I applied through college or university and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Ruder Finn in September 2013.
Interview Details – Submitted full application via mail, was contacted a few weeks after for an in-person interview. Met with HR and 3 teams in the NY office for short (20 min or so) interviews. Heard back a few weeks later via phone call.
Interview Question – Why are your right for PR? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation
I applied through other source and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at Ruder Finn in October 2009.
Interview Details –
Considering what an unsatisfying - personally, professionally and financially - place Ruder Finn turned out to be, their interview process was a little over the top. I had in-person interviews with 5 people across the two Ruder Finn West offices (SF and LA), ranging from the head of RF West to an assistant account executive, and additional 2-3 phone interviews with mid-level management (mostly AS / SAS level employees).
Everyone was great during the interviews - even if some of those very people left within a couple of weeks after I joined - and management made sure to ask questions about what I envisioned my ideal position to be or what I wanted to learn/gain from it. Needless to say, I was thrilled during the process and thought I found a perfect place to further develop my career. Unfortunately, there was no follow-up to any of the goals I expressed at any point in the employment.
From the initial communication re: my resume to the offer, the process took 47 days, which is in part explained by the lack of follow-up by any hiring partners to the HR person's first email. Once started, the interview process went relatively smoothly and lasted around 10-14 days.
Interview Question – The usual: about team work, most challenging projects, best coverage, interesting campaigns... Answer Question
Negotiation Details –
There are a lot of skilled negotiators at RF, whose main goal is to ensure your salary is a minimal expenditure to the company. Right after I expressed my range (which was in line with AE salaries in both SF and LA at that time), I was told by the head of RF West that it was way above the average and I wasn't going to get that. When I received the offer, I did receive the low end of that range and I was able to get a couple k more during the negotiation phase, so I was very pleased at the time. However, you have to make sure to do that as Ruder Finn salaries are typically below average and their raises (when factoring in promotions) turn out to be only around 10-12%, so you'll end up below the industry average anyway. The longer you stay there, the more pronounced that gap will be.
Also, do not expect them to honor any special perks you might have negotiated during your interview. I heard of a couple of instances where employees' contracts clearly specified potential for promotion/raise after 6 months of employment, but the employees had to fight to receive promotions and were told that the company policy maintains that raises are only available once a year. Clearly, a "policy" that was not at all mentioned during the interview or negotiation process.
I applied through other source and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Ruder Finn in April 2011.
Interview Details – They put you through the ringer. You'll meet with the senior managers, then the account supervisor, then the account manager and everyone in between. The people who interview you seem ill prepared for the interview as if you were just sprung on them by the senior managers. You'll feel like a dime-a-dozen interviewee as if they have people in and out all the time. Then you'll wait weeks and weeks to hear back.
Negotiation Details – Opportunity to negotiate limited.
Pros: Diverse experience in communications, including external media and internal employee engagement programs. Opportunity to learn a variety of skills that can apply to other industries. Young, fun culture with frequent employee events. A few good perks… – Full Review
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