, what makes them stick around and also produce results, the company’s Glassdoor page provides some interesting insights.

CEO Dick Costolo has a 96 percent approval rating, and Twitter overall is one of the highest-rated companies to work for. In addition, 90 percent of employees say they are confident in Twitter’s business outlook for the next six months.

There are only 88 reviews, so this may not tell the whole story of the 2,300-person company. But here are some of the “pros,” current and past employees have to say about working at Twitter:

“You’ll get amazing challenges along with a very solid engineering culture plus the chance to have global impact.”

“Ready for IPO means good benefit + various projects + strong will for growth … People are awesome: we really care about each other … Fascinating food!”

“Work/life, the “buzz”, great people, changes rapidly and never gets boring”

“Great food. Plenty of awesome people to collaborate with and learn from. Real sense of care of employees, and a great development environment.”

“Highly intellgient coworkers, mission driven organization, doing great things for the liberty and freedom of expression of the world”

“It’s the ideal balance of fun and very cool work. You got all the resources to be awesome. Food, tech giants, drinks, unbelievable perks! … They really value people here and invest heavily in you! Colleagues are extremely smart people that you would grab a beer with them. Very nice environment.”

Read more employee surveys here.

Previously on GeekWire: Twitter’s bittersweet IPO: Our little social media’s all grown up

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