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Lab49 Reviews

Updated 10 Nov 2019

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2.9
54%
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53%
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Lab49 CEO Luke Flemmer
Luke Flemmer
51 Ratings
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  • "Senior management team mostly work from home which leads to a lack of direction and an empty office(in 15 reviews)

  • "Limited to finance industry, therefore not as many potential clients as a general consultancy would have(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Lab49 is an incredible place to grow & development, great team & management, interesting work"

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    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to grow- projects are constantly changing to keep up with newest tech trends so you are always learning new skills Head of EMEA is a great leader and has set an inspiring vision for the team Nice team which is very collaborative management makes time for all employees Business is growing a lot which is very exciting- lots of room to move up Flexibility to work remotely on occasion if needed CEO... and Founder is very smart and well respected in the industry

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    Cons

    No cons- though there is lots of work so if you are lazy and do not like to work hard and learn, Lab49 is not for you!

    Advice to Management

    Continue hiring people like new Head of EMEA who are passionate about the business and cares deeply about employees

    Lab492019-11-05
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Nice place to work"

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     in London, England

    I have been working at Lab49 for more than a year

    Pros

    Despite some of the reviews on here the people are lovely

    Cons

    Senior management team mostly work from home which leads to a lack of direction and an empty office

    Advice to Management

    You could be more proactive

    Lab492019-05-03
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Not what it looks like"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Event with the awful historical reviews, I decided to give it a try and joined Lab49 in LDN. It seems most of the tensions were in the past and localised to NY. + biggest part of the LDN team joined within the last year. people are nice and always eager to help. + focus on up-skilling individuals and keeping up-to-date on tech (I really appreciate this since I used to have to do it in my own time) + fast paced,... big name clients, interesting work

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    Cons

    - office coffee is kinda crap

    Lab492019-03-29
  4. Helpful (6)

    "Unprofessional"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Lab49 full-time

    Pros

    Lots of promotions, although very US centric, only US staff promoted this year.

    Cons

    Bonus never paid on time, later and later every year not even bothering to make excuses anymore. Make potentially hires wait several months for an offer to save money, saves even more money as they pull out and demoralized staff quit due to lack of resources.

    Advice to Management

    Realise why tier 1 banks and high quality candidates no longer want anything to do with you.

    Lab492019-04-24
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Not that bad"

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    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Lab49

    Pros

    Looks like most of the reviews on here are people who worked at lab when it was taken over by ION, it's a common pattern as their model is to purchase companies and cut them to the bone by forcing employees out. Very few people are left from the pre-ION days in London so it's pretty much a clean slate as they are rebuilding from scratch. Compared to working for ION, Lab49 is very pleasant, laidback place to work... although you have to put up with the same HR and mangerial incompentance.

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    Cons

    Don't expect exciting projects, London is very much a satelite office these days so you'll generally be supporting offshore teams which limits the type of projects which can be taken on.

    Advice to Management

    Be realistic about what the company is these days.

    Lab492019-03-17
  6. "Shame about Ion"

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    Former Employee - Consultant 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lab49 full-time

    Pros

    You get an macbook in a nice office with a games room and free food plus drinks every Friday, there's lots of benchtime so plenty of opportunities for personal learning, they are very flexible on the hours you do in office as most projects are run out of India.

    Cons

    Parent company Ion is a horrible place to work, benefits are low and they have zero respect for women. Many people are still listed as working for lab49 even though they left long ago as they are scared of repercussions, the actual number of engineers at the firm outside of India is very small.

    Advice to Management

    Get the basics right, make it a civil place to work, remove threats like withholding references and maybe people will actually want to join again.

    Lab492019-03-29
  7. Helpful (2)

    "Consultancy"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer 

    I worked at Lab49 full-time

    Pros

    If not working on ION systems you have lots of freedom to use the latest technologies in greenfield projects. No support Flexible on hours

    Cons

    Benefits very poor compared to other similar companies Bonus late and small HR very disorganized, even getting paid can sometimes be a struggle Good chance they'll refuse to give you a reference Bored long standing business members sleeping at desk during day

    Advice to Management

    Explain to ION you need to compete with banks on salary/bonus to be able attract/keep talent

    Lab492019-02-28
  8. Helpful (19)

    "Lost its way, losing its people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lab49 full-time

    Pros

    Although many of the best people have left Lab49 in the last year, the resulting power vacuum means that there is an opportunity for the talent that remains to rebuild the company into somewhere attractive with a new and improved culture (the old culture was not at all good, so it has to be better than that).

    Cons

    Lab49 is a company that has lost its identity - the reasons are a combination of a change in the ownership structure, high-profile resignations and a fair few redundancies. As a result, remaining employees are demotivated and confused about where the company is going, and most are actively looking to leave. Top-down communication is typically quite opaque - or worse, muddled and inaccurate - which adds to the... unease, and the culture has historically been of the Command and Control variety. This not the type of workplace most people are prepared to work under any longer, hence departures have been frequent and damaging. I could not recommend the company to others at it stands at present, notwithstanding it's possible things can improve in the future with the right leaders and vision.

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    Advice to Management

    Come clean on the future of the company - lack of communications is having a huge impact on people.

    Lab492017-01-04
  9. Helpful (14)

    "Completely undervalue new talent"

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     in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Lab49

    Pros

    They do have a knack for hiring some great engineers - very smart, and very capable. Sadly they then treat them very poorly

    Cons

    I would be repeating what has been said time and time again over the years, and obviously ignored time and time again by senior management. I can say that most, if not all, of the positive reviews were written by internal recruitment team, or HR staff under orders of senior management.

    Advice to Management

    Leave

    Lab492017-01-31
  10. Helpful (12)

    "Senior Java Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Java Developer in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are great, or were great as most of them left anyway. No reason to join the company at all. While they may seem to be a company that pays a lot, it's not worth it as there are others on the market which pay just as good.

    Cons

    - very poor communication top-down (non existent in fact) - company lies to it's employees promising no lay offs, where in fact they happen few weeks later - all the talent pretty much left the company - project architecture is not consistent, hasn't been proven to work, in fact it's known not to work due to some serious issues - everyone who's ever been their client no longer wants to do anything with them -... one of the biggest clients they have pretty much hates the relationship they've built, which doesn't bold well for the future - don't get swayed by the bonuses as they don't exist - work/life balance is horrible; they will never personally ask you to stay after hours but will assign you with so much work it would be impossible to finish it on time and set the expectation bar really high, putting you into a corner where you feel like you have to stay making that decision yourself; then when prompted about doing "long hours" they conveniently say they never ask anyone to stay late; - there have been occasions where some of the senior staff would elevate their voice, not to say shout at you, if the work haven't been delivered on the deadline, which to begin with is ridiculous and undoable. And if you have had it and decide to leave, they will not release your references to potential new employers. What a shameful behaviour. Pretty much one of the worst experiences I've had in my career.

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    Advice to Management

    Just stop doing what you're doing, as clearly it doesn't work.

    Lab492017-01-31
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