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I worked at RBG Advertising as an intern (less than an year)Pros
- Small agency: In part because the agency was so small, interns were given the opportunity to touch multiple pieces of business and gain experience across multiple outlets: media, account, analytics.
- Location: Decent location in downtown Walnut Creek.Cons
- Small agency: During my time at RBG, there were more interns in the office than full-time employees. This was a problem because they exploited and overworked interns, expecting them to produce work they would otherwise have hired a full-time employee to do despite having minimal experience. At the end of the internship, instead of hiring people full-time, the standard procedure was to extend the internship for a few more months (presumably in order to continue getting the same amount of work without compensating employees fairly)
- No work/life balance: I was told there would be long hours and because of this, an East Bay candidate was strongly preferred. What they didn't communicate before accepting was that the hours would be 12 hours per day, no exceptions. On Fridays, we worked 10 hours and were expected to believe we were being "rewarded" by getting out "early". Compensation was a small monthly stipend. We were made to feel guilty for eating lunch out of the office, requesting time off, etc.
- Management: CEO has no respect for his employees and daily staff meetings consisted of him chewing out employees with insults rather than any type of constructive feedback. Tyrannical, condescending and downright abusive attitude made for a hostile work environment.
- Extremely high turnover: Over the course of my internship, I saw more than 10 people start and quit. The majority of these people quit within one week of beginning, both interns and full-time employees alike.Advice to ManagementAdvice
It has been a few years since my experience at RBG and somewhere between the fake, positive reviews and more recent reviews, it seems things may have taken a turn for the better. I can only hope improvements have been made, as it seemed this place was ready to go under by the time I finished my internship.
The advice I would give to management is to begin treating your employees with respect and offer opportunities from growth fueled by training, proper supervision and constructive feedback. Work/life balance has room for drastic improvement and non-existent culture should be developed in order to increase employee retention.Doesn't RecommendNegative OutlookDisapproves of CEO