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.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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. Relaxed Environmet

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Visual Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Visual Designer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Code and Theory (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    + Smart and innovative designers
    + Talented developers

    Cons

    - It is still growing
    - Slow at times


  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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    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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    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

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    • 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. Very Talented Colleagues

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Creative Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Creative Director in San Francisco, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Nice to work with a group of smart and committed colleagues who are all focused on doing great work.

    Cons

    no real cons get paid for doing what i love -- making great stuff

    Advice to Management

    nothing major. would be nice to come to NY every now and then.


  10. So far so Good

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    • 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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Proceed carefully.

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Code and Theory

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

    Pros

    Cool projects and sexy companies
    Smart people, organic selection of technologies for projects

    Cons

    Long hours
    No work/life balance
    Backstabbing work environment
    Partners work in a bubble
    Disorganized and inexperienced running full fledged tech projects

    Advice to Management

    Adopt structure and uniformity on tech projects. Adopt Agile, use proven methods of development and stick to them. Until you do this, your client web sites will continue to be substandard, buggy coded solutions and forever over budgeted.



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