Alexander Interactive

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Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
13 Reviews
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    Web Developer at Alexander Interactive

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    Former Employee - Software/Web Developer  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Software/Web Developer in New York, NY

    I worked at Alexander Interactive full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Friendly and upbeat energy
    they have some long standing devoted employees
    working with knowledgable people
    they use mostly up-to-date technologies
    sun-filled space
    Director of Technology and others in management are approachable and knowledgable
    Reasonable work-life balance, late-night work is not frequent

    Cons

    the pay is not as high as in other companies. but there are other perks such as summer Fridays and a day off on your birthday, beer and food, etc.
    They create web sites of different sizes, the work is not super challenging or complex
    Some of the tech stack was older at the time I worked there, for example, they were still using SVN and branching was difficult, they were not yet using South consistently so database changes were not smooth, etc. But it depends on the project and they are constantly upgrading so this may have changed.
    Test driven development was not emphasized. No build in code-review process.

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    Boring work, fun people

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    Former Employee - Designer  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Designer in New York, NY

    I worked at Alexander Interactive full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    This company takes pride in its culture of trying to be a fun place to work. There's always fun things going-on inside and outside the office. There's a core group of lifers who help maintain the vibe. Technology is a strong point for these guys. Good place for anyone starting out their career.

    Cons

    Clients come to AI wanting ecommerce sites 90% of the time. Makes for redundant, boring work. Especially if you're a designer. Account peeps overpromise things (but so do all agencies, I suppose). Pay is on the low-end of the spectrum, too.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put the crusty/crotchety dog to sleep already. He bites, stinks and snores

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    "Great culture, great management, great process"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Alexander Interactive full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Great company culture! Not just externally with a great office, but also intrinsically - no ego's, no blaming, just learning. Work hard play hard mentality.
    - Great partners. Perfect balance of passion to do good work and and genuine goodness trickles down through the company.
    - Process is like no other. Makes things incredibly efficient and painless. It's not process for process sake, it more importantly makes sense.
    - Creative and UX team are incredible. Their work is outstanding.
    - Dev team is insanely smart. On the pulse of everything that is going on and always looking for ways to do kick-ass work.

    Cons

    - Quickly growing so resources can be spread thin until new resources are hired (but management always puts an interim plan in place).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing. Keep hiring great peeps!

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    Internship that showed me that having fun made life and work better

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Alexander Interactive as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The fun aspects of AI involved happy hours, bagel mondays, and summer activities. The office dog was an additional perk and made things fun. The open layout and fun decor made the work place more comfortable and everyone seemed more at ease, even during the wrap up of projects.

    Cons

    I wasn't able to learn much in terms of tasks and opportunity, but I learned a lot about office politics and the importance of teamwork. Everyone that worked there was open to talking to about what they did and that was helpful.

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    Great place to learn/grow.

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    Former Employee - Tech Lead  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Tech Lead in New York, NY

    I worked at Alexander Interactive full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, team. Smart co-workers, and a lot of ways to grow your career

    Cons

    Deadlines can be aggressive, there's also an upper limit to growth (no equity share)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Careful with some of those clients ;-)

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    The people and the culture at this company made coming to work each day a real joy

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    Former Employee - Front-End Engineer  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Front-End Engineer in New York, NY

    I worked at Alexander Interactive full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Talented people in just about every discipline. Very open and collaborative environment. People take pride in what they do and it really shows in the work that is produced. Company process is unmatched, they do projects right. Great benefits and perks: summer Friday's, office parties once a week, company outings. Beautiful office space and in a prime location. Just an overall great place to work. The people and the culture at this company made coming to work each day a real joy.

    Cons

    Retainer clients can make work dull.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stricter enforcement of employee reviews every 6 months.

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    Use It To Your Advantage

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alexander Interactive full-time

    Pros

    - Very relaxed, casual, and fun environment
    - Happy hour every Thurs or Fri (depending on time of year)
    - Smart people
    - Week between Christmas and New Year's off

    Cons

    - Raises and bonuses are not standardized

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get better clients/work/projects back on the roster and all else will follow.

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    Inspired and inspiring -- A place to do great work with great people

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    Former Employee - Tech  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Tech in New York, NY

    I worked at Alexander Interactive full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I learned an enormous amount during my time at Ai, and the education came from all directions: a talented senior management bent on improving process and bringing in great projects; a team that improved on my ideas and gave me many more in return; and projects that in their variety and clients pushed me and the rest of the team forward into new and rewarding challenges. Their projects win awards because they deserve it: Ai focuses on craft, regardless of your practice area, and the final products reflect this in their polish, usability, and performance. The workplace is open and fun. It is a memorable pleasure to walk through the office doors and look forward to another day with this team.

    Cons

    You have to love small agency life, and you have to be able and willing to move quickly among a number of projects. You will not be happy if your reaction to new situations is, "That's not in my job description."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep taking advantage of the fact that you're a small company. Transparency at every turn gives confidence and critical business context to the teams.

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    Career advancing

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    Current Employee - QA Lead  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - QA Lead in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Lots of support for new hires
    new technology training
    great peeps
    awesome work life/office
    Work hard play hard mentality
    on the bleeding edge of technology
    great designers

    Cons

    nine am to six pm work day
    lower end of payscale
    office temp can be something to desired sometimes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share the rewards of a job well done

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    Most Talented Co-Workers Around.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Co-workers make this place what it is- so smart and care about their work.
    Owners are invested in their employees and the culture of the place.
    Ability to be entrepreneurial is greater here than at any place I've been previously.

    Cons

    At times the workload can be demanding and expectations are high.
    While most people like the office dog, I find him getting more ornery with age.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to focus on staff development; we already have access to great projects, and great co-workers, so an additional emphasis on more formal staff training and development would just add to that.

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