Code and Theory FAQ

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17 English questions out of 17

5 May 2019

Does Code and Theory offer unlimited holiday?

Pros

Bagel Monday, Music in bathroom

Cons

Everyone is workaholics! (They don’t really have a choice) People are always there around midnight . Yes there is unlimited PTO but they call it responsible time off and make people feel guilty if you actually have to take a day off. There is no culture what’s so ever. And you can only bring service dogs into the World Trade Center so the security stop you to make sure you are on the list. If not, you get turned away and tell you to go home. There is no summer fridays anymore.

Advice to Management

You have a lot to work on. I really hope things get better

Yes there is unlimited PTO but they call it responsible time off and make people feel guilty if you actually have to take a day off.

5 May 2019

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2 January 2019

How are senior leaders perceived at Code and Theory?

Pros

Wide breadth of work, from interactive retail installations to consumer packaging. Opportunity and support to grow skills and learn on the job. Supportive and dedicated leadership all around. Stellar supervisor who does not micromanage and looks after you. Incredible co-workers who genuinely care about making world class work and about each other. A+ view of the city (62nd floor of World Trade.) Heavier on the design and concept side, so you don't get overly bogged down in fabrication drawings and production work.

Cons

Large company with diverse personalities (this is great) - but takes proactive introduction and sustained communication to make leveragable connections and ensure a seamless workflow.

Advice to Management

Continue to expand access and training to new software/hardware and continue to pursue emerging technologies.

Supportive and dedicated leadership all around.

2 January 2019

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3 November 2018

What are some insights into the strategy or vision at Code and Theory?

Pros

The office location in soho was amazing, but they’re in World Trade Center now do that pro is probably gone...

Cons

Crazy work hours with no real growth or outcome, strategy lead projects that destroy and burn out designers and producers, absent minded management that only talks to you when they are freaking out about something, leaders who never address their teams. People running design departments with absolutely no background in design. The creative directors were probably the only people who really cared, and an awful culture that runs like a boys club top to bottom. If you have options to work elsewhere please do. Don’t get sucked into an abyss of lower than market pay, mediocre management, and lengthy wait times for promotions or growth. They will only promote from the inner circle and glance over anyone who isn’t “in”. If you’re a strategist this is a good place. If you’re a designer or producer stay away. And for god sakes don’t get tricked into being an “experience strategist” it’s still a strategist role with no real design. They just had to dissolve their UX department and had to figure out how to not get rid of most of the people on that team.

Advice to Management

Be more present, be more thoughtful in your decisions, and actually work on developing your people.

Crazy work hours with no real growth or outcome, strategy lead projects that destroy and burn out designers and producers, absent minded management that only talks to you when they are freaking out about something, leaders who never address their teams.

3 November 2018

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1 August 2019

How are the career development opportunities at Code and Theory?

Pros

- Great place to learn - Fast paced environment but it's easy to get into the swing of things - You're given a lot of responsibility if you're starting off in the agency world, which makes for a good experience - You're surrounded by VERY smart, dedicated and creative people. It can be intimidating at times, but that itself is a great opportunity to learn from others. - The work itself is fun. - Bagel Mondays

Cons

- Taking days off is restrictive. There's a "Responsible Time Off" policy in place, but upper management makes you feel guilty for taking a day off or even working from home. - Late nights, which is justifiable when the work produced and the clients we work with are both at a very high standard. But that can result in a poor work/life balance. - Lack of direction in terms of the work. Sometimes, that can lead to poor communication. - Lack of cultural diversity. Doesn't feel all the way inclusive. - Lack of work culture. A workaholic culture is more dominant than anything. It can be very clique-y at times.

Advice to Management

Better on-boarding, consistent processes across all departments, hire people of diverse backgrounds (black, brown, queer),

It can be intimidating at times, but that itself is a great opportunity to learn from others.

1 August 2019

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2 January 2019

What kind of career opportunities exist at Code and Theory?

Pros

Wide breadth of work, from interactive retail installations to consumer packaging. Opportunity and support to grow skills and learn on the job. Supportive and dedicated leadership all around. Stellar supervisor who does not micromanage and looks after you. Incredible co-workers who genuinely care about making world class work and about each other. A+ view of the city (62nd floor of World Trade.) Heavier on the design and concept side, so you don't get overly bogged down in fabrication drawings and production work.

Cons

Large company with diverse personalities (this is great) - but takes proactive introduction and sustained communication to make leveragable connections and ensure a seamless workflow.

Advice to Management

Continue to expand access and training to new software/hardware and continue to pursue emerging technologies.

Opportunity and support to grow skills and learn on the job.

2 January 2019

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17 English questions out of 17