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Lab49 Reviews

Updated 10 Feb 2020

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3.2
55%
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59%
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Lab49 CEO Luke Flemmer
Luke Flemmer
54 Ratings
Pros
  • "Extremely smart people, lots of innovation(in 10 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 15 reviews)

  • "Lab is a consultancy and suffers from the usual(in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (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

    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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    Lab492019-11-05
  2. "Great people, but lack of work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    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

    Lab492020-02-06
  3. Helpful (2)

    "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

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    Lab492019-05-03
  4. Helpful (2)

    "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

    Cons

    - office coffee is kinda crap

    Lab492019-03-29
  5. 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.

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    Lab492019-04-24
  6. 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.

    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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    Lab492019-03-17
  7. "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.

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    Lab492019-03-29
  8. 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

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    Lab492019-02-28
  9. 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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    Lab492017-01-04
  10. 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.

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    Lab492017-01-31

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