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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. "Good place to dive into deep end of the digital agency pool"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exciting and diverse range of work

    Cons

    Some areas are mismanaged and working hours can be intense


  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. Helpful (1)

    "Good Work, Good People"

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    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


  5. "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.


  6. 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.


  7. "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

  8. 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...


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Bad management"

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

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

    Pros

    Friendly talented teams, dogs in the office, good location. Regular sharing sessions to showcase teams work to the whole studio.

    Cons

    Micro management and bro culture is seen as the way to get great work from people. They've done some great work over the years but the currently it's boring and lacks all the challenges they were known for solving. Treat staff as assets rather than people, which leads to lack of culture.

    Advice to Management

    Let your staff shine, they're not going to grow and feel satisfied if you don't give them the opportunity. Look for genuine diversity in your management teams to start to eliminate the toxic bro culture


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Boring work"

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

    Pros

    People are nice, fairly flat hierarchy

    Cons

    Boring work and no challenges


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