Code and Theory

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Code and Theory Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
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  1.  

    Great company!

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    Former Employee - Product Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in New York, NY

    I worked at Code and Theory full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    This company is growing rapidly and it couldn't be more obvious around the office. Clients are high profile and the projects are creative and exciting/

    Cons

    It appears there is very little room for advancement, the office has a "clique-y" atmosphere and job security is uncertain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the employees feel that their jobs are a bit more stable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Amazing clients, privately owned and high visibilty work. Medium sized growing shop.

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

    I worked at Code and Theory full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    This was a place I really got to know everyone. I made a ton of friends, lots of mentors. Was able to work on some really cool projects.

    Cons

    They have hired so many people in the last year. Musical chairs sometimes. High visibilty means just that...high visibilty. Be prepared to learn more than you're used to. Sometimes I got exactly what I asked for...and then felt pressure. It all worked out in the end. Every company has a bad egg or project..I try to stay away from both.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be patient with your people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company in transition. Great project opportunities, talented peers. Micro-management hell.

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

    I worked at Code and Theory full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the best work produced in the digital publishing space. Fantastic talented hires.

    Cons

    Upper management micro-manages project output.
    Middle management is somewhat hamstrung to make the process improvements.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Churn & burn

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

    I worked at Code and Theory full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Lots of talented and easy-to-get-along-with employees below the management level across all departments.
    - Salary was competitive, given you have the right prior experience
    - Decent office in a decent location
    - Projects skewed more towards interesting/innovative rather than corporate/unambitious

    Cons

    - Agree with several of the other reviews here: total bro club in upper management
    - Zero empathy from the partners leads to obnoxious expectations
    - Near-impossible timelines matched with a lack of support leads to extremely long hours
    - Company culture is almost non-existent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Throwing tantrums is not the way to keep employees motivated. The insane levels of expectation tend to burn people out, and thus it's rare to find anybody lasting beyond a year here.

  6.  

    Visual Intern

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

    I worked at Code and Theory as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good people, Fun project, Located in Soho.

    Cons

    Only Credit without Salar for intern.

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Management issues affect the everyday

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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 Code and Theory full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    You'll work with talented people who want to push the work forward in a fast-paced environment. You'll forge bonds with team members through project work, and the project themselves are more compelling than you'd find at another agency.

    Cons

    Don't expect close mentorship or career development, or to work in an environment that justifies the amount of hours you spend there. The management culture, which dominates that of the whole office, is markedly male, and time and again it appears the way to justify an idea is to yell it or argue like a child about it. This definitely limits opportunities for those unwilling or unable to act like this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open up paths for mobility beyond the bro club/ culture of arrogance. Do some searching as to the subtleties in your everyday behavior that cause this to be the overriding company culture. Make actual investments in employees and in advancing the company's level of community.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worth it.

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

    I worked at Code and Theory full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing talent, ideas, and production quality. You'll do good work here and learn a lot very quickly. You'll work with big clients and be in an environment that favors design.

    Cons

    Minimum pay, long/wasted hours, and high employee churn. Though you'll do good work here, you'll only do it until you inevitably burnout. Peers around you leave at various stages, due to burnout, and forcing you to be on a team of new employees for every new project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay employees more. The long hours would feel more justified.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Looks better from the outside

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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 Code and Theory full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Casual office and good location. Occasionally cool work, mainly publishing so not that much variety of industries.

    Cons

    Repeating whats already been said, management is arrogant, childish, and they dont know how to lead a company. Long hours and weak culture. Not many opportunities for growth and high turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dont just be all talk. Hire people who know what they're doing and invest in keeping people around for more than 6 months.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Very slow to pay

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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 Code and Theory as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Cool, talented people, great location and office, nice perks, high-profile clients.

    Cons

    Don't freelance there unless you can afford to work without a paycheck for several months as they do not pay in a timely matter. As far as work, there are great opportunities but it really depends on account, how long you've been there, and how tight you are with upper management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    A total mess.

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

    I worked at Code and Theory full-time

    Pros

    Casual dress code, free soda and snacks, Macs for everyone. Dog-friendly office.

    Cons

    Feels like a complete boys' club. Upper management's attitude ranges from arrogant to childish. Extremely long hours and weak project management. My team's experiences on projects/presentations ranged from far too little support to "too many cooks in the kitchen" with everyone and their sister giving advice on tiny non-issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop overselling and underdelivering. Find managers who actually know how to manage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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