Red Frog Events
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I worked at Red Frog Events as a contractor (less than a year)Pros
Was my first job out of college and paid really well for that. The culture is top-notch. It's been almost 2 years since I finished at RFE and I still actively search for companies with start up cultures thanks to this job (I do contracts so I'm always on the look out). You get to travel the country and experience cities you would have never visited otherwise. All the free tshirts you could ever want. Beer in the office. Fun office. Gym. Showers. Family lunch. Snacks. Red Bull. Games.Cons
Cliquey beyond belief. Truly the popular ones are the ones who get hired in the end. Absolutely no work/life balance. Hard because most of the race directors (full timers) are only a year or so (if that!) older than the interns...they're not that much more experienced, and most have no leadership experience at all. Really high turnover rate (even with full timers). Not too many other bad things, just that it really, really sucks when you don't get the job in the end (doesn't matter how much they stress to not think of it as a way to get hired...still hurts).Advice to ManagementAdvice
You've got a great thing going for you...you know exactly what you're doing. Cheap labor, but doesn't matter because you keep them sooooo satisfied that they'd probably do it for less. Keep it up and people will keep coming back.RecommendsPositive OutlookApproves of CEO
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Interview Details
Red Frog Events did not strike me as the place you go to work when you want to progress in your career and field, whatever it may be. The overall impression I got was that you work here either during/right out of college or towards the end of your career, when you really just want to "mentor" full-time. The people seemed very nice, but I did not get a sense that they knew how to get to where they wanted to go as a business. The inexperience level seemed high. Working 3 summers in college as an events coordinator with RFE and then getting promoted to a leadership position certainly qualifies as work experience, but it does not automatically make you experienced in the way most professionals intend when employing the term.
I read the negative reviews on Glassdoor prior to the interview and while I did not get an overwhelming sense of clique-ishness, the interview environment did feel unnaturally forced at times. For example, the interviewer would slouch in chair and then suddenly snap to attention, almost as if remembering one shouldn't slouch at work. Took me by surprise and made me jump too. A lot of "like, you know, this" or "like, um, that"s. One person said something that was obviously an inside joke and laugh and the other interviewer in the room would look at her an follow suit. I have no problem with "um, likes," if quality of thought is still communicated, and I am always in favor of good posture, but it did feel as though I were being offered to the employees to practice newly acquired professional skills lessons. Odd and stilted is how I'd characterize the experience, more than anything.
There was very little structure or rigor to the interview process and only two or so questions across all of the interviews related directly to the job. Even then, they weren't the right questions IMO - for example, if you have only one chance to question an architect you want to hire, would it really be "what is your favorite tool, hammer or screwdriver"? Most of the time was spent answering fairly inane questions, similar to what you'd be asked on an awkward blind date (what kind of music do you like?). I understand that having a cultural fit is very important but arguably so is finding out whether the candidate can do the job. Many of the interviewers were also potential direct reports to the open position and I question the logic of having individuals who are not experts in a particular area vetting candidates. I sensed that a couple of the interviewers did not know the (rather standard) processes and professional tools to which I referred but rather than ask me to elucidate, I got blank looks on the faces and a lot of navel-gazing. Awkward. Many companies have long abandoned this practice of vetting your own boss, since the qualities and skills that determine who will succeed in a position or enable future leaders are not often the same you would choose when hiring your own boss. Experience matters. You just don't know what you don't know, a lesson I've learned many times thanks to all of my bosses over the years, and often at the expense of my ego. It's never a pleasant experience to be overruled or told there's a different way to do it better, no matter how gently, but it is a valuable one and makes for a stronger team and true personal & professional growth.
I have no ill feelings towards this company and I wish them the best of luck. I question whether they will be able to continue to scale and grow successfully based on the little I saw but hope that they find a way. I am relieved, however, not to have been offered a position. I honestly believe that taking the job would have been career suicide in the long run (but their perks package may have been hard to turn down! ;)Interview Questions
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Red Frog Events is an event production company known for its success pioneering the experiential entertainment industry and its award-winning company culture. Since 2007, the company has developed innovative brands including the Warrior Dash obstacle race series, Firefly Music Festival, American Beer Classic, and EventSprout.com. Red Frog has been named one of Forbes' "Most...
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