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Updated Aug 11, 2022

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  • "Long hours and struggles with work(in 18 reviews)
  • "Crazy work hours with no real growth or outcome, strategy lead projects that destroy and burn out designers and producers, absent minded management that only talks to you when they are freaking out about something, leaders who never address their teams.(in 9 reviews)
  • "level leadership, highly political, toxic environment of cronyism, contorted realities, and a culture of throwing teammates under the bus, exceptionally high turn over with a long tenure being 1 year, frantic at times where decisions get rushed and with surface understanding, branding(in 8 reviews)
  • "Upper management is considered by many to be a 'boy's club'.(in 7 reviews)
  • "No work/life balance(in 6 reviews)
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  1. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Great place to learn and grow

    Apr 25, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Interesting projects Supportive developer teams Beautiful NYC office Ability to learn new tech stacks Constantly changing work environment

    Cons

    Can’t think of much honestly

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  2. 4.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Supportive Colleagues

    Aug 1, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    People are easy to approach and are willing to help if ever you have any questions. They give great insights and are always looking forward to your growth.

    Cons

    Projects can be demanding and tight on schedule

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  3. 1.0
    Former Employee

    Toxic and abusive

    Aug 11, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    nice office. half-day off Friday.

    Cons

    - Hostile working environment, team leaders have no clue how to set people for success - terrible work and life balance - No clear path to promotion and lack of any sort of structural performance review - favoritism and white boys club - benefits are lame

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  4. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Smart leadership, lots of process

    Jul 6, 2022 - Design Director in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Leadership steers the company well through the changing market and economy Wide breadth of clients Really talented and collaborative co-workers

    Cons

    Projects can become top heavy, with too many internal leadership reviews

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  5. 1.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Real designers, run for your life

    Aug 1, 2022 - Associate Director in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Salary is competitive - "Unlimited" PTO - Great if you are a visual designer/graphic designer

    Cons

    - No work-life balance - Management and politics are very annoying; anyone who has been there long doesn't get questioned even if their suggestions are entirely off - No sense of consideration for any design or user research. Although they claim to do research within the DART department (Data, Analytics, and Research Team) but it's just analytics in its essence - They "used" to have a UX phase in their projects, but they decided to remove it for some brilliant idea. Instead, their projects go directly into the visual design from strategy (experience strategy as it's coined here), which is more of a requirement-gathering phase. However, they disguise it as a design phase. If there were any hope of doing any real UX work or information architecture, it would need to be done simultaneously with the strategy phase, which causes issues for various reasons. - There's a very odd and utterly subjective performance review process that has no objective metrics tied to it - There are tons of blurred lines between their experience strategy and interaction design departments which leads to lots of overlapping work - The project managers are very hot and cold; some are complete rockstars and others the complete opposite - They tend to do whatever their clients want and rarely move deadlines and expectations to complete work, even when clients get material out late - I have never seen any company be so obsessed with "modules" and annotations. Even a lot of the development efforts pull from WordPress themes (smh), and the developers don't like to deviate from "Out-of-the-box" options. - the majority of their development team is overseas, which can be tricky timing-wise - Not once on four projects I was on were the users of products even mentioned in regards to project research or any involvement in the project's activities - No stock options or 401k until a year in and no bonuses, just promotions - The CEO and President preach one message, and the complete opposite occurs within the project teams - There's unlimited PTO, but either it's impossible to catch up if you do take it, or you're looked at poorly by peers for taking time off

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  6. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Avoid at all costs

    Jul 19, 2022 - Strategist in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Cool clients Half day Fridays

    Cons

    - Will severely under pay you and gaslight you about it. Pay reviews are non-existent and over-promised. If they say they will give you one in X amount of months, you just need to prove it, they are most likely just taking advantage of you. - Long hours, often 12 hour days depending on the account you are on. - No onboarding, you often get in trouble for issues that you were never taught - Performance reviews are subjective, there is no clear path to a promotion or structured goals to hit. - Remote work is also a way to isolate you from others, it is harder to connect with fellow employees to discuss mistreatment until you have left - All the people you do like will leave - CAN definitely be clique-y especially amongst those that have been at the company for a long period of time - VERY performative DE&I initiatives. If DE&I is truly a mission for the company, why do you severely underpay POC? Why isn't there pay transparency? Why must employees commit hours outside of their usual work load to help drive DE&I initiatives with little to no support from leadership?

    2 people found this review helpful
  7. 2.0
    Current Employee

    Cruel and Toxic, stay away and find a better shop

    May 26, 2022 - Senior Brand Strategist 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    1. Half-day Friday (although you will still work over 40hrs+ before Friday) 2. Beautiful office in NYC

    Cons

    Here's a list of why you should not work at C&T: 1. Consistent over resourcing (60hrs+) 2. Lack of care for Employee health (work, life, balance) 3. Extreme gaslighting and fearmongering 4. Lack of growth opportunities 5. Performative DE&I efforts 6. Profits > People/Employees

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    2 people found this review helpful
  8. 1.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Smoke and Mirrors

    May 31, 2022 - Unlisted 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Coworkers are great to chat with and discuss the issues around management.

    Cons

    CEO Dan G. is clueless of how horrible this once amazing shop is ran. Leadership will work you till you quit. Many individuals in the few years have quit with nothing lined up and others have left questioning themselves if it was ever worth going there. The president once said “we pay people to compensate for work life balance.” They offer no benefits to working remote. While New York employees can use the office all other office items say a second monitor is at your expense. The company prides it self on inclusion but it should be noted that the diversity is lacking. Two of its largest accounts are primarily white individuals.

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    2 people found this review helpful
  9. 4.0
    Former Employee

    A good environment if you want to lead projects for Major Companies.

    Apr 19, 2022 - Producer 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    The people who work here are amazing.

    Cons

    Company needs help on the production side. May be underpaid compared to other agencies.

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  10. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Code and theory

    Apr 15, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Cool clients to work with!

    Cons

    Low pay Long hours Siloed Bad benefits

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Code and Theory Reviews FAQs

Code and Theory has an overall rating of 3.5 out of 5, based on over 181 reviews left anonymously by employees. 57% of employees would recommend working at Code and Theory to a friend and 59% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has decreased by -11% over the last 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, Code and Theory employees rate their compensation and benefits as 3.2 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at Code and Theory. This rating has decreased by -15% over the last 12 months.

57% of Code and Theory employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Code and Theory 3.1 out of 5 for work life balance, 3.4 for culture and values and 3.5 for career opportunities.

According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees commonly mention the pros of working at Code and Theory to be benefits, career development, coworkers and the cons to be management, senior leadership, culture.

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