Lab49 Reviews

Updated 15 Dec 2020

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3.1
55%
Recommend to a Friend
54%
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Lab49 CEO Luke Flemmer
Luke Flemmer
60 Ratings
Pros
  • "Smart people who are generally good teammates, with the exception of some senior management(in 12 reviews)

  • "Good work-life balance with WFH days, relaxed hours, team lunches and events and good trust between staff and management(in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "Senior management team mostly work from home which leads to a lack of direction and an empty office(in 14 reviews)

  • "Parent company Ion is a horrible place to work, benefits are low and they have zero respect for women(in 6 reviews)

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  1. "All good"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Business Consultant in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lab49 full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    a growing company, working with interesting clients on super interesting projects excellent hardworking top-class colleagues

    Cons

    fast and nimble company slowed down by internal processes from parent company

  2. "Smart people within the intersection of Finance and Technology"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Delivery Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lab49 full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Friendly colleagues Interesting work Good team collaboration

    Cons

    Need to find a better way to track project statuses

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  3. "Secretive success"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Principal 

    I have been working at Lab49 full-time

    Pros

    UX role gets great exposure to finance as you'll take on role of a business analyst

    Cons

    No communication from management, only way to find out about new direction and even offices is via job postings

  4. Helpful (5)

    "For overacheivers"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Lab49 full-time

    Pros

    I think most of the bad reviews here are from people who weren't at the level required, LAB49 is a demanding job, you need to be very experienced (or able learn very quickly) as you'll be expected to master React and Angular alongside TypeScript, Redux and RxJS, have an expert knowledge of Java and Spring, whilst being accomplished in sql/nosql, comfortable with automated testing (100% coverage is the goal), devops and the cloud with good financial knowledge, if you can also do some C# and Python even better. You'll be switching technologies a lot and there's very little ramp-up time between projects, people are always busy, you'll often have to learn by yourself in your own time as you should be aware of all the latest technologies. You can't be overly sensitive, people tell you the truth here as there's great time pressure to get things done on budget. It's not for everyone but if you're good enough this is the place to be.

    Cons

    Performance/ pay review months late with 0 communication, senior managers still managed to agree promotions amongst themselves though.

  5. COVID-19

    "Initiative & Drive = Success"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - N/A in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lab49 full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fair/Good Salaries, like-minded community of people, innovation/improvements are seeked and encouraged, inviting work space/building (when not in quarantine;YES this matters, at least to me), interesting projects and department expansions. If you are willing to work hard and not accept the common entitled employee approach, you will see rewards not only in your role but in your development; this company gives you the room to stand out, it is your choice if you choose to or not.

    Cons

    ION as the parent company, lack middle management, needs more transparent communication across all offices that supports a consistent message.

  6. COVID-19
    Helpful (4)

    "Managers and management need to step it up"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous 
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Lab49 full-time

    Pros

    Smart, competent, fun people (for the most part) Interesting projects and technologies Flattish hierarchy / more of a meritocracy Nice offices, decent snacks

    Cons

    Lack of transparency which is exacerbated during coronavirus. To date, we have received a total of 0 communications from leadership regarding the crisis (let alone on performance reviews and comp expectations). Extremely disappointing especially when we see other companies handling these times with grace and compassion. As another reviewer mentioned, fixed-price contract model is bad: "hero" mentality where certain individuals take on too much (long hours and weekends), boots on the ground end up absorbing all the non-commercial pain. Very few are actually qualified to be managers. Others can be inaccessible and/or outright mean. Lots of turnaround and unexplained layoffs. Very little is done to try to unify people and foster sense of culture.

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  7. COVID-19
    Helpful (3)

    "Difficult parent"

    1.0
    • Culture & Values
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Lab49 full-time

    Pros

    If you think these reviews are bad check out parent company ION, you are at least partially detached from them

    Cons

    It's not true there was no communication on coronavirus, there was a threat of losing PTO days. This is still more communication than around performance and comp reviews which are several months late (which happens every year) It's a much nastier company than the big financial corps its employees are normally placed at.

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  8. Helpful (2)

    "Disorganization"

    1.0
    • Culture & Values
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Lab49 full-time

    Pros

    Varied works as lots of short projects with different clients.

    Cons

    Technical leadership very much based on technical skills rather than leadership, they only partially get this from the CEO as he has neither. Lack of people skills in heads leads to alienation of engineers.

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  9. COVID-19
    Helpful (8)

    "Consider alternatives"

    1.0
    Former Employee - Consultant 

    I worked at Lab49 full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There do seem to be some very smart people here

    Cons

    You know how to really judge a company by how they respond to a crisis, whilst the major tech and financial corporates extended leave and promised no redundancies during coronavirus. Lab49 laid people off, postponed bonuses and cancelled online training subscriptions despite no material impact to their business.

  10. "Fast rising"

    4.0
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate 
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Lab49 full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    General dysfunction and high staff turnover means you're likely to be in position of authority very rapidly, also makes it trivially easy to get promotion if you can handle the toxic atmosphere (this only applies in US, regional offices seem better run)

    Cons

    Lead developers force their outdated Redux patterns or testing frameworks on most projects

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