Razorfish – Seattle, WA
Senior Digital Media Planners own the client media strategy development, translate these strategies into innovative media recommendations/plans, and… Razorfish
Razorfish – Seattle, WA
In this role, you are interfacing with digital agencies and clients around the world on a regular basis. You are also an active participant in the… Razorfish
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The only reason Razorfish gets three stars from me is because the immediate coworkers that you have around you are almost always great to work with. I've been here for two years and have worked on a *ton* of accounts. Generally speaking, team synergy is excellent, though process is always lacking, without exception.
Management at Razorfish is non-existent. Since the Publicis buyout, the Razorfish employee experience has had a hatchet taken to it to save money for some investors pocketbooks, which has absolutely killed the office culture. We lost bonuses, we lost our holiday party (which they tried to pretend it was real by putting some pretzels in a lounge and telling us to go hang out), and our margins are expected to be something like 50 to 60 %. Imagine the stress put on the teams. None the less, the hard working badasses at RF still managed to shoot past our 2015 Q1 target by 7 or so million dollars putting it at 100 million for RF U.S. alone. This is frustrating because off the backs of incredibly hard work, against incredibly hard clients, and over stupidly long hours somebody is getting a serious benefit. But it's not the people actually doing the work. As an architect, time and time again I am frustrated by the fact that they refuse to allow bench time (compare that to healthy companies like Google or Facebook that allow something like 25-30% bench time), and immediately cut any new hires the second a project begins to wind down. Not only does that mean burning bridges (we can't get good developers anymore), but we are hemorrhaging our best talent like somebody just shanked us in the jugular. At Razorfish, the only benefit that I see is "decent" pay (its not even competitive anymore), and great stuff (e.g. huge clients) for your portfolio - and I don't mean "I built a microsite for Ford Motors", but rather, "I architected the entire responsive front-end of [name a huge client]". But if you come on as a contractor, don't think for a second that that 2, 6 or 12 month contract means that you have that much secure work time, because they will get rid of you in a DAY without any prior notice when they see a project is wrapping up, and it makes me sick. We've lost our best talent because of this unhealthy corporate attitude, and they're about to lose even more (me) because of 50+% contractor staff aug and the remaining standing ranks that we have aren't nearly as good as they used to be. Who wants to work time and time again with wild-cards where you are likely to get an amateur when working with industry-leading clients? Not me.
Advice to Management
Stop focusing on the short term. By treating your employees poorly you're driving the company into the ground. It doesn't matter, though, the truth is that this company is being rung out like a wet towel until all the money that could be squeezed from it is gone, and then the carcass of a once-great powerhouse will be tossed to the wolves and RF will be forgotten.