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Dan Gardner
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Pros
  • "Smart people in every discipline(in 10 reviews)

  • "Code attracts powerful personalities and some of the most talented people in NYC(in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "can be long hours at times but usually for a good reason(in 16 reviews)

  • "Upper management is considered by many to be a "boy's club"(in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Solid Opportunity"

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

    I have been working at Code and Theory full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    - you will learn an incredible amount. not just about your discipline in tech / design / strategy, but also about how to lead teams, define processes, and help manage multi-million dollar engagements with some of the biggest clients. - all things considered, it is a flat organization. the doors here are actual glass ... and always open. go to talk to the Partner or President even if they are intense. you won't regret...

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    Cons

    - learning curve given the responsibility you'll be tasked with. - intense hours, work environment at times (this seems to be changing, though..) - PR efforts are minimal and should be more of a strategic focus for the company - not enough company-sponsored social events

    Advice to Management

    - continue to invest in training new employees - prioritize PR / marketing of the company - continue to build the culture of this company through corporate events; it has much more of an impact than realized

  2. Helpful (1)

    "Demanding but fulfilling- truly not a traditional agency"

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    Current Employee - Junior Creative Strategist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Code and Theory full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Not one for many words, but I will say C&T is incredibly demanding but fulfilling. I've never felt more intimidated by the talent and intelligence around me, but the personalities I've encountered are inviting, passionate, and truly invested in your growth. I can't speak to everyone'es experience, but the 4 months I've been here are simply the most rewarding I've felt out of any agency experience- bar none.

    Cons

    Don't expect to cruise- there are late nights, demanding asks, and challenging briefs. But that's what it takes to work on premier digital agency-of-record clients.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing you- it's an incredible feeling, as jr. staff, to feel like there's a clear path upwards.

  3. "Great projects, high quality of work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Code and Theory full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    good pay, great quality work, high profile projects

    Cons

    Work from home policy is restrictive

  4. Helpful (2)

    "Wonderful people. Engaging and challenging physical/digital workstreams."

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    Current Employee - Industrial Designer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Code and Theory full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Wide breadth of work, from interactive retail installations to consumer packaging. Opportunity and support to grow skills and learn on the job. Supportive and dedicated leadership all around. Stellar supervisor who does not micromanage and looks after you. Incredible co-workers who genuinely care about making world class work and about each other. A+ view of the city (62nd floor of World Trade.) Heavier on the design...

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    Cons

    Large company with diverse personalities (this is great) - but takes proactive introduction and sustained communication to make leveragable connections and ensure a seamless workflow.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to expand access and training to new software/hardware and continue to pursue emerging technologies.

  5. "Good Hard Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Code and Theory full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    The company is full of good, hardworking people. The projects are interesting and the work Code produces is great. People are genuinely trying to do interesting things and there's a good sense of comradery.

    Cons

    People regularly worked late while I was there. Because of the growth of the company there was a constant shortage of man-power and people would get shifted around projects constantly which could make long-term projects difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Staffing, resource allocation, and project on-boarding has to be ironed out to make sure projects are properly staffed and people aren't overwhelmed.

  6. Helpful (3)

    "Producer"

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    Former Employee - Producer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Code and Theory full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The office location in soho was amazing, but they’re in World Trade Center now do that pro is probably gone...

    Cons

    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. People running design departments with absolutely no background in design. The creative directors were probably the only people who really cared, and an awful culture...

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    Advice to Management

    Be more present, be more thoughtful in your decisions, and actually work on developing your people.

    Code and Theory Response

    November 16, 2018

    I am sorry to hear this was your experience while you worked here. We pride ourselves on a place where you can learn a ton and grow your career and we have been investing a lot of time in our managers to make sure they are equipped to work with their employees on growth plans and ...

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  7. Helpful (4)

    "Good in theory, bad in practice"

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

    I worked at Code and Theory full-time

    Pros

    - Solid pay and benefits - Emphasis on creative AND tech, not just one or the other - Great colleagues

    Cons

    SF leadership is problematic to say the least. I saw borderline abusive behavior during my time there - people being yelled at, multiple girls crying, no support when people were in bad situations. I’ve recommended friends to go elsewhere when considering it.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the people - they’re your secret sauce. Make leadership more inclusive.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "It's been pretty great actually..."

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    Current Employee - Senior Copy Writer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Code and Theory full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Pay is competitive. Lot of opportunities to flex across work streams and accounts. Good management- Supervisors look out for their team and will go to bat for you. Different projects coming in all the time from different categories so you learn a lot about the businesses we engage with. You work with world-class designers and strategists. High level of intelligence all around and generally a warm atmosphere. Oh yeah,...

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    Cons

    Going to work at WTC every day can feel a little weird due to the history of the site but the teams and the people are so awesome that it's feeling better all the time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on working to humanize the new office space and keep bringing in the talent that Code is famous for.

  9. Helpful (1)

    "What more can i say... amazing, but not perfect"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Code and Theory full-time

    Pros

    Smart People, Great culture that fosters learning and pushing each other, Great work. Not a place for everyone (a pro and a con)

    Cons

    Sometimes long hours... but par for the course when you want to create and exceed expectations. Its a client business, so clients can be clients. Not a place for everyone (as said above, a pro and a con)

    Advice to Management

    Change is good and welcomed, just please keep communicating.

  10. Helpful (1)

    "Code & Chaos (and a Little Fun)"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Code and Theory full-time

    Pros

    First of all, Code & Theory is a bit of a chaotic place to work. If you're looking for stability, leave now. But, if you dig start-up vibes with a hint of entrepreneurialship, this is the place for you. You will get to touch everything (if you ask). You will get to lead your own projects (because no one else has the time). You will meet some of your best friends and ironically, your worst enemies. Code attracts powerful...

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    Cons

    Just plain chaos. Only those with tenure have knowledge and can "onboard" new employees. When those with tenure quit or get fired, gone is the knowledge. And thus, begins a new cycle of chaos!

    Advice to Management

    Don't let senior teams interview their potential bosses. Have an adult in the room please. Also, get a project manager. Or like 15. It'll be so helpful!

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