Firstborn Reviews

Updated August 28, 2015
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  1. Great Place and People

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome work environment- people really want to take care of each other and people who don't are usually kept in check. There's a no B.S. attitude here but that really pushes people to do good work. The company also invests a ton of effort into making sure people are happy in their positions- which is really rare to find.

    Cons

    Hours can be long and sometimes the work gets repetitive, so ideally there would be more effort to get different kind of work to keep people creatively fulfilled.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the culture, even as the company grows. Have faith in junior staff.


  2. Android developer

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Firstborn full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Company , Great People , Great Benefits. They value their work and their employees

    Cons

    The location was inconvenient for me to work at due to some family trouble so i had to leave.

    Advice to Management

    Keep being awesome


  3. Helpful (2)

    No bull

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Firstborn full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work if you want to do some serious work. It has a no-bull approach to doing the work that needs to be done. People with egos or negative attitudes are quickly taken care of. That nonsense doesn't fly at Firstborn; the company is a single team. Flat hierarchy and attitude; no one really cares about one's title (they're mostly for clients). I barely know the titles of the people around me. Still keeping corporative baloney to a minimum. Feels like family, if you approach it with the same attitude.

    Cons

    Not much guidance for newcomers, especially people that needs to be managed or to adapt to the culture.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up. Seriously.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Smart people, lots of heart for the work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Firstborn full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Tons of talent everywhere, especially in the creative, studio, and dev teams—which means lots of great ideas and execution. Really tight culture and lots of ritualistic events throughout the year that bring people together.

    Cons

    Not as well known as some of the bigger shops, which can be both good and bad


  6. Helpful (2)

    Nice place to work, feels like a start-up but now starting to grow on a rapid scale.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Firstborn full-time

    Pros

    Get to work with some truly wonderful people.

    Cons

    The agency is growing bigger in a very rapid way, and the culture is starting to suffer.


  7. Helpful (1)

    great talent and brains under one roof

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Artist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Artist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Firstborn full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Really great and smart people. CEO is a very caring man. If you are truly passionate about this line of work, this is the place to be.

    Cons

    The life/work balance is lacking. When deadlines are approaching it was hard to leave the office.


  8. Life changing. Bustling with innovation and vigilant on execution.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working with talented people who are motivated to deliver quality work.

    Cons

    Not being appreciated enough for the hard work and dedication.


  9. Good company to gain experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    hard-working/talented colleagues to share knowledge with, could learn tons of stuff, fun

    Cons

    h a r d w o r k i n g


  10. Smart people, smart company, hard work, not a lot of play

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Creative in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Creative in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Firstborn full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Firstborn attracts a great deal of international people with amazing skillsets. Devs there are topnotch.

    Cons

    They're trying to be more than a production shop, but aren't quite there yet.

    Advice to Management

    Stop thinking of your employees as non-people.


  11. Very cool people, but for an intern the projects were not always exciting.

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    Former Employee - Flash Developer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Flash Developer in New York, NY
    Recommends

    Pros

    The dev team is awesome - very friendly and also good at what they do. The company is heavy on R&D, encourages experimenting with new interactive technologies that can be used in campaigns.

    Cons

    As with all agencies, sometimes you have to make things that you don't necessarily like. Particularly for an intern or a junior developer, some of the projects are kind of boring.

    Advice to Management

    The management is quite friendly through out the whole intern experience. I feel that I haven't worked long enough to make comments on this.



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