Code and Theory Reviews

Updated April 21, 2015
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  1. Senior Designer

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    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.

  2. Smoke and Mirrors

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Code and Theory full-time

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

    Pros

    If you like placating senior management, know how to say "yes" a lot, and don't particularly enjoy your life outside of the office, this is the company for you.

    Cons

    The turnover here is comparable to your local Burger King.

  3. Proceed carefully.

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    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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  5. great colleagues and great clients

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    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.

  6. Really Great Experience

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    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.

  7. Very Talented Colleagues

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    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.

  8. So far so Good

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    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.

  9. Amazing talent, passion for great design—but disorganized and chaotic

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    You are basically left alone to do your job. Nobody is watching the clock and counting the minutes that you're working. Oh, and there's free coffee.

    Cons

    Poor management, unclear company vision, long hours, and a bit of a boy's club. Sometimes it's hard to know where you stand because you're frantically moving from project to project.

    Advice to Management

    Admittedly, creating a creative culture where employees feel free to take creative risks and do great work is a really difficult challenge, but the flip side to trying to be the most creative company in the world is that you don't include your employees in the "story of the company".

  10. Great opportunity but no room for growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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

    Excellent clients, surrounded by very talented people and beautiful office location.

    Cons

    Very cliquey which makes collaborating difficult. There are mean girls and a bro club. True about the high level of arrogance. But I've also witnessed coworkers getting yelled at, hearing the shouting was so uncomfortable even behind closed doors. Didn't get a review and doesn't seem to have room for growth.

    Advice to Management

    Kindness goes a long way. Tone down arrogance and the shouting. Even behind closed doors, we can hear, so perhaps being discreet would be nice. Consistency in reviews would be nice.

  11. 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)

    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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