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Flashes of Brilliance in What is Mostly a Sea of Confusion and Disorganization

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

I have been working at Razorfish full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

Beautiful new office. Some great work coming out - there are smart people who can generate some edgy ideas and build really beautiful experiences. Big-name clientele.

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Cons

Easy to get lost in the crowd, and often times senior management is clueless as to what talent is right under their noses. Meetings/brainstorms rarely have an organized agenda and often have too many invitees. Project requirements are voiced to various teams on an as-needed basis rather than upfront, resulting in them playing catch-up and having unnecessarily tight, last-minute deadlines. Their practice areas are so silo'd that projects sometimes start to resemble the game of telephone as they move from phase to phase.

Political, self-aggrandizing environment. A little bit of an identity crisis and growing pains as the company balloons in size yet tries to maintain its original start-up essence.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Fix the organizational/communication disconnect. Improvement in project management as well as some sort of framework for how project will be staffed/communicated is sorely needed. Get to know what talent/capabilities you already have working for you already before looking elsewhere.

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  1. Great People, Questionable Management

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    Current Employee - User Experience
    Current Employee - User Experience

    I have been working at Razorfish full-time

    Pros

    The Emerging Experiences group is doing the most interesting work, but they operate as a discreet unit with its own rules and governance. More of the company should employ their model.

    Cons

    Razorfish is a top-heavy machine that cares more about its billing than its people. They will throw people at anything with money attached. That's great for top-end salaries but horrible for retaining stellar talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rank & File employees don't understand margins and shouldn't be dragged into conversations about protecting the company's margins. Get out of our way and allow us to do great work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. The "agency of the future" is stuck in the past

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    Current Contractor - Experience Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Contractor - Experience Director in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Razorfish as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    There are some great people to work with and in some spots there is great work to do. And in 2012 there was finally a willingness to invest in young talent and new ideas.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, in between those are a lot of less-than-great people and mediocre work. This agency is incapable of working in the collaborative way necessary for great digital work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do whatever it takes to understand the value people are bringing to your organization, and step up to lead rather than ride the momentum.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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