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Code and Theory Reviews

Updated September 27, 2017
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Pros
  • Great office location, dog-friendly, snacks (in 6 reviews)

  • Talented people, great office, great projects (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • can be long hours at times but usually for a good reason (in 14 reviews)

  • Agree with several of the other reviews here: total bro club in upper management (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good Work, Good People"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Code and Theory full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunities for growth
    Interesting and exciting projects
    Strong mentorships
    Decent benefits including health insurance, 401k, etc.
    Dog-friendly office

    Cons

    Male-heavy upper management
    Don't handle departures well
    Long hours and struggles with work-life balance

    Advice to Management

    Improve the culture to better work-life balance
    Find ways to give back to the community and encourage more diversity in the industry


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Lots of Challenges in SF"

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    Former Employee - Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Code and Theory full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    NY retains a good reputation among medium to large players in this space. Technology team in SF is top notch.

    Cons

    SF office is in a terrible location, heavily dependent on a few big clients who don't allow great or innovative work, all other projects are mid-tier at best. Leadership is a boys club of friends who lack experience and follow through in this field. Onboarding was nonexistent, culture is booze and cigarettes (yuck!) and progress is impeded by lack of transparency.

    Advice to Management

    Hire senior level, experienced management from other agencies you aspire to be like. Watch things burn and change, its the only way.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Designer Review"

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

    I worked at Code and Theory full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The relationships you can build here are pretty impressive, while at times competitive a fair amount of the people working there are innovative and willing to drive a project forward as a collective group.

    Cons

    I don't recommend coming to this place as a designer this extends to both visual or UX. There just wasn't a consistent or healthy environment for collaboration. Your success here is dependent on a skewed review process and more importantly a certain level of bias in management.

    Outside of the behaviors that I witnessed from team management were multiple occasions where leadership ran from controversial challenges and responsibilities because they were unable to take constructive feedback.

    There's a spectrum here on personalities but more often than not people projected their insecurities through disrespect to team members.

    Advice to Management

    There are amazing people here but they're not being given fair opportunities to grow. Please take a look at the people in middle management and evaluate your process on projects.

    I'm also curious to know why there were not multiple opportunities to provide specific feedback about these issues.


  4. "Good people trying to do their best work"

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

    I have been working at Code and Theory full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Trust in each other, competent teammates, smart managers.

    Cons

    Happy to say, I have none.

    Advice to Management

    Keep bring ing in the challenges to get our best work.


  5. "Love it!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Code and Theory full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Dogs allowed
    Bagel Mondays
    Talented & cool coworkers from all over the world
    Lots of opportunities for learning and growth

    Cons

    Would be difficult if it was your first job ever


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great company"

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

    I have been working at Code and Theory full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Smart people in every discipline
    - Successful agency with a lot of cool projects
    - Good collaboration between departments
    - Right at the size where you have a nice balance of small/medium/big projects, and you can still have access to the top management and be heard

    Cons

    - Agency life: when a project/pitch needs to get done, expect to have to work a lot. But that's how it works...


  7. Helpful (2)

    "The tail wags the dog."

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

    I worked at Code and Theory full-time

    Pros

    The chance to work with some really great people.

    Cons

    The boys club management, lack of accountability for senior management, inappropriate treatment of employees, unhealthy work environment. Reactive "growth", ruled more by personality than by merit.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Not what it used to be"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Code and Theory full-time

    Pros

    Some real creative talent, some great clients, good location and dogs.

    Cons

    Maniacal leadership that care only about how good they look and not about how they treat their teams. Lack of management experience at the top only filters down to breed chaos below and burns the best talent out.

    Advice to Management

    Take the occassional look at yourselves rather than for the nearest bus to throw others under.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Intern review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    the people are smart and they challenge you, positive environment, learned a lot

    Cons

    didn't feel like I had a huge opportunity to dip my toes in other departments


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Still at the vanguard of digital design"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Production in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Code and Theory full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Code and Theory has established itself as a premier digital design agency in New York and continues to prove why it belongs among the elite. The agency is filled with smart, hardworking people that display and prove their chops day in and day out. Always forward thinking, consistently brilliant with design, strategy and development, Code and Theory will expose you to some of the top companies and brands in the world, ensuring that you are working on exceptional projects. My department has been consistently supportive in backing my work and in helping provide opportunities for continued professional growth.

    Cons

    Like most top-tier agencies, hours are often long and unpredictable. This is not a nine-to-five and no one expects it to be. With the high-profile level of our clientele, there is a small margin for mistakes, errors or lapses in judgement. You need to demonstrate that you are continuously outputting great work.

    Advice to Management

    As the company continues to grow, it seems that the day-to-day work of the teams becomes more and more detached from management and leadership. As much as possible, I would advise to keep trying to stoke the fire that keeps the Code culture alive and make everybody feel that they're part of the company's evolution together.


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