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General Assembly Reviews

Updated April 15, 2019
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Pros
  • "Great people to work with, a wonderful sense of community" (in 26 reviews)

  • "Great work environment for everybody" (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work/Life balance is HARD for the first couple classes as an instructor" (in 15 reviews)

  • "Limited or non-existent path to full-time for instructors" (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Great work environment"

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    Current Employee - Admissions Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Admissions Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at General Assembly full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Career growth opportunities and independence

    Cons

    Start-up culture with inefficient structure in place


  2. "Excellent place and environment"

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    Former Employee - Student Web Developer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Student Web Developer in New York, NY
    Recommends

    I worked at General Assembly full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Good learning environment.
    - Very kind people willing to help you.

    Cons

    - There are really good teachers there but my teachers weren't prepared enough. Sometimes the code examples didn't work or they couldn't answer students' questions.

  3. "Best Work Culture"

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    Current Employee - Student Experience Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Student Experience Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at General Assembly full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I've worked here for about 2 years now. It would be hard to leave a workplace that has such smart and just honestly nice people. I love the work culture here, and even from visiting other campuses have noticed how much of a family our teams are.

    Cons

    Pay could be higher for the amount of work and value I add to the company.

    Advice to Management

    I have the best manager, she helps me develop in my role as well as a professional.


  4. "Great perks for a start up"

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    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at General Assembly full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Free courses, unlimited PTO, laid back environment

    Cons

    Sometimes they miss the mark on recognizing top sales talent


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Lot of personnel management issues"

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

    I worked at General Assembly full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Overall, a decently ethical place to work. People are overworked but put a lot into their jobs. Environment is tolerant of differences, personal issues, etc. Very friendly. Good place to work if you are a twenty-something.

    Cons

    Organizational priorities were all over the place, with new initiatives being drummed up and then quietly phasing out after a huge rush to get something built. Lots of personnel management issues including big layoffs, people being forced to work ridiculous hours. Some positions just keep cycling people in and out as no one decent could be found. Shifting C-level strategies and goals contributed to your own perceived worth being in constant flux. There were a few cases while I was there of people taking retributive action against the company, or engaging in unethical behavior, due to dissatisfaction and frustration.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a project and a direction and go with it. Don't endlessly hype GA's prospects while laying people off.


  6. "AMAZING work environment with an unbeatable culture"

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

    I have been working at General Assembly full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Mission driven company that truly does care about their mission.
    Employees have a lot of autonomy
    Benefits are fantastics (healthcare, PTO, free classes)

    Cons

    Paths for development are ill defined, but d exist


  7. Helpful (1)

    "A great educational atmosphere and a professional growing team help to achieve a career switch in the best way"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends

    I have been working at General Assembly full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The team is very supportive, lots of opportunities to grow

    Cons

    lost still to be figured out, like the instructors way of teaching, etc. but in general, a great place to work at.

  8. "Its great if you're in school"

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    Current Employee - FL Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - FL Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at General Assembly part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Hours are constant and steady
    - Pay is good
    - leadership is good
    - Not much work to do

    Cons

    none. I can't think of anything.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Never work here"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    No pros I am truly sorry.

    Cons

    This company will make you miserable.

    Advice to Management

    Work on the integrity and attitude of the staff.


  10. "Great atmosphere"

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    Current Employee - Admissions Receptionist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Admissions Receptionist in Washington, DC

    I have been working at General Assembly part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity for professional growth, as well as great perks such as taking classes

    Cons

    A bit fragmented across all of the various campuses. Very decentralized, which can impact some processes and mgmt.