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Lab49 Reviews

Updated August 24, 2017
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  • Communication from senior management can be spotty at times (in 10 reviews)

  • Compared to top consulting firms vacation days are less than those, but it is made up with the work/life balance (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great Career Opportunity"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Lab49 full-time

    Pros

    I am surrounded by high functioning, team-oriented, and intelligent co-workers. The unity of the company is self-evident in the way we approach work. From sales to development there are strong communication lines that allow us to understand our strengths and weaknesses from a delivery stand-point. This allow us to continually analyze and improve on our processes as a company.
    Managers are understanding and listen to those they are managing. Mistakes are considered learning opportunities rather than an opportunity to assign blame.
    I enjoy the fact that I have flexible hours and all that matters is that the work is done responsibly; not how many hours are worked. We also have a kitchen filled with healthy snacks and beers. ION is also heavily involved and is always looking for ways to create opportunities outside of work to create a more unified environment.
    In all, the future is bright and you would be wise to look into Lab49 as a future employer.

    Cons

    Not all is perfect. Lab49 has some deficiencies. Compared to top consulting firms vacation days are less than those, but it is made up with the work/life balance. Clients can at times be difficult to work with and when business is going really well like it is now we find ourselves stretched more than the usual.

    Advice to Management

    We need to hire faster.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "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

  3. Helpful (8)

    "Worklife balance has no meaning"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opporrunity to work with talented team members.

    Cons

    Lab49 either lost projects or completed the contracts, and is deparate for new work. Giving unrealistic expectaions to customers and trying to meet them in short time. That is driving the employees to work long stressful hours without any support from management and clients. No one has time to work together, team work is a big joke in Lab49.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees respectfully, remember that they have life outside of work.


  4. Helpful (8)

    "You can take them by the short hairs."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lab49 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This used to be the place where the smartest people would get hired, and their talents would see the project through to positive results.

    The parent company drove so many people off, that they are about as starved for any type of talent. Why is this a "pro"? You have them by the shorties at the negotiation phase, if you can show that you're relatively talented, and can deliver.

    After you're fed-up and quit, there are some people out there who still think Lab49 is a standard of quality.

    Cons

    It is now a place where mediocre talent is hired for slightly above-market pay, with a vague promise of a possible bonus (maybe), and then you are worked 60-80 hours with little to no thanks.

    The sales team looks at the technology team as a blunt tool that can be engaged at a moment's notice, with little feedback (let alone appreciation) with regard to their efforts.

    Management sees technology as fungible assets, because the projects in technology are mostly not that interesting anymore; single page applications that have little-to-no relationship with actual finance, building powerpoint presentations that are supposed to be compliance reports (yes, really), etc.

    You get to work with an ever rotating cast of off-shore "talent".

    Advice to Management

    Go find another job, Ion probably doesn't care about your either.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Talented People with too much red tape"

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

    I worked at Lab49 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Everyone is very smart, driven, and collaborative. We chose projects that were challenging and transformative for our clients.

    Cons

    Contracts seemed to be rushed and there was usually a disconnect between what was achievable and the "golden" idea sold to our clients. There needed to be more cohesiveness between sales and the actual teams that would be in charge of delivery.

    Advice to Management

    Be open to suggestions and criticism.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Not your typical consulting firm (which is a good thing)"

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

    Pros

    Talented and dedicated employees. Diversity of projects and clients means you won't get stuck doing the same thing year in and year out. Great opportunity to learn from your peers.

    Cons

    Communication from management could be better and more timely.


  7. "Senior Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart, talented people with diverse backgrounds.

    Cons

    New parent company is impinging on the culture.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Technically advanced - haven't figured out growth"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Historically strong technical talent
    Culture of mastery of technologies
    Active in the tech community - meet-ups etc.
    Some (!) quite industry-leading projects
    Strong delivery discipline

    Cons

    People management ineffective
    Employees can get burned on death march projects with fundamental leadership issues not addressed
    Light at revenue retention and building trusting long term relationships with clients
    Lack of scale and growth strategy
    Sales not driving growth
    Exodus of senior tech talent a consequence

    Advice to Management

    Fundamental challenges observed are a management and strategy problem. Try to solve for people and strategy.


  9. "Great Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting projects and very modern technology

    Cons

    Very fast paced. If you enjoy learning new things every 6 months, that shouldn't be an issue.


  10. Helpful (10)

    "Not great anymore"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lab49 full-time

    Pros

    Nice Central Park view at the midtown office (NYC)
    OK salary

    Cons

    At one point there were lots of talents, but because the management and sales team don't really know how to manage talents, most of the senior and talents are gone. Most of the people left and join FinTech startups or Google. No reason to join or stay at Lab

    Advice to Management

    Talent is the only reason people joined Lab and clients chose Lab. Talent retention at this point is more important than project acquisition.


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