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Barrel Reviews

Updated Jun 15, 2019

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Peter Kang & Sei-Wook Kim
11 Ratings
  1. "Enjoyable place to work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Developer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Barrel full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    One of the best company cultures I've had the pleasure of working in. I felt like I fit in really well with my co-workers, so I genuinely looked forward to showing up to work each day. Further, my manager was one of the best I've ever had. He did a phenomenal job of setting me up for success while also challenging me and helping me grow. I felt very comfortable working with him and felt as though I was a valued member...

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    Cons

    Resourcing was often an issue. It wasn't uncommon for team members to be juggling a bit more work than they probably should and feel a general pressure that they should be able to handle everything thrown at them. With that said, management does a pretty great job of identifying and addressing systemic issues like this. Just before I left, they closed the office for an entire week to have a 3rd party company train the...

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    Advice to Management

    Make it a point to promote humility and denounce ego. Any time a problem was approached with and discussed through a lens of humility, I felt as though I was a valued part of the solution and I was motivated to solve the problem. This happened naturally more often than not, but it was very frustrating when it didn't. I think that establishing value on humility within the company and making it a point to lead by example...

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    Barrel2019-06-15
  2. "Great experience"

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    Former Employee - Growth Marketing Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Barrel full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    It's a great place to learn a lot in a short amount of time. They give you the opportunity to own your work and present to clients. Pushes you outside your comfort zone.

    Cons

    Work-life balance. Pay and benefits could be better but good enough.

    Barrel2019-06-05
  3. Helpful (8)

    "Great place to learn.....horrible place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Barrel full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Peter and Sei-Wook are infinitely passionate about Barrel. When making staffing decisions, you can see that they prioritize hiring team members that are equally as passionate, hardworking and well-rounded people. The overall team at Barrel is fantastic: incredibly smart, hardworking individuals who are some of the most charismatic people that you will meet. The Barrel partners do encourage a highly educational environment,...

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    Cons

    Despite the learning opportunities and passion within the company, burnout is INCREDIBLY high within the company. Even when you do want to start experimenting outside your role and make waves in your professional development, you better be prepared to give up much of your personal time and drown. For what? A pat on the back and no true team recognition and appreciation? There is no lunch break for employees and many team...

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    Advice to Management

    The partners at Barrel are incredibly smart, passionate, hardworking individuals who have a great eye for talent. Don't be comfortable with having a company with high turnover and having a small team, Barrel has so much great potential and the quality of work delivered continues to set them apart in the industry. Learn to value and respect your employees as individuals, not just inputs into a system that can be taken...

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    Barrel2019-01-24
  4. Helpful (8)

    "A toxic workplace that churns through employees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Barrel full-time

    Pros

    There are some pros to working here, and most of it is your coworkers. But everything past that is just a facade, to cover all the negative.

    Cons

    People are leaving Barrel in droves because of management. There is no respect for personal time, no work/life balance, and no consideration for workload. All the employees are working 10-12 hour days, and even though this had been brought up multiple times it was always blamed on someone else for not managing time or workload. The amount of emotional abuse, and poor management make a toxic workplace that is churning...

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    Advice to Management

    Consider timelines and effort before taking on so much work. Treat people as humans and not just as a productivity machine.

    Barrel2018-09-24
  5. "A growing company where you can make an impact"

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

    I worked at Barrel full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Really fantastic team of coworkers. Everyone is very friendly and supportive of one another. You’ll love collaborating with every single person here. The company is always growing and evolving and there is truly great potential. The team isn’t that large and you are significant enough to make a real impact on the structure, process, and direction of the company. Nothing ever stays stagnant and boring here. I’ve...

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    Cons

    There are growing pains, as with any fast growing company, and you’ll have to be patient when they experiment with new processes, services, or client types. Many employees put in late hours. There is high risk of burnout if left unchecked. This is a very fast-paced client services agency and that inherently comes with a set of cons - there will be strict deadlines, client emergencies that pop up, expectations...

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    Advice to Management

    Be more proactive on identifying and preventing burnout, help control some of the workload and client expectations, and find ways to encourage work life balance.

    Barrel2018-08-17
  6. Helpful (6)

    "My Biggest Disappointment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Barrel full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Less than a year in and this company, at first they seemed so refreshing and promising, but are now one of my biggest regrets. That being said...everyone who works here is super talented. Generally the staff is made up of good people who work hard and genuinely care about what they do. They produce really great work and you won't find any slackers.

    Cons

    Upper management completely takes advantage of the fact that everyone is so hardworking and passionate about their work. They do not compensate fairly or or acknowledge the hard work put in by employees (beyond a company wide, mandatory Friday cheers.) There is zero work life balance and this only seems to be getting worse as time goes on. They are doing a lot of new business but refuse to hire enough staff to handle...

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    Advice to Management

    See cons*

    Barrel2018-08-05
  7. "Love this team!"

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    Current Employee - Web Developer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Barrel full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people, young team, nice variety of work. The office is awesome: we have beer and wine on tap and Barrel provides lunch every day. It's a great team to work with and grow with, and the management is very open and encouraging towards building your skill set and setting goals for your time at the company. Also, did I mentioned Bourbon Fridays?

    Cons

    I don't feel like I have any *real* cons. Some small process stuff. Since we're a young team we sometimes run into issues that a more experienced team would handle better. But that's a pro isn't it: learning from mistakes! No better place to do that than here.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure the team feels valued. I would really like more team outings or happy hours, can't emphasize enough how healthy it is to meet your coworkers at a "friend" level, which we can't really do inside the office. I know we do these, but I think we could do more to foster a more tight-nit team.

    Barrel2017-04-17
  8. Helpful (5)

    "Meh…There are other options."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Barrel part-time

    Pros

    - Food was paid, so I appreciated that. - Nice setting

    Cons

    - Environment felt fake and condensed. - Not diverse enough - Pay is too low - Tries too hard to create a family-like workplace.

    Advice to Management

    Be unique and have more trust on your employees.

    Barrel2016-08-09
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to grow"

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    Former Employee - Developer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Barrel full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    As a developer, I learned so much from my peers. The senior developers led excellent and informative weekly meetings. Working with the other disciplines (visual design, UX, project management) was also great -- everyone was super collaborative and always valued my opinion. Management was great when I requested long periods of time off. They are really understanding about needing breaks, or time for other life events.

    Cons

    Sometimes the projects had rushed timelines; sometimes the clients weren't the easiest to work with... but that can be said for any design/digital agency.

    Advice to Management

    Don't try to rush development on products/themes that you're trying to sell! It takes time and lots of testing to get those right, and by rushing them, you end up having to deal with unhappy customers and a stressed-out internal team.

    Barrel2015-10-28
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Can't recommend enough"

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

    I worked at Barrel full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    As someone who recently departed after a short stay, it is really amazing how much of a positive impact Barrel had in my life. Overall there is a great morale in the office and never noticed any of the drama mentioned in a previous review. Some of the people you will find Barrel are Kevin K. who will teach and encourage you to play ping-pong; Pete who will make you a cocktail; Zack, Angela and Scott who will geek...

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    Cons

    Workload can be challenging at times and I wish that I my start wouldn't have been so hectic.

    Barrel2014-09-30
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