Code and Theory Reviews

Updated May 20, 2020

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13 Ratings
Pros
  • "You get to work with smart people(in 11 reviews)

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

Cons
  • "Long hours and struggles with work-life balance(in 17 reviews)

  • "There's a "Responsible Time Off" policy in place, but upper management makes you feel guilty for taking a day off or even working from home(in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "A great place to grow"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - N/A in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Incredibly smart, kind, humble teams - Doesn't feel hierarchical; even as a junior employee your voice will be heard & valued - Hands down the best boss I've ever had - You're trusted with a lot of responsibility

    Cons

    - Ups and downs in workload so it can swing between nothing to do and too much to do - Occasional late workdays or weekend work - Not always super passionate about the clients and wish we took on more pro-bono/mission-driven work - Onboarding is minimal and can be tough to get your bearings - Some people are overworked; seems like your experience depends a lot on which department you’re in

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  2. Helpful (8)

    "Great Place to Work for White Males"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Creative Strategist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many people are bought into the work and there are generally very high caliber colleagues.

    Cons

    I can't recommend working here to anyone who is a woman or a person of color. Oddly bro-y for a place that comes off as liberal from the outside.

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    Code and Theory Response

    Thank you so much for this feedback. We have been working really hard at making sure our company and specifically our leadership team is more diverse, so was surprised to hear this feedback. Having said that, I am happy that you are still here and willing to talk about it. I would love to hear more and have a confidential conversation with you so that we can learn from what you are seeing and what you perceive and make things better for you and others. You can always reach me at pamela.delbene@codeandtheory.com and we can set up a time to chat.


  3. Helpful (8)

    "Very Demanding Environment"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Code and Theory full-time

    Pros

    - Great place to learn - Fast paced environment but it's easy to get into the swing of things - You're given a lot of responsibility if you're starting off in the agency world, which makes for a good experience - You're surrounded by VERY smart, dedicated and creative people. It can be intimidating at times, but that itself is a great opportunity to learn from others. - The work itself is fun. - Bagel Mondays

    Cons

    - Taking days off is restrictive. There's a "Responsible Time Off" policy in place, but upper management makes you feel guilty for taking a day off or even working from home. - Late nights, which is justifiable when the work produced and the clients we work with are both at a very high standard. But that can result in a poor work/life balance. - Lack of direction in terms of the work. Sometimes, that can lead to poor communication. - Lack of cultural diversity. Doesn't feel all the way inclusive. - Lack of work culture. A workaholic culture is more dominant than anything. It can be very clique-y at times.

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  4. "Focused, Talented"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Platform Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Respectful, smart people Notable clients Intelligent managers Quick pace Teams staffed well

    Cons

    Occasional clique culture Can be noisy at times

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  5. Helpful (11)

    "Code and Theory"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Code and Theory full-time

    Pros

    Bagel Monday, Music in bathroom

    Cons

    Everyone is workaholics! (They don’t really have a choice) People are always there around midnight . Yes there is unlimited PTO but they call it responsible time off and make people feel guilty if you actually have to take a day off. There is no culture what’s so ever. And you can only bring service dogs into the World Trade Center so the security stop you to make sure you are on the list. If not, you get turned away and tell you to go home. There is no summer fridays anymore.

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    Code and Theory Response

    I'm sorry to hear you're feeling this way about working at Code and Theory. We are a place where everyone here is incredibly hardworking and dedicated because we are passionate at what we do. We recognize that sometimes the hours may be long depending on many different factors, but we try our best to limit that. We hope (and our intention is) that the new time off policy really allows people to take time during their downtime, work remotely when life happens and be sick when they are sick. I'm sorry you felt our intention is anything other than that. As for the dog policy, we work in a class A building so unfortunately only service dogs are allowed but we have a lot of very friendly pups around the office for everyone to enjoy which really does seem to do a service to all of us. If you would like to speak more about your comments, you can always feel free to contact me at pamela.delbene@codeandtheory.com or come by my office anytime!

  6. Helpful (7)

    "Solid Opportunity"

    5.0
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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 a year

    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 it, they are unbelievably smart and want the best for their employees. - you are given more responsibility as a 20 or 30 something year old than most other places. this is relevant inside and outside of the agency world; it's hard to find a place in which you can own as much as you can here. the learnings are invaluable. - the work we do is honestly great. some hiccups here and there I'm sure, but by and large, our work is what gets us business. - people you work with are dedicated and smart. the ones that aren't do not last long. especially those that don't understand that 50-60 (..even 70+..) hour work weeks are necessary.

    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

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  7. Helpful (3)

    "Demanding but fulfilling- truly not a traditional agency"

    5.0
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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 less 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.

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great projects, high quality of work"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Code and Theory full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    good pay, great quality work, high profile projects

    Cons

    Work from home policy is restrictive

  9. Helpful (3)

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

    5.0
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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 3 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 and concept side, so you don't get overly bogged down in fabrication drawings and production work.

    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.

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good Hard Work"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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.

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