Code and Theory Reviews

Updated June 19, 2015
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  1. One of the very best agency in NYC, if not THE best.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Incredible love for good design, inspiring environment, great projects, supporting management. Excellence is a daily goal. Yes, people work hard but there's no stress. C&T is an independent agency, and that changes everything. No politics at all. Management own the company.

    Cons

    Frankly, not many Cons. Salaries are okay but could be higher. Certainly long hours of intense work, especially for visual designers and producers (but are compensated for non-managers.)


  2. Would steve jobs leave negative anonymous reviews?

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Freelancer - Designer in New York, NY
    Current Freelancer - Designer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Code and Theory

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This place offers you advancement like no where else I have been. There are great nice people who are positive and want to get on with the job.

    Cons

    Millennials who are entitled and think the world revolves around them. Seriously - the negative reviews - ask yourself; what hard working respectful person leaves a snark review of a place where they claim to currently work???? Why are you here????

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of people with bad attitudes quick. It never changes.


  3. Group Director of User Experience

    Current Employee - Group Director of User Experience in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Group Director of User Experience in New York, NY

    I have been working at Code and Theory full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Code and Theory is a place to push yourself creatively - and that's true for all disciplines. Traditional table stakes aren't enough here. And to achieve results like that, teams are asked to collaborate, work smart and, occasionally, work late. It's also a place to make your own opportunities. If there's something you want to do - then do it. But if you stand on the sidelines, then you've missed the greatness of the place: the freedom to try new things and push yourself.

    I also think Code has tried to be smart about how it grows. Having worked with other growing organizations, I've see the difference a good HR person can make. Why it is important to have in-house recruiters and a solid organizational infrastructure. While it doesn't sound sexy - it makes a world of difference. I feel like there are people to help if something goes awry.

    Cons

    It is a growing organization so changes to process and policy can feel slow given the pace of the work. Also, the offices are beautiful, but space is at a premium and quarters are tight.

    Advice to Management

    Lead by example and take a vacation once in a while - it's good for the work.


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  5. Director of Recruitment

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director of Recruitment in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director of Recruitment in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Outstanding work, leaders that elevate every aspect of your career.
    UX, Product Design, Client Services, Brand / Social, Digital Strategy and Production leadership at the top of their game...and continue to push themselves to get even better.
    Great mix of clients and many opportunities to work on multiple verticals of work.

    Cons

    The bagels go fast on Mondays.
    The candy jar is empty by 3PM.

    This is an A game environment. Just be prepared to be at your best every minute you are there...you will indefinitely benefit from it so I don't know that it is really a Con to working there. Ask plenty of questions, be curious and don't be afraid to push the limits of what you know or the people around you. Extremely passionate people at every step of the way...so if you don't have a thick skin and aren't interested in creating / making things that haven't been done before...this might not be the challenge you are looking for. But if you can get in for an interview, I would highly recommend you going and finding out for yourself.

    Advice to Management

    "Keep on Keeping On"


  6. Not the place for everyone, or even most.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There is some great talent. You get thrown in quickly. Big opportunities (if they deem you worthy, but don't count on that).

    Cons

    Code and Theory is a mirage in more ways than one.
    They will tell you how awesome the space is during your interview, but really it's a very dark and gloomy place to be day in and day out, and it's falling apart.
    The energy seems exciting, but it's really just a group of incredibly frantic folks running around trying to cater to crazy and constantly shifting management demands.
    The work seems interesting, but it's repetitive and they're OK with that.
    Everyone can't wait to get out.

    Advice to Management

    Relax. It's not life or death. Be nice. Value good talent. Maybe go home once in a while.


  7. great colleagues and great clients

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in New York, NY

    I have been working at Code and Theory full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    super entrepreneurial environment, smart talented colleagues who do great work.

    Cons

    can be a little chaotic and disorganized

    Advice to Management

    put some structure in place.


  8. Really Great Experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - User Experience Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - User Experience Manager in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    gave me my first career experience which i'm really grateful for. very passionate team who's work gets better and better. great transformative projects.

    Cons

    can be long hours at times but usually for a good reason.

    Advice to Management

    stay independent.


  9. So far so Good

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director of Production in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director of Production in New York, NY

    I have been working at Code and Theory

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    only been a few weeks but the best place i've worked at in a long time. really empowered to do what i need to do and take action. top class talent who are about doing the best work possible. amazing client list

    Cons

    haven't discovered any real issues yet. dental and eye insurance could be better.

    Advice to Management

    improve eye and dental insurance.


  10. Senior Designer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - New York in New York, NY
    Former Employee - New York in New York, NY

    I worked at Code and Theory

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are a handful (out of 300 or so) rockstars and if you're lucky, you'll get to work with them. The agency is located conveniently in the heart of SoHo. The founders are extremely smart and driven but at times intense, rude and can micromanage.
    Compensation and benefits are above average and relatively inline with other agencies the same size.

    Cons

    Don't let the cool factor of the agency fool you. Behind the facade are extremely long hours, no work culture, upper/middle management who at times are passive aggressive, not a problem with how smart they are, more so with their ability to manage. The cool facade masks some of the deep insecurities upper/middle management which is hard to maintain. The blame game is rampant when projects go awry, first blaming people working on the project, then blaming the clients.
    Code and Theory has one of the worst track records for "Churn and Burn". It's extremely rare you'll find someone who has stayed at C&T for more than 2 years which should be a red flag if you're looking to grow sustainably at this organization. The culture at C&T is nonexistent unless you count working long hours culture. The constant influx of new employees to replace ones that have left adds to the lack of culture.

    Advice to Management

    First and foremost, invest in your employees and work on building a deep culture, not just focused on burning people out.


  11. Great company!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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



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