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Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
13 Reviews
4.2
13 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great company culture with some growing pains

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

    I worked at General Assembly as a contractor

    Pros

    Enjoyed going to work everyday and really liked most of my colleagues. Really smart people helping to make a company grow quickly. Very flexible re: vacation.

    Cons

    Seems like the "perks" aren't up to par with other startups. Had a tough time with space for employees for a while...very difficult to find real estate.

  2.  

    Great!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Junior Instructor  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Junior Instructor in New York, NY

    I have been working at General Assembly as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Awesome people and great environment. The company's mission is very cool. Everyone should know how to code and GA helps people to learn just that.

    Cons

    Long hours. Need to have a passion for teaching and care about other people's growth. Might be getting underpaid, depending on the position, since GA is an education company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    It's a lively, fun and highly productive environment.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at General Assembly as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    It's so fun to work there. Coworkers are great and the students are fun. There's always an event and you can see that there is a real effort toward making it an enjoyable, productive place to work.

    Cons

    I think that the employees are often stretched too thin. Too many people are wearing multiple hats. There is an odd start-up feel at GA that seems at odds with corporate demands for metrics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider getting more instructors, or at least back-up instructors and normalizing the curriculum a little more. There is a focus on scaling up and I'm not sure that the product wont suffer as a result.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Potential horrible execution for the time being

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Developer In Residence  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Developer In Residence in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at General Assembly as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Fun working environment, friendly students and staff. Great activities to celebrate the completion of courses.

    Cons

    You will not improve at all, the work that you do is simple and the ability to go away from the curriculum is really limited. Paid flat rate instead of hourly, they will then increase your hours to the point where you are barely being paid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find people who value the work that developers do. When you have non technical people managing the technical it leads to some issues.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Instructors are taken care of

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Instructor  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Instructor in Washington, DC

    I have been working at General Assembly as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    The DC staff is passionate, hard working, and constantly looking for ways to improve the student experience and cater to the needs of the instructors. Instructors are provided with a curriculum outline and sample Powerpoint presentation for each class but are allowed to customize and update the presentations as needed. How the material is taught is entirely up to the instructor - code-along, lab, CodePen, Sublime, whatever works. The point is to get the students to troubleshoot code and become familiar with best-of-breed developer tools. The feedback loop is fairly constant and there are two student surveys (at the mid-point and end-points) that provide insight into student satisfaction. The course producer remains in constant contact with students as well and does an excellent job of proactively identifying any student concerns before they become issues.

    Bottom line for anyone considering the Instructor role at GA, it is geared for developers who are passionate about the field and passionate about teaching it. In addition to classroom hours, instructors will need to schedule time to meet one-on-one with students, set aside time to review and grade homework, as well as put in time to prepare for class presentations. If this is your thing, you will be very happy with GA. Ultimately, it's all about teaching Web development to your students and GA will do what's necessary to keep you focused on that.

    Cons

    There really aren't any cons for instructional staff, as far as I am concerned. There is a lot of construction going on but once that is done the facilities are going to rock.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up what you're doing in DC.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A seriously awesome place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Assembly as a contractor

    Pros

    The other people that work here are awesome. Lots of smart, like-minded people who care about their jobs and really want to make GA a better place.

    Cons

    Not many. BETTER COFFEE. There's lots of readily available coffee, but I have to say it's really not very good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing and hiring great people!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Overall a very good experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Assembly

    Pros

    Good atmosphere and learning environment

    Cons

    Not enough feed back on the work

  9.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Assembly full-time

    Pros

    Great community of people. Very positive and exciting environment. Coworkers all care about tech and education. You get to make a big difference in students' lives. Fulfilling work.

    Cons

    Pay is good but not amazing. Meals aren't provided. Work space is nice, but it can get crowded at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More employee perks!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A great company going through some very serious growing pains.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at General Assembly full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The mission, the product and the people that work there are bar none.

    Cons

    Management and HR are having trouble maturing with the size of the company. It is incredibly difficult to move up within General Assembly without becoming super aggressive and cold. The company focuses heavily on their net promoter score for their customers, but doesn't seem to be very in touch with what the employee net promoter score would look like.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing they don't already know. Longer term planning and vision would benefit all processes. Also I believe they can afford to be a little more personable and empathetic in their dealings with employees who were numbers 50+, but who still contribute enormously to the company. There is far too much employee turnover for this type of environment, which speaks to the low incentives of staying.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Friendly and chaotic, growing fast, still a start-up environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Developer In Residence  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Developer In Residence in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at General Assembly as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    It's a great place to learn a lot and grow professionally. The environment is generally friendly and there are always lots of new faces.

    Cons

    Sometimes there is not good communication about roles and expectations. They hire a lot of very young, inexperienced people on contract and push them to work really long hours, so often they burn out after 3 months. It's definitely an ageist environment, too. One manager actually described someone in his 30's as "older". You'd be hard pressed to find anyone over 40 working there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to retain your people if you really want to build something that will last. Value people who bring more experience to the table. A whole company run by 20-somethings is also lacking diversity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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