Code and Theory

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Code and Theory Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
25 Reviews
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25 Reviews
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    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 for 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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fratastic

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Code and Theory

    Pros

    people pretty much do whatever they want

    Cons

    people do whatever they want

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring your drinking buddies and focus on business experience. Hire and keep senior level women to serve as mentors for junior staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Working at the cool agency has a price

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Code and Theory

    Pros

    The office is industrial-chic, which made me feel at home. Dress is casual but stylish. The people were smart, talented, and young.

    Cons

    Salary was not commensurate with skill or value (especially for NY). Very long hours. I was expected to work 10-6 but often found myself working until 8 or 9 since we were understaffed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in the people that make your company great. Otherwise folks will keep getting burnt out and the turnover won't get any better.

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  5. 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 for 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
  6. 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 for 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.

  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 for 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.  

    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 for less than a year

    Pros

    Good people, Fun project, Located in Soho.

    Cons

    Only Credit without Salar for intern.

  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    some good projects, lots of bland ones

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Code and Theory

    Pros

    Can be interesting work if you get on good projects. Good colleagues.

    Cons

    budgets created by people who won't do the work, long hours, relatively low pay

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Shine wears off quickly.

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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 for less than a year

    Pros

    Good Intentions.
    Some real gems in the talent pool.
    Sexy office.
    Small size gives you access to everyone no matter what level.
    Salaries can be competitive if you have the right history.

    Cons

    They love you until they don't and then you're out.
    Resistant to alternative solutions.
    Rehash the same solutions in every new engagement.
    Executive design leadership is disengaged from design team.
    Management is overstretched and fails to truly connect with staff.
    Lost most of their top designers in the last 18 months.
    Benefits are extremely uncompetitive.
    Not a place for people with families.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Act as guides and truly lead rather than favoring a few veterans and pushing out staff who need guidance. The veterans are not as golden as they're portrayed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Bro club

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Code and Theory full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Great co-workers, very talented. bagel mondays. great location

    Cons

    If you're not in the bro club, don't expect to advance in your career at all. no organization, no mentorship.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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