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Lab49 Reviews

Updated February 14, 2019
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  • "Communication from senior management can be spotty at times" (in 11 reviews)

  • "No company is perfect, upper management can be a little clandestine but it rarely affects Sydney" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lab49 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work with excellent engineers on interesting projects
    Exposed to variety of technologies
    Excellent pay/bonuses (at least in my experience)
    Lots of people promoted every year I was there (I was promoted twice)

    Cons

    Parent company totally disconnected, but mostly they left us alone.
    Sometimes very last minute assignment changes, more often than I would expect.

    Advice to Management

    Be open about salaries and transparent about raises/bonuses.


  2. "Working With Talented Developers"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lab49 full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Contracts are limited to the financial space which can provide in depth exposure to interesting work. Top notch talent and collaborative environment provides opportunity to learn and grow. Many "underground" perks like nicely stocked kitchen, flexible work arrangements, mobile phone subsidy and fairly regular happy hours. Contracts can be short term which allows variety. Treated as a pro.

    Cons

    Contracts can be short which generates 'flux'. Transitional office vibe due to people working from home or at client sites. Doesn't cultivate a "one team" spirit if that's important to you.

    Advice to Management

    Prior to joining, I had a lot of apprehension based primarily on things I'd read on Glassdoor. I can honestly say, my concerns were allayed within just a few months of joining. The DC office is very professional without a hint of toxicity. Communication is good and the monthly All Hands help a lot with gaining visibility into other projects and offices. All in all keep it up.

    The one change I'd recommend is to vastly improve the speed of the hiring process. Being outside of the typical DC contracting business model you don't have a prime or government client slowing things down so you should leverage that to your advantage.

  3. "Stay for the resume build, leave for everything else"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Lab49 full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Looks good on resume because of reputation for tech talent consultants have

    Cons

    Luke Flemmer, AP, et al suck. They are HORRIBLE PEOPLE who could care less about you and your career. People are commodities nothing more. Leading by fear is weak and very 2008. I'll be here another 6 months then I'm out.

    Advice to Management

    It's 2019. Stop being misogynists and PAY MARKET RATE. Notice how many people have left? Wonder why?


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Disgusting place to work"

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

    I have been working at Lab49 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Office view and free snacks

    Cons

    Everything. People are unfriendly and rude. Every person is protecting his own work and withholding information. Senior Management teams has people who can't even sell toilet paper and try to act like they are "technically savvy and know how to manage" There are also useless new college grads who obviously cannot get jobs elsewhere act like they're are God's gift to people

    Advice to Management

    Nothing as they are not capable of improvement


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great chance to work with smart people on interesting projects."

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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 Lab49 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people are the main reason I stay here. Bright, engaged and passionate about their work. I think it's a rare chance to work with people who are experts in their field. Lots of interesting and challenging projects to work on. .

    Cons

    Colleagues are at different projects around the city and can't see them as often as you would like - so you need to be intentional about connecting when you are both in the home office.

    Advice to Management

    Keep improving communication about company goals and direction so we can all be on board. Town hall meetings are usually very helpful and inspiring.


  6. Helpful (12)

    "No good"

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

    I worked at Lab49 full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Met some good people (but they've all abandoned ship)

    Cons

    Consulting grinds you down. No training, no learning. Too many late nights and weekends. Paltry bonus, if one was even granted. Dead end.

    Advice to Management

    Retire.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to grow skills"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lab49 full-time

    Pros

    Extremely smart people, lots of innovation

    Cons

    Work may be very exhausting

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Smart, Driven Engineers who love learning"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lab49 full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The best part of working at Lab49 was working side by side with bright, talented engineers who actively wanted to do a good job. I learned so much there from my coworkers and they provided invaluable career experience. While the hiring process is very rigorous and challenging, the software engineers they hire truly are top notch.

    Cons

    The clients in the DC office were using antiquated technology and the work was not always exciting. Due to the lack of diverse clients in the DC office at the time, work was not


  9. Helpful (12)

    "LOOK ELSEWHERE, This Place is Toxic: Bizarre Sexism and a Poorly Managed Business"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lab49 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people working the reception were very friendly.

    Cons

    Sexism runs rampant in the office. People would make awful, offensive jokes assuming I would be cool with it since I'm also a man. Deplorable.

    Sample quote: "You'll notice we don't have any female engineers. Women are not up to our standards."~Said to me at lunch on my first day by another male employee

    Was fired after 9 days without cause other than a vague "performance" response.

    Advice to Management

    The sexism allowed to foster in this workplace is unacceptable, not to mention the way the way they fired me without cause.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Once great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lab49 full-time

    Pros

    - Decent work-life balance
    - Good compensation

    Cons

    - No longer tech leaders/innovators
    - Working with clients that dictate antiquated tech stacks, ancient hardware and terrible architectural decisions
    - Projects ranging from same exact as last one to same exact as 10 years ago
    - Same basic project across engagements means little opportunity to learn new technology on the job
    - Staff aug-like environment, as clients demand on-site presence, leads to non existent company culture