Lab49 Reviews

Updated Sep 13, 2021

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3.0
49%
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Lab49 COO Roman Trachtenberg
Roman Trachtenberg
17 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. 5.0
      Current Employee

      High quality projects, forward thinking solutions and talented teams

      Feb 7, 2021 - Principal Product Designer in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Friendly, talented people with a high calibre of expertise. Challenging projects that go beyond the regular digital execution, solving difficult business problems on high profile projects, striving to make the complex simple. Supportive UX colleagues, with strong collaboration across global offices. Forward thinking leadership with sound development plans.

      Cons

      Developing UX practice in London, however lots of growth on the cards so a great time to join the company in that location to be part of the development and get involved with the exciting projects on offer.

      1 person found this review helpful
    2. 1.0
      Former Employee

      Sad demise of a once great consultancy now a second rate offshore body shop

      Sep 2, 2021 - Software Engineer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The toxic "I just make people better" lead dev has left

      Cons

      All the lead devs have left

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      4 people found this review helpful
    3. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Greenfield projects gone bad

      Jun 22, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Let me tell you how the average lab project works: it starts off great, you'll normally have a clean slate to work from but soon you'll be behind schedule, lab fix price projects but they are impossible to estimate accurately so your delivery manager will start to drop hints like "we don't ask people to work weekends any more but if you wanted to that would be great" meetings will get scheduled earlier and later in the day to make sure you are working as long as possible, developers start to quit putting even more pressure on you, you'll a lot of time interviewing new people but deliveries won't be reduced, weekend working will become mandatory and shouting will occur on a regular basis. At bonus time you realize it's the delivery manager getting the rewards rather than you.

      Cons

      Hire/fire cycle, getting rid of all QA/mobile/C# developers and then when a projects demands it start recruiting them again. Be careful if you're not going into one their core regions/technologies.

      4 people found this review helpful
    4. 1.0
      Current Employee

      Disorganization

      May 29, 2020 - Consultant 
      Recommend
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      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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      4 people found this review helpful
    5. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great people, but lack of work

      Feb 6, 2020 - Senior Consultant in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great, knowledgeable people from whom you can learn a lot Interesting and challenging projects, when they have them

      Cons

      Not many opportunities in the London office Lack of clients

      1 person found this review helpful
    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

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

      Nov 5, 2019 - Associate Consultant in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      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

      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!

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      1 person found this review helpful
    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Nice place to work

      May 3, 2019 -  in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      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

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      2 people found this review helpful
    8. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Not what it looks like

      Mar 29, 2019 - Software Engineer in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      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

      Cons

      - office coffee is kinda crap

      2 people found this review helpful
    9. 1.0
      Current Employee

      Unprofessional

      Apr 24, 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      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.

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      7 people found this review helpful
    10. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Not that bad

      Mar 17, 2019 -  
      Recommend
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      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.

      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.

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      1 person found this review helpful
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