General Assembly Reviews

Updated April 9, 2015
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  1. A fulfilling and creative experience.

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    Current Freelancer - WDI Student in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Freelancer - WDI Student in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at General Assembly (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    - Constant challenges to keep it interesting.
    - Excellent environment to work in.
    - Strong communication between teams.

    Cons

    No cons come to mind at the time. It's a great company that's providing a well-designed service to the community, and it's improving constantly.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!

  2. Working here is pretty awesome.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Assembly

    Pros

    Its a great place to work.

    Cons

    Perhaps casting their class nets a bit too wide

  3. I was a student of General Assembly's Web Development Immersive.

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    Former Employee - Student Web Developer
    Former Employee - Student Web Developer

    I worked at General Assembly

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

    Pros

    The caliber of instruction is incredibly high and the expectations of students are also high. Be prepared to work overtime to learn the ropes and complete the assignments/projects!

    Cons

    The outcomes program is still gaining its footing in my area. A more established market would probably allow students to get jobs faster.

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  5. Great Experience

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    Former Employee - Student in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Student in New York, NY

    I worked at General Assembly full-time (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good atmosphere, good company mission.

    Cons

    Some instructors have limited real-world experience

    Advice to Management

    Hire more instructors who have hands-on experience in large-scale web applications.

  6. Great!!!!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Assembly

    Pros

    extensive, fast pace, detailed, fun, educative

    Cons

    short time, new, small, disorganized, overcrowded

  7. Great community, start up mentality.

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Washington, DC
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Washington, DC

    I worked at General Assembly as a contractor (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    The entire staff is completely devoted to success. There is never a lack of support. Full time positions offer good benefits.

    Cons

    Work-life balance. Something that comes along with a young, agile start up mindset is working a ton of hours.

  8. Great people, ambitious goals, big revenue targets

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    Former Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales in New York, NY

    I worked at General Assembly

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

    Pros

    Can't say enough good things about the people. Smart, creative, and hardworking twenty-something crowd who care about the work and the students. Huge amount of positive energy in this fast paced environment. Looked forward to going into work and seeing my colleagues every day.

    Cons

    With the most recent round of VC funding and expansion plans, the revenue targets are extraordinary. I will watch with interest to see if the current pace of growth can continue. At times can feel the growing pains as company transitions from being a start-up to a "grown-up" business.

    Advice to Management

    +The people really are GA's biggest asset - there need to be more opportunities for career progression + increased salary (1-2 year turnover).
    +Make efforts to keep the fun and playful atmosphere alive that built the GA brand in the first place - don't allow the joy to be snuffed out during this transition.

  9. Awesome

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    Current Employee - Student in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Student in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at General Assembly

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great working environment. Get to be part of such a great cause.

    Cons

    No cons everything is awesome.

  10. It's all about the people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Assembly full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    This review is about the non-HQ experience: If you're an extrovert and like working hard with other smart and hard working people, GA is a great place. For the most part I enjoy the fast paced environment - it keeps things exciting and there's always a new challenge to try to solve. Because GA campuses tend to be tech community hubs (lots of events and guest speakers), it's also a great place to grow your personal network.

    Cons

    Don't expect much on-boarding, training or mentorship at GA (at least outside of HQ). You're expected to figure things out on your own quite quickly and there aren't many opportunities for professional growth. After 1-2 yrs, most employees move on to greener pastures where they earn more and are involved at a more strategic level.

    Advice to Management

    - More competitive pay.
    - Increase focus on employees' professional development and career goals.
    - Engage non-HQ staff in strategic decision making.

  11. Coming from a student...

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Assembly

    Pros

    They teach current technologies and try to get you hired after graduating. They offer tremendous help and support on the side as well.

    Cons

    They might give you, as a student, a little too much false hope as to what your skill level may be after the program is over. Everyone is different starting out and it requires complete focus the entire time (not that that's a negative thing)

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