General Assembly Reviews

Updated Jun 17, 2020

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3.7
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General Assembly Co-Founder & CEO Jake Schwartz (no image)
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132 Ratings
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  • "Work/Life balance is HARD for the first couple classes as an instructor(in 16 reviews)

  • "A lot of planning goes into the 10 week immersive course as an instructor(in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Great Company and experience!"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at General Assembly full-time

    Pros

    -family feel -collaboration -opportunities for growth -fun environment -great leadership

    Cons

    Like all jobs, every position has a ceiling but still a great place to work

  2. "Best Company I've Worked For"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Instructor 
    Recommends

    I worked at General Assembly full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Inclusive and progressive culture, no professionalism policing, growth mindset and empathy are central to the whole company, lots of opportunities to try different roles

    Cons

    No real trajectory for instructors who are expected to hop in an out between industry jobs

  3. COVID-19

    "Positive experience at a caring and genuine company"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Student Success Specialist in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at General Assembly part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    GA has been amazing during the Covid-19 pandemic. They have had regular all hands meetings updating us on the status of the business and have taken precautions to keep jobs safe. This did mean a few things needed to occur, such as pausing on raises or hiring, but that is beyond reasonable and appreciated. There is a lot of care and concern for students, both during "normal" times and during times of crisis. There is a lot of collaboration across teams and a genuine belief in the mission of the company. I've been at GA for over a year and would not say I felt overly satisfied or dis-satisfied, but the way they have stepped up and shown such care and support to employees during the pandemic will not be forgotten.

    Cons

    For an ed tech company, they could use some automation. There are some communication gaps across teams and some processes could use improvement. These are acknowledged and being worked on.

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  4. "Bad place to be a woman"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Producer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at General Assembly full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Lunch once a week. Good location in flatiron.

    Cons

    This was before it was sold, but women were consistently passed over for promotions. Few opportunities to move up or around. So many good ideas that weren't heard.

  5. "One of my favorites places I have ever worked!"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at General Assembly full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    A lot of opportunities to step up and take lead on company-impacting projects, important mission to empower people to reskill and upskill, a lot of opportunities for promotions, flexible/remote friendly

    Cons

    Competing executive initiatives can muddy prioritization

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  6. "Easy to communicate with admin prducer"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Student 

    I have been working at General Assembly full-time

    Pros

    I have a awesome team of advisors ffrom GA

    Cons

    Cost alot of money but a good investment

  7. "Okay - room for improvement"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Front Lines Associate 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at General Assembly part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good intentions, growing company, flexible schedule

    Cons

    Limited upward mobility, laissez faire leadership style

  8. "Great experience overall"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at General Assembly full-time

    Pros

    Creative workplace & great teams

    Cons

    The location could be little busy with lots of people

  9. Helpful (7)

    "Straight Up Dumpster Fire"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at General Assembly full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flatiron location is near good lunch spots.

    Cons

    The company is totally disorganized. There are no systems or processes for doing anything. The company is 10 years old, but it operates like a 1-year-old startup. None of the leadership staff is qualified. People have simply been promoted since they haven’t left the company. Due to all these issues, there is constant turnover. In the 2nd half of 2019, we lost 10% of the corporate headcount. I imagine in 2020 we will lose another 10%.

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  10. "General Assembly Rocks!"

    5.0
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends

    I worked at General Assembly full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Everyone is super nice, and wants to see you succeed.

    Cons

    The Ponce City Market location has a lot of traffic around it.

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